This is the third post in a series of posts about the Maximum Hydration Method. This is a regimen I stumbled upon about a month ago and only started implementing as part of my Hair Care System for my Low Porosity Type 4 Natural Hair. I started implementing this regimen from April 9th 2014 at 10 Months Post Big Chop.
The Maximum Hydration Method is a regimen that has been designed to cater to the specific needs of people with Type 4 Hair, which is often associated with being Nappy aka Frizzy, chronically dry, unable to keep or do set styles such as wash and gos, twist outs, bantu knot outs, curlformers, perm rods etc and has little to no noticeable curl pattern and is unmanageable. I have created a special page dedicated to everything I’m learning about this method. To catch up with my previous posts on this method and for further details on this method you can go to this page The Maximum Hydration Method.
In today’s post I will give a run down of the regimen. I have actually added a new page titled TMHM Regimen where you can find the whole regimen as written by PinkeCube the lady who introduced the The Maximum Hydration Method to The Black Hair Media Forum.
But I also wanted to do a post about the regimen and just to go over it with my own words. I will be documenting parts of this regimen in upcoming posts.
Pre- Step | Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment OR Cherry Lola Treatment
So first off, if this is your first time doing this regimen you will start with a Pre-step. This is more like a prep step to jump start the process. In this prep step you will either do the Combined Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment OR just the regular Cherry Lola Treatment.I will go over what this treatment is, what ingredients you need, what are the benefits of this treatment and what it’s for in an upcoming post.
If you’ve been a low porosity natural for long enough then you’ve heard of the Cherry Lola Treatment.This is a treatment that is supposed to help lift the cuticles for Low porosity hair and in turn, the hair absorbs more moisture and is less frizzy.
The Caramel treatment is another treatment that is known for its deep penetrating and moisturizing abilities. Pinkecube combined the two to create the combined Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment. This treatment can be done as often as once every two weeks or every time you feel your hair may need it BUT it needs to be spaced out for at least two weeks.
The actual regimen, has five steps. However, when you do the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment, you skip step 1 and go directly to step 2.
Step # 1 | Clarify
Option # 1 Apple Cider Vinegar ACV rinse
Option # 2 Baking Soda Rinse
Option # 3 Alternate between the two to find what works best for the individual needs of your hair.
The first step of the regimen is to clarify your hair. Again, when doing the Cherry lola Caramel treatment you skip this step. This step is part of the regular regimen. You could either choose to do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse or a Baking Soda Mixture or you could alternate between the two every time you do the regimen to see which one is more favorable to the specific needs of your hair or which one your hair responds to best. This step helps to clarify your hair and remove any build up in your hair. I will explain the ingredients, measurements, share my experiences and how it worked for my hair in an upcoming post.
Step # 2 | Co-wash & Detangle
Option # 1: Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections.
Option # 2 : Apply conditioner to your hair in sections and deep condition by covering your hair in a shower cap.
Option # 3 : Apply conditioner to your hair, put on a shower cap and steam your hair.
This is the step where you use good heat techniques to help your hair further absorb the moisture. You have a couple of options when doing this step. You could either put your conditioner in a microwavable bowl and microwave it for 10 to 15 sec. Apply it and leave it in under a shower cap and satin scarf for 10 to 15 mins.
Another option is to deep condition your hair. If you did the cherry lola caramel treatment, after you rinse it out you would apply conditioner in your hair, a shower cap and a satin scarf and deep condition over night.
The last option is to apply your conditioner and then steam your hair. After your done whichever option you choose, you would detangle and rinse out your conditioner. I will give full details on the mixture, ingredients, my experience etc in an upcoming post
Step # 3 | Bentonite Clay Rinse
Option # 1 Bentonite Clay rinse without Apple Cider Vinegar
Option # 2 Bentonite Clay rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar
Option # 3 Ready Made clay or any other clay used to clarify like Red clay, french green sea clay, rhassoul clay, european clay and terresentials.
This step would be done after you rinse out your conditioner. You leave in the clay for at least 15 mins. This helps to further detoxify your hair, lift the cuticles and allow better moisture absorption into the hair. I will give full details on the mixture, ingredients, my experience etc on an upcoming post
Step # 4 & 5 The “Wash & Go”
Step 4 Botanical Leave in Conditioner
Step 5 Botanical Gel
After you rinse out out your clay you would apply your leave in conditioner and gel and then your done! I will explain the technique of applying the leave in & gel in an upcoming post.
You can choose to do this regimen two ways:
Option # 1 Split it into a night and morning routine
This is what I do and I have found that it saves me lots of time in the morning.
Night time routine:
1. ACV or Baking Soda rinse
2. Deep condition overnight with cap and satin scarf.
3. Detangle and rinse out conditioner
4. Bentonite Clay for at least 15 mins
5. “Wash & Go” Apply Botanical Leave In Conditioner & Gel
Option # 2 Do it all in one go in the morning
Full Morning Only Routine:
Step 1 Clarify ACV Or Baking Soda rinse.
Step 2 Co Wash and Detangle Either Warm Conditioner Or Steam, after you let it sit, detangle and rinse out
Step 3 Bentonite Clay Rinse
Step 4 & 5 The Wash & Go: Botanical Leave in & Gel
If you are starting this regimen it is recommended that you do it frequently and consistently, this means try to do it every day for the first 7 days or the whole month. If you can’t you can space it out to every other day or every 3 days but do not go beyond 3 days without doing it. The success with this regimen will come with how frequently, consistently and accurately you do this method.
The reason why we need to re-introduce moisture or do this regimen frequently is because, one analogy that I love from watching one of Aketafitgirl‘s videos is that, just the same way as we hydrate our bodies with some sort of liquid every day, we need to hydrate our hair on a regular basis as well. You wouldn’t go a whole day without drinking water or any form of liquid to stay hydrated, the same thing with our hair. Especially for type 4 hair which needs water the most. My point is our bodies need water in order to survive and our hair also needs to be moisturized on a regular basis in order to thrive.
What you are essentially doing with this regimen is lifting your cuticles, letting a little moisture in, then your cuticles will close. The next day you do the same thing, so you keep depositing moisture into your hair and your hair keeps drinking or getting hydrated little by little accumulating all the moisture. You keep doing that over and over and over again, until your hair is sufficiently hydrated and has reached maximum hydration. When you reach maximum hydration you won’t need to keep doing it every single day because your hair has sufficient moisture. But if you space out the regimen before you reach the Maximum Hydration Point, you will be loosing the moisture before you get to add in more moisture. So it’s like you will be taking one step forward and three steps back. Once you reach maximum hydration, you will know when your hair needs more moisture and you will be able to space it according to your hair’s special needs. You will also be able to get good results with less product.
But until then you need to keep doing this regimen on a regular basis. It will never get to a point where you will never ever have to do this regimen because it will never get to a point where you will never ever have to hydrate your hair. Just the same as..as long as you are alive you need water to survive. If you stop before your curls have received enough water your hair will loose the moisture overtime and you will have to start the process over.
In my own experience, of doing this regimen thus far. You will start seeing results immediately and the more you do it, your hair just gets better and better and better, until you reach maximum hydration.( I haven’t reached maximum hydration…YET, lol obviously….but I’m on a #journeytomaximumhydration)
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