Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Max Hydration Method – 5 Step Regimen

maximum hydration 5 step regimen


Hi luvs,

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for a simplified explanation of the Maximum Hydration Regimen and I plan to do a short video on this in the future but for now I thought it would be easier to list the regimen in five easy to read bullet points and short explanations. Especially for those who may not have the time to go through the long details and just need something they can easily refer to from time to time. I have included a couple of steps for different situations.

The regimen basically consists of 5 steps that can be done at one go:

The 5 Step Maximum Hydration Method Regimen

Step 1: Baking Soda or Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
Step 2: Steam/Thermal heating cap/Warm conditioner + Wash & Detangle.
Step 3: Clay Rinse.
Step 4: Botanical Leave in Conditioner.
Step 5: Botanical Gel or oil (if doing a set style in this case avoid glycerin or coconut oil).

The regimen can also be broken down into a Night and Morning Routine:


Step 1: Baking Soda or Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
Step 2: Deep condition/Greenhouse Effect (GHE).

You may lightly oil your scalp in order to prevent irritation or itchiness. You may also use a thermal heating cap or steam for an hour before wearing the shower cap to bed.


Step 2: (continued) Rinse out DC and detangle in morning.
Step 3: Clay Rinse.
Step 4: Leave in.
Step 5: Botanical Gel or oil (if doing a set style in this case avoid glycerin or coconut oil)

There is also a version of the  regimen for those whose hair is too short for gel or who would love to grow their bald spots.

Bald spot regimen/For people whose hair is too short for gel.

Full details on how to do this version of the regimen can be found on the maxhydrationmethod website.

Step 1: Apple Cider Vinegar (can also add cayenne pepper).
Step 2: Clay (with cayenne pepper and light stimulating oils added).
Step 3: Apply light oils to scalp (It is recommend to use a light oil mixed with stimulating anti-microbial oils).
Step 4: Deep condition for 2-3 weeks straight before repeating the whole regimen.

This is the version of the regimen that is done every time the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment is done:

Cherry Lola Treatment Version


Step 1: Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment.
Step 2: DC overnight with a Botanical Conditioner.


Step 2: (continued) Rinse out DC and detangle in morning.
Step 3: Clay.
Step 4: Botanical Leave in Conditioner.
Step 5: Botanical Gel/oil (if doing set style).

I also receive a lot of questions about what the each of the steps specifically does to our hair, and here is a brief explanation:

Step 1:
Baking soda Rinse: The hair cuticles are being lifted and build up that may prevent the hair from absorbing moisture is clarified/cleansed from the hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: The hair cuticles are being closed and build up that may prevent the hair from absorbing moisture is clarified/cleansed from the hair.

Step 2:
Deep condition overnight/Warmed conditioner co-wash/ steam/thermal heating cap/hooded dryer,

The hair cuticles are being lifted due to the use of good heat. At this point the hair has been cleansed/clarified and therefore a significant amount of build up has been removed and the hair is able to absorb moisture.

Step 3:
Clay rinse:

The Clay Mask lifts the cuticles, detoxifies the hair and further removes build up that may have been left over from Step 1 & 2. It also moisturizes the hair and allows it to clump and define.

Once the clay has been thoroughly rinsed out of the hair, this is a great point to check the maximum hydration status of your hair. This is done by assessing how much moisture retention the hair strands currently have. A sign to look for is how far up the strand the curls are beginning to clump. For example, tips, halfway up the strand, 3/4 up the strands, and all the way up to the root.

This assessment can be done section by section and also throughout the whole head of hair

Step 4:

Botanical Leave In Conditioner:

In this step you will apply your watered down botanical conditioner as your leave in. The hair absorbs moisture and is ready to be sealed.

Step 5:

Botanical Gel:

In this step the moisture is sealed in and the cuticles are closed because the gel is PH balanced. Your curls/coils will clump together and define which will prevent your hair from tangling onto each other. The cast of the gel will protect the cuticle layer and serve as a protective style.

Quick tips for best results:

1. For each step apply in sections and make sure that each hair strand is fully coated and separated.

2. Always apply from root to tip.

3. Remove shed hair and detangle your hair each time you redo the regimen.

4. Do not dry your hair in between steps or rinses. You want your hair to be extremely wet when applying the leave in conditioner. All steps can be done in the shower.

5. If a section dries up before you are done, wet it down with a spray bottle before applying the watered down conditioner.

6. If the hair turns white or foams when applying conditioner slide the excess off before applying the gel.

7. Make sure you are applying the Leave in and Gel from your roots and saturate the whole hair strand.

8. The wetter and more slippery your hair is after the leave in step, the softer the gel will dry.

9. If you have areas which have not reached sufficient hydration levels and are hard to form clumps/define, concentrate in working in smaller sections while raking and smoothing, for best results.

I hope this quick run through has helped to clarify the regimen a bit better.

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,


Updated Maximum Hydration Regimen Gel List

Hi luvs,

Last week, I shared an updated conditioner list for the max hydration regimen, today I will be updating the gel list. Currently, we have about 18 options to choose from and now there are 3 more options added to the list.

These gels have been chosen based on the criteria that they do not contain ingredients that:

- Cause build up and prevent hair from absorbing moisture efficiently.
- Steal moisture from the hair and prevent it from retaining moisture efficiently.

These two factors are especially important for those who are Low Porosity and have kinkier, coarser texture (4c) hair.


max hydration updated gel list


Camille Rose Almond Jai Butter

deionized water, behentrimonium methosulfate (btms)(this quat salt is high on the list, which wouldn’t be ideal) cetearyl alcohol, prunus dulcis (almond) milk, prunus dulcis (almond) oil, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, oryza sativa (rice) bran oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil, ulmus fulva bark extract (slippery elm), ricinus communis (castor) seed oil/hydrogenated, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice, honey, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, scent and love!

Koils by Nature Eucalyptus and Lavender


Herb infused distilled water infused, aloe vera juice, Shea oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, * – Jamaican Black Castor Oil, carbomer,*organic marshmallow root,*organic slippery elm bark, *Jamaican Black Castor Oil, potassium sorbate, willows bark, eucalyptus & lavender essential oils, citric acid.

Koils by Nature UnScented


Herb infused distilled water infused, aloe vera juice, Shea oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, * - Jamaican Black Castor Oil, carbomer,*organic marshmallow root, *organic slippery elm bark, *Jamaican Black Castor Oil, potassium sorbate, willows bark, citric acid.

If none of the botanical gels on either list are an option for you, you can also create your own DIY Botanical gel using mucilaginous substances such as:

Flax seeds, okra, chia seed, psyllium seed, marshmallow leaf and root, common mallow leaf, plantain, comfrey, aloe vera, fenugreek seed, licorice root, slippery elm bark, mullein leaf, sweet violet leaf, oats and seaweed apple pectin , oat bran, soapwort, kudzu, arrowroot, Irish moss, Kelp, Comfrey leaf, hibiscus, coltsfoot Mullein (lungs), Cinnamon, Malabar spinach, Nettle, *Horsetail, *Watercress, *Rosemary and *Burdock Root, cornsilk, coltsfoot, couchgrass, icelandmoss & Ginseng Root.

To see other product options for the maximum hydration regimen see the posts below:

1. The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Conditioner Recommendation List.

2. The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Gel Recommendation List.

3. The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Clay Recommendation List.

4. Update to The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen Conditioner Recommendation List

Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,

JC Of Natural Haven Reviews the Max Hydration Method Regimen

Hi luvs,

Hope y’all had a wonderful productive week and are winding down, ready for the weekend. To end the week, I wanted to leave you guys with some news incase you aren’t aware.

JC, who runs the wonderful blog Natural Haven has done a review of the Max Hydration Method Regimen from a scientific point of view. If you’re curious about her thoughts on this regimen do head over there and check the post out.

Her blog is a great resource for hair and science. If you ever wondered about hair care practices from a scientific perspective, Natural Haven is certainly a blog to add to your blog roll. If you’re a frequent reader of Black Girl Long Hair (BGLH) you’ve probably read some of her informative posts on there as well.

natural haven JC max hydration method review scientific perspective


Wishing you all a lovely weekend and I’ll see ya on Monday. Thanks so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,


Updated Max Hydration Regimen Conditioner List

Hi luvs,
As stated in an earlier post, the maximum hydration method is very strict when it comes to products that can be used in this regimen. This is because, the method emphasizes eliminating products with ingredients that either:
- Cause Build up and prevent hair from absorbing moisture efficiently.
- Steal moisture from the hair and prevent it from retaining moisture efficiently.

This is especially true for kinkier, coarser, 4c or low porosity hair. However, I do believe anyone that is dealing with dry, frizzy hair can benefit greatly from eliminating products with such ingredients and doing this regimen.

I have already posted a list of conditioners, gels and clays that are recommended for this regimen. However, there are now a couple of more products that have been approved for the method. Today I will be sharing some more conditioners, that have been approved for the maximum hydration regimen.

maximum hydration conditioner update




1. Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment- Strawberry Ice Cream $20 8oz


Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Rosa Mosqueta (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia oil, Cananga Odorata oil, Lecithin, Fragrance, Citric Acid.

2. Botanical Skin Works – Leave In Conditioner – $12.99 4 oz

*Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil,  *Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, *Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Nut Oil, CO-Q10, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM aka sulfur), *Organic Proprietary Blend of Botanical Infusion of Extracts, Essential Oil Blend of Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Salvia Officinali (Sage) and *Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender).

3. Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Conditioner Banana $14 or Marshmallow $15 cubes

This is not a leave in but rather a clay mixture that can be used in step 3 of the regimen i.e Clay rinse. I decided to add it here as it is marketed as a deep conditioner.


*Organic Rhassoul Clay (Hectorite/Moroccan Lava Clay), *Organic Unrefined Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao), *Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), *Pure Organic Cocoa Powder (Theobroma Cacao), *Organic Unrefined Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Sun Dried Banana Powder(Musa Sapientum)/Marshmallow Powder (Althaea Officinalis), MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane/Methyl Sulphonyl Methane), *Organic Chilean Honey (Miel), Vitamin E (D-Alpha, D-Beta, D-Gamma & D-Delta Tocopherols) and LOVE!

* ingredients issued from organic farming

4. Giovanni Cosmetics Nutrafixx Reconstructor   $14


Aqua (purified water), *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, *betula alba (birch) extract, *malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, achillea millefolium extract, *chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, *equisetum arvense extract, * lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, *salvia sclarea (clary) extract, *thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, *tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) flowerer extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract cetyl alcohol,steralkonium chloride, tocopherol (vitamin E), citric acid, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance

5. Jessicurl Deep Treatment $17 8oz


Water (Aqua) infused with Equisetum Maximum Lam (Horsetail), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Laurus Nobilis (Bay Leaf), Ocimum Basilicum (Basil), Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow Root), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano), Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) and Urtica Dioica (Nettle); Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Soy Lecithin, Citrus Sinensis Var. Dulcis (Orange) Oil (and) Lavandula Officinalis (lavender) Oil (and) Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil; Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

6.Giovanni Direct leave in- Pure Organic  $7 8.5oz


Aqua (Purified Water) with (1)Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Oil, (1)Nettle (Uritica Dioica) Oil, (1)Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) Oil, Birch Leaf (Butela Alba) Oil, (1)Clary (Salvia Sclarea), (1)Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), (1)Coltsfoot Leaf (Tussilago Farfara), (1)Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) Oil, (1)Mallow (Malva Sylvestris), (1)Horsetail (Equistetum Arvense) Oil, (1)Soybean Protein (Glycine Soja), Cetyl Alcohol (plant derived), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trace Minerals, Citric Acid (corn), Sodium Hydroxymethyglycinate, Grapefruit Seed (citrus derived).

7. Kinky Curly Tiny Twirls $13 8.5oz


mangifera indica (mango) friut extract*, ulmus fulva (slippery elm) extract*, althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root extract*, cymbopogon schoenanthus (lemongrass)*, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol*certified organic

If you do decide to purchase some of the conditioners off of this list do double check that the current ingredient list matches the above, because sometimes companies tend to update the ingredients but the general look and name of the product remains the same.

For other conditioners, gels and clays approved for the maximum hydration regimen be sure to check on the previous lists below:


Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,
Much Love & Blessings,