The foundations of the maximum hydration method curly girl, hair care rehab, tightly curly, lcoc, lco

Hi luvs,

In today’s post, I’ll be discussing the foundations of the Maximum Hydration Method, a method that I discovered only about a month ago and started using as part of my regimen only recently. This regimen is specifically designed for Type 4 hair and it’s specific needs. To understand the basis of this method please visit my previous post in this series, titled Misconceptions Of Type 4 Hair.

In the second post within this series I discussed, “What is the Maximum Hydration Method?”, I went over some of the techniques used as part of this method and the benefits of this method for Type 4 Hair.

The Maximum Hydration Method is a method that is comprised of regimens from other popular hair care systems as it’s foundations. Parts of these regimens have been put together like a puzzle to specifically cater to the special needs of people with Type 4 hair.

The first Hair Care System that has been incorporated into the Maximum Hydration Method is the Curly Girl Method by Lorraine Masey. The techniques that have been borrowed from the Curly Girl Method include:

1. Frequent and consistent use of co-washing.

Under The Maximum Hydration Method, it is recommended to Co-wash regularly and frequently. Regular and frequent co-washing means every 1 to 3 days. For the first 7 days or a month of doing this regimen, it is recommended to do it every single day. If you are busy and can’t do this every day then you can space it out to every other day or every 3 days but don’t go beyond 3 days. This helps to re-introduce water into the hair shaft. Also conditioner only lasts in the hair for up to 3 days.

2.  Gentle methods of cleansing and styling that do not strip the hair or cause build up. This is done by the use of Botanical Conditioners and Gels, for gentle cleansing and styling .

The method recommends sealing in the moisture with botanical gel and avoiding products that take away from  moisture retention or the ability to receive moisture. Therefore we are trying to avoid any ingredients within products that may hinder moisture absorption and retention. This is done by eliminating products that may block the hair cuticles and prevent them from receiving moisture, are drying to the hair and those that may cause build up to the hair. Therefore we avoid products that contain ingredients such as silicones, sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, denatured protein, greasy oils, heavy butters, salts and drying alcohols. We avoid all drying agents anything that may draw moisture from the hair cortex.

In this method the botanical conditioner is used for deep conditioning, co-washing, detangling, the moisturizing process, and the leave in conditioner as part of the wash and go. While the botanical gel is used instead of oil to seal in the moisture.

The second Hair Care System that has been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method, is the Tightly Curly Method by Teri Laflesh. The technique that has been incorporated from the method is the use of thick conditioners with lots of slip, being heavy handed with the conditioner during the detangling process and making sure that our hair receives conditioner into the hair shaft. Especially when you are just starting out with this regimen, you need to be heavy handed in order to ensure you have enough slip during detangling.

The third Hair Care System that has been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method is the use of the LCO (Liquid Cream Oil) and the LCOC (Liquid Cream Oil Cream) method of layering products into the hair. USE OF OIL IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and would be done during your wash and go while applying your botanical conditioner and gel. It is recommended to use a very light oil( in order to prevent build up) and also use it sparingly. If you feel that your hair needs oil as an extra step before the gel and  if you feel your hair benefits from it.  Always asses the needs of your hair and readjust accordingly.

The fourth Hair Care System that has been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method is the principles from the book “Hair Care Rehab” by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. The principles that have been incorporated into The Maximum Hydration Method from this book include the regular use of rinse treatments. Using regular rinse treatments within our regimen help us ensure we are lifting up the cuticles and allowing them to be more open to receiving moisture , we are removing build up that clogs our hair and prevents moisture from getting into the hair shaft, we are clarifying and detoxing the hair. They also help to lift up our cuticles and allow them to be more open to receiving moisture.These treatments include Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses (ACV), Baking Soda treatments and Mud/Clay washes like Bentonite Clay, Red Clay, French Green Sea Clay, Rhassoul Clay, European Clay and Terresentials. 

Another principle that has been incorporated from Hair Care Rehab into The Maximum Hydration Method is the use of ”Good” heat by regularly deep conditioning, doing the GHE (Green House Effect Method), steaming and warming your conditioner prior to applying it to your hair. All these techniques are meant to help the hair further in the process of absorbing and retaining moisture.

Incorporating these principles into our regimen accurately, consistently and frequently will result into Maximum Hydration over time. A term that means your hair has reached sufficient / optimum moisture levels. Once you reach this level you will benefit from your hair being able to hold on to moisture for longer periods of time, because of this your hair won’t be dry, won’t frizz up as quickly or easily, your curls will clump up allowing them to become more apparent and noticeable, the clumping will aid in eliminating tangles and knots, you will be able to keep your hair styles for longer periods of time without your hair frizzing up, your hair will be healthy because it is sufficiently moisturized and of course you will be happier with the condition of your hair.

In the next post I will outline the full Maximum Hydration Method Regimen as posted by pinkecube, the lady on Black Hair Media Forum who came up with this regimen/Method. After that I will start breaking down each step documenting what I’m doing with my own hair.

For more details and links to more information about this method visit my “The Maximum Hydration Method” page.

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Journey, Natural Hair Tips, Natural Hair Youtubers, The Big Chop Series, The Maximum Hydration Method

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whatismaxhydrationblog

Hi luvs,

In today’s post I will be discussing what is The Maximum Hydration Method. This is a method I discovered about a month ago and just recently started using it as my regimen. Here are a few pictures showing the condition of my hair before and after only 6 days of using this regimen. And guess what? It’s only supposed to get better from here. So stay tuned for upcoming results on my journey using this method.

 

type 4 natural hair low porosity before using the maximum hydration method

close up of co-washed type 4 low porosity hair before using the maximum hydration method

 

low porosity type 4 hair after cowashing with conditioner before starting the maximum hydration method

Close up of a wash and go on type 4 low porosity hair only 6 days after doing the maximum hydration method

This is the second post in a series of posts about this method. If you haven’t already please go back and read the previous post titled “Type 4 hair Misconceptions” because this method has been specifically designed to cater to the specific needs of  people with type 4 hair. In order for you to understand why the method is designed the way it is, you need to understand:

  •  Why this type of hair is dry, or is always dry 90% of the time.
  •  Why this type of hair is prone to frizz and appears frizzy 90% of the time..
  •  Why this type of hair has no noticeable curl pattern.
  •  Why this type of hair has a hard time keeping set styles or getting good results when doing Wash & Gos, Twist Outs, Bantu Knot Outs, curlformers, etc
  • Why most people with this type of hair find it unmanageable and hard to deal with.

All these points have been discussed in the previous post, Type 4 hair Misconceptions.

Initially this method was designed for Type 4 Hair with Low Porosity, because Pinkecube (on Black Hair Media Forum), the lady who came up with this method/regimen has Low Porosity Hair. However this method/regimen can be used by any person within the Type 4 category regardless if you are High, Normal or Low Porosity. In fact Aketafitgirl on youtube doesn’t have Low Porosity Hair. However, she has been using some of the techniques in this method as part of her regimen and has successfully reached Maximum Hydration with her hair. Therefore, the most important thing is to know your hair’s needs and tailor some of the steps in the regimen to work for the specific needs of your hair. I will go over the full regimen in an upcoming post. In this post I first wanted to give an explanation of What this The Maximum Hydration Method is, then I’ll get into the actual regimen.

So a really quick recap of the previous post. In the previous post I discussed that:

Nappy Hair is not Type 4 Hair, because Nappy is not a hair type but rather a condition of the hair. This condition is caused by the hair cuticles trying to reach out into the atmosphere for moisture hence creating a frizzy look that we call nappy. Type 4 hair tends to look frizzy aka Nappy 90% of the time because it has the lowest moisture and moisture retention levels, has a hard time absorbing moisture and is chronically dry, because of the tightness of the coils and it’s porosity.Because of this, type 4 hair benefits from techniques which involve regular, frequent and consistent introduction of moisture into the hair strands.

This type of hair suffers from chronic dryness, the inability to effectively introduce moisture into the hair shaft, cuticles not being open enough to receive moisture and resistance to moisture. This type of hair is also more susceptible to build up caused by greasy oils, protein, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, heavy butters and oils that will block the cuticles from receiving moisture and is sensitive to drying alcohols and sulfates.

When using the The Maximum Hydration Method you will be reintroducing moisture into your hair on a regular basis, using techniques within the regimen, consistently and frequently until you build up your moisture retention levels to a point where your hair will have Optimum Hydration Levels or Maximum Hydration.

Once you reach this level you will benefit from your hair being able to hold on to moisture for longer periods of time, because of this your hair won’t be dry, won’t frizz up as quickly or easily, your curls will clump up allowing them to become more apparent and noticeable, the clumping will aid in eliminating tangles and knots, you will be able to keep your hair styles for longer periods of time without your hair frizzing up, your hair will be healthy because it is sufficiently moisturized and of course you will be happier with the condition of your hair.

The Maximum Hydration Method is a method that comprises of a couple of techniques used together as part of a regimen in order to help you build/increase moisture levels in your hair overtime. It needs to be done frequently, consistently and correctly over a period of time.

The first technique is to make sure that our hair is properly and sufficiently hydrated by making sure that you are co-washing your hair 1 to 3 times a week. The reason for this is because you need to re-introduce moisture/water into your hair regularly and frequently. Another reason is because conditioner lasts in your hair for only up to 3 days.

This frequent and consistent re-introduction of moisture allows you to keep “depositing”/adding moisture into the hair in order to build up the levels overtime. Therefore the more frequently you do it, the faster you will see results.

The second technique is the use of methods which will allow our hair cuticles to open up and absorb moisture and conditioner more easily. These techniques include the use of ”Good” heat by regularly deep conditioning, GHE(Green House Effect Method), steaming and warming your conditioner prior to applying it to your hair.

The third technique that is used in this method that further aids our hair to absorb moisture is the regular use of rinse treatments within the regimen.

Using regular rinse treatments within our regimen help us ensure we are lifting up the cuticles and allowing them to be more open to receiving moisture , we are removing build up that clogs our hair and prevents moisture from getting into the hair shaft, we are clarifying and detoxing the hair. They also help to lift up our cuticles and allow them to be more open to receiving moisture.These rinse treatments include Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses (ACV), Baking Soda treatments and Mud/Clay washes like Bentonite Clay, Red Clay, French Green Sea Clay, Rhassoul Clay, European Clay and Terresentials. 

The term Maximum Hydration is actually coined from the Curly Girl Method. (I dont have the book and haven’t read it yet . I just ordered it and can’t wait to read it lol. From what I understand is that the process of frequent/regular co-washing eventually leads to the state of Maximum Hydration and that is one of the ways to tell that you have succeeded in the goals of this method).

For more details and links to more information about this method visit my “The Maximum Hydration Method” page

In the next post I’ll discuss the foundations of The Maximum Hydration Method.

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee

 

 

 

 

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Journey, Natural Hair Tips, Natural Hair Youtubers, The Big Chop Series, The Maximum Hydration Method, TWA Hairstyles

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Type 4 hair misconceptions

Hi luvs,

If you’ve been in the Natural Hair Community long enough, one of the things you learn pretty early on, is the system used to classify hair texture. The most popular and widely known system within the Natural Hair Community is the one that was created by Andre Walker, Celebrity Stylist also widely known as Oprah’s stylist. He classified hair into four main categories:  Type 1 which is Straight , Type 2 which is Wavy, Type 3 which is Curly Type 4 which is Kinky. These classifications are further categorized into a, b and c which translate to Fine/Thin, Medium and Coarse respectively.

Some within the Natural Hair Community may or may not want to be associated with this system because of personal reasons. But I think because it’s the most popular and widely used classification system, it is quite easy to communicate to others. When you tell someone, “I have type 4 Hair, or type 3 hair etc” they immediately understand exactly what you mean.

In today’s post I will be focusing on Type 4 hair. Basically, Type 4 hair is known to be kinky, zig zag and tightly coiled with little/no noticeable curl definition/pattern.

In my personal Natural Hair Journey, before I big chopped I was aware of the fact that my hair was Type 4 hair because I had been Natural for almost 4 years prior. The first time around, I transitioned into Natural and early on in my journey, I tried watching various videos on YouTube and I would attempt to do a Twist Out, Bantu Knot Out and Wash N Gos and they never came out the way I liked. The styles would not hold and would appear frizzy. I tried various techniques and even tried different products.

Back then I remember a lot of people with this hair type would advice that this hair type is best left alone and thrives with minimum manipulation. (…I’m not saying that this is not true…all I’m saying is it doesn’t have to be the only option.)

After being frustrated with styling for a while, I decided that I will not be wearing my hair out. I often opted to wear my hair in twists and pin them in a protective style. If I did want to wear my hair out I would wear it in a bun or in an updo and if I did do a twist out or bantu knot out and didn’t like it, I would simply pin it up in an updo and go about my day.

For the longest time I believed that my hair can’t do certain things…and I was ok with that.I accepted it and took it for what it is and loved my hair regardless. I think this is something a lot of us with this type of hair, can identify with. I think most of us would watch a YouTube video and see someone else do a certain style or use a certain product and we would attempt to recreate this style or go out and buy this product…and it wouldn’t quite come out as it did for that particular person. I think a lot of people who have this type of hair are usually frustrated with their hair. And I think most of it is also due to the social, historical and cultural connotations of having this type of hair. But this post is not about that!

This post is about a forum post I discovered some weeks ago while researching a new regimen that would work for the length of hair I currently have, for my type of hair and the type of convenience I currently want with my hair. This forum post opened my eyes to a few things which are misconceptions that are often associated with Type 4 Hair.

From this point onwards I will summarize below from my notes that I took from her post and what I understood and learned from her information.I credit all this information to Pinkecube on Black Hair Media Forum.

Basically what she (Pinkecube) was saying is that there are a lot of misconceptions about what hair in the type 4 spectrum that is 4 A, B, C , Z ( lol ) whatever you want to call it CAN do or NEEDS. Before I get into this new regimen I’ll be doing, I just want go through one of the biggest misconceptions she talks about because this is key into understanding what this whole regimen is about.

She first starts by re-defining the word NAPPY. She says that within the Natural Hair Community we tend to equate Type 4 hair to Nappy Hair with minimum to no curl pattern or definition while Nappy hair is actually Frizzy Dry/Chronically Dry Hair. It’s actually a condition of the hair and not a hair type. What causes the frizz is when our hair is chronically dry, the cuticles reach out for moisture which causes the frizzy aka nappy look.

Because of this misconception most of us naturals with Type 4 hair don’t know how to manage the dryness and frizz in our hair and don’t do anything to manage this condition because we simply accept this is how our hair is supposed to be.

Because we are misinformed so to speak, we don’t take advantage of an important aspect to our hair care that needs to be managed because we don’t understand what our hair needs, wants or how to get in enough moisture into our hair shaft.

So the first step is in understanding that Nappy hair is essentially frizzy, dry hair that can be managed and overcome by simply building moisture retention levels into the hair shaft over time until you reach Maximum Curl Hydration.

In this case Nappy Hair or Dry, Frizzy Hair affects any hair type, curl size or pattern. Even hair that has a looser pattern you know what we call your typical type 1 to 3 can get nappy aka dry and frizzy, IF it’s chronically dry. But Type 4 Hair is more likely to be Nappy because out of all the hair types it has a harder time retaining and absorbing moisture. Hence tends to look Nappy 90% of the time.

What determines the level of frizziness is actually the curl tightness and porosity of the hair, the ingredients within your products and the way they affect moisture absorption and retention and what practices are introduced into our regimen in order to get the moisture into the hair shaft.

So when we say Wash and Gos “don’t work” on Nappy hair or our type of hair or when we say we have a hard time keeping styles beyond day 1 hair or day 2 hair. Its not that our hair CANT do this, but because our hair is not moisturized enough, it is unable to keep set styles and our hair frizzes up way to quickly. Because our hair has not reached optimum hydration levels to allow our style to set and hold the pattern formed when wet.

So actually what we are saying in essence is true, in the sense that dry, frizzy hair will not get the defined “look” so to speak that is associated with Wash and Gos. However any type of hair that is properly moisturized can achieve a Wash n Go even your type 4 hair.

That being said, any type of hair, no matter the size, curl pattern or porosity can get to maximum hydration using the right practices even tightly coiled type 4 a, b and c hair. The benefits of reaching optimum hydration levels with type 4 hair include elimination of knots and tangles due to the clumping together of hair which allows for easy styling and manageability of hair and of course healthy hair because it is sufficiently hydrated.

One of the things that was a big revelation to me is the fact that she said that most ladies with Type 4 hair usually have low porosity hair as well. If you know what low porosity is…it is when the hair has a hard time absorbing/receiving moisture. So it makes sense that if your hair has problems letting in moisture then your hair will look frizzy 90% of the time. Therefore you will need to work harder as compared to other naturalistas with other hair types, to make sure that you consistently on a regular basis introduce techniques into your hair regimen which allow for better absorption of moisture into the hair shaft. This includes methods to lift up your hair cuticles to allow them to receive the moisture.

Infact our hair type (Type 4 hair) is the one that craves moisture the most! What is ironic about our misconception is we all know that our hair needs water because of its inability to hold on to moisture due to our coily texture yet we don’t think rehydrating our hair on a regular basis (by incorporating regular washing) works for our hair. While infact the technique and products we are using during the washing process or wash and go regimen is what does not work for our hair type.

Once our hair reaches maximum hydration only then can we actually see our tightly coiled or zig zag pattern “pop” get defined what is also known as “hydrated curls”, our hair will clump together more easily which will eliminate single strand knots and tangling and this will help in manageability  and successful styling of the hair.

Links to the Forum Posts mentioned on this subject below:

Wash n Gos “Don’t Work” On Nappy Hair

The Maximum Hydration Method

The Maximum Hydration Method Website

Special thanks to:

Pinkecube for being so generous and forth coming with information. For your in depth research into this method and for always helping everyone with troubleshooting.

Youtubers who have successfully reached Maximum Hydration Levels with their hair:

Aketafitgirl for sharing awesome tips on your journey to Maximum Hydration and experiences with the Curly Girl Method.

Danabnatural for sharing your journey and experiences from a chronically dry big chop with Low Porosity hair to Maximum Hydration using the Curly Girl Method and Hair Care Rehab.

Rachelcpr who is a Professional Cosmetologist who shares very wise advice and tips on how to Successfully care for Natural Hair using the Curly Girl Method.

All are very humble, giving and generous in sharing what has worked successfully on their hair with others.

In the next post I’ll discuss “What is the Maximum Hydration  Method

I will have a list of all relevant information concerning this method on my The Maximum Hydration Method Page

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee

 

 

 

 

 

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