The Maximum Hydration Method Regimen

The regimen below has been copied as it appears on Black Hair Media Forum as posted by Pinkecube, the lady who created The Maximum Hydration Method.

For the full forum thread visit the link below:

The Maximum Hydration Method

Official Website : maxhydrationmethod

THE MAX HYDRATION METHOD 

INTRODUCTION AND DISCLAIMERS:

As talked about, proven, and explained in my other post, “Wash n Gos “Don’t Work” On Nappy Hair” (this method is ideal for those with majority of Type 4 hair, but can be adjusted for other hair types depending on your hair’s needs.

In order for this method to work the most quickly and effectively; accurate, consistent, and frequent application of this method must be done on the hair. I’d say at least daily, but dont stretch it longer than every 3 days. This is how long conditioner will last in the hair.  While doing this, be mindful of what your hair likes, so you can choose the proper options that will best benefit your hair.

You need to also have a proper understanding of the products and other things you put on your hair, that your hair loses moisture from. This needs to be more than just a shallow understanding of “softness always means moisture” which is FALSE. You need to understand what things affect (block) how your hair shaft actually absorbs the moisture, and what isn’t effective enough to seal it in. This understanding can be better made by trying to read more of my post, “Wash n Gos “Don’t Work” On Nappy Hair“.

Even though I target this for those Type 4′s with Low Porosity hair, if you believe you have naturally high porosity hair and are Type 4 still experiment and see if this works for you. Also make sure to do a strand test on hair ph balanced, clean hair for the most accurate results. It’s likely if your hair falls in many of the symptoms that I described in my other post, you could be mistaking your hair’s porosity, or even mistaking natural porosity for temporarily opened cuticles.

If your hair is high porus from some sort of damage, you can still benefit from this regimen greatly. Danabnatural does a version of this regimen and recovered from the adverse effect hair coloring did on her hair.

Do the steps in the exact order, and do not skip any step, or it will not be as effective. Do not use any drying products.

As for the regimen, you want to do your hair at least every 3 days. Never ever go past 5 days, and do not attempt to stretch to 5 days until you have 60% max hydration all over your head.

The way this regimen works is by the number of times you complete the full regimen. So if you do your hair, wear the style for 3 days and then repeat the regimen, that was one days completion of the regimen, not 3 days.

Also note, not all your strands will reach max hydration at the same time, but they will all get there. Different levels of hydration in strands take different amounts of time to bring up. I have some strands that have had total max hydration since april, and the kinkier strands just began to so signs of moisture retention at the tips. Now, some of these kinkier strands have began to curl to the tip and have reached complete max hydration. This is not limited to curl pattern, you can have some 4c’s that reach max hydration faster than others.

THE MAX HYDRATION METHOD FULL REGIMEN

Do the steps in the exact order, and do not skip any step, or it will not be as effective. Do not use any drying products.

Part ONE:

Preparation step for first timer – Cherry Lola Caramel treatment

What is the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment?

Treatment (Done once)If you’re doing this method for the first time, I would suggest starting off with a Modified or regular Cherry Lola Treatment. The modified version is a combination of the Caramel Treatment, and Cherry Lola. It can be done as often as every two weeks, or every few months. It’s up to you.

Ingredients:

  1. Blend the ingredients in your blender.
  1. saturate your dry (but detangled) hair completely from root to tip with the mixture.
  1. put a shower cap and let sit for 1.5-2 hours.
  1. Rinse out completely with warm/hot water.
  1. Green House Effect /deep condition overnight directly after rinsing out the treatment with botanical MHM approved conditioner.
  1. Continue with the rest of the MHM regimen but skip step 1.

Never do an acv rinse directly after this. The point of temporarily opening the hair cuticle is so the moisture can get in, it makes no sense to just reclose it before actually putting the moisture in your hair.

The treatment will not change the texture or break bonds in the hair. The changes are in tie with the natural behavior of the cuticle, opening and closing. So just like rinsing your hair with hot/warm water does not change the texture, neither will this. When the cuticle opens, it is temporary. Then you take advantage by deep conditioning afterward, because now your cuticles are open to absorbing the moisture into the cortex.

This retained moisture = better curl definition, not looser curls. Although curls may clump into bigger sections, due to added weight, and also depending on your hair length.

PART TWO THE DAILY REGIMEN

The 5 step MHM Regimen:

Step 1: Clarify 

Option 1: 

Baking soda rinse.

This step is ideal for low porosity hair, since it lifts the cuticle as well.

Mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda into thick 1.5-3 oz conditioner. Add 4-7 oz of water. Shake. Apply to hair in sections and let sit on the hair for 30-60 minutes. If being done on product free hair, lower baking soda measurement to 1-2 teaspoons.

Alternate MHM Baking soda mixture

1 – 2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
6-10 oz of water

Option 2:

Apple cider vinegar rinse. You do a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water in an 8oz applicator bottle. Apply to hair in sections from tips to the root, and on scalp. Let it sit in the hair for 30- 60 mins before rinsing.

Option 3: Alternating between both rinses.You can opt to do either rinse every other day/night/week. It’s up to you to experiment with how often you would like to alternate.

Step 2: Cowash & finger detangle

Option 1:

Apply conditioner to your hair in sections, and deep condition overnight by covering your hair in a shower cap or thermal heating cap.

This will be 1-2 oz of conditioner and 4-6 oz of water into an applicator bottle. In the morning you rinse it out and it will function as your cowash. You can tuck roll and bun(or bobby pin) sections to keep from creating tangles during the night. This is also shown in my vid.

How I’ve been keeping my hair perpetually detangled during MHM

On days you know you will not be able to complete all the steps in full for whatever reason, simply stop here. Keep the shower cap on underneath your wig cap, beanie, or headscarf until you can complete the rest of the steps. This will prevent you from having any setbacks. It doesn’t count as a full day though until you complete the rest of the steps.

Option 2:

Apply conditioner, put on a shower cap, and Steam. Steam for 15-20 mins under a steamer, hooded dryer and rinse it out.This will function as your cowash. Use 1.5-2 oz of conditioner and 4-6 oz of water into an applicator bottle.

Option 3:

 Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes under shower cap, and rinse it out. This will function as your co-wash. If you are doing this step, first pour 1.5-2 oz of conditioner into an applicator bottle. Then pour in 4-6 oz of warm/hot water or tea and shake.

Finger Detangle: 

No matter what option above you choose, you finger detangle before and/or during your co-wash under the warm shower. Section your hair before going in with shower clips. Focus on removing shed hairs, smoothing, raking, and separating tangles each section, from the root of your hair to the tip.

Step 3: Clay rinse

With all options, leave the rinse on the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, and remember to even distribute in sections, from the tips to the roots, and get it on your scalp as well.

When applying clay mixture, try to separate your coils, dont try to make it into one big slab of hair (see video for what my hair looks like with clay on it, I go out of my way to separate some of the coils there, and I always apply the mask in thin layers of hair starting at the nape from my scalp and roots to the ends of my hair.Let sit in hair for at least 15 minutes, There’s nothing wrong with leaving it on much longer, either. Rinse out the clay. This is the part of the method where you will be checking for signs of max hydration. 

Your hair is now going to be completely clean of any left over product residue, and you will be able to check your progress on your product free hair. Coils will be felt at the scalp first while washing your hair. You will then start to clump and curling at the very tips of the hair, and slowly progress up to the root, which is when you can claim max hydration.

Other visible signs include shakeable hair even when hair is completely dry after having completed all the steps. This is the added weight of moisture retention. If you’re doing this regimen and transitioning, just check your new growth for signs.

Option 1: 

Clay rinse This rinse can be done using any pure clay powder, like Bentonite ClayRhassoul clay, red clay, zeolite clay, european clay, French Green Sea clay and more.

Using a funnel or paper when needed, you can pour each ingredient one at a time into a large empty 32 shampoo/conditioner bottle, shake afterward, use, and then store for the next day. If the clay dries up, just and more water as needed and shake.

Mix Ingredients: 

If the consistency is too thick, just add more water untill you get a thick but still liquidy consistency. It shouldn’t be so thick that it is cakey and solid.

Option 2:

Ready made clay rinse like terresentials.

Make sure you look at the ingredients in what ever clay rinse you get, to make sure it’s MHM approved. They put more than just clay in these rinses. So watch out for No-No ingredients, like glycerin.

Also, many ppl find clay rinses that include aloe vera juice to be more stripping. This is because aloe vera is an astringent.

You also want to steer clear of aloe in conditioners, in gels it should be okay though since it will form a cast and seal in moisture once you have applied enough. The higher the aloe is on the list, the less hold the gel will probably have, so if it’s the first ingredient or only holding agent in a gel, keep that in mind.

Steps 4 and 5 will be done as you go along section by Section

Step 4:

Leave in Conditioner.

This will be 4-7 squirts of conditioner and 6-8 oz of water into an applicator bottle.

Apply thoroughly in the section by smoothing, pinching, and raking. Apply enough so your hair feels wet. You want to concentrate it at the root first and work it in, then bring it down the rest of the hair shaft. The wetter and more slippery your hair feels, the softer your gel will dry, so keep that in mind.

Do not apply the leave in all over your head first, and then do the next step. Steps 4 and 5 must be completed section by section, as you go along.
Step 5:

Apply Botanical Gel of your choice

Option 1:

Application of gel

You should be putting enough so your hair feels slippery along the shaft, that way you know it’s evenly and thoroughly distributed on the hair, and is properly sealing in the moisture before the gel cast forms. Apply the gel concentrating at the roots of the hair first, working it in. Then bring the product from the roots of your hair to the tips, making sure to smooth and thoroughly rake with your fingers. Otherwise, your hair may clump into sections that are too big and frizz.

Option2:

Use a small amount of oil (or however much you feel you need) for extra sealing before or after gel if you find you need it, for soft hold. It isn’t entirely necessary because you can control the softness of your gel cast by the amount of conditioner you apply in your leave in step.

Layering options can be LCO, but Never do the LOC layering order.

Oil is not amoisturizer, its a sealant. You wouldn’t put gel on before conditioner, so don’t practice that with oil.



2 inches and up

My experience with the gel is you need to apply enough so that you feel slip, that way the mucilaginous cast is fully formed on top of the water in your hair. Then you really smooth, and pull while you rake it in thin sections, from the root to the very tip. I always smooth and rake instead of simply raking and that gives much better detangling and curl clumping.

I also do a technique where I make my hand like a thumbs up, only my fingers are not curled into a fist, instead are layed flat on my palm. Then I gently grab hair in the section and tug and pull down the section. It’s like raking but you do it before you actually rake and it gentley separates tangles and slides out shed hair. I call it grabbing and gliding.

These overall combined techniques enable the product to form a cast on the whole curl clump. Top, bottom, root to tip. Without you having to be too heavy handed. These techniques are also how I detangle and how I apply all product I want to be evenly dispersed on my hair. Except I omit the raking if I’m doing bentonite clay or something without slip.

The definition comes easily, but I like to make sure I rake really well and do narrower rows/sections where my hair is shorter and kinkier. This helps it so your hair doesn’t clump into one giant frizzy clump, and instead separtes more defined and an actual coil. It also helps different curl clumps not stick together at the tips.

By thin sections, I mean separating your hair row by row, almost like you are doing horizontal corn rolls starting from the nape and up. For me I make seven rows, and pin the hair I haven’t gotten to yet out of the way. And of course i apply watered down conditioner first and then apply the gel as I go along.

Overall finishing my whole head takes 25-35 minutes.

1.5 inches and shorter.

If your hair is an inch or shorter, you wouldn’t be able to really do these techniques. Rubbing it all over your head might not work for tighter coils, plus you’d be asking for flakes. The most effective way would be to focus on one area at a time, using your fingers in and moving very fast in sharp small circular motions.

You want to focus on the root of the curl. You want to put the weight on your elbows, not your fingertips, and just apply conditioner and then gel as you go along.

FINISHED

Optional steps 6, that do not contribute to Max Hydration

These options should stretch your hair into the shape your want, with out drying out your hair out with heat. They can be done on wet or dry hair. If you must use a diffuser, make sure it is at the very least on cool. But I still wouldn’t recommend it for at least the first week.

Option 1: 

Roll, tuck, and pin sections before bed.

You can section your hair into 4-6 vertical sections (like cornrolls) or more depending on your hair’s length, roll, tuck and pin them into place with a bobby pin.

You can roll them in the direction you want your hair to fall. The thicker and longer your hair is, the more sections you will need. Then gently tie on a scarf and go to bed.

This is a great option in comparison for pineappling and twisting, it preserves the curl and does not rebend it, you have control over the way your hair falls, and no awkward smushing or sticking out in lopsided directions. In the morning, just unravel and take your fingers to the roots to shake them back and forth.

roll tuck and pin before bed
Option 2:

Clipping

clipping-stretching-natural-type4hair

Taking as many sections as you need, Rolling/French rolling and clipping it in place with a shower clip. Leave it like that for 30 minutes or more or as you get dressed, take the clips out, and shake. This should give a slight stretch.

Then I decided to style it.

Option 3: Wear your hair in a style that includes french rolling for a stretch

Just section your hair the way you would like to style it, roll and pin into the style and wear it for the day.

When you get back, your hair will be dry. Take the pins out, unroll your hair and fluff. Your hair will be stretched but may be sticking up. Take a satin scarf and arrange your hair the way you want it to fall before gently securing it (not to tight).By the morning your hair will be a little smushed, but the curls will remain unfrizzy, and they won’t be completely obliterated either. Now take you fingers to your roots and jiggle them in a back and forth motion, gently. This should shake loose your now stretched curls with out causing frizz. If you want a stretch for third day, you only have to put the scarf on your head to sleep.
Option 4: keep braided or do set style

You can choose to complete all the steps and end it by braiding each section or twisting, or what ever if you want to wear it under a wig. You can also do set styles with this method (twist out, flexi-rod, whatever). The important this is to not omit any of the 5 steps, including gel.

Refreshing hair.

Option 1: 

Simply fluff by bringing your fingers to your roots by jiggling them back and forth to shake the hair loose.
Option 2:

If your hair is very smushed beyond fluffing for some reason, re-wet your hair super fast under the shower to refresh them, and shake. Curls will unflatten and unsmush.

Why does low porosity hair have a “straw like texture?” Why not high porosity hair? Most people seem to believe that their hair feeling rough or “bumpy” along the hair stand is a sign of high porous hair. But aren’t those “bumps” actually kinks? not you feeling your open cuticles?

Single kink (one torsion twist)
Double kink (two torsion twists)


photo from: http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2011_10_01_archive.html

Another proof that illustrates low porosity hair tends to be the most dehydrated as it resists moisture absorption. This is why i theorize most ppl with type 4c or 4b hair have low porosity hair. This will also explain why if you apply conditioner it will turn white on ur head, why our efforts to moisturize leave us believing our hair is just dry, and that’s apart of what our hair is and should remain. Unfortunetly this mindset does not heed good results for 4c hair. It results in us running away from our shrinkage, keeping our hair stretched and in protective styles all the time. You’ll notice a correlation that the only 4c naturals successful with these methods of approaching their hair, have naturally dense hair or thick strands. This would be why many of these same long haired 4c naturals also had long hair when relaxed.

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/the-whole-scientific-truth-about-triethanolamine_topic369616_post10802233.html?KW=and+why+some+hair+types#10802233



Thick strand and/or high density type 4 naturals(notice their hair is stretched but still full):







It is rare to find a fine haired 4c with long hair, and even when it is they usually have dense number of hair strands.

Many 4c naturals also consider their hair coarse and will define a looser haired natural as fine. But it’s more often than not that your hair is fine(strand thickness) and that other natural has thick strong strands. This is another one of the things that contribute to retaining length easier. So the ones at the most disadvantage in length retention, would be a 4c natural, with low porosity, fine strands, low density hair. This does not mean we can’t bounce back, but it is important to understand every single “why” and “what” so it can be directly combatted.

 The max hydration method will do this. Your hair fineness is being made up by all the clumping. each fine strand is not fending for itself, they are clumped together and can be thought up as one big strand. They protect the other strands and prevent tangling on strands from other clumps. The curls are visible, uniform, and organized. Lets not train ourselves that definition is a shallow thing we should want to be apprehensive of. It is very beneficial.

This regimen simply works, stop convincing yourselves your 4c hair doesn’t have a curl pattern if you still are. If your hair was only kinky and had no actual curl, your hair would be straight. You wouldn’t be able to have shrinkage f your hair wasn’t tightly coiled. And since other looser textures have kinks and are able to still tame them when it is getting properly hydrated, then we with 4c hair can do the same.




Here’s an example of minimal shrinkage hair that is very kinky. This is Hair Crush. She has not got 4b or 4c hair. But she has kinks and a wavy curl pattern that almost looks straight. This would be what 4c hair would look like if we go by the misinformed definition of “no curl pattern”. Because curl pattern, tightness and shrinkage are not the same things as kinks. Kinks are what disrupt the uniformity of the strands. But with out the kink, the curl would be there. You would not get less shrinkage, and your curl pattern wouldn’t change. It would be more uniform, and therefore you could see it. 


Texturized Hair
                                                                 
  VERSUS

Max hydrated hair
 

Compare someone with texlaxed hair to my hair right now. The texturizer does not effect their kinks, because kinks are caused by lack of moisture. they are a curl pattern that can be loosened. Even after getting a texturizer, your hair would still not be shiny, and still not be uniform. You would simply have less shrinkage.

 Kinks are a different kind of bend and twist the hair does, and when light hits it, it is not shiny. Look at this link for reference(scroll down for the comparison of low and high porosity):
http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/the-max-hydration-methodfrom-my-other-post_topic368937_post10840588.html?KW=So+her+frizz#10840588

You can find a correlation with those who describe their hair as naturally(not due to damage) higher or normal porosity, with shine. Where as we usually think the opposite. Low porosity= shine. But the ppl with higher porous or normal porous hair do not have as much resistance to absorbing moisture into their hair. 

Their hair therefore has less kink, and when the light hits it, it is easier to reflect light because the strand itself lacks all those torsions and twists. It is just a ringlet/ coil, and so it is very easy to get it to be uniform. So you can have someone with very tight coils and when it is uniform you will see shine. But their hair will not be uniform if there are too many kinks to the point where you don’t believe you have a curl pattern. There will be no shine or sheen. That should tell you your hair is not hydrated, and we shouldn’t be so stubborn about that. That’s the way it is and its why many of us have problems in our journeys. I would rather be wrong than to feel like i’m right and then never reach my hair’s potential.

Anyway that would explain why relaxed 4c hair(most likely low porous) will look a lot different from relaxed type 3a porosity or a more higher porous hair, interms of health(length, moveability) and shine. Just because you relax your hair, doesn’t mean the kinks actually go away. And those weakness are still there and actually enhanced because now you have broken bonds on top of everything.

Also, when you have a lot of kinks in your hair, it is not just the dryness factor that causes breakage. Each kink is a weak spot. A sharp twist and bend in the hair, that the hair doesn’t actually want to be doing, its only doing this because it’s dehydrated. This means your hair is more prone to breaking and has difficulty retaining length if it isn’t hidden in protective style 90% of the year. And even then because our hair is still dry, the growth disappoints or gets broken off during detangling.

This is not to say all our kinks will be gone, but we are on the extreme end of very kinky because our kinks overwhelm our coils to the point where they are completely unable to be uniform. That is caused by our hair being dehydrated, and it happens on everyone’s hair type. The dryer your hair is the more kinky and frizzy and lightweight it will be.

 Hydrating your hair from within the cortex, would prevent those twists and bends because the hair cortex is going to fill with water little by little. This is good swelling the kind that everyone is supposed to have, not the kind of swelling caused by relaxers that cause the bonds of the hair to be broken.This untwists those kinks the way someone with a stiff in their neck would find relief from better joint lubrication. Our hair will be less light weight and be able to resist loosing uniformity upon shrinking. it is kind of like the kinks will cause your hair to “overshrink” and be lightweight. but this is a different kind of shrinkage from the one caused by curl tightness, this just adds to it.

You may think with this method, it’s all about getting definition in your wash and goes, and you have to choose between moisture or length. 

But think about it like this. Despite what some people think, 4c hair in it’s dehydrated state doesn’t hold definition well. Your twist outs won’t come out defined or if they do, you won’t be able to separate your hair or you will have wasted your time even trying for a twist out look. In this sense our hair needs uniformity for it to hold the shape of those styles well, have them to be easy to separate, and get consistent results. Otherwise you’ll be forced to use heavy amount of product and still get undesirable results.

when the curl is more uniform, our set styles are going to be able to turn out well even with minimal product as i displayed in my before and after pics. 

In terms of health and length. Those points of kink are points of tension, it is not like a coil which has it’s uniformity enabling it to clump and protect itself. A kink will make your strands all separate and have to fight on their own. If you have fine or low density 4c strands, this is going to mean you do not retain length well. It’s dry, brittle, and has a lot of weak points. Protective styles many times worsen the situation, and when the hair is dry for too long, split ends occur along with single strand knots. Hydrated uniform coils do not leave their shape or curl on other strands, they tend to be better at staying together and therefore they protect each other better. This is how i retained length during this method.(although i had trimmed because of a protective style i had been doing before i started this regimen, which btw i had already trimmed before doing the protective style!)

Last moisture has a direct effect the rate at which your hair grows. I know this from when i had my completely smoothed bald spot(using ecostyler gel with all its horrible ingredients), the spot remained stagnant for over a year. tingly oils, vitamins and protective styles didn’t save me. GHE for 3 months straight 24hours a day did. 

And the hair grew back curling from root to tip, even though it was a section that seemingly had no curl pattern before. (The other sections did not benefit as much because i sealed them with heavy butters and no clarification steps were in my regimen.) That was what made me start to open my eyes about the importance of opening up my cuticles and porosity and moisture.  so i started researching and found the cherrylola. Modified it and liked my results better with my version as it was more foamy.

Then i happened to hear someone talk about max hydration. Researched that. Found danabnatural and then aketafitgirl. And so i did some more research about porosity and products and bam! Max hydration Method.

A close look at 4c hair. Scroll through entire page.

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/the-max-hydration-methodfrom-my-other-post_topic368937_post10819984.html?KW=Just+wanted+to+post+side+by+side+pi#10819984


What 4a hair looks like, so you can see the majority of my hair is not 4a.



What 3c hair looks like.



Over all. 

  • 4c hair is tightcoils, not pure kink.
  • Kinks and coils are not the same thing.
  • It is possible to have kinks but not coils and to have coils yet no kink.
  • It is not possible to have at least 20% shrinkage with out first having a tight coil or some sort of curl pattern.
  • It is possible for all curl types to be defined or uniform. Curl uniformity is not synonymous with curl size or curl pattern.
  • Curl uniformity is controlled by kinks which is exactly what cause frizz, which is controlled directly by moisture levels.
  • Most 4c hair has the most difficulty absorbing moisture, which is why it is the most prone to showing no curl uniformity of clumping.

 

My hair, before Doing the Maximum Hydration Method:BEFOREs















This is a heavy amount of the strongest level of ecostyler gel. My hair is so crunchy and hard, and dry. I hated how it felt and looked but they were the best results i could get. Wash and goes were the easiest to do daily in comparison to doing a set style that took 5 hours and then only having it look good if i get lucky, and even then it only lasted one day.








I eventually big chopped again. I had to because the kinkier hair in the front was just shorter and shrunk weird so it looked like i had a mullet, also because i figured since i had the bald spot i should try and start a new.









AFTERs
After the regimen first month

product free hair is below. See the front has no clumping when wet. Compare with my most recent product free hair results below.



wash and go. As you can see I have good results, but the shinkage completely makes the areas get frizzed out and swells. This improved overtime, and I now get better definition in that area as well.


bantu knot out



right after unraveling and a little separation


after separating and fluffing out







Shine Time!



After the regimen, about 1.5 to 2 months in now. I still get a bit of swelling when dry, but has greatly reduced. Hair has shine and movement. Feels very soft and moisturized.







Stage 3 About 3- 3.5 months in.

Product free hair








Stretched wash and go. Second day hair.

Some things i’ve been noticing about my hair

  • The area that had the bald spot is retaining length, I measured yesterday and it is 4 inches, where as last time i measured about 2 1/2 months ago it was 2.5 inches. I also notice retained length at my widows peak. Despite the shrinkage, it is 2 inches. My edges are filling in well.

 

  • My hair gets really defined, root to tip definition everywhere, including most recently my widow’s peak and the shorter 4c hairs on the edges next to my ears

 

  • I have shake and movement. First day hair blows in the wind and I can whip my hair back and forth even when it’s 85% dry. Also if i lean my head side to side, my hair falls and swings instead of just being stiff and unmovable.

 

  • I have movement also on second day hair, when it’s entirely dry even if i do not rewett it. I also notice movement when i stretch my wash and gos

 

  • My wash and goes last longer. I could probably stretch them to a whole week if i wanted. B4, even when my hair was brastrap, i found my self even disliking my first day wash and go It was always so crunchy and stiff, but my hair wouldn’t look like i put product at all. I would redo it every morning, or not wear it for more than one day.

 

  • Maintenence is very easy. I dont have to fuss and worry my hair will mess up. Like today, I got dressed after defining my hair b/c i forgot. I thought that when i put on my tshirt the back of my hair would get ruined and i panicked b/c i felt my hair really rub on the collar of my shirt as i put it on. But the curls were fine, even though they were still wet the definition wasn’t effected.

 

  • Definition comes easily, I dont have to twirl sections or force a curl, i just make sure the product (conditioner then gel) is evenly distributed, and rake and the clumps form. In fact the clumps start to form by the time i rake the conditioner in. I don’t use gel to force a curl like i used to. This takes be about 25-30 minutes total.

 

  • I am using less product, and do not have to be heavy handed. I also can water down my conditioner

 

  • My hair feels soft and has great spring-back, easier to handle. My nape feels almost silky.

 

  • When time comes to detangle, it isn’t a struggle and i never have single strand knots. If i do get knots or tangles its the ones from shed hairs, but they only show up if i stretch my wash and go too long and let it get frizzy. They are easy to unravel during cowash step, i find i just have to be thorough and rake and smooth in thinner rows.

 

  • My hair hangs more, and falls in anyway i’d like to style it. No more of the afro mullet shape.

 

  • My hair is showing signs of max hydration. Even after thoroughly clarifying, and no product, definition is there. Some areas now have total max hydration, for example almost all my 4a hairs seem to have max hydration now, no doubt. Root to tip definition is visible with no product. The 4as that seem to be a bit dryer are at my very nape. Some 4c’s and 4b’s have max hydration as well. Majority of other hairs are defined about halfway up the strand, now. Some hairs that have just started to define are about 25% there. All hairs clump root to tip with conditioner now.
  • Set styles come out more defined, with out the need of excessive butters, also resists frizzing out, even though i wore it in light rainfall, with no umbrella. (I actually did a bantu knot out sometime 2 weeks ago. Will post the pictures when i can.) It was also easy to separate, i actually had no issues upon separation, and also great spring-back. One of the reasons i used to be frustrated with set styles, is i would have to choose between body or definition. Now i can have both, without the parts showing.  I sectioned my hair into 7 rows, and each row had a drop of castor oil, and two drops of olive oil to seal in the watered down conditioner Better results then my old bantu knot out, and i didn’t have to use a heavy amount of shea butter or conditioner or wait two days.
  • I feel so satisfied and comfortable and in control of my hair now. My hair is no longer a source of frustration.

FAQ:

 How long does it take to build to Maximum Hydration. How long have you been doing this?
 
I’ll let you know when I get there, lol. It is really the number of times you redo your hair that controls the speed you get max hydration. I myself have been doing the method for a little over a month. Even i have not been able to make it to 7 days straight. The longest consecutive days i got were 5 days in a row. The longest I’ve kept a wash and go was 5 days, just recently, which i won’t be doing again until i reach complete maximum hydration. Although i try to maintain to redo my hair at least every 2 days, sometimes i’ll redo my hair the next day, or stretch it 3 days. Not to mention when I wear shower caps under my head scarf when i don’t have time to do my morning half of the routine. I haven’t been keeping track of the number of times i have actually redone the methodI am already seeing dramatic signs of moisture retention, and many of my strands have maximum hydration. I estimate max hydration probably takes 25-60 days of you actively doing the regimen to get so long as for the first 7 regimen tries, you are not spacing the pace you actively repeat the regimen to longer than 3 days. This is why i encourage people to try to do their hair daily for at least the first week, and and as consecutively as often.The reason why I say this, is when i did ghe for 3 months straight, I peeked at my bald spot about once a month to see if it was growing. I saw it was growing out of my head defined! This is the same 4c hair that used to stay frizzy even with heavy handed application of paul mitchell and ecostyler gel! (this increased moisture retention didn’t effect my other strands because i had glopped them with shea butter and did not clarify at all. The bald spot only had a drop of african wild growth oil. To this day that area defines from root to tip with just water.

This doesn’t mean you won’t see dramatic signs of moisture retention in the first week, and even more in the first month. It also doesn’t mean you won’t get substantial root to tip definition in the first week.

Now i don’t want there to be any confusion. Just because your hair defines root to tip with product(all my hair strands already do now) doesn’t mean it is maximally hydrated.

To me maximum hydration is when your hair defines root to tip with no product except water, like aketafitgirl’s, and my bald spot. My hair does this in some areas, and i also see that the tips of my hair are beginning to clump in the most resistant areas. When this happens, you will get to use much less product, and do much less coaxing to get your curl to form.

As of now, I am even able to get my widow’s peak, and my other stubborn edges to curl from root to tip with product and spring back, and they are beginning to grow. These are signs of moisture retention, and your hair will look awesome all the way and be increasingly more manageable. But the ultimate goal is max hydration.

Have you reached max hydration cuz your hair looks like its already hydrated? If so, how many months did it take you to reach max hydration?

I’ve been doing the method since march. I try to go by the number of times that i have repeated the regimen, since some times the frequency i do my hair differs. I think I’ve repeated the regimen roughly 21 times.

I believe it can take 25-60 regimen repetitions to reach total max hydration on every strand, also depending on your hair type. So if you have different curl patterns they may reach max hydration faster. I have strands on my hair that have had max hydration since april. Each clump gets there at a different pace.

That’s why i encourage ppl to do it as often as they can because the more times u repeat the regimen, the more your hair improves. I will start counting from 21 so i can keep track. 

I do not have max hydration yet, imo. To me i won’t have max hydration until all my strands start curling from root to tip, no product. 

Is it absolutely necessary to do the clay step?

No you want to do all the steps. every step works together like a system, and is multifunctional and very reliant on one another. The steps work together like parts of a map. I’m coming up with an FAQ that is going to explain this in detail and the function of each individual step in relation with the other on maxhydrationmethod.com.

There are no redundancies, otherwise they wouldn’t be included as part of the regimen. These are not a bunch of random treatments thrown together. This is like going at haircare like a science. That’s why, if you don’t follow the regimen steps then it can’t be guaranteed to work.The reason why the results work so effectively on 4c hair especially, is the use of each step in conjunction and in the exact order.

The bentonite clay step is important, because it thoroughly removes all remaining build up/product residue. it detoxes the hair gently, conditions it, makes ur coils pop, and lifts your cuticle in preparation for the leave in conditioner step. It is very important not to omit any steps if u want to see fast and the highest potential of results.

I am normal/ high porosity, can I do the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment?My hair is not of low porosity, so do I still need to do the cherry lola etc, or can skip this step and proceed to the ACV clarification steps onwards?

Yes, it will work for Normal/ High porosity hair. Everyone with curly/coily hair has cuticles and everyone’s hair needs moisture. This regimen works simply with how the hair works, and controls every aspect. Plus, the last 2 steps are effective in closing and sealing the cuticle, which is the main issue for high porosity hair.

The cherry lola caramel treatment is beneficial for high porosity hair as well. I emphasize it for low porosity as being important, but high porous and normal porsous hair can benefit from it as well. I say experiment with it once and see if you like it, there’s no risk or downside.

You can experiment with each clarification option to see what works best for you. But at the end of the day this regimen will work no matter your porosity, it just with low porosity 4c and 4b hair, this method is the only way to get max hydration. Other hair types may get max hydration using this method as well, it may even be quicker.High porosity can do it, since it is also a mild protein treatment. They might not feel the need to, but the treatment is totally optional. Just like anyone can benefit from deep conditioning, any one can benefit from cuticle opening techniques, but its likely they may not need to. I’d say let them experiment with it. Besides, a lot of people have their porosity confused, especially in regard to low and high porosity hair.


This is what low porosity hair looks like:

this photo is type 3 low porosity


Wet low porosity hair.

Higher/normal porosity:

I didn’t go out of my way to look for shiny defined coils. These pictures chosen are all from naturals who describe their hair porosity in line with the category I put them in.

The key is low porosity hair will turn white with conditioner(since it usually isn’t absorbed) and high porosity will not turn white.

Low porosity will feel rough along the strand. High porosity hair will feel almost waxy.
Normal porosity will just feel wet.

It also takes a while for low porosity hair to dry, although this could also be effected by what products u are using, if they are drying agents or not.

What if your hair is colored? Will the baking soda make the hair dye dull faster?

Think about the bakingsoda almost like shampoo but much more gentle. You are using it to remove gel residue and product residue from the previous day’s wash and go, which is very important. and it lifts your cuticle so when you deep condition, conditioner gets absorbed.

The mixture isn’t going to make your hair stripped, so it will not speed up the hair color fading as fast as a regular shampoo. If the cuticle being lifted causes color to fade, then the bentonite clay rinse would also cause color to fade, so it would be unavoidable as long as u r cleaning your hair.

Can any of the steps be used with a heating cap/Thermal Cap?

Yes, you can do step 1 and step 2 with a heating cap. Yes the thermal heating cap is absolutely fine to use. Anything you can deep condition with is good. A regular shower cap and scarf overnight, a steamer, a hooded dryer, etc.

Will cones really be detrimental to the MHM? I love the HEHH shampoo and conditioner as they’re cheap, don’t cause irritation and seem to help my hair but they contains silicones.

Yes, cones will give you set backs with this method. You want to improve your 4c hair to a dramatic extent, you have to let go of these kinds of ingredients otherwise you’ll be stagnant. Our hair hates these ingredients, they build up and block the hair cuticle. This method relies heavily on cuticle manipulation so you can control your moisture application. This would hinder your success, or make it much much slower. The products used in this method matter a lot. We can’t just put any old ingredient on our type 4 heads, are hair will rebel against it the most by never reaching it’s full potential.


Are these oils all safe to use in each stage of the the MHM

- Castor oil

- Pimento oil with castor oil (I think it also contains Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil)

- Jojoba oil

- Argan oil

- Grape seed oil

- Sweet almond oil

Yes, those oils are fine. For when you use castor oil, try and layer it with an antihumectant oil like olive or sunflower seed, etc. For example it should be layered in this order: Sunflower oil, castor, sunflower oil.

Step 5 of the MHM is the gel stage.  You mention that an option for that step, we can use LCO or LCOC.Would the LCO or LCOC be a replacement for GEL if you wanted to do another style instead of a wash n go.  What would you recommend product wise for the LCO or LCOC method?

LCOC isn’t necessary. LCO alone is fine. At the time, I thought it to be a good option for softening the hold of the gel, and more moisture during the winter. But now i realize we can just use thicker amounts conditioner for the drier months.


LCO can be done though. But in this method it’s more like LCOG (liquid, conditioner, oil, gel). I would try not to omit the gel completely, since it holds in moisture better than oils. But if you want to use oil alone for a twist out, I recommend Still doing LCO. Never LOC. And still, you have to do your hair again after 3 days. Oils i do not recommend: Glycerin. It is astringent and also a strong humectant. If you live in a dry climate, you’ll be pulling moisture out of the hair

Oils i recommend: Cold pressed Castor oil. Since it is a humectant, i layer it with an antihumectant oil when i use it. The layering order would be the antihumectant oil first, then the castor, and then the anithumectant oil. I did like 2 drops olive oil one drop castor, then 2 drops olive oil. This was over my leave in of course, per section. The result was the best bantu knot out i ever had. I’m gonna try doing on

I’m aware that the key to improving the condition of the hair is to be consistent, but has anyone successfully used the MHM doing steps 1-5 once a week?

The longest i have stretched so far was 5 days. If you are just beginning i wouldn’t recommend it. You want to build up moisture retention in tha hair cortex. But if you are waiting a long time between washes, especially when ur just starting, you’ll end up having more shed hair built up, tangles, and most importantly you will be loosing moisture faster than you are gaining it. It would be like you effort each time gets set back. To see improvement, we need to hit it hard and not strecthing longer than every 3 days. Of course, once max hydration is totally reached i believe you could stretch up to once a week.

I’m currently keep my hair in plaits underneath a wig and was planning to do so until the end of the year. Do you think there could be any problems with MHM if you’re a wig wearer?

No issues doing the regimen with a wig. All that matters is that your hair is loose so you can do all the steps. After the gel step, just re-plait and wear your wig.

 On days where you don’t have time to do all the steps, just make sure to have done step 1, and then step 2. Then just leave on the shower cap and wear a wig cap, scarf, or beanie over it during the day. This will prevent you from having set backs. Just make sure every 3-4 days to do step 1 again. Then you can pick up wear you left off continue with the rest of the steps.

As this method focuses on clarifying the hair to be beneficial is there any chance of our hair becoming too clarified along the way?

 No, there’s no chance of the hair becoming too clarified. The clarifying steps are multifunctional, and gentle. Plus the order they are done in and the mixtures done prevent it from being too much on the hair. So your hair won’t get stripped, and you are going to be using these clarifying steps to aid you so you can get proper moisture into the cuticle. The way these clarifiers are done actually make the hair MORE moisturized. This method also prevents you from suffering the consequences of build up, like greasy hair, protein overload, and moisture overload.
I’ve tried the Curly Girl Method and I didn’t get desired results. How is this different?
The ultimate flaw in the CG method is it just isn’t ideal for kinkier hair textures. The method leads to a lot of build up and prevents us from reaching higher points hydration. Build up is a major problem. It is responsible for dry, brittle hair, hair that resists absorption of moisture, moisture overload, and protein overload. Our hair is the most prone to being hindered by build up, and on top of that many of us have low porosity hair. So build up on low porosity hair and it’s kinky? It’s no wonder so many type 4c’s have convinced themselves they have no curl pattern and have given up on moisture.
Troubleshooting the regimen questions:

My baking soda mixture is really runny when using the watered down conditioner, is it supposed to be like this?

As long as the conditioner still foams well when you shake, and you still feel slip when you touch it, yes it is fine. If you feel the mixture has no slip, then add less water. I usually just eye the ratio of conditioner to water. I do add slightly less water for my bakingsoda mixure.

What should be the right consistency of the watered down conditioner in order to get good results in the wash and go?

The conditioner should be watery (hence watering it down)but it shouldn’t be so watery where it has no slip and does not foam. So it’s important that it doesn’t get watery to the point where the slipperyness and slight thickness is completely gone.

Watering it down helps so that you get even distribution. The idea is that your hair is wet with the conditioner, and you seal it right after with the gel. The wetter your hair feels, the softer the gel will dry.

But if your hair is too wet, you’ll end up having more frizz than normal, and having to apply more gel than normal. Your hair would end up so soft with okay definition, but not the best. And it would get messed up easily. It would pretty much feel like their is no gel at all in your hair by the time it dries.

So the effect with thick and watered down conditioner is pretty much the same, only watering down the conditioner means your hair is not white with product, and dries a bit faster, and the conditioner is easier to evenly distribute.

I have started noticing root to tip definition when wet on some of my hair strands however when my hair is completely dry they frizz up and lose some definition. What does this mean? or what could I be doing wrong? 

I think the frizzing up is caused because of a combination of over-clumping, and also the hair isn’t completely max hydrated yet. You can still get root to tip definition before having actual max hydration, so the results will get better. By that point your product free hair will already show that definition after the bentonite clay step, so the hair will have less frizz once moisture builds up more and more.

I found a few things that have helped though, is really making sure i rake and smooth through and separate those coils in the gel step. Otherwise, two different coil clumps will want to stick together and that means it will shrink up funny looking and stuck together in a frizz clump.

Another thing that has helped, is during my bentonite clay step, making sure to really thoroughly get it on each and every curl clump. The ending result will look like a wash and go but with clay, the coils will be very separate and defined. Once you rinse out, your curls will hold the clumps better and be more separated in time for when you apply conditioner.

Lastly, make sure you aren’t getting too soft a feeling in your wash and go. This can be controlled by how wet your hair feels before you apply the gel. If your hair feels so soft it feels like there is no product, your results may be more frizzy looking upon shrinkage.

Every time I try to do step 4 & 5 combined I get white hair & it doesn’t matter what products I use. The only time I didn’t have white hair is if I apply my leave in then sit under my heat cap for 20 min then apply my gel. 

I think that if you are still having problems with step 4 and 5, then you are not watering down your conditioner enough. When i apply my conditioner, it is not white on my hair. By that i mean the conditioner is not white at all when i initially apply it. It is very watery and drips a lot, but i still feel slip and am able to work the conditioner in my hair until my hair starts to define.

What you are describing sounds like your hair is already foaming with conditioner as you apply the gel. This is also what is causing your hair not to clump, because the thicker application of conditioner you use, the softer your hair dries and the less clumping you get.

You do not want a foaming effect in the leave in step. The foaming effect is something you want to have in the DC or B.S. step. I’ve been in that fro stage, and it’s trial and error, and also development of moisture retention.

I find that watering down is helpful because 1. kckt is verryy thick, and so is trader joes tea tree tingle. 2. It means you are using as much as you really need to(leave in conditioners are watered down as well) 3. You are able to spread the product more easily while using less, meaning your results are more under your control once you get the measurements right. 4. Save product, and it is still just as effective. So i water down kckt for all my steps that involve deepconditioner, although i make it a little more thick for the baking soda and DC steps. 

I’m getting white flakes in my hair during the gel step.
For the whiteness, try to water it down more. When you apply the conditioner your hair shouldn’t feel too slippery. The conditioner has a level of slip to it, so when you water it down keep that slip in mind. Don’t make it too thick and not too watery either. The wetter your hair feels when you apply the kccc, the softer it will dry. So if your hair is already white in the conditioner step, take that as a sign your hair will turn white. And make sure to apply enough gel. not too much, but you need to feel slip down the hair shaft. I think your hair will start to absorb the conditioner better once you’ve gotten the steps right.

My conditioner is watered down but I may not be watering it down enough. How do I no what’s the right consistency? For example should it be super watery? What’s the water to conditioner ratio? 

It’s about 2 oz. a little over than half an inch. 4-5 squirts. You will know if it is too watery, if after you shake it and the foam rises again, you can see through the conditioner. Also, if it is too watery to where the slip is gone.

With the kinky curly product your able to get multiple day hair with it…. understanding that the goal is to get to max hydration..in the sake of time and product wastage is it fine to do this every 2-3days rather than on a daily basis

Could I adopt the kimmaytube leave in for step 4 

 I wouldn’t recommend it and i have a few reasons why. First, this leave in includes kinky curly knot today, as part of a mixture. But there is no need to mix all those oils and other stuff. Watering it down will produce great results alone. 

Second, there are oils mixed into the leave in. It is better to minimize oils being mixed in, and instead layer them so the can seal in moisture. Otherwise you’ll end up sealing moisture out, because these oils are not emulsified as part of the conditioner.

 Third, using aloe. Bad combination. Now this is just my take on this for low porosity kinky hair, others find they love it. For me, because these are astringent, they will give your hair a hard time absorbing the leave in. The astringents are going to be lifting off the conditioner not allowing it to get in, so putting aloe juice in could end up causing frizz. aloe in a gel is okay, because it is going to form a cast. Aloe juice causes frizz.

Aloe is used to lower the ph i assume, so your hair cuticle can close. Kinky curly knot today falls has a 7. There’s no worry that it will actively lift your cuticle. After, you’ll be applying a gel. That gel is going to be ph balanced and will close your cuticle, plus the conditioner in this step is a cooler temp, so your cuticle will begin to close automatically from that. 

This kimmaytube leave in(directly quoted):

“2 tablespoons of YOUR preferred conditioner (silicone free)
2 tablespoons of (Whole leaf version) Aloe Vera Juice with a pH 4.0 or 4.5
2 teaspoons of Castor Oil (optional. I sometimes do without it)
2 teaspoons of Jojoba Oil”


I don’t know about this. The main problem is mixing oil into your conditioner. The oil isn’t emulsified, so it will not absorb well into your hair especially since it’s such a high ratio of oil to conditioner. So basically what you would be doing is mixing a sealant with a moisturizer. This can cause the conditioner to sit on your hair and not really be absorbed. Also, mixing aloe in your conditioner is another thing i don’t recommend due to your sensitivity to aloe. Aloe is okay in gel, but in your leave in, it will cause frizz before you even put on the gel. So the way this mixture is, you’re going to have this leave in just sit on your strands, when it should be absorbing into your hair’s cortex. Plus the low ph would already start to close your cuticles. You won’t need to close your cuticles in the leave in step. This is because the gel you are using is already ph balanced. It will close your cuticles at the appropriate time, which is when you applied moisture and it is properly absorbed. Then the moisture gets effectively sealed in.

You can use one conditioner for all the steps that require it. You don’t really need to use different conditioners. What i do is i water down the kckt for every step now. This also works with the trader joes tea tree tingle. It also helps me control how soft my hair dries by how wet i make my hair.

8 oz will make the conditioner really watery. So how is that conditioning the hair? Is the conditioner still effective when it’s watered down so heavily? 

Actually even that watered down, it will have slip and be conditioning. Leave in conditioners are usually watered down conditioner anyway. kckt is very very thick. keep in mind my measurements aren’t exact. I’m pretty much using the kccc bottle which holds 8 oz, then putting like 4 squirts, and filling it up with water.

But it will still condition the hair, and as you apply the conditioner, that is when ur hair will begin to define, especially if ur hair is getting more and more hydrated.

The important part for defining is getting that conditioner at the roots first. This goes along with what i said awhile ago, about one of the first signs of moisture retention is feeling coils at your roots when you are washing your hair. So applying product ther first and working it in before smoothing it down, helps to get the coil to form root to tip.

So basically I can take a conditioner and water it down to use as a leave in conditioner?Can I do that and keep using it or do I have to use a freshly watered down conditioner?

Yes, you can water it down, and no you do not need to make it fresh everytime. Unless you are talking about wanting to water down the whole bottle at once, which i wouldn’t recommend doing, just because if you make a mistake you’ve wasted the whole bottle. 

I actually water down my conditioner for all the steps. Although for the Deep condition and bakingsoda step, i do make less watery so it will foam a lot on my hair, since i’m not concerned about the gel part. I just water it down because kinky curly knot today and traderjoes tea tree tingle are thick, and this makes it easier to spread product so i don’t end up using more that i need and running out quickly.

For the ghe overnight, wouldn’t the hair get “moldy” from being damp? My hair does not dry overnight well with a cap on, but taking the cap off would defeat the purpose right? Since I am transitioning, I need the hair to dry so that the curls on the relaxed ends can curl. 

Hair will never get moldy from GHE/DC, especially in this method. I have done just ghe for 3 months straight, without doing anything else. not only did i not get moldy hair, my bald spot that had been there for a year grew in 1.5 inches and it grew out of my scalp with maximum hydration. By that i mean perfect little coils from root to tip, zero product. think ppl confuse build up and the smell of sweat/ build up with mold, just because it’s wet. I had build up, but not on the area(bald spot) i didn’t put product. I ended up having build up with the area i put shebutter, and those areas because of the build up, didn’t really benefit at all from the ghe. With this method though, since you are clarifying before and after, not using heavy product that builds up you wont get build up. I have also done ghe for 2 weeks straight zero product, although i had my hair out for some days during the day. But no mold, that’s a myth imo.

For you since your hair is transitioning you probably either 1. need to do an option where the steps will be done all at once, maybe in the evening. 2. You do the steps night and morning, wear the twists or bantu knots for that day as is (or under a scarf, wig, or beanie) and unravel them on the morning of second day hair and wear it out for the next 3 days.

You of course do not DC on days other than when u are doing the full routine. GHE/DC is done as an option of the 5 steps, so it’s all done together. So second day hair does not need to be ghe’d that night.

In that case, you can wear you hair for 3 days after you have styled it, instead of the first day you apply product counting as first day hair. If you do your hair for the first week, you can then try to do it everyother day, since it needs to dry for you to wear it out.

For straightening, you could do rollerset with the regimen. Many ppl are able to get a straight look by roller setting and then wrapping the hair at night. But I don’t recommend using heat to stetch or straighten the hair. If you must use a dryer, at the very least it should be on cool setting.

Also for the clarifying step could I use the Kinky Curling Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo?

For the Clarifying step, yes you can use the kinky curly shampoo. I have never used this product, so i don’t know how strong the clarifying effect of it is. But if you find it too stripping,  maybe you will have to do the coconut oil prepoo step. The ingredients are okay though, for a clarifier. It may be a bit stripping though, based on how many different clarifying agents/astringents there are in it, and how concentrated they are.

Instead of  Olive Oil could I use grapeseed oil when mixing my clay mix?

Yes instead of olive oil you can use grapeseed oil. Just to let you know, grapeseed can be a bit astringent, so if you feel the clay is is somehow too dry on your hair, or afterward it causes you to have frizz, you may find you want a more oily type of oil. 
I have a question regarding coloring of hair with this method.I am in need for some grey coverage and in the past have used the beautiful browns semi permanent. Are there any steps I would need to omit or where in the method would I do the color?
Seems like a good idea to do it directly after the bentonite clay step, and then after following the package directions for application and how long to let it sit in ur hair, continue with the leave in and gel step. 
nope, the clay may actually help the color penetrate since the clay will lift the cuticle. I know danabnatural has colored her hair, and she even does more stripping bakingsoda options. So it wouldn’t make the color fade any faster than a white person who probably shampoos daily with sulfates and dyes their hair all the time with out issue. It would probably last longer in comparision since these clarification methods do not strip.
Dee’s Take:
When doing research for the cherry lola carmel treatment I found some information in regards to Blackstrap MolassesBlackstrap Molasses as a natural remedy for reversing grays. It said that because graying of the hair is due to the decrease in melanin, taking molasses as a supplement helps reverse the graying process due to the copper content. Copper deficiency is known to cause graying of the hair. It says to take 1 tablespoon of molasses daily first thing when you wake up and you will start to seeing the results in 3 to 6 months. Doing this has other benefits as well not only for the hair but for overall health.
Taking it as a supplement is also great because it is has a significant source of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and selenium.
I think this could be something worth looking into as part of the solution if you have a bottle of blackstrap molasses from the cherry lola caramel treatment
http://globalhealthsupplies.net/the-hair-benefits-of-blackstrap-molasses-•-improved-growth-and-color/
Can I achieve maximum hydration levels and not fully follow the curly girl method?  I like to use sulphate-free and silicone -free shampoo.  In fact, I make my own using gentle surfactants. Is that okay or will it affect my results?  
With this method you will not need to use shampoo. This method steps away from the curly girl method as the clarifcation steps are mandatory. Curly girl method is all about cowashing, which i believe causes build up for type 4 hair and makes it impossible for us to reach max curl hydration. So i am no longer refering this as the curly girl method, this is focused on getting the highest potential for kinky hair, especially type 4 and 4c hair. That’s why this is being called the Max Hydration Method.

The clarification steps are very effective in lifting off and dissolving build up and product residue from the hair, and they are multifunctional. You will find you wont need shampoo at all, your hair and scalp is going to be very clean. It’s one of the main importance in this regimen, getting off build up. So it’s covered, no need to worry about ur hair not being clean enough.

The bakingsoda and acv step helps to remove build up from the hair, are antifungal, antibacterial, and conditioning. The bakingsoda step lifts the cuticle in preparation for deep conditioning. This is advantageous for low porosity types, but is also effective for high porous types as well. You may find that you like alternating between both rinses, so don’t think of  the BS rinse as being off limits b/c ur high porosity. At the end of the routine your cuticle would have been properly closed either way.

The second clarification step is actually the bentonite clay step. It is a mask that pulls toxins and left over product residue from the first step, out of the hair. It further clarifies the hair of what step 1 may have missed, and it lifts the cuticle in preparation for the leave in conditioner step. It also enhances curl definition and is conditioning and strengthening to the hair.

I use the aphogee 2 step to strengthen my fine strands.  Am I still able to use this with the regimen and how would I include it?
You don’t want to be using too much protein, since protein overload is easy to get. So if you are doing the CL, I wouldn’t recommend doing the aphogee right after, if that is what you mean. Aphogee is a very strong protein treatment.
I definetly would not do the aphogee treatment with this regimen. This is a regimen done at least every 3 days. That much protein is going to set you back a lot. If you have to use the aphogee, limit how often you do it. I wouldn’t even use protein for the first month of this. Protein lowers the porosity of the hair, to the point that if you do it to often you would either get protein overload, or dampen any dramatic improvement you might see with this regimen. Especially if your hair is low porosity or 4c. In that case, i’d say to take a break from the aphogee, permanently.
I have noticed my hair was a bit tangly at the roots when adding my leave in. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong
It is important that everytime you do your hair, your are getting out those shed hairs. Our hair sheds daily, and because we have curls, the shed hairs don’t just slide out. So every wash i make sure to get those shed hairs out.

If it’s tangly at the roots, those are shed hairs. So make sure to get shed hairs out. I do it every time i cowash, i detangle. It has been especially easy since i french roll and bun during my DC. My hair has been perpetually tangle free, nothing to unravel in the morning b/c i smushed my hair at night.

However being tangle free doesn’t mean i don’t have to slide out those shed hairs. Do i still have to smooth and rake and detangle every wash. Takes me 5-8 minutes out of my routine. If you don’t get the shed hairs out manually, they try to slide out of the hair and tangle up in the other hairs during the process.

What makes the product foam? I’ve notice the foaming action when I put the watered down KCKT then try the gel on top of it.
Do you mean the conditioner is foaming as you apply it into your hair? even after you have worked it in? That means you need it to be more watery. In that case, water it down a little more(add less squirts of conditioner, maybe 4 or 5. ) If you squeeze some conditioner out after you mixed it in the water, test it in your hands to see if it’s a little slippery and not too thick. I’m going to get exact measurements of how much i use, but i think maybe i use like 2 teaspoons worth, and just fill up the 8z bottle.
I am not getting the desired results with this regimen, What am I doing wrong?
Dee’s Take:
I have found if there are any issues people bump into it is one of these three things.
1. They are using a product with an ingredient that is giving them a set back.
2. They are not doing all the steps correctly or in the right order
3. they are not doing it consistently or frequently.
Other than that it is a matter of being patient because even though you see results you do not reach maximum hydration overnight. Building up the optimum moisture levels does take time but you do notice changes during this time in terms of how your hair behaves and curl definition.
For the actual wash and go to be perfect that is a technique that we have to work on in terms of how much conditioner, gel we apply, how we apply it and of course our results will be better as our hair gains maximum hydration.
why does the acv have to sit for 30 min on step 1? Can I leave it in for 10 to 15 min then rinse? Same with baking soda conditioner step?
Both steps would be 30 mins to 1 hour. They work better when left on longer. When i wrote the times for b.s. initially, it was advice from someone who used straight bakingsoda and water. After i realized it wasn’t the amount of time it was left on, but the fact that it was only water that was the problem. I found b.s. effective to leave on for 30 minutes because that gives it time to open up my cuticles. But both the b.s. and acv should be left on 30 mins to an hour, that’s what’s recommended.

I was wondering if you’re going to condition your hair, wouldn’t it be better to use ACV at the end stages of both the prep step for first times or the daily regimen instead? Otherwise aren’t we just closing the cuticles with ACV then opening them back up again when we condition (steaming, DC’ing, GHE)?

the function of the first step is to clarify. if you deep condition on unclarified hair, then you are deepconditioning on hair that will have too much product residue to absorb moisture, open cuticle or not. so look at step 1, no matter what option, as the primary function for clarifying, which is extremely important. acv is simply serving as an alternative option to bakingsoda. There is no need to implement it anywhere else and it wouldn’t be effective anywhere else in the regimen. This is because the cuticles are already getting closed by the time you apply the gel, which by the way is ph balanced and will close the cuticle. The bentonite clay step is going to reopen the cuticle as well and further clarify. But switching around the orders is not effective.

Also, can you mix clay (in my case Rhassoul) with conditioner? I already do this with  oils, as I found I lost more hair with Rhassoul and oil alone.

The mixture for the regimen is:

Clay rinse

This rinse can be done using any pure clay powder, like Bentonite Clay, Rhassoul clay, red clay, zeolite clay, european clay, French Green Sea clay and more. Using a funnel, you can pour each ingredient into a large empty 32 shampoo/conditioner bottle, shake afterward, use, and then store for the next day.

mix ingredients: 

  • 1 cup pure clay powder
  •  3-4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Mixing it with conditioner may work, but do not put a lot. try to keep the ratios similar, otherwise you will be hindering the clay’s effectiveness.

I was wondering if MHM would work with water soluble silicones? Lastly, once max hydration has been reached do you advice against using heat – either occasionally or on a regular basis. I’m guessing ‘heat training’ would be incompatible with MHM?

And no, heat training is like purposefully giving yourself heat damage for a looser curl. no matter what anyone says. And no silicones at all with this method. They are 100% not beneficial for low porosity hair. It will likely have most of the conditioner sitting on your hair shaft. Like if i mixed hair gel into my conditioner and tried to use it to deep condition.
I am transitioning, how can I identify max hydration?
Since your transitioning you can look at your newgrowth to see for signs of max hydration. I don’t know what relaxed hair looks like when it’s hydrated, maybe it would look stragihter or something. You will have to tell us what you notice and the changes and differences you see. Also, you can touch your roots to feel for coils/bumps or clumps there. That’s another sign of moisture retention.
I am trying to clarify what ‘re-wetting actually means. Please correct me if I am wrong:
So after the  initial 7 days have been completed, for example, and regimen is to be repeated no more than 3 days, I can re-wet in between the 3 days by just running hair under water without doing the whole routine. then just applying LI (oil/gel)?  Does it still contribute moisture into the hair?
Rewetting hair is just refreshing. Say you wake up and your hair is completely smushed, maybe you didn’t do the rolling tucking and pinning option. Rewetting quickly under a shower nozzle and shaking can save the do by unsmushing the coils. You are not trying to wash the gel off, you are just refreshing the curls. It will not be needed for you to add more gel, unless its to freshen up your edges or some minor primping of that nature.This doesn’t contribute to moisture at all, it just refreshes your curls if they got too matted at night to fluff out. For me, i’ve been doing the tucking and rolling and it helps preserve my coils. If i go t sleep with simply a scarf, my coils will be flat in the morning, and just a bonnet will mean smushed and sticking in weird directions. Rewetting can make your hair look as if its almost 1st day hair.I have also worn a shower cap at night to keep the curls fresh so i dont need to rewet. you wake up with softer hair, and although it gets a bit smushed, its easier to fluff out since its soft and pliable. I will be trying this tonight with the tuck and roll as well. A good option if your wash and go feels crunchy on the first day, btw.
I know aloe vera seem to be an issue with low porosity hair, but I have have no issues with it, and not LP.   Can I use it in my last step instead of gel?  Would be making my own from fresh plant.
yes, but it must be aloevera gel, not juice. it’s not an official no-no ingredient, but i like to mention it since many of us are sensitive to it. I also recommend if you’re making your own aloe gel, add some flaxseed gel to it too. So like a flaxseed gel with aloe. Other ingredients like horsetail an nettle are also easy to make at home and add to it.
How is horsetail and nettle used as a holding agent in the flaxseed gel?
you boil it similarly to how you boil the flaxseeds. it forms a gel, because they are are mucilaginous plants.
what are some deep conditioners that I can use for this method and co wash conditioners. I really don’t want to use my KCKT for everything. Also for the last step do I have to seal with a gel? If i’m just going to twist it up and put a wig on until the next session?
You really wont need to use a different conditioner for each step, You are watering down your conditioner for each step. Other conditioner and products recommended are trader joes tea tree tingle.
Last, you need to use a gel. Sealing is very important and a gel will do it best, and close your cuticles. If you want a softer hold you can get that by simply making your conditioner mixture silghtly thicker and wetter on your hair. Some times it will make your hair dry so soft it feels like nothing is in your hair at all. This doesn’t mean you can’t braid your hair afterward and wear a wig on top, though. Also, on days you don’t have time to complete the rest of the steps, just wear a shower cap under your wig cap, scarf, or beanie after step 2 overnight and during the day until you can complete the other steps.
is it ok to use a diffuser or bonnet dryer to help dry the hair?
Not unless they have a cool setting. My experience with using heat gave me major frizz and setbacks.
can you do this method if you have locs? 
Yes, you can do this method on locs.
Cherry Lola Caramel DIY Treatment Questions:

Will any greek yogurt work? Does it matter which brand? Does the apple cider need to be organic? How can I get 3/4 tbsp of a avocado? What is unsulfured molasses? Will any molasses work? I don’t have a blender so can I just stir it up really good and will this treatment still work? Can I store the remainder in the fridge for later? How long will it last in the fridge?

  • Any Greek yogurt will do.
  • most apple cider vinegar is organic. whats the brand name.
  • LOLLOL Use a spoon. Moments like these crack me up.
  • Unsulfured molasses(it will say unsulfured):

“Unsulphured molasses is molasses that is made from sugar cane plants that have ripened naturally. Sulphured molasses is molasses from a much younger sugar cane that is unripe and to which sulfur dioxide is added to ripen it and as a preservative. Sulfur is not particularly good for humans and some people are actually allergic to sulfur dioxide. Naturally ripened sugar cane produces molasses that is considered a better and safer health choice than sulphured molasses.”
http://www.naturalnews.com/026296_molasses_health_sugar.html

Sure you can leave it in the fridge for about, 2 weeks because the avocado starts turning brown.

What is the reasoning behind mixing the cherry lola and caramel treatment? Is it better than just doing the original cherry lola?

It’s just a modified version of the regular treatment, that combines both the caramel treatment and the cherry lola treatment together. The caramel treatment has conditioning properties, the cherry lola lifts the cuticle, and overall it also is a mild protein treatment. I found my hair felt softer when i rinsed out this version of the treatment.

Now that I have done the Cherry Lola treatment, this should only be done every two weeks? do I follow all the steps each time I do the method..

Dee’s Take:
The Cherry Lola is done every two weeks or more depending on your hair’s needs. I just check how well my hair is absorbing moisture and when it seems like it’s losing this ability, I do it again because for me that is the sign that my hair needs the treatment. So far I’ve done it only twice. The first time and three weeks later. Its been more than two weeks since my last treatment and I dont feel the need to do it yet. I’m saying all this to say, it is really up to your preference. You can either do it every two weeks and stick to that regimen or you can asses your particular hair’s needs and do it based on that. But it’s recommended at least every two weeks.
Yes, except for the cherry lola. So after you do the cherry lola the next day, you will do step 1 to 5. That is the full regimen.
 It is recommended to do the regimen every day for the first week/seven days. After that you can stretch it to 2 – 3 days.
If you dont mind deep conditioning overnight I have found that doing step 1 and 2 in the evening before bed and then step 3, 4 and 5 in the morning is a real time saver.
I also think if you have time in the evenings you the whole regimen in the evening and then simply refreshing in the morning.
What type of raw honey did you use? There is a liquid form and the crystallized form. 
I’ve used both liquid and crystallized for the cherrylola. For the bentonite clay step i use liquid honey.
Its been two weeks since I’ve done the cherry lola so I wanted to re-do the treatment, but it seems the avocados have turned brown. Is it still ok to use? 
Yes, it is good actually. them being over ripe is good, along with the banana. I actually wait for them to get to that point on purpose.
DIY Clay Mixture Questions:

How do I mix the Clay into an applicator bottle? 

Put all the ingredients separetly in stead of mixing it first and then pouring it in. Now i just roll up some scrap paper into a funnel, and slowly pour the powder from the measuring cup on the funnel paper. It slides in neat. Then pouring the other ingredients after is easy. Then i shake to mix. I found mixing first and then pouring it into the showersoap bottle was super messy. But in the bottle makes it easier to apply and store without worrying about spilling.

I don’t know where I went wrong after I did the bentonite clay rinse step and washed it out I ended up with white gunky patches at the roots that are like glue I don’t want a set back. has anyone else experienced this or knows what happened ?

Try this mixture, and make sure you thoroughly shake it, and afterward, thoroughly rinse it out of your hair, section by section. I think you probably made it too thick.

mix ingredients: 

  • 1 cup pure clay powder
  • 2-3 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

I would like to know the rationale for doing the clay wash after deep conditioning…does the clay not remove all of the conditioning benefits from the previous step? Would we get the same results if we reversed those 2 steps?

The bentonite clay step is very important. It will not remove the conditioning benefits from the previous step. really it will add to it. But the importance of the step is to further remove build up and pull toxins from the hair. Step 1 will not remove all of it.

Secondly , it lifts the cuticle, preparing the hair for moisture absorption in the leave in conditioner step.

Third, it conditions the hair and is one of the things that make your curls really pop. I actually skipped the step once out of lazyness on my friend’s hair. The difference was a lot. I spent significantly less time having to coax his hair into a curl, it was already curling by the time i rinsed it out, and his hair wasn’t white with the conditioner. Areas that didnt curl/define before curled up easy, so the bentonite clay step is important.

The benefit of it defining curls is why it is done before the leave in step.

Also, if you were choosing the acv option, it would be even more ineffective to switch the order of the regimen, since acv closes the cuticle.

And, the first clarification step is used primarily to remove gel residue. The first to steps are better at lifting and sliding off the product due to their astringent like properties. The bentonite clay step is a clay. Clay is meant to form a mask on the hair and pull toxins and residue off that way. and you don’t want full styling product to already be on your hair when you do it or it won’t be as effective.

This is why the order and every step in conjunction is important. In isolation or mixed around, these become just a bunch of random treatments on the hair that won’t have their highest potential in working. But done in order, with each step’s function accounted for it becomes a system. the puzzle pieces all match up and have a certain function that relies on all the other steps to most efficiently get hydration in the hair. It’s very controlled way of moisturizing where you know exactly what you are doing is going to work the same way each time and why. That’s why changes and improvement are seen so fast. There’s no guesswork. The research has been done, all you have to do is do it.

What does the bentonite clay rinse do for my hair? Is it necessary? I don’t like the way the clay feels in my hair and I feel like the amount used was excessive. It felt like I was applying a relaxer to my hair (in terms off the amount of clay used). I know that some people use the bentonite clay as a natural “relaxer”, but I just want to know what exactly it does.

No, it is not a relaxer. A relaxer is depilatory lye or hydroxides. A relaxer chemically changes the hair. Bentonite clay is basically dirt. It clarifies the hair and also has conditioning effects. It lift the hair cuticle the same way bakingsoda does, and this allows your hair to absorb water. It also makes the curls pop. It is not a relaxer, that is misinformation. Even if you used a relaxer or texturizer, it would never make your curls more uniform. It would just break the bonds of your hair so your curl pattern if effected.

Clay doesn’t change the curl pattern, it helps make it more uniform, because when the cuticles are lifted, more moisture is absorbed into the hair cortex. This is about combatting kinks and torsions, not coils. A relaxer never really makes the hair less kinky or “nappy”. The hair is still just as dehydrated and lightweight as before, just minus the curl pattern. 

With the clay step the hair is more weighed down from within the cortex and is able to form the uniform curl it is supposed to. It is also very necessary. Skipping that step is like taking a beneficial part of the system out. 

neither clay, bakingsoda or applecider vinegar directly change the curl pattern or loosen it. It’s all about how they work together in a system. It’s already been scientifically proven that ph from 4-9 do not effect the hair except to lift and close the hair cuticle. Relaxers have a high ph and also are able to straighten the hair because of the depilatory nature of the hydroxides in their product. 

 Is there a different way of mixing the clay? its just really thick and awkward for me for some odd reason. Its like applying mud to my hair and I am wondering if I didn’t use enough water. I used the recipe given on the first page.It was hard to pick up and apply it. I certainly cannot use the cone applicator tip to apply it because it is so thick.

the clay rinse should be watery and feel a little creamy. It shouldn’t be thick and cakey like you are slapping liquid cement on your head.




btw, you should not be mixing it and then putting it into the bottle. Put each ingredient in the bottle one at a time(using the funnel cone/paper funnel for the clay), then add water and shake. Much less messy, and easier to control the consistency you want, and better for storing, because when it dries up, you just add more water and shake.

Dee’s Take:

Yes, when you add water to clay it turns to mud, but adding more water should make it less thick. Experiment with the amount of water you add until you reach the consistency that will allow for easier application.
You can use a funnel on top of a bottle, to add the clay powder. Then add the oil and honey. and slowly add water and shake the bottle. Try squeezing the mixture out of the bottle to see the consistency if it is still thick just keep adding water until you get the desired result. This way you should be able to squeeze it out the applicator tips and application wont be so much of a hassle.
Why does everyone say to add glycerin to your spritzers when the ingredient does the opposite of what I think it is supposed to do.  aloe vera another ingredient that everyone loves but guess my hair doesn’t.  

Aloe Vera is tolerable in gel, but i personally think even then it causes the hair to swell a bit more when it dries. Especially if it’s high on the ingredients list. The regimen is more effective with the clay, so try to get some of the powder ones as soon as you can.

Glycerin is astringent anyway and pulls moisture out of the hair in dry weather and climates.

Can I use Flaxseed Gel in this regimen, What about mixing it with another gel like KCCC

Yes, you can use flaxseed gel. I have yet to master the ratios, last time i did it i think it was too watery and my hair swelled really bad and turned out drier than normal. It looked normal in fact extremely smoothed and defined when wet, until it dried and looked and felt worse than normal. One thing i noticed is that when wet its good at smoothing down and separating the hair into the individual clumps, where as with kccc, it doesn’t smooth down the clump as well because it initially frizzes and makes two or more curl clumps want to stick together at the tips. 

 but when i layered that same flaxseed under kinky curly curling custard, it was was the best result ever (the wet hair looked the same as usual, but the slip made it much easier to separate the curls, and my dry hair shrunk very well.)

 I’m going to dry it again and see if it wasn’t a fluke and then try mixing it together with the kccc. If it works out i’ll mix the exact measurements that work together with some kccc in one of my empty bottles. That will prevent it from going bad, since the kccc would already have the preservatives. 

I think kccc would be great if they replaced the aloe with flaxseed. I think if you’re going to make a flaxseed gel on your own you will need some other holding agent aside from the flaxseed. Like horsetail, nettle, etc. It may make it work better.

I have been using Cones in my current regimen will I need to clarify my hair with Shampoo before starting the Maximum Hydration Method?
Since you used cones, i think you should shampoo your hair with a sulfate shampoo once before starting this regimen. Afterward you can deep condition overnight and during the day with the kckt. Otherwise the clarification methods will take a while to get rid of the silicones and it will basically slow you down in your progress.

how long is your hair in these pictures?

My hair is about a centimeter below collarbone length in the back. In the front, it touches my upper lip. I have actively trimmed my hair all over, especially before i even began this reggie, i had a lot of single strand knots and some split ends in my hair after doing small twists as a protective style. Most of the knots from that have been gotten rid of though, and i’m not getting any more.

Questions On Baking Soda:

My question is about the constant use of baking soda. I read somewhere that the granular texture of it can damage the cuticle layer. Is it suggested to use it sparingly once maximum hydration is reached?

The bakingsoda step is not going to have that effect on the hair. Baking soda first dissolves completely in these mixtures as it is veeerry water soluble. Not only will it dissolve almost instantly from the water and conditioner added to the mixture, but the conditioner would further add lubrication. So the mixture done in this method will never cause damage to the cuticle or be abraisve on the hair. 

Bakingsoda only has that granular texture when mixed with a 3:1 ratio of bakingsoda to water, creating a paste. That is the same kind of paste used for exfoliation. But this mixture is not a paste at all. It’s 1-2 tablespoons in about 2-3 oz of conditioner and maybe 7 oz of water. Huge difference, the bakingsoda would completely dissolve.

There are also several natural products that contain salt, like magnesium salt for example. which also has a much more granular texture. Yet these to not damage the cuticle layer, because salt is water soluble. So no you don’t have to worry about the bakingsoda at all, and i would encourage continuing the full regimen just the way it is forever, even after reaching max hydration. There’s no need to change it because it isn’t risky, it’s very beneficial.


Even on the box for bakingsoda, they recommend mixing it into your shampoo. So as long as the mixture is done right like suggested in the method, (1-2 tablespoons of baking soda into thick 1.5-3 oz conditioner. Add 4-7 oz of water. Shake.) there is nothing to be afraid of.

Please do more research on the use of baking soda on our hair. The Ph of a lye relaxer is 12-14, baking soda is 9 Baking soda is not natural it is man made and the Ph is not safe for the hair shaft. Check out the greenbeauty Channel here on YouTube for more information.

Sorry, but this is complete misinformation.Bakingsoda is safe for the hair shaft, let me address all the common concerns about use of baking soda.

1. The one used in this mixture is not abrasive on the hair, as it dissolves completely. We are not making a paste on our hair, we are mixing about an ounce of conditioner and then 8 oz of water some products even have magnesium sulfate in them and it is waaay more abrasive in it’s solid state. But because they are completely dissolved in the water, that doesn’t have an abrasive impact in those mixtures either.

2. It even says on the box to mix it in shampoos, which can be way more stripping than bakingsoda, and the mixture used is definetly not stripping, and bakingsoda is a safe ph for the hair.

4. The use of bakingsoda, is also gotten from the book “hair care rehab”, written by the author of the book the science of black hair. And even her mixture is a bit more stripping(just bakingsoda and water). This woman(who wrote the book) is also a scientist/chemist.

5. Lastly the ph of baking soda doesn’t effect the hair shaft other than to lift and close the hair cuticle, which for the purposes of this method is highly beneficial to do before deep conditioning, especially for low porosity hair. Also in regards to that, it is scientifically proven and written in studies, that phs of 4-9 not to effect the hair shaft other than to lift or close the cuticle. This is well researched stuff, not randomly put in. i have read several scientific studies and you can look at naturalhaven.com as well to debonk the, “bakingsoda relaxer” myth.

6. It will not break the bonds of the hair, it will not change the curl pattern, and it will not strip the hair. period. If the ph of the bakingsoda mixture was a problem, many ppl with high ph in their tap water would have permanent hair damage, bentonite clay rinses would dissolve the hair, and some conditioners(including trader joes tea tree tingle and more) that arent ph balance for the hair, would also dissolve the hair. Relaxers have a ph of 10-14, and it’s not the ph alone that makes it delipatory, that would be the hydroxides and other lye related chemicals that have a chemical structure that dissolves hair proteins.

Dee’s take on the subject:

Baking soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate. It comes from soda ash, which can be produced synthetically or harvested from natural sources. This means it exists as natural deposits in the earth as a mineral known as trona or natron. To get it into powder form, soda ash, mined in the form of the ore trona, is dissolved in water and treated with carbon dioxide. Sodium bicarbonate precipitates into a solid form during this method this is what we call Baking Soda.

As far as the PH not being safe for the hair, I have heard this argument before. I have in the past watched kimmaytube’s take on this, I have also watched the videos you mentioned from green beauty channel 

+PinkeCarrot above has brought pretty good arguments why this is not the case. Some things to understand is Baking Soda will not break the bonds of the hair. It will lift the cuticles to allow more moisture to get in which is the case in Low porosity hair.

Many naturals who are Low porosity including myself and danabnaturals is another good example, have seen first hand experience in our hair being able to absorb more moisture as a result of incorporating Baking Soda into our regimens. Even aketafitgirl who has attained maximum hydration, incorporates some of the methods in this regimen, she uses baking soda as part of her regimen every 6 weeks.

Some people think that their hair has a looser curl pattern when using baking soda because unfortunately they have never seen their hair moisturized before. Therefore they mistake moisturized hair for a looser curl pattern and think the baking soda has loosened their curl pattern. Although it does lift the cuticle, we close it back in and bring the ph of the hair back, by the end of the regimen. 

Another concern is the abrasive nature of baking soda.In this regimen we make sure it dissolves in water and conditioner vs the original baking soda and water only mixture which is commonly used. This mixture has actually been recommended by Audrey S the author of Black Hair Rehab and the Science of Black hair who happens to also be a chemist and scientist.

I  was once fear mongered into not using baking soda on my hair. However, I have done my research and now I have first hand experience that it hasn’t caused any detrimental effect on my own Type 4 Low Porosity hair.

Ultimately it is up to each one of us to do our individual research and choose what or what not to do to our hair. I am sharing and documenting what has been beneficial to me and others, in hopes to helping others with the same issues, I have had with my hair.

That is why this regimen has options, if you do not want to use the baking soda option on your hair you can choose to use the ACV option.

The PH of clay is also 9, does this mean that clay is bad for our hair? Ly relaxer also breaks the protein bonds of the hair, therefore there are other factors than just the PH of the relaxer that causes the straightening effect it has on our hair.

Here is the recipe that we use in this regimen:

Mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda into thick 1.5-3 oz conditioner.
Add 4-7 oz of water. 

A great video to watch on this is from Elle of Quest for the perfect curl 


To read more on baking soda and natural hair you can go here:
http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/search?q=baking+soda


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  5. Faith says:

    Hello, the MHM regime is kind of confusing. Am I to do the full regime step 1 – 5 everyday for 7 days?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Yes that was recommended in order to boost moisture levels in the original regimen but no it is not mandatory as long as you do the regimen every 3 days.

      So every 1 to 3 days you will start by:

      1. Clarifying with either ACV or Baking Soda rinse using the recommended recipes. Then continue with the rest of the steps below
      2. Deep condition/GHE with a recommended Conditioner (list of recommended conditioners can be found below).
      http://www.msdeekay.com/max-hydration-product-list/
      3. Do a Clay Mask/rinse.
      4. Style with a botanical conditioner and gel that are on the recommended list.

      I hope this is helpful and good luck,

  6. Mekka says:

    I tried the method several times but have seen very minimal changes. To admit, I do not want a wash and go so I am not consistent with the method. I do want to eliminate or have minimal frizz. To achieve this, do I need to use the gel? Also, does it matter what type of clay one uses? I’ve tried both the Rhassoul and Bentonite and seem to get less frizz with the Rhassoul. Do I need to use greek yogurt? Can I use regular yogurt?

  7. Viktoria says:

    Wow i had planned to buy a relaxer in a few weeks but am so glad i stumbled on your blog. Your hair is absolutely lovely. The little curls are so beautifully defined. This is exactly what i want to see in my hair. I have some curl definition but i have never heard of this treatment. My curl definition is at the back and sides, in fact all over my scalp but the definition does not reached the hair tips. Only the back and some sides. I guess i will use the money to buy these ingredients and experiment instead. I’ll look for your channel and sub you :).

  8. Sue says:

    Hello,
    Happy Holidays and thanks in advance for your time. I would appreciate a recommendation for a MHM approved mousse. My hair (bleached, low porosity (non bleach areas) ,4a/3c curls) seems to like light products with a hold like aloe vera gel. What do you think about the following products for low porosity hair. My concerns are the VP/VA copolymer and vinylpyrrilidone/dimethylaminoethyl methylparaben. I assume those ingredients will lock in the moisture but are they water-soluble and MHM safe?
    (I’m currently using tresemme perfectly undone conditioner and alikay naturals aloe berry gel.)

    Giovanni, Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged, Hair Styling Foam:
    Aqua (purified water), VP/VA copolymer, tocopherol (vitamin E), *aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, *helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, *glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, *betula alba 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) flower extract, *urtica dioica (nettle) extract, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, natural fragrance

    And

    Elucence Volume Designing Foam:
    Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, urtica dioica (nettle) extract, melissa officinalis (balm mint) leaf oil, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) extract, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) flower extract, equisettum arvense extract in purified water, vinylpyrrilidone/dimethylaminoethyl methylparaben, octooxynol-13 citric acid (usp) fragrance/parfum.

  9. C. Roundtree says:

    I have fine, type 4, low porosity hair; tried the MHM for about 3 weeks; didn’t do it every day, but once every 3-4 days; followed the steps carefully. I started with the Cherry Lola treatment & used the Kinky-Curly conditioner and styling custard. I loved how my hair reacted to this regimen and was noticing good results, then 1-1/2 weeks in, the itching started. First my scalp, then down my back and sides of my torso and abdomen. I was obviously reacting to something in one of the products; thought it was the clay and switched. The itching continued. I switched to trader joes conditioner, but itching just got worse and my scalp started to become sore and tender to the touch and the itching down my back intensified. It was driving me CRAZY. I finally stopped using the Kinky Curly custard, hated to give it up because I liked it so much, but I had to face reality. It’s taken a little while (about 3 weeks), but the itching and soreness have finally diminished. I believe there is an ingredient in Kinky Curly Styling Custard that I’m allergic to. Needless to say, I had to stop the MHM, so my hair is dry, dry, dry once again. Once my scalp and torso skin return to normal, I plan to try the method again, with different products, of course. I wanted to share this in case someone else experienced the same thing. Thank you.

    • Naz says:

      I have been going out of my mind trying to find a solution to my problem and think herein lies the answer. I too experienced extreme itching from about 2weeks in to the MHM and over the past 3 months have tried in vain to find a solution. To add to the torment I’ve now lost a great deal of my hair at the nape of my neck and my left back is all gone. I changed everything except the Kinky Curly curling custard in a bid to stop the itching and some methods worked but only for a day or two. My hair is still falling out right from the roots and I fear it may not grow back. I’d just decided that I would stop the MHM in a bid to stop me from losing any more hair. I will stop the gel immediately see if the hair loss subsides. I almost wish I had never done this. The initial results and change in my curl pattern were phenomenal from the start but I wish there was more information out there to deal with what I have gone through. I’ve never experienced this sort of hair loss even with all the relaxers I’ve tried in my hair over the past 20 years. I must add though that my hair has never been fuller and stronger thanks to the MHM. I trully hope this is the answer and my journey can only get better.

  10. sylvie says:

    i have a question when i have 3b 3c high porosity hair will your method still work or should i not be doing it?

  11. Stacey says:

    I wanted to share the MHM has worked wonders for me. I finally chopped off my permed ends in February and i was consistently blowing drying my hair. I decided that since i did not have the time (being a working mother of 2) i could not spend that much time on my hair. In april i started the CG method, it was better, then i noticed the build up. I played around with the MHM and only did pieces of it. Now i am on day 5 of the MHM and i am noticing a HUGE difference in my hair. My husband LOVES it and i love it. my curl pattern is off the hook! i am doing the 7 day challenge then i will implement every 2 to 3 days. i am falling in love with my natural hair. :) thank you for the detailed steps.

  12. Tomi says:

    I have done the MHM 6 times now, couldn’t do 7 days in a row, and my hair is the driest it has ever been. Am I doing something wrong. It was fine when I was using kinky curly products but since I have switched to giovanni its become dry and crispy. The only thing I have been doing differently to what is suggested is sometime I fall asleep with the acv on. Could that be what is causing the dryness?

  13. Ruth says:

    I am confused by all the use of acronyms. Maybe someone should define them in one place.

  14. lakiesha coney says:

    I was recently introduced to MHM and interested in trying it. But I would like to know about By made beautiful products the TRUE line. Are you able to check into their products I like them and since they are fairly new products and aren’t on the list of approved products I was wondering if you could take a look at the ingredients and tell me if they are ok to use.

  15. Toni Scott says:

    I was just about to give up on my natural hair when I discovered your website yesterday. I have tried EVERYTHING! So many products to try to get my hair moisturized. I even tried the clay and kinky curly products, but I was not using them properly.

    I did steps 1 and 2 yesterday evening, and steps 3, 4, and 5 this morning. Just one day has made a huge difference in my hair! Thank you so much!

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