I hope you’re having a great day Today, I’ll be answer another MHM FAQ that I get quite often regarding how long it takes to reach Max Hydration and what to do after, this time specifically in regards to using products on the MHM recommended list.
Here’s the question below:
I’m just discovering this regimen and I’m so interested though I’m not too sure about buying the products just yet. What I’d like to know is after you’ve reached maximum hydration, (which I assume is within 7 days of doing the regimen) do you have to continue using those specific products for a simple wash and go, or any style. Like for example, I use the kinky curly knot today for the MHM, can I go back to my regular conditioner right after when I’m OK with my results and the same for the gels?
There has been a lot of confusion concerning the initial 7 day MHM challenge. The initial 7 day challenge was created for those just starting out the regimen in order to help them boost their hydration levels. Because most people just starting out the regimen, especially those with low porosity hair, start off with severely dehydrated hair. The initial 7 day challenge will help boost the hydration levels quicker. Although it is beneficial, it is not necessary to start with this challenge, which involves doing your hair everyday for the first week of starting the regimen. Max Hydration will not be reached within 7 days of doing the regimen. Depending on your hair’s condition, hydration levels and how often you hydrate your hair, reaching Max Hydration will take at least a month and even longer for most people. I have a whole post detailing how long it takes to reach max hydration, the signs and factors necessary to reach max hydration if you haven’t read the post, you can read it here:
MHM FAQ | What are the signs of Max Hydration?
The MHM recommended product list is one of the factors that contribute to help build moisture and hydration levels. This is because the products on the list are specifically chosen based on the fact:
- That they do not contain ingredients that can either cause build up on the hair and prevent the hair from easily absorbing moisture.
- Products that contain ingredients that are drying and can steal moisture from the hair.
Depending on your hair’s porosity, sensitivity to ingredients and hydration levels, if you simply went back to using products not on the MHM recommended product list, eventually over time, your hair may start to dry out and frizz again.
I compare it to being on a clean diet or healthy lifestyle journey and then after reaching your fitness and health goal, start going back to an old diet. Your body will slowly and eventually go back to the condition it was before you started the healthy lifestyle journey.
That being said I’ve seen other naturals do the MHM regimen with products not on the recommended list, with great results. Because of this, my advice would be to make your own informed decision, based on how your hair reacts to different ingredients in products, your porosity and hydration levels. Once you learn what your own hair thrives on and doesn’t thrive on you can make the necessary adjustments to the regimen.
I hope this helps and I wish you a wonderful hydration journey
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