NATURAL HAIR | Maximum Hydration Method Progress Update

Hi luvs,

Today I wanted to share a little unofficial progress update on how my hair has been doing under the maximum hydration method regimen this far.

maximum hydration method on type 4 low porosity one month update

 

So from the pictures above:

The first picture you can see my first attempt at a wash and go EVER, since doing the big chop. The picture is just a few days before I started the regimen on April this year. You can see white product/residue on my hair, which is a typical symptom of low porosity hair. Low porosity hair has a hard time absorbing product or moisture, most of the time the product or water will just sit on top of the hair instead of being absorbed into the hair cuticle.

The second picture is of a wash and go, six days after starting to incorporate the maximum hydration method regimen. I had done it straight every day for six days. At this point the conditioner was being absorbed properly into my hair strands and I no longer had white residue on my hair. I also started to experience clumping of my curls.

The third picture I took just this past week, after about a month of doing the maximum hydration method regimen on my Type 4 Low Porosity Hair. Here are some things that I have noticed so far about my hair:

- The first day doing the regimen I was very impressed at how much my hair was absorbing water and conditioner. I mean for the whole time I have been natural, I thought that my hair was “wet” whenever I washed it. With this regimen for the first time with my hair, I have truly experienced the meaning of wet hair. My hair gets soaking wet! This is a sign that my Low Porosity Type 4 hair is actually taking in the moisture into the hair cuticles.

maximum hydration method curls close up update type 4 low porosity hair

- Ok as far as my curls go! It is just amazing the curls that have been popping all around my head due to the maximum hydration method regimen. Before I  big chopped, my hair never had any curls EVER!!!(no noticeable curls anyway)

I always believed that I was a “4c no curl pattern or definition”. I only started noticing some curl pattern when my hair was  in the wet state on the crown of my head when I started consistently doing GHE only a month before discovering this regimen. All the curls you see now in the pictures is all because of this regimen. Now I understand that the reason I could not see any curl pattern or definition on my Type 4 Low Porosity hair is because all this time, my hair has been chronically dry!

- The part of my hair that has been responding extremely well is at the back of my head. The front is a little bit stubborn but is also progressing well. Depending on how dry the individual hair strands are, not all strands will reach maximum hydration at the same pace, so this is understandable.

- I’m also very impressed by the growth of my edges at the front and the growth of my hair in general. Whereas before there was no hair there at all…I gradually started noticing some baby hair grow in that area, now it seems like some of the hair in that area is just really short as compared to the rest of my hair.

 

- My hair is also growing out very thick while previously, before my big chop, my hair used to be very thin and lifeless. My hair in general is growing as well and when wet before shrinkage I can actually feel it at the back of my neck.

 

- When my hair is wet, I can shake my hair and it has movement, even though it is short.

 

- Some of my hair stands are starting to naturally show curl pattern/definition from root to tip, when wet with no product.

 

- Knotting and tangling is at an absolute minimum. It is almost non-existent, something which is AMAZING. Since type 4 hair is known to tangle and knot a lot especially when worn out in styles like the wash and go!

 

- I have not had any breakage. Whereas prior to my big chop I always used to see my hair everywhere on the bathroom floor while doing my hair even though I never used to use a comb!

 

It’s just truly amazing to see the progress as days go by, because every time I think WOW my hair is doing so great. I notice it getting even better than it was!I still have some frizz in some parts, when my hair dries and I think this is partly due to the fact that my hair hasn’t reached maximum hydration yet and also the way I have been doing the wash and go (leave in and gel step of the regimen.)

So now I’m in the process of mastering the wash and go part (leave in and gel) Pinkecube, has created a video showing how she does her wash and go under this  maximum hydration method

 

You can watch it below:

 

 

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,

XOXO

Dee



30 Responses to NATURAL HAIR | Maximum Hydration Method Progress Update

  1. Kedi says:

    Hi there,

    I was so impressed with your method that I started doing it on Monday.
    So far, I have amazing definition and all the way to the root.

    What I need to know is, how long and how often can I do this treatment? Should I be doing it 7 days every month or ….?

    Please help

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Kedi, do you mean the whole regimen or just the cherry lola caramel treatment? The full regimen is done every 1-3 days. The Cherry Lola can be done every 2 weeks or more depending on the the needs of your hair.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi Ms. DeeKay,
    I just came across this method and have been checking out all your posts and BHM forum. My question is this, I am currently utilizing the water only washing method for about 2 months now. Is it possible to do MHM without store bought products? I occasionally use FSG, clay and ACV. I decided to do a baking soda rinse after reading thru but I don’t use conditioner so I used banana and honey as a condish. Are there any non commercial subs that I can make that may come close to the recommended products?
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    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      that’s a great question. We are currently doing some research on this. As far as Baking Soda rinse you can use this new alternate recipe that we have added as an option.
      2 tablespoons bakingsoda
      2 tablespoons honey
      1 teaspoon olive oil
      6-10 oz of water

      For the deep condition step you could use a very light oil and honey then deep condition on super wet soaking hair. For detangling you would probably need something with slip.

      You would still need a leave in conditioner and to seal the hair though.

      You can seal it in with a DIY flaxseed gel.

      The leave in conditioner part is tricky. I’m not very familiar with the water only method, do you not use leave in conditioner for this method?

      If not I guess you could experiment with leaving out the leave in step and just sealing in with the DIY gel and see how that goes.

      In the mean time I will do some research on DIY leave ins and will get in touch with you if I find some recipes.
      The most important thing will be to make sure for your case that you incorporate GHE and seal on soaking wet hair. BTW what is FSG?
      I would love to hear how you progress with mixing the two regimens goes, so please do keep me posted :) Blessings xoxo

  3. TK says:

    Just started this method last night! I saw an immediate difference in my hair after the Cherry Lola Treatment, but this morning, after completing the benonite Clay..my scalp feels dry. Any advice for that? THANK YOU xoxo

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      It could be that the Bentonite Clay is detoxifying your hair. If in fact this is the case the detoxifying process takes 3 to four weeks.The detoxifying process usually happens if the hair was previously color or chemically treated or if you previously used connes etc I would suggest oiling your scalp or maybe add a little bit more oil and honey to the clay mixture.

  4. Ale says:

    After the initial 7 days of the MHM, how often should you repeat the 5 steps and the cherry lola treatment? I did the cherry lola treatment first and now I am on my 5th day of doing steps 1-5 of the MHM. When can I stop doing the the MHM daily?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Ale,
      After the first 7 days it is recommended that the full regimen(5 steps) is done every 1 to 3 days. The Cherry Lola treatment is done every 2 weeks or more according to your hair’s individual needs. It is not mandatory to do the regimen daily but recommended in the first week in order to boost moisture levels. If your lifestyle does not permit you can space it out but not more than 3 days for best results. If you can’t I recommend doing it whenever you can your hair will still benefit however you will reach max hydration at a slower pace compared to someone who is doing it consistently within a 1 to 3 day period. It takes on avg 30 to 60 repetitions of the full regimen to reach max hydration.

  5. Jessica says:

    Hi there..

    I’m wondering, once you have success with this method and have gained length, are you able to once again comb through the curls to create body as I love big afro hair? Will the curl definition return again after the next wash session?

    Thanks

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Yes absolutely! you can pick out your hair for bigger fluffy hair and your curls should return after the next wash session.

  6. Shanell says:

    Ms. Dee Kay,

    I have completed the regimen for the recommended 7 days and I plan to continue the regimen every 3 days. What do you suggest I do on the days in between doing the regimen?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Shanell,
      Happy to hear you have completed the 7 days congratulations! All you need to do is refresh your hair. You can either spritz with water or just run your head under a shower really quick to reactivate your style and thats it!
      Goodluck on your hydration journey :)

  7. Sharon says:

    i just ordered some recommended products and I’m waiting for those so I can begin MHM next week. My question is what about coloring the hair? My husbands adores natural hair….so long as it is not gray! I need to cover the grays but I don’t want to take 2 steps forward with MHM and then 1 step back in bringing my hair to optimal health. Please advise :)

  8. Charity [protectiveprincess] says:

    Wow, Dee this is a huge difference. The pictures really help illustrate that fact. I also like what you mentioned about your hair being really “wet”, I totally know what you mean. Thanks for sharing, ttys!

  9. Angie says:

    Hi Dee,

    I just started the MHM l am on day 2. When l started with the cherry lola my hair felt soft after the 5 steps but today after rinsing /detangling the deep conditioner,(trader joes, tea tree tingle) my hair felt dry, tangled. I had to detangle again as l was doing the clay rinse and this led to some breakage. Please tell me; What do you think l did wrong

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Angie, its hard for me to know without knowing which exact options you’re doing (in the clarifying step, what recipes..etc) and what clay you’re using. I have heard some people get the drying feeling when using the trader joes conditioner. Some people feel that way after using bentonite clay. If you’re still experiencing this please let me know more details about what you’re doing in each step. Goodluck :)

  10. Angie says:

    Thanks in advance!

  11. Natasha says:

    Hi Dee!
    so after reaching the 18th day of the mhm, i’ve definitely noticed more curl definition and an overall heightened moisture level when wet… but i’m also finding it difficult to keep my hair looking and feeling moisturized once it has air dried from the conditioner/gel application…i’ve switched the clarifying process from using the baking soda rinse to just using the apple cider vinegar rinse, thinking that the baking soda was perhaps stripping too much of my hair’s natural oils, but i’m still finding it challenging to maintain moisture when my hair is dry…is there another product that i could consider adding to the regimen to further help with adding more moisture?
    Thanks!!!

  12. Toluwatope Olabiyi says:

    Hi Dee,
    Your blog is the best ever thank you very much for this cos my hair is the same as your hair length, I can relate a lot to you
    I’ve completed my 7 days challenge but my hair is all hard and crunchy once dry but I think that is because of the ecostyler gel I’m using.
    My main question is I attend a church where I have to cover my hair and with the wash and go’s still wet that has been a problem for me, is there any chance of me flat twisting my hair after the leave in conditioner and probably put in olive oil twist and loc to lock it well instead of putting in gel, just for Sundays only though?

  13. Toluwatope Olabiyi says:

    Hi Dee,
    Your blog is the best ever thank you very much for this cos my hair is the same as your hair length, I can relate a lot to you
    I’ve completed my 7 days challenge but my hair is all hard and crunchy once dry but I think that is because of the ecostyler gel I’m using.
    My main question is I attend a church where I have to cover my hair and with the wash and go’s still wet that has been a problem for me, is there any chance of me flat twisting my hair after the leave in conditioner and probably put in olive oil twis

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Aww thank you so much Tolu!!! Yes you can just just seal your hair with a water based cream and do any other style other than a wash and go and cover your hair.
      By the way water based creams have just been added to the MHM List you can find them on the link below:
      http://www.msdeekay.com/max-hydration-product-list/
      You can also choose to GHE under your head cover. All you need to do is add your conditioner or just mist with water add a plastic cap and then wear your head covering.
      What you’re describing about your hair feeling hard and crunchy is pretty normal in the beginning. As you master the right amount of conditioner and gel you will have a much softer feeling but the gel cast does create some crunch especially on first day hair.
      I would suggest its much better to use flaxseed gel if you can than ecostyler especially if you are low porosity and have type 4 / 4c hair.

  14. Makayda Archer says:

    i was just wondering ive just finished the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment and was wondering how soon should I start the MHM

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