My Everything Shower for Hair—A Step By Step Guide

September 29, 2023 (updated May 7, 2024) — Written by

Have you heard of the Everything Shower? We’re kicking it up a notch and adding an “Everything Hair” routine. This ultra in-depth hair care goes way beyond your typical wash n’ go and focuses on your strands in a way you don’t have time to on the daily (spoiler: it’s so worth it). Check out our step-by-step guide (with product recs!) to keep hair healthy, free of build up and looking its best.

Woman wearing a towel after a hair everything shower

By: Lisa Fennessy 

This post is partially sponsored by EVOLVh, an ethical haircare line that meets ECOCERT requirements, COSMOS requirements, is Soils Association Approved, NaTrue Approved and Global Approved. As always, The New Knew only works with brands who we trust are making the world a better place.

You’ve heard of the Everything Shower and if you haven’t, one quick search of #showertok will get you up to speed on how to be a maximalist when it comes to your shower routine. Although a lot of these routines are absurd, this concept speaks to most of us because we’ve all had “that shower” where we’ve thought to ourselves, “I’m going to run through my full routine today.” And while that usually doesn’t mean a four hour shower, it more realistically means extending a regular shower to include a face mask and a shave…or something like that. 

In that vein, we are coming at you today with the Everything Shower for hair. This is where you take some time to fully focus on your hair and care for it in a way you don’t have time to on the daily. 

Personally? I have gray hair so I’m constantly craving more shine, more hydration and less flyaways. But on the fringe, I also like to treat my hair to help avoid split ends, remove product buildup, brighten and boost blood circulation on the scalp to encourage growth. 

Curious to see what that looks like? Great! Today we are taking you step by step through my Everything Shower for hair. Take this routine and follow it to a T for the full experience OR cherry pick the bits that work for you.  

IN THIS POST:


Step 1: Pre shower, detangle and treat 

Believe it or not, my Everything Shower for hair starts before I even get in the shower. First I take a few minutes to brush out my hair which is beneficial for a few reasons. Brushing out hair helps move your natural hair oils from your scalp to the rest of your hair. This is a great way to help condition and protect your hair. 

It also helps detangle it. Brushing and detangling hair is better to do on dry hair because dry hair is less vulnerable to breakage—and you’ll have an easier time working products into hair when it’s snarl-free.

Next, I apply a pre-shower hair oil treatment to my ends only. My scalp doesn’t need more oils but my ends do so I prefer spot-treating here. I get my ends all oiled up and then clip my hair up for 15 mins to an hour while I do other things. If I’m feeling really extra I’ll throw a towel in the dryer to warm it up and then wrap my hair in it to help the oil penetrate and offer deeper moisturizing benefits. 

You can use any hair oil but right now I’m obsessed with the Om Coconut + Pracaxi Deep Conditioning Hair Mask for two reasons. The scent is a coconut-lovers dream come true. And it leaves my hair SO SOFT AND CONDITIONED. Let me also add, I hate when I oil my hair and then wash it and my hair is still oily. But, while this mask is loaded with conditioning oils, it’s also water-based so that doesn’t happen here. 

Lastly, don’t feel like buying a fancy hair mask? Try making your own!

Steps:

1. Thoroughly comb or brush through to remove tangles
2. Apply oil or deep conditioning mask to dry hair from scalp to ends
3. Wrap hair in a towel and let it sit for 15-60 mins (bonus if it’s a hot towel from the dryer!)

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Lisa shampooing her hair.

Step 2: Double cleansing and scalp exfoliating

Then I get into the shower and the first thing I do is exfoliate my scalp. Yes this is a thing and I am so here for it. This step helps remove product buildup, flakes and unclog any blocked follicles. Plus it feels so good and literally makes all the difference. 

I currently have two favorite exfoliating shampoos. One is natureofthings Cleansing Body & Scalp Polish. This is a very gentle exfoliating shampoo that doesn’t feel gritty. Instead it uses Moroccan Rhassoul clay to draw out dirt and debris and Himalayan salt and volcanic ash to exfoliate dead skin and remove build up. I also love that it has cinnamon oil to help promote circulation. 

The other is Briogeo Scalp Revival. This is a tiny bit gritty and foams up nicely using dissolvable granules and binchotan charcoal to reduce flakes and unclog hair follicles. This whipped cleanser cleans really well leaving hair and scalp feeling fresh and tea-tree minty. 

The key here (per usual) is to double cleanse. So you can use either of these twice in a row which is what I prefer to do or sometimes I will do one of these exfoliating shampoos followed by a moisturizing shampoo.

Or if you have blonde or gray hair (like me), swap in a purple shampoo for your 2nd cleanse to brighten and keep brassy tones at bay.

Steps:

4. Exfoliate scalp to remove product buildup, flakes and unblock blocked follicles
5. Repeat or double cleanse with a moisturizing shampoo 

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Step 3: Deep conditioning hair mask

Lastly, I apply a deep conditioning mask and brush through to evenly distribute through my hair. I love a vented paddle or a detangling comb because it dries quickly and doesn’t get gunky after it’s been wet a few times. Also, the wide tooth layout is extra gentle on hair. 

Here’s your chance to keep going with an Everything Shower for hair. Twist your hair into a clip to take advantage of extra moisturizing minutes while you do the works. 

Steps:

6. Apply deep conditioning mask
7. Brush through with a shower brush to evenly distribute the mask
8. Clip hair up to continue treating while you finish the rest of your shower

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Woman holding up bottle of Evolvh Smart Start Leave in Conditioner

Step 4: Rinse, dry and prep for styling

But don’t stop there, be sure to dry and prep for stying in a way that supports and protects hair. For me, this means using a leave-in conditioner that detangles, fights frizz, balances pH and basically adds back the benefits of anything you rinsed out. Not to mention, I need something that, as a last layer, protects hair from heat styling tools and elements like UV. What does all of this and more? Look no further than EVOLVh’s SmartStart Leave-In. I love how lightweight it is, you literally can’t apply too much and doesn’t weigh hair down at all. So good. 

Next, be sure to pick the right towel. Avoid terry cloth towels when drying hair, they can snap your strands and cause additional frizz. For the most moisture absorbency try Ettitude’s Bamboo Waffle Hair Towel which absorbs maximum water so hair dries quickly. Love the button and loop design so it stays put. For curly gals or those that need a little more moisture in their styling try wrapping hair in a t-shirt to gently remove some water but not all.

P.S. Want to take your Everything Shower for hair up a notch? Try investing in a shower filter. Shower filters remove chlorine, heavy metals & other contaminants from your water that can dry out your skin and hair, break down amino acids and dissolve lipids that keep hair strong.

Steps:

9. Rinse with filtered water if possible
10. Wrap hair in a frizz reducing towel
11. Before styling, protect hair with a leave-in-treatment


Anything you’d add to the mix?!

xo, lisa in cursive

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By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Julianne

    Hi! Can you please tell me the difference between the polishing balm and the leave in conditioner?
    Thanks!

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Julianne! I asked the brand to confirm and this is what they said, “SuperFinish and SmartStart are quite different forms, although they both provide some of the same benefits like frizz control and UV and heat protection. SmartStart is a water based leave-in conditioning spray that you apply when your hair is wet out of the shower, and can also be reapplied each morning in between washes to freshen your hair. It detangles, balances pH and all of the other benefits listed on our website. SuperFinish is a balm/serum texture that you also apply when your hair is wet. It is a styling product that smoothes hair and tames flyaways.
      So basically one is a leave-in spray and one is a balm, but they do provide some similar benefits.” Hope this helps!

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