Natural Hair | The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen

the maximum hydration method regimen

Hi luvs,

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.

Morning routine

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 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)

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,







30 Responses to Natural Hair | The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen

  1. aki says:

    Is wen an approved conditioner

  2. Simone says:

    Does the baking soda rinse need to sit on the hair for any length of time prior to proceeding to the next step?
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  3. michelle says:

    Thank you so much for the website and taking your time to answer questions. I am on my 7th day straight of doing the method. I noticed a complete turn around on day one. I was actually able to wear my wash and go in public. I just had to shake my head a couple times and then leave the house. I’m still at twa lenght. I believe I would have all my curls by now but my hair is still in shock I big chopped a month ago. Thanks a lot you guys are geniuses
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    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Aww thanks & You’re welcome Michelle :) Happy to hear that you are having a great experience with MHM. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  4. Rae says:

    is this a lifelong hair care regimen or is this just a 7 day challenge to open cuticles to hydration and then go back to a regular regimen? is there a maintenance regimen? can you advise on any modifications for 3c/4a hair? thanks

  5. Tammy says:

    I came across an article on BGLH this morning about Max Hydration Method and can’t wait too try it. Can I use Aussie Moist as a conditioner as a part of the regimen?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Tammy, happy to hear you’re considering MHM! Unfortunately Aussie Moist is not approved for this regimen. Goodluck on your journey to Max Hydration :)

  6. Ms.Dee Kay says:

    Hi Jessica, WOW you and your hair have gone through quite a journey!!! so sorry to hear all that you’ve been through. I sure do hope that you can begin a fresh loving your hair and with phenomenal results. I’m so excited for you too and happy that you’ve found MHM. Goodluck on your journey to hydration :)

  7. Kanika says:

    Hi Ms. Dee Kay, I have been using the maximum hydration method for 3 days. This is my second consecutive day doing the daily regimen. Yesterday when I applied the watered down conditioner and gel, my hair was really wet and white-ish and took all day to dry. My hair is less than 2 inches long. When my hair dried, it was very pretty! Super curly and shiny! A little stiff but not too much. Today I have the same problem. My hair is white-ish and taking forever to dry. Do I have to water down my conditioner even more? Right now I have about 1 oz of kckt mixed with 7 oz of water. Thank you for your help.

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Kanika, you can try about 4 squirts of the conditioner and then add water to an 8 oz bottle. Another thing you can try is to spray the whitish conditioner with water. I would also recommend just keep adjusting the water to conditioner ratio until you get the right consistency for your hair. Hope that helps.

  8. Caresa says:

    How do you know when you reach max hydration?

  9. Sabrina says:

    Hi Ms Dee Kay
    I’m on day 6 of Mac hydration and am seeing a huge difference. I have a lot of hair because I took down 10 year olds locs. It takes a while for me to do each step so I have been doing the whole regimen at night and sleeping with a vented shower cap on with a satin bonnet over. I didn’t see this listed as an option and want to make sure it’s ok that I do this. My hair is still super wet in the morning so have to shake it several times and some times blow dry my roots on low just to not freeze my scalp and get rid of some of the water sitting on top of my hair.

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Sabrina, yes that is absolutely fine. I wish you luck on the rest of your hydration/natural hair journey :)

  10. Vanesha says:

    Is this ok to do with locs? I am afraid to do this cause it involves washing my hair so many times in a week, it take a while for my locs to dry all the way without heat so Im afraid to do this. Also I would have to go without retwisting untill max hydration cause i have to wet my hair so many times

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Vanesha, in theory, yes it’s ok to do with locs. But in practice, I really don’t know how that would work out because I’m not an expert in locs. Perhaps it could be something you incorporate every time you redo your hair. I hope someone shares their experience with doing the regimen on locs that would be awesome!

  11. Alisha says:

    Hey Ms Dee, I’ve been looking at the MHM regimen and I’m about to try it for the first time, as I’m in the UK I found it hard to find some of the products in the recommended list but I noticed that you added some conditioners and gels that I was able to order on Amazon! (Thank you for that), and I also wanted to thank you for breaking down the steps because it did sound a little confusing at first. I’ll document how it goes ☺
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  12. Taja says:

    Ms.Dee Kay,

    I am so happy I came across your page. I’ve just started my journey which I’m stoked about! I do have a few questions…the regimen is suppose to be followed daily for steps 2-5? So every night I can leave in the conditioner in my hair? Everyday am I suppose to leave the clay on for the time frame you gave etc? Also, how long should this daily process in the morning take if I do my conditioner at night?

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you!

  13. Candace Dixon says:

    How long can I store the Cherry Lola Caramel mixture? I have tons of it left over. I am just starting the regimen so I am thinking to do it every two weeks for a while but not sure if I can use the same mixture or if I need to remake each time. After some time I will go to the Cherry Lola treatment.

    Also, the ACV I used was not organic (I didn’t realize it until after I made the mix) and the liquid amino is not Bragg’s. Not sure if these things matter but….

    Thank you in advance!
    New to this

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      I have left it in the freezer and reused it for up to six weeks. Its alright it doesnt really matter but you do want to get the purest ingredients just incase :) Goodluck!

  14. Dani says:

    I want to start this method and I wanted and was wondering …Is this treatment done all in one day.. everyday (Cherry Lola, cowash and clay)?

  15. Dani says:

    It’s going to be my first time trying this method. do i have to do the CLT for better results or can i just go straight into the ACV Clarifying step? Also, is the clarifying step done everyday before the co-wash and clay step or can i just wet my hair, add gel and keep it moving?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Dani, No you dont have to start with the Cherry Lola you can do it at any point when you can. You dont have to do the regimen every day, as long as you do it every 3 days. Yes in between you can just wet your hair and add gel. That’s what I do.

  16. Adura says:

    I am a male and was wondering if this would work to give me Jerry curls. I have never used texturizer and have a short afro.

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