Dyeing Natural Hair and MHM – Max Hydration FAQ


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Hi luvs,

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend, today I’m going to answer another FAQ I get concerning the Max Hydration Regimen, today’s topic has to do with hair dye.

So let’s get to the questions:

1. Is it ok to dye your hair when doing the Max Hydration Regimen?

2. If yes, at what point in the regimen should one dye their hair?

3. Will the regimen affect my hair color? This is for the ladies who already have color treated hair.

Ok so before I answer these questions, let’s take a look at the effects Hair Dye has on hair.  Chemical hair dyes do alter the cuticle layer of the hair by breaking down the protein in the hair and making it porous.

As a result, chemically color treated hair has a hard time retaining moisture. In order to counteract this effect, synthetic protein treatments which include ingredients such as Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins and PVP are done on the hair in order to fill in the “gaps” and repair the damage.

For those of you who are doing the regimen or plan to do the regimen with hair that has been treated with chemical hair dye, the clay in step 3 of the regimen will detoxify the synthetic protein that has been deposited on the hair.  

This detoxification process will strip your hair and make it feel dry, straw like, stiff, brittle, sticky or oily. For this reason you may not like the feeling of your hair after rinsing the clay. This process usually takes 3 to 4 weeks.

This process will also happen to hair that hasn’t been chemically treated but has build up due to consistent use of products with synthetic protein ingredients.

If you’re simply trying to dye your hair to get rid of grays, then you may want to consider Blackstrap Molasses. Blackstrap Molasses is known to be a natural remedy for reversing grays. Because graying of the hair is due to a decrease in melanin as a result of copper deficiency, taking molasses as a supplement helps reverse the graying due to its rich copper content.

blackstrap unsulphured molasses

It’s recommended to take 1 tablespoon of molasses daily first thing in the morning. It takes about 3 to 6 months to start seeing the results.

Taking molasses as a supplement is also beneficial to overall health, because it’s a significant source of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and selenium. Ever since I found out about the many health benefits of molasses, I have personally been taking it as a supplement, especially to help boost my iron levels.

If you’d still like to dye your hair while doing the Max Hydration Regimen whether you want to touch up some grays or would just like a change, it’s recommended, to use Natural/Herbal coloring alternatives.These do not chemically alter the cuticle layer of the hair or require use of synthetic proteins to counteract damage of the cuticle layer.

Some natural hair dye options include Henna, Honey, Chamomile Tea, Calendula Tea, Rhubarb Root, Coffee, Lemon, Nettle leaf, Rosemary, Sage, Hibiscus flower, Black walnut powder and Indigo.

You can find a collection of natural herbal dye recipes in the links below:

Some things to be cautious of especially when using Henna is to make sure you’re purchasing 100% chemical free pure Henna vs Compound Henna. This is because Compound Henna may contain other chemicals which may affect your hair.

Another thing to note when using Henna with the Maximum Hydration Regimen, is to limit its use to once a month and when you do, use it in place of the Cherry Lola because both are protein treatments.

When coloring your hair as part of the Maximum Hydration Regimen, you may opt to dye your hair either before starting the steps of the regimen or after the clay step. The clay will lift your cuticles which may result in better penetration of the hair dye.

Because the Maximum Hydration Regimen does involve regular washes, it may cause your color to fade at a faster pace.


If you want to see a visual demonstration, Kimmaytube has two great tutorials showing how she dyes her hair using both Henna and Indigo, you can watch them below:



Have you tried any herbal natural hair dyes or blackstrap molasses as a natural remedy for gray hair reversal, share your experience in the comment section below.
Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,

Natural Hair Tips, The Maximum Hydration Method

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1 Charity [protectiveprincess] August 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

This is an AWESOME read! I have been getting frequent questions about hair dye from subscribers! This was very educational and
super helpful. Now, I understand the science behind all this much better. I’m going to pass this link along! Thanks!!!!


2 Ms.Dee Kay August 13, 2014 at 6:25 am

Thank you so much Charity, I’m glad it was helpful. I also get this questions a lot and so I thought its easier for me to put it up here so I can refer people here when I need to XOXO TTYS


3 Tracey August 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hi Ms Dee,
I unfortunately read this post AFTER having my hair dyed at a salon to cover the grey! I was very close to maximum hydration and now?????? My hair is dry, brittle and snaps when I run my fingers through it while wet. It seems the more water I add, the dryer it gets. What does the below mean? What products do you suggest I try?

synthetic protein treatments which include ingredients such as Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins and PVP are done on the hair in order to fill in the “gaps” and repair the damage


4 Ms.Dee Kay August 25, 2014 at 4:20 am

Hi Tracey,
So sorry to hear that you had a setback and a bad experience at at the salon. What that means is that because the hair dye breaks down protein bonds in your hair, you will have to use products with synthetic proteins to recover the damage.
What I can recommend is to do the Cherry Lola Treatment if it has been more than 2 weeks after doing it.Make sure you do the deep conditioning option as often as you can and just keep doing the regimen. It may take a couple of weeks ( 3 to 4 weeks) before your hair goes back to normal. I wish you the best of luck and I hope your hair gets back on track soon.


5 Sherry September 16, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hi MsDee Kay , love you .And thank you so much for all your very important information about the MHM. I want to use the Henna on my hair,but I have been doing the HMH for 13 days now .Will I mess the treatment up?I always use a Henna,be for I used the MHM.Please let me know what to do Thank U you are a Blessing


6 Sherry September 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Sorry I meant to say MHM not HMH LOL


7 Ms.Dee Kay September 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

Awww thank you so much & love you too sweetie :) If you started with the Cherry Lola I would suggest to wait until next month. Good luck on your hydration journey XOXO


8 Rita October 2, 2014 at 10:53 am

Ms. Dee Kay,

Hugs to you for your ongoing support to us naturalistas in following this method developed by PinkyCube.
I’ve been a henna (and sometimes Indigo) head for about 2 years, and plan to jump into mhm around Christmastime when I’ll have some extended days off. Do I understand your post correctly that I need never do the cherry lola treatment? I henna about every 6 weeks.

Thank you,


9 Ms.Dee Kay October 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Hi Rita,
Thank you :)
Yes, when you choose to do Henna you would skip the Cherry Lola as they both have protein. So you can either alternate or just skip altogether depending on your hair’s needs.
Hugs to you too :)


10 Narissa October 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I’m interested in trying the MHM and already have chemical dye in my hair. I don’t plan on dying it again anytime soon but I know I might want to go lighter in the future. Can I start the MHM now, have my hair dyed at a salon( I plan on going to Aveda since their products are more natural), and then continue the MHM after it’s dyed? What kind of extra precautions would I need to take?


11 Ms.Dee Kay October 19, 2014 at 5:12 am

Hi Narissa,
Yes you can do that…I would say just make sure before you go and after you go that you’re deep conditioning/steaming as often as you can. Also skip the cherry lola treatment during the time that you do get the hair dyed other than that goodluck :)


12 Claudett de Bruin November 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Is it safe to mix the amino acids with just conditioner AFTER a non-permanent hair coloring or is it better to stay away from the aminoes? Because I like the way it makes my hair feel. Wonderful!


13 Ms.Dee Kay November 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

mmh… I think it would be too much protein but I’ve never heard of anyone do that but you can experiment and see what happens, just listen to your hair :)


14 Sandust November 15, 2014 at 12:34 am

Hi Ms. Dee Kay,

My hair type is 4C, fine strands, thin density, GREYING EXEXPONENTIAL and, prior to the MHM, very DRY.

I want to add henna BACK into my regime.

Here is how I currently apply the MHM:
Step 1, Baking soda option.
Step 2, Diluted KCNT.
Step 3, Aztec brand clay mixed w/equal parts ACV/Water.

MyQuestion: Is it okay to mix the clay step with BAQ henna*??

Step 4, Same as Step 2.
Step 5, Flaxseed gel (as per natural85)

*Please note, I plan to only do this regimen ONCE-A-WEEK, knowing full well that doing it less often will prolong my hair reaching max hydration. I have done this full regime four weeks (4X’s), minus the henna, and I am already seeing some definite coil clumping!

Thanks for all you do in promoting the MHM!

Sandust :-)


15 Ms.Dee Kay December 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

You could try and see how it works for you, however I think mixing the henna in the clay would probably defeat the whole purpose of the clay step. I would treat the henna more like a treatment similar to the Cherry Lola.. Happy to hear you’re hair is doing well and thanks for the feedback. Blessings XOXO :)


16 Cillacil December 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Ms Dee, I go to the salon and have my hair colored on a regular basis (b/c of the grays). Plus I like vibrant colors (blondes, reds, browns). I generally deep condition every week. And I use gel (washNgo). How can I incorporate the MHM into my routine?


17 Ms.Dee Kay January 2, 2015 at 12:12 pm

I would suggest to do protein treatments and to deep condition more often prior to and after your treatments. If you have a steamer incorporating regular steaming treatments could also be beneficial.


18 Cillacil January 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Yesterday, I had my 1st color treatment since starting the regimen. I did the MHM, in two days before coloring, and it seems like the color took better. They use Goldwell permanent color and Paul Michelle color safe shampoo and Conditioner afterwards. I was happy to still have lots of definition afterwards. But my hair felt kind of rough and tangly when I left the salon. I did wash n go. As soon as I got home, I rinsed my hair really well then applied full strength KnotToday conditioner and detangled. It softened up quickly. Then I applied the watered down conditioner to each strand from root to tip, separating as I went along. I followed up with the gel. The hair snapped back. How long should I wait before doing the MHM again since I just got a fresh color (copper)? I don’t want to kill my color right away.


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