Hi luvs,

Last week, I shared an updated conditioner list for the max hydration regimen, today I will be updating the gel list. Currently, we have about 18 options to choose from and now there are 3 more options added to the list.

These gels have been chosen based on the criteria that they do not contain ingredients that:

- Cause build up and prevent hair from absorbing moisture efficiently.
- Steal moisture from the hair and prevent it from retaining moisture efficiently.

These two factors are especially important for those who are Low Porosity and have kinkier, coarser texture (4c) hair.

 

max hydration updated gel list

 

Camille Rose Almond Jai Butter

Ingredients:
deionized water, behentrimonium methosulfate (btms)(this quat salt is high on the list, which wouldn’t be ideal) cetearyl alcohol, prunus dulcis (almond) milk, prunus dulcis (almond) oil, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ulmus fulva bark extract (slippery elm), ricinus communis (castor) seed oil/hydrogenated, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice, honey, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, scent and love!

Koils by Nature Eucalyptus and Lavender

Ingredients:

Herb infused distilled water infused, aloe vera juice, Shea oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, * http://www.jamaicanblackcastoroil.com/hair-care-products/sunny-isle-jamaican-black-castor-oil. – Jamaican Black Castor Oil, carbomer,*organic marshmallow root,*organic slippery elm bark, *Jamaican Black Castor Oil, potassium sorbate, willows bark, eucalyptus & lavender essential oils, citric acid.

Koils by Nature UnScented

Ingredients:

Herb infused distilled water infused, aloe vera juice, Shea oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, * http://www.jamaicanblackcastoroil.com/hair-care-products/sunny-isle-jamaican-black-castor-oil. - Jamaican Black Castor Oil, carbomer,*organic marshmallow root, *organic slippery elm bark, *Jamaican Black Castor Oil, potassium sorbate, willows bark, citric acid.

If none of the botanical gels on either list are an option for you, you can also create your own DIY Botanical gel using mucilaginous substances such as:

Flax seeds, okra, chia seed, psyllium seed, marshmallow leaf and root, common mallow leaf, plantain, comfrey, aloe vera, fenugreek seed, licorice root, slippery elm bark, mullein leaf, sweet violet leaf, oats and seaweed apple pectin , oat bran, soapwort, kudzu, arrowroot, Irish moss, Kelp, Comfrey leaf, hibiscus, coltsfoot Mullein (lungs), Cinnamon, Malabar spinach, Nettle, *Horsetail, *Watercress, *Rosemary and *Burdock Root, cornsilk, coltsfoot, couchgrass, icelandmoss & Ginseng Root.

To see other product options for the maximum hydration regimen see the posts below:

1. The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Conditioner Recommendation List.

2. The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Gel Recommendation List.

3. The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Clay Recommendation List.

4. Update to The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Conditioner Recommendation List

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,
XOXO
Dee

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Hi luvs,

Hope y’all had a wonderful productive week and are winding down, ready for the weekend. To end the week, I wanted to leave you guys with some news incase you aren’t aware.

JC, who runs the wonderful blog Natural Haven has done a review of the Max Hydration Method Regimen from a scientific point of view. If you’re curious about her thoughts on this regimen do head over there and check the post out.

Her blog is a great resource for hair and science. If you ever wondered about hair care practices from a scientific perspective, Natural Haven is certainly a blog to add to your blog roll. If you’re a frequent reader of Black Girl Long Hair (BGLH) you’ve probably read some of her informative posts on there as well.

natural haven JC max hydration method review scientific perspective

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I’ll see ya on Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO
Dee

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Hi luvs,
As stated in an earlier post, the maximum hydration method is very strict when it comes to products that can be used in this regimen. This is because, the method emphasizes eliminating products with ingredients that either:
- Cause Build up and prevent hair from absorbing moisture efficiently.
- Steal moisture from the hair and prevent it from retaining moisture efficiently.

This is especially true for kinkier, coarser, 4c or low porosity hair. However, I do believe anyone that is dealing with dry, frizzy hair can benefit greatly from eliminating products with such ingredients and doing this regimen.

I have already posted a list of conditioners, gels and clays that are recommended for this regimen. However, there are now a couple of more products that have been approved for the method. Today I will be sharing some more conditioners, that have been approved for the maximum hydration regimen.

maximum hydration conditioner update

mhm_conditioner_list

 

 

1. Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment- Strawberry Ice Cream $20 8oz

Ingredients:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia oil, Cananga Odorata oil, Lecithin, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

2. Botanical Skin Works – Leave In Conditioner – $12.99 4 oz

Ingredients:
*Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil,  *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, CO-Q10, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM aka sulfur), *Organic Proprietary Blend of Botanical Infusion of Extracts, Essential Oil Blend of Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Salvia Officinali (Sage) and *Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender).

3. Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioner Banana $14 or Marshmallow $15 cubes

This is not a leave in but rather a clay mixture that can be used in step 3 of the regimen i.e Clay rinse. I decided to add it here as it is marketed as a deep conditioner.

Ingredients:

*Organic Rhassoul Clay (Hectorite/Moroccan Lava Clay), *Organic Unrefined Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), *Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), *Pure Organic Cocoa Powder (Theobroma Cacao), *Organic Unrefined Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Sun Dried Banana Powder(Musa Sapientum)/Marshmallow Powder (Althaea Officinalis), MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane/Methyl Sulphonyl Methane), *Organic Chilean Honey (Miel), Vitamin E (D-Alpha, D-Beta, D-Gamma & D-Delta Tocopherols) and LOVE!

* ingredients issued from organic farming

4. Giovanni Cosmetics Nutrafixx Reconstructor   $14

Ingredients:

Aqua (purified water), *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, *betula alba (birch) extract, *malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, achillea millefolium extract, *chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, *equisetum arvense extract, * lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *salvia sclarea (clary) extract, *thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, *tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) flowerer extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract cetyl alcohol,steralkonium chloride, tocopherol (vitamin E), citric acid, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance

5. Jessicurl Deep Treatment $17 8oz

NEW INGREDIENTS 07/09/2012:

Water (Aqua) infused with Equisetum Maximum Lam (Horsetail), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Laurus Nobilis (Bay Leaf), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil), Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano), Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) and Urtica Dioica (Nettle); Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Soy Lecithin, Citrus Sinensis Var. Dulcis (Orange) Oil (and) Lavandula Officinalis (lavender) Oil (and) Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil; Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

6.Giovanni Direct leave in- Pure Organic  $7 8.5oz

Ingredients:

Aqua (Purified Water) with (1)Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, (1)Nettle (Uritica Dioica) Oil, (1)Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, (1)Clary (Salvia Sclarea), (1)Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), (1)Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Farfara), (1)Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, (1)Mallow (Malva Sylvestris), (1)Horsetail (Equistetum Arvense) Oil, (1)Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja), Cetyl Alcohol (plant derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (corn), Sodium Hydroxymethyglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (citrus derived).

7. Kinky Curly Tiny Twirls $13 8.5oz

Ingredients:

mangifera indica (mango) friut extract*, ulmus fulva (slippery elm) extract*, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract*, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass)*, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol*certified organic

If you do decide to purchase some of the conditioners off of this list do double check that the current ingredient list matches the above, because sometimes companies tend to update the ingredients but the general look and name of the product remains the same.

For other conditioners, gels and clays approved for the maximum hydration regimen be sure to check on the previous lists below:

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,
XOXO
Dee

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clay benefits hair

 

Hi luvs,

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.

Mix Ingredients: 

Tips:

  • The consistency should be almost liquid. If you find that it is too thick you can add more water.
  • Make sure you’re using non-metal utensils to mix and store your mixture, because clay reacts with metal and this will change it’s properties and decrease its efficiency.
  • You don’t need to store this mixture in the refrigerator, you can store it anywhere that is dry.
  • On the next day if the clay has dried up simply add some water to bring it back to the right consistency.

That’s it now you’re ready to use the mixture on your hair!

If you are a visual learner like myself, I’ve made a video showing how I make this DIY clay mixture, you can watch it below.

If you have any tips or questions concerning the use of clay on hair please leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them :)

Thanks so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,
XOXO
Dee

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Hi luvs,

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.

Below you can find some of the clays that are recommended as part of the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen.   max hydration recommended clay

Clays:

1. Bentonite Clay

2. Rhassoul Clay

3. European clay

4. French Green Sea clay

5. Terresentials

I personally use Bentonite Clay but would love to give some of these other types of clay a try in the future.

In the next post, I will be giving some tips on how to make the clay mixture for step 3 of the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen

Thanks so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,
XOXO
Dee

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Journey, Natural Hair Tips, The Maximum Hydration Method

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