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Achieve your hair goals with hair cycling

Written by: Mimi Kone



Time to read 3 min

Haircare is an ever-evolving realm with endless techniques promising to bring vibrancy, health, and length to your locks. Among the plethora of hair trends, hair cycling has made a significant splash in the beauty community, especially among individuals blessed with the unique texture of afro hair. Mimi et Mina, your sanctuary for luxurious hair care, is here to guide you on a journey through the world of hair cycling. As a high-end salon and e-commerce platform dedicated to women of colour, we understand the intricacy and beauty of black hair. So, let’s dive into this viral trend and see how it can elevate your hair care regimen.

What is Hair Cycling?

Hair cycling is a novel approach to hair care that focuses on alternating between different products or routines to promote optimal hair health. Much like your skin, your hair can also get ‘used’ to the same products over time, reducing their efficacy. Hair cycling suggests a structured shift in your hair care routine to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles, ensuring they receive a varied range of nutrients and care. This method can be particularly beneficial for afro hair, known for its unique texture and care requirements.

woman combing afro hair Photo by Anna Shvets:

Why Adopt Hair Cycling?

Afro hair is a glorious crown that requires tender love and care. Hair cycling can be an invaluable addition to your hair care regimen, helping to combat issues such as dryness, breakage, and stunted growth. By regularly switching up your products and routines, you're providing a holistic range of nourishment, combating product buildup, and promoting healthier, more vibrant locks. So why could it be a great idea to adopt hair cycling? Here are a few reasons: 

Diverse Nutrient Profile: Just as our body thrives on a varied diet, our hair benefits from a mix of nutrients. Hair cycling ensures your locks get everything they need, from hydration to protein treatments.

Avoid Product Build-up: Using the same products continuously can lead to residue build-up, weighing down your hair. Cycling prevents this, keeping your hair fresh and responsive.

Discover What Works: By rotating products, you can better understand what your hair loves and what it could do without.

Cost-Effective: Instead of splurging on the latest product every week, hair cycling allows you to make the most of what you have, extending the life of each product.

How to Do It Right:

  • Understanding Your Hair: Begin by understanding your hair type, its needs, and how it reacts to different products.
  • Cycle Your Products: Alternate between moisturising, protein-based, and clarifying products. For instance, if you have been using a moisturising shampoo for a month, switch to a protein-based one in the next.
  • Routine Rotation: Similarly, alternate between different hair care routines. If you’ve been co-washing, try incorporating a clarifying shampoo every other week.
  • Observation: Monitor how your hair responds to the changes, and adjust your cycling routine accordingly.
woman under the shower with water running through her hair

Choosing the Right Products:

Selecting products that complement the hair cycling method while catering to the needs of afro hair is crucial. Here at Mimi et Mina, we offer a curated selection of high-end products designed for the unique texture of black hair. Our recommendations include:

Moisturizing Shampoo:

Protein-based Conditioner:

Clarifying Scalp Treatment:

  • Exfoliating Shampoo: Products like Boucleme Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo help exfoliate the scalp to remove buildup​.
  • Apple Cider Rinse: Mixing 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with around 16 oz of room temperature distilled water, applying after shampooing, and rinsing with cool water can help clarify the hair and scalp​.
  • Bentonite Clay Mask: Applying a bentonite clay mask can help remove toxins from both the hair and scalp, while also defining curls. It's recommended to avoid contact with metal during application, as it can deactivate the clay’s charge​.

Make sure to patch-test any new products to ensure they won’t cause irritation, and consider consulting with a hair care professional to tailor a regimen to your unique hair needs.

These products can be effortlessly cycled to provide a comprehensive care routine for your afro hair, ensuring it receives the nourishment, strengthening, and cleansing it needs.


Hair cycling is more than just a fleeting trend; it's a pathway to unlocking the full potential of your beautiful afro hair. With the right knowledge, products, and a dash of patience, you’re well on your way to achieving your hair goals. Mimi et Mina is here to support you on this exciting journey, offering not only luxurious salon services but a range of products that align with the ethos of hair cycling. Embrace the cycle, nurture your locks, and revel in the natural beauty of your unique hair.


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