The Maximum Hydration Method is a hair regimen designed by a naturalista like you and I. (I don’t know her name, if you do, please let me know so I can give her credit, but I think she’s active on Black Hair Media forum as pinkecube) This regimen is quite similar to the Curly Girl method. She says that following her regimen will put your Type 4 hair in a super super hydrated state, and this super maximum hydration will translate to curl definition, and more. This routine is ideal for Type 4 hair, especially if it’s low porosity, but you’re welcome to try it even if you’re a high porosity girl.
Promises of the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM):
- Root to Tip definition on Product-free hair
- Root to Tip definition in Wash & Go’s
- Styles last longer and come out more defined and easy to separate
- Super soft, pliable hair
- Detangling is easier
- Split ends and Single Strand Knots (SSKs) rarely occur
- Moveable, shakeable hair even when dry
- Use less product to style.
What’s the MHM Regimen?
For the 411 on the regimen, you can visit the site over here, and watch these videos below. Ms DeeKay has been following the regimen for a while with her 4C hair. She’s really into it, so to learn more, scoot over to her blog to read about her experience in detail. She has written 16 posts so far on the MHM, and nicely arranged them for your easy reference, over here.
But in a nutshell, here it is:
Cherry Lola treatment to begin the regimen and every two weeks after that or when necessary.
5 Step Maximum Hydration Method Daily Regimen
Step 1: Clarify with Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda mixture.
Step 2: Deep condition overnight. Detangle and rinse out conditioner
Step 3: Clarify with clay rinse (bentonite clay, terresentials, rhassoul), to absorb toxins
Step 4: Leave-in conditioner
Step 5: Botanical, non-drying gel.
Optional Step 6: Stretching techniques that do not smoosh like rolling, pinning, clipping.
For best results, do the 5-step routine for 7 days straight, and after that, you can do 3 consecutive days every week.
Will I Be Trying The Maximum Hydration Method?
No I will not. For the following non-scientific reasons:
- I have a regimen that’s working well for me. (If it ain’t broke…)
- I actually like my “unshakeable” fro. As long as it’s fluffy and cotton candy soft, I am happy.
- Even if I wanted to do this just to see, this regimen looks like a lot of work. LOL. I have capacity for suffer head but definitely not when it involves getting my hair wet a lot! I’m on that protective styling, low-manipulation P sef, so I’ll pass.
That’s just me though. Do you, boo!
Having stated my stance, I can’t really think of any serious reasons why you shouldn’t try this if you’re interested.
Yes, frequent washing of kinky-curly hair can lead to wear and tear along the hair shaft, and yes, there is such a thing as over moisturising.
BUT, if you want to try the Maximum Hydration Method, go ahead! I’ve seen before and after photos (here), read testimonials, it’s working for others, perhaps it could work for you too. I’ve also seen some MHM videos on YouTube & Facebook and those curls look healthy! This for me is the most important thing- defined or undefined, poppin’ or nah, please keep your curls healthy! And try not to get hung up. Curly or not, our kinks are beautiful! <3
I no dey for this one, but MeeMee is. She has pasted the steps on her wall lol and will be trying the MHM. Soon enough, she’ll tell us her MHM story! 🙂
So, what do you think ladies? Yes or No? If you’re an #MHM fan already, I’m really genuinely interested in learning more about the effects of this regimen on your hair. What if you stop doing the regimen? Do your curls continue to pop or they go back to the old state? Why are all the MHM curls in the After shots downward facing? More importantly, are Single Strand Knots truly banished forever? Let’s discuss!
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