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Hair Wash Routines And Trends

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When it comes to hair washing routines and trends, there’s a world of information out there. While this may be seen as a benefit, sometimes it can be really confusing figuring out which hair washing routines and trends will actually work for you. After all, none of us are built the same, our genetics and family history play a large part in determining our hair type and structure. 

Tailoring your hair care routine to suit your individual needs is the secret to getting gorgeous, healthy hair that you can be proud of. In this blogpost we’re going to break down our top 5 hair washing routines and trends. From when to use them, to what water you should use plus we’re discussing which hair types they suit best. If you’re looking for a new hair washing routine, we’ve got all the answers you need!

Different Types of Routines

Washing your hair isn’t always as simple as using a shampoo and conditioner twice a week. There are many different types of ways to maintain your hair, as well as an array of products to choose from. Let’s take a look at some interesting-and possibly extremely beneficial!-ways to wash your hair.

1. Co-Washing

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Co-washing means using a conditioner to watch your hair and ditching the shampoo.

Co-washing is the act of ditching the shampoo, and only using conditioner to wash your hair. It is also known as the “no poo” method and it doesn’t mean that you should use your conditioner on the lengths and ends of your hair only, but that you should use conditioner on your scalp as well! 

a. When To Use It? 

If you are someone who has a sensitive scalp, then co-washing may be a good fit for you, because conditioners can be more gentle on your scalp than some harsh shampoos. If your hair feels constantly dry and brittle, then this method will work for you. Sometimes shampoos strip away too much moisture. Putting the shampoo aside could potentially provide your hair with more hydration and a better balance of sebum throughout your hair.

b. Which Hair Type Does It Suit Best? 

Co-washing is best suited for people who have curly, coily or mixed-textured hair. These particular hair types are far more prone to dryness and breakage, which can also create unwanted frizz. Using conditioner only will help the hair stay moisturized and appear more vibrant and frizz-free!

c. What Kind of Water Is Best For It?

We suggest using water that is lukewarm, because using hot water can create excess heat on your scalp and hair which strips away valuable moisture. Generally normal tap water is fine to use for co-washing, but you should try to use water that is in the soft-to-moderate water category.

2. Reverse Washing

As the name suggests, reverse washing is flipping your regular shampoo and conditioning routine on its head. Instead of shampooing first, you apply your conditioner first, followed by your shampoo. There are some significant benefits for your hair if you use this approach, but it highly depends on your hair type! 

a. When To Use It? 

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Reverse washing is great for oily hair types.

If you have a scalp that produces excess oil then reverse washing can work really well for you. Especially if you have an oily scalp, and ends and mid-lengths that are prone to dryness. This method can give your hair the moisture it needs by conditioning first, and then removing all the excess oil by following up with the shampoo on your scalp. 

b. Which Hair Type Does It Suit Best? 

If you have fine, limp hair then this is a great option for you, because you are able to condition and add moisture to your hair, without weighing it down too much. Other hair types and textures can also benefit from this method. The main thing to remember about reverse washing is that it can hydrate your hair, without making it feel heavy and less voluminous.

c. What Kind of Water Is Best For It?

You should either use cold or lukewarm water during this hair washing routine. Avoid using hard water if possible and rather opt for filtered, or distilled water. Hard water can lead to mineral build-up on your scalp which can affect the health of your scalp.

3. Coconut Oil Pre-Wash

Applying coconut oil as a short leave-in treatment can help your hair to not absorb too much water while you’re washing it. When your hair absorbs too much water it can cause dryness which leaves your hair more exposed to damage. You should leave the coconut oil in your hair for at least 30 minutes before washing it out.

a. When To Use It?

If your hair is prone to dryness and frizz, the coconut oil pre-wash method can be highly beneficial for your hair. Coconut oil helps seal the hair cuticle, ensuring that moisture is trapped inside your hair and is unable to escape. Additionally, if you struggle to manage your hair and experience frequent flyaways, this method can help you tame those unruly strands. 

b. Which Hair Type Does It Suit Best? 

If you have curly or wavy hair, it’s very likely that dryness and frizz are part of your hair concerns. Coconut oil has the ability to not only help define the natural pattern of your curls, but it can provide your hair with much-needed moisture, making it more manageable and less prone to dullness and breakage. If you have color-treated hair, this method will help your hair retain its vibrancy and hydration without stripping away its color. 

c. What Kind of Water Is Best For It?

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Warm water opens up the hair cuticle and allows the oil to be better absorbed.

You should use warm water before applying the coconut oil, because warm water opens up the hair cuticle and allows the oil to be better absorbed. After leaving the coconut oil in for 30 minutes or so, you should wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as you normally would, and then use lukewarm water to rinse out the coconut oil properly.  

4. Using Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a quick and convenient alternative to clean your hair, without the need for water. It’s applied to the scalp and hair to remove extra oil, dirt, and sweat, and is available as a spray, powder, or foam. However, it’s important to remember that dry shampoo should be used in-between washes, and you still need to use a proper shampoo and conditioner at least once a week.

a. When To Use It?

It’s ideal for those who are on-the-go and need a convenient way to quickly clarify hair that feels oily or dirty and looks greasy. It can also be valuable as a quick post-workout cleanse for those people that live a more active lifestyle. Additionally, if you are someone who travels often and finds yourself in and out of hotels and airports, dry shampoo could make your hair washing routine a whole lot easier and faster.

b. Which Hair Type Does It Suit Best?

If you have fine or thin hair, dry shampoo can help create more volume and give your hair a thicker appearance. This is because dry shampoo can help lift your roots up and create a more voluminous-look for your thin hair. If you have color-treated hair, you may find that washing your hair too often causes the color to fade faster. With dry shampoo you can extend your time in-between washes and extend the lifespan of your color-treated hair.

c. What Kind of Water Is Best For It?

Dry shampoo doesn’t require the use of water and that is what makes it so convenient. Just remember that you should still wash your hair properly, at least 1-2 times a week according to your hair’s specific needs. 

5. Micellar Water Hair Cleansing

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Micellar water can remove impurities while keeping your sebum production in balance. 

Using micellar water to cleanse your hair is probably the most unconventional method out of all of the hair washing routines we’ve highlighted in this article. Micellar water contains micelles, which are elements that attach themselves to dirt and oil. Most cleansing agents strip the hair of its natural oils and key nutrients, but micellar water can remove impurities while keeping your sebum production in balance. 

a. When To Use It?

If you feel like your scalp is in need of a wash, but don’t want to wash your entire head of hair, then micellar water can be used effectively. Using micellar water creates a similar routine to using dry shampoo, where you may extend the days in between your normal washes. This also makes it an ideal cleansing method for those with color-treated hair who are looking to preserve their color for longer. 

b. Which Hair Type Does It Suit Best? 

Micellar water is a lightweight cleanser, meaning that if you have fine or thin hair, or any hair type really, it can effectively cleanse your scalp and hair without weighing it down and making it appear limp. Additionally, if you have curly or wavy hair, micellar water can provide your hair with a cleanse, without disrupting the natural pattern of your curls and affecting their vibrancy. Micellar water is also a valuable alternative to harsh shampoos, especially for people who have sensitive scalps. 

c. What Kind of Water Is Best For It?

Generally tap water is good enough for this, just be sure to use water that is slightly on the warmer side of lukewarm. Warm water can help open up the hair cuticle and ensure that the micellar water can effectively remove dirt, grime and impurities from your hair. It’s best to avoid using hard water when washing your hair, and we suggest using filtered water that is free of minerals whenever you’re washing your hair. This way, you avoid mineral buildup on your scalp and end up with hair that is healthier overall.


It’s important that you experiment with different routines, products, and water types to ensure that your hair care regimen aligns with your unique needs. This approach is key to achieving healthier, more vibrant hair that you can confidently embrace. Remember, the choice of water plays a significant role in this process. Steer clear of hard water, and be mindful of water temperature, as it can make a huge difference depending on your chosen routine. When you maintain your hair using this tailored and exploratory mindset, you pave the way for a more personalized and effective hair care journey!