What is the Maximum Hydration Method?
How would to like to have soft, clearly defined curls in your naturally curly Afro hair? For those of us who have tightly coiled hair, like the 4B and 4C hair types, the battle against dryness is all too real and dry hair tends to be brittle and frizzy rather than soft and curly. If all the moisturizing products and your regular wash and go’s are not yielding the results you want, you may want to consider trying the Maximum Hydration Method.
The Maximum Hydration Method or MHM was created by Internet blogger Pinke Cube. It has grown in popularity in recent times, gathering loyal supporters and many skeptics as well. The supporters of this method rave about the results and how much more moisture they have been able to retain due to using the MHM while the skeptics are concerned that this method is intended to assist Type 4 hair textures to achieve curl patterns that mimic Type 3 hair textures which is counterproductive in the natural hair community regarding hair acceptance and identity.
The overall goal of the MHM, however, is to aid natural sisters of any hair type, including Type 3 textures, to achieve and retain moisture for healthy and sustainable hair. It is aligning us in the best way to receive the most moisture into the hair strands because without moisture, our hair is more likely to experience breakage which limits the possibility of healthy hair growth. The avocates of the MHM represent a wide cross section of naturally curly hair types, not only those with Type 4 hair and this clearly says that this method holds benefits for all types of curly hair.
So what is the Maximum Hydration Method? It is a 7 day hair care regimen, consisting of 5 steps, that was designed to steadily increase hair hydration until it is fully hydrated or max Hydration is reached. Here is a brief breakdown of the steps involved:
PreStep: This is were you use the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment every 2 weeks instead of step 1
Step 1: In this step you will Clarify your hair using apple cider vinegar or baking soda.
Step 2: You CoWash your hair using a deep conditioner overnight and finger detanlge in warm water.
Step 3: Use a Clay Rinse like Bentonite Clay for at least 15 minutes and be sure to distribute it evenly throuought your hair.
Step 4: Divide your hair into sections and apply generous amounts of a botanical Leave-In Conditioner to each section followed by step 5, before moving on to the next section.
Step 5: Apply a botanical hair gel to each section of hair so that it is fully covered and evenly distributed. This will help seal in the moisture.
The method can be tweaked to suit each person’s individual needs and there are several alternatives to the products suggested for use. Following this step-by-step process over the course of seven days, a naturalista struggling to retain moisture will find one of the best weapons in the fight against dry, brittle hair.
Quick Tip: Explore and conduct thorough research into all healthy hair practices and make an informed decision about which one to experiment with. Trial and error helps!