If you feel like you hate everyone, eat something.
If you feel like everyone hates you, go to bed.
If you feel like you hate yourself, take a shower – and an everything shower for that.
And yes, an everything shower does sound tedious, especially after watching all the TikTok videos floating around, but as a Black Girl who’s tried it, I can swear (on my mama) that it is the perfect self-care moment for you.
If you have the time (which is currently a luxury), indulging in this weekly ritual effortlessly sets you up for a monumental week or picks you up after a bad one.
So, if you’ve wanted to treat yourself to an everything shower but have been feeling overwhelmed by the ‘everything of it all,’ fret not. Below is a breakdown of the best Black Girl weekly everything-shower routine, from setting the mood to sitting cozy in the silkiest pajamas the world’s ever known!
What Is An Everything Shower?
@alexwaarrenIs an EVERYTHING SHOWER an actual thing??♬ original sound – Alex warren
An ‘everything shower’ is your regular ol’ shower routine on steroids. It’s basically like a spring cleaning of the body. Anything you’ve always wanted or needed to do in the shower, you’re doing during this wash.
So, if you’ve been feeling a little hairy lately, this is the time to get your shaving kit. Need some hair TLC? You guessed it: it’s time to get your hair masks, shampoos, conditioners, and serums in a row. Body scrub? Might as well toss it in. The list goes on and on and on…and it’s slightly different for everyone.
The goal here is to treat yourself to some self-care and unwind after what might have been the longest week of your life.
What Are The Benefits Of An Everything Shower?
Beyond the perks of getting your body as clean as a new pin, an everything shower offers benefits such as:
It Can Be Meditative
You’ve always heard artists, billionaires, and creators talking about coming up with the brightest ideas in the bathroom.
For the longest time, this idea might have sounded farfetched and perplexing (especially if you only managed to fantasize about that bacon-filled lunch you had on Tuesday or how Liam looked at you at the elevator).
But recent studies show that something about relaxing in the shower or the bathtub settles your mind, unleashing streams of clarity, consciousness, and creativity.
Utilizing a few practices like turning on meditative music, lighting up candles, or spritzing some nerves-relaxing essential oils before taking your everything shower can also help center your mind, induce calm, and sweep away the stress.
It is the best form of present-moment meditation.
Water Temperatures Have Massive Full-Body Effects
Warm water relaxes you. Period!
It has a way of soothing muscle tension and stiffness, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready to sit on that project.
On the other hand, cold water feels good on a terrifyingly hot summer afternoon and has also been shown to alleviate anxiety and depression, boost sleep, ease pain, and reduce inflammation (hello, cryotherapy).
And not to mention, a good cold splash helps seal in moisture in your hair shaft and prevents frizz. So please don’t sleep on it, my curly-haired Queens.
It Has Positive Effects On Your Mental Being
Habits, rituals, and routines have long been known to positively affect our energies and mental well-being because they help us feel safe, comfortable, and confident.
Studies have also shown that the act of cleansing is related to the reduction in anxiety – when you take care of yourself (and your body), it lowers cortisol levels and raises all those positive molecules, which is incredible for your mood, healing, and inflammation.
In other words, an everything shower offers you nothing but peace and happiness.
How To Take A Black Girl Everything Shower
Now, before we get to the good stuff, remember that for a Black Girl everything shower is all about you, hun.
So, do what makes you feel your best. Not big on using razor kits? Maybe try sugaring or skip the process entirely. There’s no one-size-fits-all for an everything shower.
But if you have no idea where to start, this is our ECT-approved Black Girl Everything shower order:
Set The Mood
To create a spa-like effect as you take your entire shower, cue in some relaxing music. Your Spotify DJ can help with that, or you can put your favorite playlist on play.
You can add aromatherapy bits like these Aofmee Shower Steamers ($8) from Amazon. They’re loaded with chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, mint, rosemary, ylang-ylang, and rose to help calm your nerves and provide the ultimate everything shower experience.
A candle or oil diffuser could also help level up your shower aromatherapy.
Once the vibes are perfect, you can do your pre-shower steps, which include:
This purely depends on you, but we love to start ours with some:
@seqele This everything shower routine TOOK all my engergy byt it felt good (not an everyday routine) #everythingshower #showerroutine #hygiene #shaveroutine ♬ Aesthetic – Gaspar
The TikTok babes have been encouraging us to take up dry brushing, and for good reason. The ritual has been said to provide body and spirit-enlivening massages, wake up all your senses, and leave you with a silky-smooth, all-over body glow.
To do it:
- First, get yourself this Metene Dry Brushing Body Brush ($5) from Amazon (and remember to choose one based on your skin type).
- Start at your feet and dry brush in an upward motion towards the heart
- You could also start on your arms, beginning at the hand and working upward toward your chest
- Use firm, small strokes upward or in a circular motion
- For your belly and thigh areas, dry brush in a clockwise direction
This can involve floss, your favorite toothpaste, an electric brush/or a regular toothbrush. Afterwards, cleanse your mouth with an excellent oral rinse like the TheraBreath Fresh Breath Mouth Wash ($15).
For the girlies who pay close attention to their tongue hygiene, this Mayace 2Pc Tongue Cleansing Kit ($13) has been selling like hotcakes on Amazon.
Pre-Shower Face & Hair Mask
If you like and love a good face mask, now is the time to incorporate it in your everything shower. The Buttah Charcoal Detox Mask ($26) is our go-to. It is packed with shea butter and bentonite clay that clarifies, cleanses, and detoxifies your skin to give it a sexy, radiant glow.
You can also apply your favorite hair mask to help revive your strands and ease your transition between styles.
Once your masks are settled in and ready for a quick wash, it’s time to hop into the shower.
For your everything shower “in shower” routine, many girlies have been starting with a quick rinse. That means washing off the face mask plus hair mask and running some warm water through your body for that calming feel.
When you’re satisfied, then you need to do your Black Girl shower routine starting with a:
A Black Girl everything shower routine isn’t complete without showing your scalp some TLC. To do this, you need to start with a clarifying shampoo like the Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo ($11) from Amazon.
It’s made from a rich combination of all-natural ingredients such as aloe, lemon oil, and vitamin E, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to rid their strand of product build-up and green-ify their haircare routine.
Let’s not forget the delightful lemonade scent that will make your everything shower routine even more appealing—# whoevenneedsaspa.
Follow up the shampoo with a conditioner like the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair ($12). It’s an oldie-but-a-goodie-goldie conditioner that hydrates, repairs damaged strands and smells otherworldly.
Oh, and don’t forget to give yourself a good scalp massage. Also, let the conditioner settle in for about 15 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
While the conditioner settles in, you can start exfoliating your body with your favorite scrub. Ours is the OUAI St. Barts Scalp & Body Scrub ($40), which has been lauded for scrubbing the drama and bad vibes out of your life.
The blend of sugar and coconut cuts through to cleanse your scalp and strands, all while calming the craziness. It also smells like a slice of heaven.
Up next, shave time!
Since you’ve already exfoliated, you can expect the shaving process to go smoothly. The razor bumps and burns will also be minimal.
Finish up your everything-in-shower routine with a relaxing body wash or oil. And you can never go wrong with the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash($10). It’s a classic for a reason!
But if you need something a little fancy, the Old Spice Wild Bearglove Scent Body Wash ($10) smells like heaven.
If you’re like us, the everything shower routine isn’t truly over until you’re out of the bathroom and into your silky pajamas. But to get there, you need to cherry on top your routine with some post-shower care.
For us, this includes:
We haven’t touched our faces yet and for a reason.
With all the haircare and products touching your face, you need to cleanse and double cleanse your money-maker to allow for a clean base for applying your serums, moisturizers, and SPF.
For the best products to use, you can mirror Karrueche Tran’s skinimalism routine or go with this lazy-girl skincare routine for acne-and-oil-ridden skin.
@musingsofacurvylady @Kim🏾 i trust you babe and i need @Lume Deodorant to give you all the roses, code and cash money. You made me a believer girl. #lumedeodorant #lumeacidifiedbodywash #lumeacidifiedwipes #bodycare #selfcare #showerroutine #plussizetiktok #blackgirltiktok #blackgirlbodycare ♬ original sound – musingsofacurvylady
Don’t forget your armpits and inner thighs during this process.
Body Oil Or Cream
Apply body oil or cream to keep your skin feeling smooth and radiant.
Slathering on a few drops of the Body Shop Mandarin & Bergamot Body Oil ($14) is one of our favorite ways to let the good vibes radiate all day.
Lastly, feed your strands with a hydrating hair serum to seal in moisture and keep your tresses healthy AF.
Our favorite go-to for this is the Kreyol Essence Soft Hair Don’t Care Multi-Vitamin Hair Serum ($25). It has a multi-fruit superfood complex, Haitian moringa oil, black castor, argan, and squalene that solve almost all your hair problems.
You could also steal some of these incredible everything shower routines from your favorite Black Girl self-care influencers:
A birthday dinner everything shower!
@angybvby My everything Shower for my Birthday Dinner 🤍 Products I Used : Dry Brush – @EcoTools Body scrub – @Josie Maran Exfoliating Bar – @The Nécessaire Shop African Net – @Amazon Bodywash – @Native Face Scrub – @FENTY SKIN Face wash – @pacificabeauty Toner – @Charlotte Tilbury Sunscreen – Josie Maran Lotion – @NIVEA Eye cream – Charlotte Tilburry Deodarant – @dove Argan oil – Josie Maran Perfume – Si @Armani beauty . . . #showertok #doublecleanse #showertiktok #selfcareroutine #blackgiritiktok #softlife #blackgirlluxury #showerroutine #everythingshower #SelfCare #selflove #hygieneroutine #Unwind #relaxation #birthdayprep #angybvby #showertips #bodycareroutine #bodycareproducts #hygieneproducts #hygienetips #showerroutine ♬ Dreams – lofi’chield
A night-time everything shower routine
@officialtyrad Baby after an everything shower you feel like a new girl okayy🚿Full video on my Youtube channel: Tyra D❤️ #showertok🚿💦 #everythingshowerroutine #showerwithme🚿 #skincareroutine #nighttimeroutineskincare #nightroutinevlog #nightroutineblackgirl #blackgirlskincareroutine ♬ Calm (Lofi) – Faneo sound
A ‘corrective’ everything shower routine
@jazturner16 POV: You’re doing your everything shower WRONG #showerroutine #bodycareroutine #bodycaretips ♬ Chopin Nocturne No. 2 Piano Mono – moshimo sound design
for the curly-haired babes:
@kaylaniquiocho The curls are back and the skin is poppin! #everythingshower #curlyhairroutine #curlyhairtutorial #skincareforblackwomen #showerroutine ♬ original sound – Kaylani Quiocho
Just to show you how good an everything shower is. #BlackGirlMagic
@itz.nesha baby the first time had me shook, astonished almost. bout to pass out and all 😭 #blackgirlmagic #fypシ #collegestruggles #blowthisupforme #smallcontentcreator ♬ Aint nobody told me nothing – Kendria Bland
If you’re looking for a visual step-by-step everything shower routine:
What does your everything shower routine look like?
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