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.
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.
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