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Today I’ll be sharing how I make my clay mixture for Step 3 of the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen. But before we get into that, I just want to briefly talk about how clay is able to cleanse hair.
Clay is a fine grained soil that contains minerals. I know what you’re probably thinking, if clay is soil/dirt won’t it make my hair dirty? At least that’s what I thought when I first heard of using clay to cleanse the hair and skin LOL
Apparently clay contains a strong ionic negative charge which gives it the ability to act as a magnet. This means impurities which carry a positive charge latch onto it and are washed away with the clay when you rinse it off your hair or skin.
Some of the benefits of using clay to cleanse the hair include:
It detoxes, clarifies and helps remove build up from hair without stripping the hair of its natural oils or moisture.
It moisturizes, conditions and nourishes hair.
It helps define the natural curl pattern and eliminate frizz.
It helps cure and prevent psoriasis, eczema, or dandruff from the scalp.
Makes detangling the hair easier.
Leaves the hair soft and helps improve hair’s health and growth.
Lifts the cuticles and allows hair to absorb moisture easier.
How to mix the clay:
To make the clay application easier, I mix my clay into a 32 ounce bottle. You can use an old conditioner, shampoo or even dishwashing soap.
You can use a funnel (if you don’t have one you can role a piece of paper into the shape of a cone and use that as a funnel) to pour the clay powder into the bottle. Then you can add the rest of the ingredients below and shake your bottle to make sure everything is mixed together.
My absolute favourite part of the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen is the clay rinse. I don’t know what took me so long from trying to cleanse my hair with clay. I absolutely love the way my hair feels after I rinse it out. It leaves my hair feeling soft, conditioned and it helps define my curls.
When selecting clay for your hair, It doesn’t really matter what kind of clay you choose as long as it’s pure clay. If you choose to go with a mud wash such as terressentials just be cautious of ingredients such as Aloe Vera. This is because some naturals especially those with low porosity or type 4c/kinkier texture find it to be stripping to their hair. Glycerin is another ingredient to watch out for in pre-mixed mud washes because it pulls moisture out of hair cortex in dry conditions. Both Aloe Vera and Glycerin are astringent.
A lot of people ask why is the gel step necessary for this regimen. The botanical gel functions as a sealant in this regimen.
It seals the moisture in, and your cuticles are closing because the gel is ph balanced. The gel also helps with definition, by keeping the coils in their clumps and preventing them from tangling onto each other, acting like a protective style. The gel cast also protects the cuticle layer.
Non-drying Gel Recommendations:
List of Recommended Gels, along with ingredients, sizes and price.
Pinke created the list and arranged them in order of price value, lowest to highest. All of these gels are made without glycerin, denatured alcohol, protein, unwater soluable silicones (note: majority of these contain no silicones at all or polyquats, but a few do, though not within the top 5 ingredients. Bolded are the ones that do.), mineral oil, and panthenol (note: panthenol behaves like mild protein, the few gels that contain it in this list, can either be customly taken out on the website, or are not in the top 5 ingredients.)
Herb infused distilled water infused, aloe vera juice, Shea oil, grape seed oil, macadamia nut oil, *Jamaican Black Castor Oil, carbomer,*organic marshmallow root, *organic slippery elm bark, *Jamaican Black Castor Oil, potassium sorbate, willows bark, lemon & peppermint essential oils, citric acid.
What I love about this list is it contains a wide range of gels created by black entrepreneurs who understand the special needs of our type of hair. By purchasing products from these black owned hair care lines, we are also supporting and helping to build our community.
Gel in Natural Hair & Styling Preference
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥, Much Love & Blessings, XOXO Dee
I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I just wanted to answer and clarify my progress for those of you who may have just started the regimen or are contemplating on starting the regimen.
First I just wanted to clarify that I’m not newly natural. I’ve been natural for five years now. Through the course of being natural, I had never seen curl pattern on my hair.On my May update I mentioned that I truly believed that I had no curl pattern.
I struggled with set styles like twist outs, bantu knots outs etc These styles never set on my hair. They appeared frizzy. If I did get some definition it was on a small area on the front of my hair and by the end of the day this area would frizz up too.
For this reason I hated wearing my hair out and I always wore my hair in updos or twists. My regimen was pretty much the standard weekly regimen. I would wash and treat my hair every weekend and retwist it. My hair was breaking a lot and I was not retaining length.
I big chopped May last year due to postpartum shedding. Before I started the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen I had been doing GHE with castor oil. I started doing this since the beginning of September 2013 at 3 months post Big Chop. The reason I decided to do GHE with Castor Oil is because I had noticed my hairline was not growing at the same pace as the rest of my hair. I also noticed my hair was very dry and I was hoping this would help with that.
At the 3 months post Big Chop point, I did a video complaining about my dry hair and a lovely viewer and fellow youtuber, Joso Anani recommended I check my porosity because I could be Low Porosity.
After researching about Low porosity, it was just light bulb, after light bulb, after light bulb, everything made perfect sense to me. I had all the symptoms of Low Porosity Hair. I had done a lot of research on how to deal with Low Porosity Hair and was going to do the Cherry Lola Treatment.
I did the home based water test and according to this test, my hair was low porosity. I also ordered a Hair analysis test from Live Curly Live Free but their results contradicted my water test. They said that my hair porosity was actually normal. This analysis made me hold back on the Cherry Lola, but I proceeded to do GHE with Castor Oil on average about 3-5 days a week.
March this year, I decided to get more serious about the castor oil and GHE, therefore I tried to challenge myself to do it every single night. I also decided to Co-wash every morning, this was partly because my hair was pretty short and I loved the feeling of water on my head every morning.
After being consistent with this for a while my hair started being soft. I thought this meant my hair was moisturized. I also started noticing a few curls at the crown of my head. Around the same time I found this forum post about the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen.
While you wait, still clarify your hair everyday but more diluted. Do baking soda option to help lift the cuticle before you DC, but only 1.5 teaspoons, with the 1/3 cup of conditioner, and add water (not so much that it gets watery, but enough to foam a little) into an application bottle. Rinse out after 30 mins to an hour under a shower cap. Then do the DC/GHE step and wear a fancy headscarf when you go out over your cap while you GHE during the day.
I used Tresemme Naturals and Giovanni Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner when I did GHE/deep conditioned, as part of the clarifying mixture and as my co-wash. During this time my hair felt brittle and dry, this is when I had the ingredients of these products analysed and I learned the importance of using products which didn’t contain drying ingredients or ingredients that prevented my hair from absorbing moisture.
You can see from the conditioner only picture that the product was just sitting on my hair forming white residue, a symptom of low porosity hair.
I continued to experience this white residue for a few days after I had began doing the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen. Eventually my hair started absorbing moisture better and holding it in and the white residue stopped forming.
Answers to some questions I’ve received:
How often do I do the regimen?
I do the regimen every day or every two days. I have only spaced the regimen to 3 days maybe once. Because I didn’t like that I had to spend more time detangling. So I prefer to do my hair every 1 to 2 days. I also love the feeling of water on my hair.
Which options of the regimen do I do?
I always do the deep condition/GHE overnight option. Because I had great results with GHE previously, so I wanted to continue doing this. Also, because I felt like splitting the regimen into two mini routines(in the morning and evenings) was better for me time wise.
I only did the full regimen at one go about once or twice.
Did I do the regime straight for 2 months?
There were three times in between that I ran out of products and I had to wait for my shipment to arrive. During this time I would clarify in the morning with the baking soda mixture option and then GHE. I would GHE with my hair wet with no product using a plastic bag throughout the day and night. I would tie a satin scarf on top of the plastic bag ’till the next morning. In the morning I would clarify and do it all over again.
If it were during the day and I had to leave the house, I would wear a fancy scarf or hat on top of my satin scarf.
I would do this everyday until I received my products and then I would continue with the regular regimen. This would go on for about 2 weeks at a time
Do I think I’m close to Max Hydration?
I personally don’t think so because I consider this to be when you get root to tip definition on wet hair with no product.
I only have that for a couple of strands at the crown of my head and on the nape area.(These were the first areas that I started noticing curls during my GHE even before I started the regimen) I assume they had a head start in the hydration process.
I do get curls in some area with conditioner only, the gel sets these curls in place and helps other areas that are stubborn to clump as well.
Do I get Frizz and Shrinkage when my hair dries?
As far as frizzing and shrinkage goes, I do have a little shrinkage. The frizzing is at a minimum now, only in areas that are not as hydrated yet. 2nd day hair has more shrinkage, I think this is due to the fact that I run it under the shower to reactivate it.
Do I think I have retained length with this regimen?
My hair is actually retaining length. It’s amazing to see how much my hair has grown in only 2 months of doing this. I look forward to seeing how this will progress in a couple of months to come. The length retention could be attributed to the fact that my hair is getting moisturized and therefore I’m not experiencing breakage. I plan on doing length checks once I reach Maximum Hydration. It would be interesting to see how much length can be retained with this regimen.
Did I struggle with the Wash and Go Part of the regimen (Step 4 & 5 : Leave In & Gel)?
In my May update I mentioned that I was still trying to perfect the Wash & Go part of the regimen. I was going to watch the video uploaded by Pinke demonstrating the technique she uses with this step and practice it on my hair. I think I’m starting to get better and better at the wash and go technique. It’s still a work in progress but it’s much better now. I don’t get the over clumping of sections that I used to get anymore.
Because this process is very new to me and everyone, in order to better keep track of what is going on with my hair, I plan to keep a diary and will share some things that I may be noticing as a reference point from now on.
I hope this helped answering any question y’all may have about my progress. If you have any more questions you can leave them down in the comment section.
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥, Much Love & Blessings, XOXO Dee
I remember when I first found out about the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen, I immediately started looking into my product stash to see if there is anything in there, that I could use with the regimen. To my surprise none of the products I owned had ingredients that were approved for this regimen.
A big principle in the Maximum Hydration Method is that Type 4 hair is very sensitive to most of the ingredients present in products currently on the market. Due to the fact that this hair type starts out very dry and with minimum moisture levels. This is due to some of the properties of this type of hair, such as porosity and curl tightness. These properties hinder this hair texture from absorbing and retaining adequate moisture levels.
Therefore, there are two groups of ingredients that we avoid in this regimen. Ingredients that either:
1. Cause buildup and prevent our hair from absorbing adequate moisture.
2. Those that steal away moisture and prevent our hair from retaining sufficient moisture levels.
In order to adequately care for Type 4 hair and to make sure it is thoroughly moisturized, we need to go beyond the no sulphates, no parabens and cones from the Curly Girl Method and really dig deep into other ingredients that our type of hair is sensitive to.
Below is the list of No-no ingredients that we avoid in this regimen and a brief explanation of each:
TEA-triethanolamine and other ethanolamines: A drying alcohol derived from ethanol, forms lye salt in water based products and dissolves certain types of hair after long term use (like wearing a product with this ingredient on your hair for the whole day and overnight, or using it daily).
Hydrolyzed wheat protein/ peptides : Bad for low porosity hair and most kinkier Type 4 hair.
Panthenol/Pro-Vitamin B5 : build up and acts like protein.
Glycerin& Propylene glycol : Pulls moisture out of hair cortex in dry conditions, glycerin is also astringent.
Mineral Oil and waxes : Builds up and is difficult to remove all residue without shampoo.
Polyquats : Just another version of silicones.
High amounts of quaternary salts build up.
Silicones – build up, can’t be removed without sulphate shampoo.
Denatured and drying alcohol – drying to the hair
Salts and sulphates – Drying to the hair sodium hydroxide or any form of lye or hydroxide/ NaOH: Lye, dissolves hair after long term use.
Ingredients to take note of caution for sensitivities:
Aloe vera juice and Coconut oil. Both can leave the hair feeling hard even though they aren’t official No-No ingredients.
Below is a list of conditioners that have been approved for this regimen. More conditioners will be added to this list in the future, as more products are analyzed.
The old formula has been discontinued in stores and is only available at desktop drugstore.com, last time I checked. It is now out of stock and I don’t know if they will be restocking this same exact formula.
The new formula is NOT recommended for this regimen because it has some drying ingredients.
Thanks so much to veegirllove on the forum she was able to locate the old formula at Walgreens online and it’s currently on sale for $4.34!!!
Below are the ingredients for the approved version of this conditioner:
I know the list seems very limited, but once you start going through ingredients in products it becomes apparent really quick that there are very few products out there, that do not contain at least one of the NO NO ingredients that affects our Type 4 hair’s ability to retain and absorb moisture.
What I love about the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen is that there is really no need for Product Junkeism. Once you choose one of the products on the list and start doing the regimen consistently, there is an immediate improvement on your hair.Which eliminates the need to keep looking for that “perfect” product.
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥, Much Love & Blessings, XOXO Dee
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