So I recently just learned about the Max Hydration Method (MHM) from browsing YouTube and the internet. It is designed for type 4 low porosity hair (4b/c) but any curly girl can use this method if they want to achieve max hydration for their hair. I first found out about it from Pinterest and watching @Msdeekay YouTube videos and then I proceeded to go to MHM website to get more info from the creator Pinkecube. Not only does this method give you max moisture but it also gives your hair a more defined curl pattern. I know those who don’t already have a naturally (meaning without using products) defined curl pattern would be interested in this. Plus this method makes your hair feel super soft.
So I learned that it’s a 5 step regimen, with a pre-step the first day you do it, you need to do the regimen everyday for the first 7 days. Well that’s recommended but if doing it everyday won’t work with your schedule, then you can do it every other day.
So here is the breakdown of the 5 step regimen:
Pre-Step- you are supposed to do the Cherry Lola Treatment first when you begin the regimen on day one. Just for clarity, when you do the pre-step please skip Step 1, but do complete steps 2-5. When applying, section off your hair so all your strands are fully saturated with the mixture and leave on for about 20 minutes and rinse out. Now this pre-step has a lot of ingredients that some choose to do or they do a revised version. You can check out the recipe and demo for the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment from @msdeekay or you can check out the revised version from BeautifulBrownTresses and an even simpler version from Cherry Lola (I thought it was funny that her name is the same as the treatment!) You should do the Cherry Lola treatment once a week or once every other week.
Step 1. Clarify- you can do an ACV rinse or a Baking Soda rinse, once you apply it leave it in for 15 minutes and rinse (you can see the different types of products you can mix to make the rinse and watch a demo by going to @msdeekay YouTube channel or MHM website)
Step 2. Co-wash & Detangle- you can either steam it for about 15-30 minutes or you can leave it in overnight & wash it out in the morning and continue steps 3-5. They recommend using Kinky Curly Knot Today. Most people dilute it with water for this step and I have seen some mix it with other approved conditioners (which I will discuss shortly). You can check out the demo video from @msdeekay
Step 3. Clay Rinse- there is an approved list of clay that you can choose from by going to MHM website but mostly everyone I have seen uses the Aztec Secrets Bentonite Clay. To get the recipe for this step check out this video from @msdeekay . When applying make sure your hair is in sections so that you can make sure that you are coating all your strands with the clay mixture. Leave on for about 15-30 minutes and then rinse out.
Step 4. Leave-in conditioner- after you have completed step 3 apply a leave-in, it’s recommend that you use the Kinky Curly Knot Today. Some still dilute it and others don’t, so I guess it’s a personal choice. There is an approved list of conditioners that you can find on MHM website or check out the picture below
Step 5. Gel- apply the gel directly after you have applied the leave-in, it’s recommended that you use the Kinky Curly Curling Custard but there is an approved list of gels that you can use. You can go to MHM website for a complete list and check out the picture below for some. You can just do a wash and go or you can style it. You can check out some styling tips from Pinkecube on the MHM website.
I am excited to try this 7 day challenge, which I will start either this Sunday (8/16) or next Sunday (8/23). I am in need of max hydration and I would love for my curls to be even more naturally defined. It also seems like once you achieve max hydration that you won’t have to spend a lot on different products trying to find the perfect one that will work for your hair. If anyone would like to try this 7 day MHM challenge feel free to and be sure to let me know how it goes. Once I start I will upload pictures daily and give links to the videos, so stay tuned.
The clay rinses and the liquid aminos you can find online or at any health store. I found the bentonite clay and liquid aminos at the Vitamin Shoppe for a low price but you can always search around for the best prices. All the other products you can find at your local beauty supply store, Target, Sally’s, Curlmart.com and maybe Walmart.