Happy Wednesday :) Today I would like to share some information concerning the ingredients we avoid in the Max Hydration Regimen AKA “NO NO Ingredients”.
The first thing most people do once they learn of the Max Hydration Regimen, (myself included…) is to look into their product stash and see if there are any products that would be compatible with the regimen. In my own experience, although my cabinet was full of natural hair products…I realized really quick that none of the products were fit for the regimen.
A lot of people often wonder why some products are recommended in the Max Hydration Regimen, while others are not. What’s the rationale? It all comes down to the ingredients in the product and how they affect the hair, especially Type 4/kinky/ low porosity hair.
Those following the Curly Girl Method are already aware of the basic No Silicones, No sulphates rules. But the Max Hydration regimen goes even further:
There are two criteria that are taken into account when looking at product ingredients:
- The ingredient does not cause build up. Which over time, will prevent the hair from absorbing adequate moisture levels.
- The ingredient does not dry out the hair and prevent it from retaining adequate moisture levels.
For a full list of the recommended products you can check the Max Hydration Recommended product list.
I have also compiled a couple of lists which you can find below:
- The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Conditioner Recommendation List.
- The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Gel Recommendation List.
- The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Clay Recommendation List.
- Update to The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Conditioner Recommendation List
- Update to The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Gel List.
Some people look at the products on the list and will often say…. “I’ve already used some of the products on the list before and it didn’t work for my hair!” Trust me…I understand! I also used Kinky Curly Knot Today and Kinky Curly Curling Custard about 4 years ago prior to starting MHM and while I loved Kinky Curly Knot Today as a conditioner, I never had the same results with Kinky Curly Curling Custard as I’m having right now after incorporating the Max Hydration Regimen. I actually had an old jar of KCCC that was left over from years ago buried under my product stash LOL.
The reason the recommended products work so well with The Max Hydration Method is a combination of using products with the best ingredients for your hair, incorporating a regimen that allows your hair to sufficiently absorb and retain moisture plus effectively sealing that moisture in.
Below is a list of the ingredients to avoid in the Max Hydration Regimen and a brief explanation of why:
- A drying alcohol derived from ethanol, forms lye salt in water based products and dissolves certain types of hair after long term use (like wearing a product with this ingredient on your hair for the whole day and overnight, or using it daily).
Hydrolyzed wheat protein/ peptides :
- Bad for low porosity hair and most kinkier Type 4 hair.
Panthenol/Pro-Vitamin B5 :
- Builds up and acts like protein.
Glycerin& Propylene glycol :
- Pulls moisture out of hair cortex in dry conditions, glycerin is also astringent.
Mineral Oil and waxes :
- Builds up and is difficult to remove all residue without shampoo.
Just another version of silicones.
- High amounts of quaternary salts build up on the hair as well, although this is primarily an issue for those in a co-wash only routine. Still we look out for it when it becomes excessive.
- Builds up, can’t be removed without sulphate shampoo.
Denatured and drying alcohol:
- Drying to the hair.
Salts and sulphates (Except the ones with Stearic or Cetyl)
- Drying to the hair, sodium hydroxide or any form of lye or hydroxide/ NaOH: Lye, dissolves hair after long term use.
- potassium sorbate, or phenoxyethanol are ok at the end of the list as they function as preservatives.
Ingredients to take note of caution for sensitivities:
- Aloe vera juice and Coconut oil. Both can leave the hair feeling hard even though they aren’t official No-No ingredients. Aloe is okay in gel, since it is going to dry and form a cast, but some may even be sensitive to that.
I know most people find the Max Hydration Regimen quite restrictive when it comes to products but I think another way to look at it is…this should serve as a challenge to those who create hair care products, to start offering a wider product selection on the natural hair market place. The market should include products that cater to the sensitivities and needs of Type 4 Hair especially Low porosity/Kinky and 4c hair. I think the Max Hydration has opened an opportunity for this and I look forward to the time when there will be a wider selection for us tightly coiled naturals.
There are some people who are currently doing the regimen while using products not approved on the list. Although, this is not recommended, depending on the state/condition of their hair, hair porosity, their hair type, texture, density etc they may still be able to get good results. I would only recommend this as a last resort for those with no choice whatsoever and have no access to the recommended products due to their location. For absolute best results with the Max Hydration Regimen especially if your hair is chronically dry, low porosity, kinky, 4c I would highly recommend sticking to the Max Hydration Recommended product list. That being said ultimately, everyone has to make the best choice for their own hair and lifestyle accordingly.
Good luck on your Journey to Max Hydration and Happy Hydrating
Much Love & Blessings,