However, hair cycling shouldn’t involve product overload. “You don’t want to switch it up too much, so I would be careful not to incorporate too many different types of products at a time,” advises Rita Hazan, a colorist, salon owner, and founder of an eponymous hair-care line.
You also don’t want to use any product that doesn’t make sense for you. For example, if your favorite TikToker has a very dry scalp and yours is very oily, it wouldn’t make sense to do exactly as they do. “The only downfall of following a TikTok trend,” DeBolt says, “is not understanding your type of hair or hair’s needs and just following a hair cycle because your favorite TikToker did it.”
Who should try hair cycling and who shouldn’t?
Across the board, our experts were comfortable recommending hair cycling to almost everyone, though it may not be sensible for those who don’t wash their hair very regularly. “For those who wash once a week or less frequently, I do not recommend this type of cycling,” says Dr. Greenfield. “This process is for those who ordinarily wash their hair several times per week.” She also points out that anyone with a scalp condition, like eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, should consult a dermatologist before changing their hair-care routine.
“If you already have a hair routine that is working well and your hair feels soft, manageable, and you like how you are able to style it, you most likely don’t need to hair-cycle,” says Ellis. “If you have concerns about your hair, or find it is hard to style, hard to brush, or it feels dull and doesn’t have shine, trying hair cycling could be a way to help boost the overall health of your hair.”
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