By PinkeCube

Below is the list of No-No ingredients that we avoid in this regimen and  a brief explanation of each:

TEA-triethanolamine and other ethanolamines(MEA, DEA,etc):

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 :

Build 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.

Polyquats :

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 cowash only routine. Still we look out for it when it becomes excessive. Quatsalts are great lubricants, make great slip for detangling, and hold moisture well to the hair, but if you have 4-5 or more quatsalts in your conditioner, it will start to affect how it absorbs into your hair. It also depends on how high they are on the list. 4 quatsalts at the top of the list, is worse than maybe 3 at the top and one beneath the first 5 ingredients.  The issue with too many quatsalts is it will sit on your hair more than it moisturizes and absorbs. This can affect your results as well. For some it can weigh down their hair, though that mostly effects those with looser textures. Tighter textures may notice a bit more frizz or feel like it didn’t absorb as well into the hair as a product that contains less.

Silicones :

Build up, can’t be removed without sulphate shampoo.

Denatured and drying alcohol:

Drying to the hair.

Salts and sulphates:

Drying to the hair sodium hydroxide or any form of lye or hydroxide/ NaOH: Lye, dissolves hair after long term use.

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.

Below is a list of gels, conditioners, water based creams and clays that have been approved for this regimen. These products, 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. In order to adequately care for Type 4 or low porosity hair and to make sure it is thoroughly moisturized, we need to go beyond the no sulphates, no parabens and cones from the Curly Girl Method and really dig deep into other ingredients that our type of hair is sensitive to.

I know the list seems very limited, but once you start going through ingredients in products it becomes apparent really quick that there are very few products out there, that do not contain at least one of the NO NO ingredients that affects our Type 4 hair’s ability to retain and absorb moisture.

For those who do not have type 4 hair you might be able to be a bit more lenient with your products. Still try to use the approved products until you have reached higher moisture levels, then if you still want to use the old products you can introduce them and see whether your hair will have any set backs or not. It is better to do it that way than to start off and not know whether using an unapproved product is affecting your results or not. Silicones should be avoided permanently no matter the hair type, if you aren’t using a proper sulfate shampoo.

A great thing about the Maximum Hydration Method Regimen is that there is really no need for Product Junkeism. Once you choose one of the products on the list and start doing the regimen consistently, there is an immediate improvement on your hair. Which eliminates the need to keep looking for that “perfect” product.

This page will continue to be updated as more products are analyzed.

The MHM Regimen and Botanical Gels:

A lot of people ask why is the gel step necessary for this regimen. The botanical gel functions as a sealant in this regimen, because it forms a cast, it seals in moisture more effectively than oil. It seals the moisture in, and your cuticles are closing because the gel is ph balanced. It is water based and so it is easier to remove the product residue from the hair than a heavy oil or butter. The gel also helps with definition, by keeping the coils in their clumps and preventing them from tangling onto each other, acting like a protective style, yet you get to enjoy you hair loose. The gel cast also protects the cuticle layer.

The great thing about this list is it contains a wide range of gels created by black entrepreneurs who understand the special needs of our type of hair.  By purchasing products from these black owned hair care lines, we are also supporting and helping to build our community.

MHM Recommended Botanical Gels

Herbal Choice Mari Hair Styling GEL for Him & Her herbal choice mari hair styling gel


water, organic vodka, organic guar gum (natural plant based), organic sweet orange oil, organic lemongrass oil, organic olive oil, organic apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered), organic green tea, organic sage herb, organic bilberry leaf, xanthan gum (natural gum), organic patchouli oil, organic primrose oil, organic thyme oil, organic rose hip oil.

Beautiful curls shea butter curl defining gel

Beautiful Curls Curl Defining Gel


Chamomile (matricaria recutita) extract (aqueous), yarrow (achillea millefolium) extract (aqueous), Certified Fair Trade shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), aloe vera leaf gel (aloe barbadensis), agave nectar, panthenol(6th ingredient, coconut oil, apricot fruit and ylang ylang flower extracts, guar gum, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, citric acid. 

Green Tea Curl Glaze Natural Curly Hair Styling Gel 

5% discount on all of their products to the MHM family. All you need to do is use the coupon code: GCMHM5  on your purchase. (Please note that you cannot combine this coupon with other offers.)

green tea curl glaze


Botanical extracts of horsetail, marshmallow root, neem leaf, nettle leaf, olive leaf and slippery elm root in purified water, organic green tea extract, aloe vera, agave nectar, pectin, lavender, lemon and lime essential oils, natural fragrance.

Curly Kinks Curl Factor 

Curly Kinks Curl Factor


Infused Water (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm), Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root), Glycine Betaine (Beta vulgaris (Beet) Sugar Extract, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sea Kelp Bioferment, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Pro-Vitamin B5 (Panthenol), Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel (Prunus Armeniaca) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Citric Acid

New Gellie by Bella Curl



aqua (distilled), rosa damascena (rose otto) distillate, linum usitatissimum (flax) seed, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) seed oil, cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, infused carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil, PEG -50 shea butter, PEG -7 olivate, magnesium chloride, gluconolactone(food additive) (and) sodium benzoate, essential oil blend, cellulose copolymer.

Natural Hair Gel Flaxseed & Marshmallow Root Hair Softener, Conditioner, Ph Balanced, Hair Moisturizer by Naturally Amari 

Natural Hair Gel Flaxseed & Marshmallow Root Hair Softener

Note: available on etsy, and pick the custom options without quinoa protein under sizes


Certified Organic Flaxseeds, Certified Organic Marshmallow Root, 100% Natural Aloe Vera Gel, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Natural preservative (Optiphen)

Organic Marshmallow roots & Flaxseed Extracts Hair Moisturizer Gel  (available on etsy)

Organic Marshmallow roots & Flaxseed

You can make a custom order without the panthenol, since panthenol is a light protein and can build up on the hair making it feel gummy.

Ingredients: Infusions of organic flaxseeds and organics marshmallow roots , distilled water, Intense Hydration Complex, Panthenol, Inulin, natural and organic aromatic essences, Geoguard, Carrageenan extract, Potassium sorbate.

Herbal Hair Gel and Detangler for Natural Hair (available on etsy)

Herbal Hair Gel and Detangler


Nettle, Marshmallow, Essential oils, flaxseed, distilled water 

Natural Flaxseed Gel by Blendies  available on Etsy

blendies Natural Flaxseed Gel


Bobs Mill Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Castor oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Olive oil, Vitamin E, Essential oil.

SdotBeauty CURLSPIRATION  Natural Curl Defining Hair Gel (etsy)

sdotbeauty curlspirationnatural curl defining


distilled aqua, aqueous extracts of organic linum usitatissimum (linseed), organic urtica dioica (nettle leaf), organic equisetum arvense (horsetail), organic althaea officinalis (marshmallow root), organic ulmus rubra (slippery elm bark), aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic agave nectar, xanthan gum, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, panthenol (6th to last ingredient), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, fragrance, tocopherol, citric acid

Hello Curly Curl Stimulator

hello curly curl simulator Ingredients:

Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Aqueous-Infused Extracts of Marshmallow, Chamomile, Nettle, Horsetail, Vitamin E, Agave Nectar Extract, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate and Natural Fragrance.

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.

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 Soothing Herbal Peppermint Gel 



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

Kinky curly curling custard 



botanical infusion of water, horsetail, chamomile, nettle and marshmallow, organicaloe vera
juice, agave nectar extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), pectic, citric acid, potassium sorbate and natural fragrance.

Miessence certified organic shape styling gel 



certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, xanthan gum, chondrus crispus (carrageenan) gum ,certified organic arctium lappa (burdock) extract, certified organic pelargonium graveolens (geranium) essential oil, certified organic equisetum arvense (horsetail) extract, certified organic urtica dioica (nettle) extract, myroxylon pereirae (balsam peru) oil, certified organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, certified organic rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, certified organic salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, certified organic ethanol (sugar cane alcohol)

Giovanni’s L.A. Natural styling gel 

giovanni la styling gel


infusion of Rosemary Extract, Nettles Extract, Thyme Extract, Birch Leaf Extract, Chamomile Extract, Sage Extract, St. John’s Wort Extract, Coltsfoot Extract, Mallow Extract, Balm Mint Extract, Horsetail Extract, Red Clover Extract, Soy, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Cellosize, I.P.A., PVP K30, Stearikonium, Chloride, Kelp, Mineral Trace Elements, DL Panthenol (2nd to last ingredient), Cinnamate

Curly Girl Silky Custard 



distilled water, certified organic aloe vera gel, certified organic extra virgin coconut oil, bamboo extract, certified organic sunflower oil, rice bran oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, wheat germ oil, natural Vitamin E oil, xanthan gum, essential oil blend, potassium sorbate, grapefruit seed extract, phthalate-free fragrance.

Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Hair Gel 



Aloe barbadensis(aloe vera gel), deionized water, macadamia integrifolia (macadamia) seed oil, persea(avocado) gratissima seed oil, simmondsia (jojoba) chinensis seed oil, prunus (sweet almond) dulcis oil, ricinus (castor) communis seed oil, behenetrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol(BTMS), camellia (green tea) sinensis, ulmus (slippery elm) eulva, ascorbic (vitamin C) acid, tocopherol (vitamin e), d-panthenol, phenoxyethanol/caprylyl glycol(optiphen), sorbic acid, scent and LOVE!

Crème Brulee Curling Delight



Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera )Gel , (Agave) Tequilana Stem Nectar, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Fragrance (Parfum) , Color Additives, Botanical Blend

Aloe Berry Styling Gel



Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Prunus Amygdalus (Almond Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Fragrance (Parfum), Color additives, Botanical Blend Ingredients.

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 seedsOkraChia seedPsyllium seedMarshmallow leafMarshmallow rootCommon mallow leafNarrow leaf plantainComfrey rootAloe vera leafFenugreek seedLicorice root, Slippery elm barkMullein leafSweet violet leafOatsSeaweedApple pectinOat bran, SoapwortKudzuArrowrootIrish mossKelpComfrey leafHibiscusMulleinCinnamon, Malabar spinachNettleHorsetailWatercressRosemaryBurdock RootCornsilkColtsfoot,CouchgrassIcelandmossGinseng Root

The great thing is once you find a recipe you like you can make a lot and store them in the freezer and it will stay preserved for awhile.

I made a post with a Flaxseed gel recipe that was shared by  @natural_beauty1975 and @naturally50  on their instagram pages, they have both agreed that this is the “best FG recipe” that they have ever tried. So do give it a try and I hope you love it too :)

Rachaelcpr has also shared a great DIY FSG recipe that you can find below:

MHM Recommended Water Based Creams

Soft holding water based sealants for transitioners and those doing set styles

I understand there are some who may still not want to use gel can choose to use oils, maybe if they are doing this while transitioning. Before using oil alone as a sealant I would layer it under or over the gel, or mix it with gel. Or use a water based cream styler or a gel with a very soft hold. Those will still be water based and so not as prone to leaving build up as oil alone. Below I have included a list of recommended water based cream stylers that will work for those who are doing set styles, but you can still do many set styles using gel.

For oils I recommend castor oil blended with another oil. Keep heavy butters to a minimum. Glycerin is not approved. I wouldn’t recommend straight coconut oil either for those who know they are sensitive. Plus coconut oil is not an effective sealant anyway.

 If you are making your own cream, you can still make use of that list of mucilaginous substances under the approved gel heading. Use those in your cream as the base and simply add more oil, maybe a bit of butter, and along with honey or agave nectar. The honey is sort of like an emulsifier and will make the oils you use less greasy.

Epiphany Naturals Curly Creme with Argan Oil

Epiphany Naturals Curly Creme with Argan Oil


Organic Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, EcoCert Propanediol (Vegetable, Corn), Organic Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, EcoCert Trimethylglycine (Beet Sugar), EcoCert Hydrogenated Olea europaea (Olive Oil), EcoCert Olea europaea (Olive Oil), EcoCert Olea europaea (Olive Oil) Unsaponifiables, Organic Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Nut Oil, Argan Oil, Sclerotium (Mushroom) Gum, Organic Hibiscus rosa sinensis (Hibiscus) Leaf / Flower Extract, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Sclerotium Gum (Vegetable), KOSH Chondrus crispus (Irish Moss / Carageenan), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, EcoCert Gluconolactone, EcoCert Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance.

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter



Aloe barbadensis(aloe vera gel), deionized water, macadamia integrifolia (macadamia) seed oil, persea(avocado) gratissima seed oil, simmondsia (jojoba) chinensis seed oil, prunus (sweet almond) dulcis oil, ricinus (castor) communis seed oil, behenetrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol(BTMS), camellia (green tea) sinensis, ulmus (slippery elm) eulva, ascorbic (vitamin C) acid, tocopherol (vitamin e), d-panthenol, phenoxyethanol/caprylyl glycol(optiphen), sorbic acid, scent and LOVE!

Blue Rose Beauty’s Flax seed cream gel

Blue Rose Cream Gel


Distilled water infused w/ brown flax seeds, alma, & marshmallow root, aloe vera juice, emulsifying wax, Jojoba butter, shea butter, sunflower lethicin, macadamia oil, cetyl alcohol, honeyquat, fragrance, and Germall plus.

Blue Rose Beauty’s curly custard 



Aqueous extracts of slippery elm, ashwanganda marshmallow root, Coconut milk. Aloe vera juice, Castor oil, Emulsifying wax, Unrefined shea butter, Manuka honey, Guar gum, Fragrance (phthalate free) Royal jelly and panax ginseng, Preservative (paraben free)

Blue Roze – Pumpkin Puree 



Distilled water: Gotu kola & Horsetail extract, Pumpkin seed oil, Emulsifying wax, Mango butter, Red Palm oil, Virgin wheatgerm oil, Sesame oil, Cetyl Ester, Panthenol, Fragrance, & Preservative (paraben free)

Blue Rose- Toasted Marshmallows



water, irish moss, aloe vera juice, sweet almond oil, emulsifying wax, murumuru butter, meadowfoam oil, grapeseed oil, mango butter, honeyquat, fragrance (phthalate free), marshmallow root, chamomile, amla, bhringraj, & burdock root extracts, Preservative (paraben free)

Bel Nuovo Avocado shea healthy hair milk



purified water, organic aloe vera juice, extra virgin olive oil, Avocado oil, castor oil, Unrefined shea butter, behentremonium methosulfate, honey, cetrimonium chloride, Panthenol, guar gum, carrot seed extract, burdock root extract, Potassium Sorbate, Otiphen (paraben free preservative), Fragrance and Inner beauty

Curl Love Moisture Milk 



Deionized Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Aloe Barbadenis Leaf, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Ternifolia (Macademia Nut) Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Camellia (Green Tea) Sinensis Leaf, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Milk, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva) bark, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Scent and Love.

Curlaide Moisture Butter 



Deionized water, oryza sativa(rice)milk, behenetrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohhol (BTMS), cocos nucifera extract(coconut oil), butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit 
oil, olea europaea (olive) oil, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, sesamum indicum (sesame)seed oil, glycine sojo(soybean)oil, aloe barbadensis leaf(aloe vera extract), ricinus communis (castor)seed oil, oryza sative(rice) bran oil, macadaamia ternifolia (macadamia)seed oil, persea gratissiam(avocado)oil, aloe barbadensis(aloe)leaf juice, stearoxytrimethyl silane and stearyl alcohol(sily wax), ulmus eulva(slippery elm), sorbitol, simmondsia chinensis(jojoba)seed oil, ascorbic(vitamin C) acid, tocopherol (vitamin E), phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol and sorbic acid, scent and LOVE!

MHM Recommended Botanical Conditioners

Which ever one of these conditioners you pick, they are going to function as your Cowash, your Deep Conditioner, and your Leave in. There is no need to use a different product– all conditioner functions the same unless its specifically a cleansing cowash, with an actual cleanser in it. None of these are. You can choose to water down the conditioner differently depending on how thick or watery you want it during each step.

Kinky Curly Knot Today 



Organic mango fruit extract, organic slippery elm, organic marshmallow root, organic lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance.

Crece Pelo Conditioner (Natural Phitotherapeutic Treatment for Capillar Growth) 


Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gliceryl Monoestearate, Behentrimonium Chloride Fragrance, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben. Laurel, Nettle, Arnica, Bardana, Watercress, Calendula, Ivy, Manzanilla, Lemon, Pine, Roomero, Capuchina, Salvia, Tioxolana, Milk of Cotton, Fibro Activates.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner with Peppermint and Eucalyptus 



water, tea tree, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, nettle oil, thyme oil, birch leaf oil, chamomile oil, clary, coltsfoot leaf, yarrow oil, mallow, horsetail oil, soybean protein, cetyl alcohol, vitamin e, trace minerals, citric acid, sodium hydroxymethylgycinate, grape seed

Jessicurl Deep Treatment

Jessicurl Deep Treatment


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

BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner


Distilled water, Cetearyl Alcohol, BTMS (mild emulsifier), 100% Organic Unrefined Shea Butter , 100% Organic Coconut Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Organic Raw Honey, Paraben and Formaldehyde Free Preservative, Fragrance (Phthalate Free).

TRESemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner



Water (Aqua); Cetearyl Alcohol; Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine; Behentrimonium Chloride; Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer; Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract; Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract; Fragrance; Dipropylene Glycol; Potassium Chloride; Lactic Acid; Disodium EDTA; DMDM Hydantoin; PEG-150 Distearate; Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride; Lauroyl Lysine; Methylchloroisothiazolinone; Methylisothiazolinone.

Jessicurl Aloeba Daily Conditioner Island fantasy  



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); Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment- Strawberry Ice Cream

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab


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

Kinky Curly Tiny Twirls

kinky curly tiny twirls


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

Curl Junkie BeautiCurls Leave-in Hair Conditioner


Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Butylene Glycol, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rosehip Seed) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Melissa Officinalis (Melissa) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Yucca Leaf Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner



Purified Water, Stearalkonium Chloride , Soybean Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Octyl Palmitrate , Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Certified Organic Sunflower Seed Oil , Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonum Methosulfate , Certified Organic Ho Shu Wu Extract, Certified Organic Green Tea Extract, Certified Organic Chamomile Extract, Certified Organic Calendula Extract, Certified Organic Mango Butter, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Bean Tree, Polysorbate 60, Panthenol, Soy Protein , Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance.

Giovanni Cosmetics Nutrafixx Reconstructor giovanni reconstructor


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

Botanical Skin Works – Leave In Conditioner

botanical skin works


*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).

  Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner



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); Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Soy Lecithin, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Soultanicals Knot Sauce



Distilled Water Botanically Infused with Certified Organic Blue Malva, Nettle, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Oatstraw, Chamomile, Coltsfoot & Marshmallow Root, Certified Organic Aloe Juice, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flaxseed Gel, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter, Brocolli Seed Oil, Crambe Seed Oil, Pro-Vitamin B5, Guar Gum, Algae, Coconut Nectar, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Natural, Fragrant & Essential Oil Blends, Potassium Sorbate, Black Willowbark Extract, Citric Acid, an extra pouring of soulistic flava & LOVE!

Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner honey_and_sage_deep_conditioner_8oz1


Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice(Aloe Vera Juice) , Honeyquat (Honey), Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Powder, Urtica Dioica ( Nettle) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Natural Detangling Agent), Silk Amino Acids(Natural protein), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, (Eucalyptus) Globulus Leaf Oil, Phenoxyethanol ,Caprylyl Glycol , Sorbic Acid, Orbignya Oleifera Seed (Babassu) Oil, , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Caramel ,Herbal and Botanical Blend

Strawberry Hibiscus Deep Conditioner



Hibiscus Tea and marshmallow root, Aloe vera juice, Bhringraj infused olive oi, Cupuacu butter, Tucuma butter, Horsetail butter, Honeyquat, Btms, incroquat, and preservative.  

Avocado & Shea Healthy Hair Conditioner



Purified Water, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, BTMS (Emulsifier), Cetyl Alcohol (Thickener), Honey, Cetrimonium Chloride (Conditioner), Pathenol (Pro-Vitamin B), Vitamin E, Citric Acid, Optiphen (Paraben Free Preservative), Fragrance

Terraveda Organix Krazy 4 Coconut & Okra Condish



Botanical Infusion (Water, Okra Extract and Marshmallow Root), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Water), Cocos nucifera (Cream) Oil, BTMS (Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Lactate, Glycine Betaine (Beta Vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil, Panthenol, Triticum Vulgare {Wheatgerm) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Withania Somnifera (Ashwaghanda), Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance

MHM Recommended Clay

When selecting clay for your hair, It doesn’t really matter what kind of clay you choose as long as it’s pure clay. If you choose to go with a mud wash such as Terressentials just be cautious of ingredients such as Aloe Vera. This is because some naturals especially those with low porosity or type 4c/kinkier texture find it to be stripping to their hair. Glycerin is another ingredient to watch out for in pre-mixed mud washes because it pulls moisture out of hair cortex in dry conditions. Both Aloe Vera and  Glycerin are astringent.

French Green Clay

french green clayEuropean Clay Powder

european clay


  1. Miss Missy says:

    Hello Ms. Dee Kay,

    I am a first time MHM user and I finished day one last night. I will do my best to complete the whole 7 days and then continue the regimen every 3 days. I wanted to thank you for all the information and knowledge you have given us. And also thank you very much for your patience. While shopping for the approved products I found alot of popular African American hair products with just about all of the NO NO ingredients in them. I was very surprised to see As I Am, and Carol’s Daughter not on the approved list but after reading their ingredients I saw why….

    I would like to ask about a product: Herbal Essences Naked Cleansing Conditioner. The ingredients are as follows:

    Ingredients -

    Water , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil , Mentha Arvensis Leaf OilField Mint , Menthol , Fragrance , Glutamic Acid , Dimethicone , Phenoxyethanol , Benzyl Alcohol , Zinc Pyrithione , Citric Acid , Sodium Chloride , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone

    I found this product at my local Target for $4.99. It’s a bit more budget friendly. I did not buy it, but I did end up buying the following approved products: KCCC & KCKT. Once again thank you for your help, and I hope to hear from you soon!

  2. Dianne says:

    Did anyone ever comment?

  3. Lea says:


    My hair is extremely dry and brittle . It started shedding recently and drying wayy too fast.

    I want to do the maximum hydration but I don’t have access to most of the products recommended. So my question is will the below substitutes work???

    Step 1: Baking Soda or Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse. – This I have – YAYA
    Step 2: Steam/Thermal heating cap/Warm conditioner + Wash & Detangle. – Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner
    Step 3: Clay Rinse.- Bentonite Indian Healing Clay
    Step 4: Botanical Leave in Conditioner. – Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream
    Step 5: Botanical Gel or oil (if doing a set style in this case avoid glycerin or coconut oil).- Cantu Shea Butter Curling Custard or Eco Stylet Olive Oil Gel

    I hope to hear from you soon.

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  4. Paige Hunter says:

    ettenio moisture milk

    water, chamomile, oolong tea ,roobios,catnip,nettle,marshmallow,abbyssiniam seed , broccoli seed oil,coconut esters vegetable emulsifier , sea kelp, creatine , vitamin e , panthenol, msm, potassium sorbate , spearmint essential oil, tea tree essential oil. hyaluronic acid , beet sugar extract .

  5. alison says:

    hello, looking for a good leave in and now gel after reading this article :). I noticed many of the products in the above list contain P-5. I thought that was recommended against, and just wanted to know if I was missing something. Thank you.

  6. alison says:

    hello i noticed some of the above list product contain p5…. i thought you recommended against this. Do you find p5 to actually be ok in your experience? thanks :)

  7. Mekalyn says:

    Hi, i was wondering if the L’oreal extraordinary clay mask would work as a substitute for the clay rinse.

    Thanks so much!

  8. Kairise says:

    Hi there. Can we use the Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew or Jansyn conditioner? I am a CRN fan and trying not to go onto another brand when I already have these. I saw that some of the other Camille Rose products were listed, thankfully I already have those too.

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