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So you’ve been on this natural hair journey for a while and have tried everything under the sun that you can think of to get that soft manageable mane, those bouncing curls, that frizz free hair.
Nothing seems to work on that type 4 hair…. sigh. Fear no more because we have the perfect solution to your hair problems. Introducing… the Max Hydration Method!
What Is The Max Hydration Method For Natural Hair?
So, we’ve piqued your interest and you want to know what the Max Hydration Method is. Read on for some more information.
The Max Hydration Method is meant to methodically increase moisture levels in the hair using a four or five step process (the number of steps vary depending on who you ask but hey, who’s counting!). It was specifically formulated for type 4 hair but more specifically, low porosity type 4C hair.
Why You Might Want To Use The Max Hydration Method
If you’re having issues with achieving that perfect wash and go hair, then this method may be for you. Many proponents of the Max Hydration Method swear by it. This method will transform dry, frizzy hair into beautifully moisturised coils and curls. Additionally, if you have any issues with dryness, knots and length retention to name a few, then this method is ideal for you. These problems should disappear once your hair achieves maximum hydration.
How To Do The Max Hydration Method On 4c, 4b And 4a Hair
Initially, you’re supposed to use the Max Hydration Method for a period of 7 successive days. To effectively use the method, you’ll need the following items:
1. Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment
2. Baking Soda Rinse or Apple Cider Vinegar
3. Cowashing Conditioner
4. Deep Conditioner
5. Clay Rinse
6. Leave-In Conditioner
7. Botanical Gel
Step 1 – Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment
If you’ve never tried the max hydration method, then you need to start with the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment. This treatment assists the hair in getting prepared for optimal moisture as well as opening the hair cuticles which is crucial to achieving that maximum hydration. Once this step has been done for the first time, it can be done fortnightly. The ingredients needed for the treatment are as follows:
• 2 cups Greek yoghurt
• 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp raw coconut/soy aminos
• 2 tbsp baking soda
• ½ tbsp. raw honey
• ¾ tbsp. avocado
• 1 tbsp unsulphured molasses
• ½ over ripe plantain/banana
• 1 egg (optional)
Blend all of the ingredients together. You don’t want it too thick, otherwise you’ll find yourself stuck with chunks of banana and avocado in your hair. You don’t want it to be too runny either because you’ll have this concoction running all over you and that’s just not a good look.
If this is your first time doing the Max Hydration method then skip the baking soda/apple cider vinegar rinse. Proceed to apply the mixture to your hair ensuring that it’s completely coated and cover your hair with a shower cap. Allow the mixture to sit on your hair for approximately 1½ to 2 hours. Rinse with warm water.
Step 2 – Clarify
Clean hair is important to the Max Hydration Method. To do this clarify your hair with either baking soda or organic apple cider vinegar rinse. You can use either of the following recipes for your baking soda rinse:
• ½ tbsp. baking soda
• ⅓ cup conditioner
• Spray bottle
• 1 to 2 tbsp baking soda
• 2 tbsp honey
• 1 tsp olive oil
• 6-10 oz of water
Mix the ingredients in the bottle. Saturate the hair and leave it in for 10 to 60 minutes depending on your schedule then rinse the solution out of your hair.
For the apple cider rinse, you can do a one to one ratio of vinegar and water. Saturate your hair and scalp, leave the solution on for 10 to 60 minutes then rinse out.
Step 3 – Co wash and detangle
Next, you’ll need to part your hair into sections, then apply sulphate free conditioner and detangle your hair using your preferred method. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the conditioner in for 15 to 20 minutes. After this time has elapsed, rinse out your hair.
Step 4 – Clay Rinse
The next step is the clay rinse. If you’ve gotten this far then you’re almost done. Upon completion of this step, you should feel and see a greater definition in your curls. Also, depending on your hair’s length, you may be able to get several uses out of the mixture. The recipe is as follows:
• 1 cup bentonite clay
• 1 tbsp. raw honey
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1½ cup warm water
• Shower cap
Mix the above mentioned ingredients and apply to your hair in sections. Try to make the sections thin to enable a more even distribution. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Gently rinse out of your hair.
Step 5 – Botanical Leave-in & Curl Definer
After thoroughly rinsing out the clay from your hair, apply the leave in conditioner. Please note that for this step your hair should be soaking wet. Ensure that the leave in conditioner is applied from root to tip. If sections of your hair begin to dry whilst you are applying the leave in conditioner then re wet your hair. After applying the leave in conditioner, apply a botanical curl defining gel to further enhance your curls.
After you have completed the above steps, repeat steps 2 to 5 daily for seven consecutive days. After completing the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment for the first time on the Max Hydration Method, you should only do the baking soda/apple cider rinse after.