TikTok Fact Check: Should We Get Behind Hair Cycling?

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We've heard all about skin cycling, but what about hair cycling? TikTok went bananas over the skincare trend earlier this year, and now, it's hair cycling that's surging on the platform. But before you overhaul your entire routine, we tapped a stylist to see if this trend is worth exploring.

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What Is Hair Cycling?

Hair cycling is a three-step process that includes detoxing, repairing and shaping your mane. "Hair cycling should be specific to your hair type and address any issues you’re currently having with your hair," explains Colombini.

Is Hair Cycling Worth Exploring?

According to Colombini, yes. While hair cycling is newly trending on TikTok, it's not actually a new concept. "This method is something that hairstylists and clients have been doing for years. But now that it has a name from social media, it’s becoming a hot topic of conversation," says Colombini. "You can explore different routines for all different hair types and concerns." As Colombini explains, our locks are constantly changing for various reasons (i.e seasonal shifts, hormones) and hair cycling gives us the opportunity to rethink our regimens along the way.

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What Are the Steps of Hair Cycling?

As mentioned, hair cycling is pretty straightforward, but it's different from skin cycling. See, it's less about changing your day-to-day steps, and more about switching up the type of products you use for every wash. For a more detailed breakdown, here's your new routine below:

First Wash: Detoxing and Moisturizing

One wash week can focus on detoxing (or clarifying) your scalp as well as adding moisture back to your hair. Invest in a scalp scrub and a clarifying shampoo that clears buildup, dirt and excess oil. Once you wash and rinse your shampoo, go in with a hair mask to restore moisture before applying a scalp serum afterward.

Our recommendations: Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub ($19); L'Oréal Paris EverPure Scalp Care + Detox Shampoo ($9); L'Oréal Paris EverPure Signature Masque ($13); dpHE Apple Cider Vinegar Daily Scalp Serum ($49)

Second Wash: Repairing

Another wash week can be focused on repairing your locks. This is especially helpful if you're constantly coloring or applying heat tools to your hair. Whether you have dry, damaged or color-treated locks, bond-building products can help strengthen and restore your strands.

Our recommendations: L'Oréal Paris EverPure Bond Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner ($18); Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 ($30), K18 Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask ($75), Bondbar Hair Repair System (starting at $10)

Third Wash: Targeting and Hydrating

The following wash week is all about you shape and style your hair. You'll want to look for a shampoo and conditioner that fits your hair needs that week (i.e. more volume, less frizz and dullness). After you finish washing your hair, apply any styling products like a leave-in conditioner or a cream that hydrates and defines your look.

Our recommendations: Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Shampoo ($28); Rahya Voluminous Conditioner ($38); It's a 10 Haircare Miracle Leave-In Product ($12)

Can All Hair Types Try Hair Cycling?

Absolutely. Hair cycling gives you room to build your own routine. Some of the steps and products may change based on your needs. You can adjust your routine based on the seasons, any changes in cut or color or simply because your hair just needs a little more love that day. Whether you wash your hair daily, every few days or once a week, hair cycling is definitely worth exploring.

So, are you ready to spruce up your wash day?

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