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The Maximum Hydration Method: An Easy Guide

The Maximum Hydration method is one of the most recommended methods for moisturizing dry curly hair, but it’s not just a normal method; there is a story behind it, and please allow me to dive into it.

Since 2006, an active member of Black Hair Media, Pinke Cube fell in love with her naturally curly hair and started her journey, which is full of failures and trials to get the healthy hydration hair look.

Finally, after watching many youtube videos about moisturizing curly hair and trying many ways, she invented her own method to hydrate curly hair called the Maximum hydration method. 

This method has achieved great popularity among the curly community. Still, before trying it, you have to ask yourself if this method is really effective or does it works with all curly types, and may it have any side effects on your precious curls?

Let’s dive into this method to answer all those questions and know more about MHM and how to do it. 

*Pinke cube: an active member of Black hair media (BHM) and msdeekay blog, and here is more about her curly hair journey.

What is the Maximum Hydration method?

The maximum hydration method is a way to hydrate your curly hair until it reaches the hydration max level. This can be done by applying this method daily for one week without interrupting, making the hair cuticle open and absorb more moisture. After one week, the regimen can be done every three days.

Does MHM suit all curly hair types?

No, the maximum hydration method is not for all curly hair types. According to the method creator Pinke cube, this method is designed for people with 4c/4b hair with low porosity hair.

Its main goal is to open the hair cuticle a little bit and allow moisture to get into the hair, but as we know, high hair porosity is already its cuticles are open; this method may cause hair damage. 

4c/4b curly hair that suits the Maximum Hydration method.

On the other side, girls with 4C/4B hair types are more likely to be dry and need more hydration.

However, you can try this method whatever your hair type if you think your hair needs hydration.

But before you have to do some edits on this method to suit your hair nature, like reducing the number of used products in the method and try it one every six months or maybe once a year, it all up to your hair needs.

My goal is to change the 4c/4b hair community, give people that level of complete control in their hair journeys.

Pinke cube

How to do the maximum hydration method?

If you want to try the maximum hydration method for the first time, you have to follow all the following steps except the last one. And please read those steps carefully before you start applying them.

Important notes before start:

  • The Cherry Lola treatment (The first step) can be done ONLY ONCE every two weeks.
  • The clarifying step can be done ONLY in the days between when you were applying Cherry Lola treatment.
  • The optional steps are meant to experiment with your curly hair needs of moisture.

Step 1: Cherry Lola treatment

This step is essential for low hair porosity, but if you have porous hair, you should do it less; in general, don’t do it more than once every two weeks. 

Lola treatment will help in opening the hair cuticle and prepare the hair for the next steps.

The main ingredients in cherry Lola treatments are (yogurt, baking soda, and amino acid), but you can add other ingredients; however, here is a recipe by Pinke cube:

  • Greek yogurt (2 cups)
  • Baking soda (2 tbsp)
  • Organic apple cider vinegar (2 tbsp)
  • Raw coconut amino (or just regular amino, but I personally didn’t like soy in my hair) (2 tbsp)
  • Raw honey (1/2 tbsp)
  • Unsulfured molasses (1 tbsp)
  • Half an overripe plantain or banana
  • Avocado (3/4 tbsp)
  • One egg (optional, but I used it no problem)

After mixing those ingredients very well, apply the mixture on dry detangled hair for one and a half or two hours, then rinse it and go to the third step directly. 

Step 2: Clarifying hair

You have to follow this step just when you skip the first one. If you want to clarify your hair, there are many ways we have discussed them in another article about clarifying curly hair; here are some of those ways:

  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Baking soda
  • Alternating between either rinse

Step 3: Co-wash and detangle

After clarifying your hair OR applying Lola treatment, put enough amount of your co-wash conditioner, detangle your hair, and massage your scalp; you can co-wash your hair in three different ways:

  • Apply a warm conditioner on your hair for 10 minutes, microwave enough conditioner for 10-15 seconds, and then use it. 
  • Apply conditioner on your hair, then covers it with a shower cap; you can let it on your hair overnight.
  • put on a shower cap, and steam your hair

Step 4: bentonite clay rinse

Bentonite clay is a good choice to moisturize your curls and clarify your scalp to get shiny, defined curly hair. To use it, apply enough bentonite clay to your hair for 15 minutes after dividing it into sections. Here are some recipes to use it:

Bentonite clay rinse without apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup bentonite clay
  • 1.5 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

You can also use the same recipe just by adding apple cider vinegar or using a ready-made bentonite clay rinse.

Step 5: leave-in conditioner

Rinse out the bentonite clay very well, then divide your hair into sections and apply the leave-in conditioner. You have to use leave-in that doesn’t contain silicone, sulfate, or dry alcohol. 

Step 6: apply botanical gel (optional)

Apply some drops of oil on your hair before using gel to help seal the moisture into your hair strands; you can use the LCO method or LCOC.

However, it is not recommended to use the LOC method because the oil is a sealant, not a moisturizer, and you won’t get good results from using gel after applying oil. After that, you can apply some gel to your curls.

Step 7: stretching (optional)

This step is optional, but you can try it then decide if it gives you the required results; here are two ways to apply it:

  • Section hair and twirl/twist/roll/french roll and clip it into place, then take out the clips after 30 minutes at least.
  • Wear your hair in a rolled half ponytail. 

The maximum hydration method benefits

According to pink cube, and some curly girls who tried this method, they gain some benefits from it; here are some of them:

  • Your hair will be easier to detangle.
  • Less frizzy hair
  • More curls definition
  • Better moisture retention.

The maximum hydration method side effects

There isn’t any research about the maximum hydration method. Still, suppose we want to discuss the substance which is used in it.

In that case, we can find that this method relies on using baking soda, which has a pH level of 9, while the PH level of hair has a pH level of 5.5.

And the hair shaft has a pH level of 3.67, and according to research, a high PH level can cause cuticle damage, hair breakage, and irritation.  

difference between hair cuticle damage and healthy hair.

Above that, we have to think about this method’s main goal, which focuses on opening the hair cuticles, which may be good for low hair porosity and help it absorb enough moisture.

By the time, the MHM will cause hair damage and increase the hair porous, especially if you already have high hair porosity. 

How often should you do the maximum hydration method?

This method is made to be done weekly, except the first step, ‘’Cherry Lola treatment’’, you have to do it once every two weeks. 

In general, you can determine the length of time each time you apply the method based on your hair’s response to it and its needs.

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