Hope you had a wonderful week and are ready to wind down for the weekend. To end the week, I have another Max Hydration Feature. Today I’m featuring Kayla, YouTube Natural Hair Vlogger at glamourstruckk and blogger at What The Kink. Kayla shares her natural hair journey and experiences with the Max Hydration Regimen so far. Enjoy
Kayla before MHM
How long have you been natural?
I have been growing out my natural hair since my last relaxer back in April of 2010. I transitioned for a year and a half and have been fully natural almost 3 years, since October 2011.
Why did you decided to go natural and what are your experiences being natural.
I decided to go natural for a mix of reasons. I had gone to college and begun taking care of my own hair and was experiencing extreme breakage in the back of my head. Also, I remembered being natural and having hair pressed so straight that people would approach my mother asking if I had a relaxer. I figured what was the point of having relaxed, breaking hair if I could get the straight look chemical free? I also wanted the versatility to be able to turn around and wear a natural style. My relaxed hair was bone straight even when wet so the main styling option was wearing it straight. BOR-ING!
Being and going natural has never been easy for me. Not many people in my family are natural and I also have a licensed cosmetologist in the mix. She contacted me one evening asking me “What happened to the girl with the good hair?” Also, my mom expressed concern that I would not be able to get a job and that anyone complimenting my wigs (a style I have dabbled in) was lying to me. The video of me crying about this is one of the more popular videos on my channel.
I think seeing what I have done with my natural hair and the attention my blog/YouTube channel has gotten has eased some of these things. It’s as though people have had a “Oh! That’s what you were doing!” moment.
What’s your hair type, texture, length?
My hair is MBL, dense, with normal strands. As far as curl pattern I was unsure in the beginning and (due to the MHM) am even more unsure now! I originally believed I had no curl pattern, then a little bit of 4b surrounded by frizz, now I see that my hair is mostly wavy. With dedication to the MHM it may become more curly as time goes on.
What are some of your struggles (if any) being natural before MHM?
I’m thinking you mean struggles with styling/care. I found the ultimate battle to be detangling and not because my hair was super tangled. I just found that it took a long time to get my hair thoroughly detangled and I would always be trying to find ways to lose less hair as I detangled.
I also struggled with drying time. My hair took what seemed like 1,000 years to dry. For a natural that was mainly wearing sets, wet hair is a big no-no!
How did you find out about MHM and why did you decide to give it a try?
I was looking at a cute “wash and fro” video and as is my habit, I was reading the comments. Someone left a comment linking to the Max Hydration thread on BHM. I was curious and clicked through. The thread kept mentioning the “Wash and Gos Don’t Work on Nappy Hair” thread so I went and read that one first. The thought that frizz is not a hair type really stuck out to me because my hair at the time was overall undefined.
I decided to try the method out because the word HYDRATION got me. I was thinking “I don’t care if not a curl pops out of my hair! I want moisture!” I have been struggling with retention all of a sudden and I thought that moisture might help my retention.
How long have you been doing MHM?
I have been doing MHM a little over 1 month.
Kayla’s 1 month progress with MHM
What are your experience with MHM so far?
So far my experience has been great! My detangling time has greatly decreased along with the amount of shed hair. My hair’s drying time is now down to a few hours and it is always dry when I’m ready to go to bed. As a side effect of more moisture, I am seeing that my hair in fact does have a curl pattern and it is coming through more with each wash.
Your views/experiences and maybe other people’s view of your hair before and after MHM.
I’m still very young in MHM so I haven’t had much feedback on it yet. I’ve received some random compliments when I’m out and about but I got those before with my hair set in twists, braids, or bantu knots.
Some advice to anyone who is considering trying it for the first time or to other naturals in general.
My biggest advice would be “DON’T SLEEP!” What I mean is don’t count this regimen out as too time consuming or unbelievable without trying it. It really does get quicker and easier over time and your hair will react almost instantly. It does take some months for the hair to reach it’s full potential, but keep at it.
Kayla has recently written a blog post on how much time she spends on the regimen compared to her old regimen. If you’d like to know her thoughts, head over to her blog What The Kink and check her post out…
If you’re currently doing the Max Hydration regimen and would like share your own story you can email me at msdeekay2012 at gmail dot com. Good luck on your Journey to Max Hydration and Happy Hydrating
Thanks so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful weekend
Much Love & Blessings,