Back to the Maximum Hydration Method


Hi,

So it’s been a while since I followed the MHM method after having the twists, weave, more twists etc. One thing I like about the method though is that it’s nice to have a fixed regimen, I know exactly what i’m going to do and how often I need to do it. Whether I do exactly what i’m supposed to do is another thing entirely.

One thing I noticed about MHM is, my curls are always more defined than before, no matter what I did to my hair in between. I used to think that combing the hair would reverse or slow down the clumping, which it probably does to an extent but I still see better results every cycle.

After taking down my twists.
After taking down my twists.
Before the clay step
Before the clay step

My current method/products, do differ slightly than before but it doesn’t seem to have changed my hair in a major fashion. My current method is:

  • Cherry Lola: Liquid aminos, conditioner or yoghurt, honey and olive oil. I do this for at least an hour.
  • If i’m not doing the Cherry Lola I use a mix of water, conditioner and baking soda (I find that this mix is nice and slippery for detangling) rinsing immediately after the section is detangled.
  • Bentonite clay mix: about half a cup of bentonite clay mixed with aloe vera gel, olive oil, honey and conditioner. I leave this on for about 30 mins.
  • Deep conditioner: This I leave on for another 30 mins or so, sometimes the bentonite can be a bit drying so I only use this to soften it back up again.
  • Warm water, olive oil and conditioner: This mix really defines my curls and allows me to separate the clumps to create more volume whilst preventing frizz. This is a new find that i’m sticking to.
  • Gel if I find it necessary. After using the mix above, I don’t need to use gel because it stays soft for a few days, but I find gel reduces the shrinkage so I do use it sometimes.
Second to last cycle
Second to last cycle
last cycle
last cycle

The difference isn’t really that much from cycle to cycle, mainly because I don’t follow it 100% and I also don’t always use recommended products, but what it you can’t see is how much smoother the hair gets each time, or that there are less tangles than before. Also I tried using my blow dryer on cool once or twice to reduce the shrinkage, I find my hair tangles if i don’t wash it under 3 days if it’s too shrunken, the blow dryer helps with this. I don’t have pictures of after the hair dries because I’m only vain when i’m washing my hair, afterwards I seem to forget that pictures are needed haha.

Simi

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Back to basics: small twists


Hey curlies (and non curlies )

Twists and its many variations are like the poster style for every type of natural girl. You’ve got mini twists,  rope twists, flat twists,  large twists,  small twists,  the strand twists etc.

I think that the reason they’re so popular is that  they can be really simple like large twists or really intricate like flat twisted styles
So they’re perfect for the beginner whos not so good at styling yet but also for the long term naturalista who has been there done that. Twisted styles can also be considered protective styles and can  keep your hair tucked away for a few  days or even up to a few weeks.

This week, after wondering what i could do to keep my hair out of the way, i decided to do some small twists. Now, i define ‘small twists ‘ as twists smaller than your average chunky twists, but definitely larger than mini twists, think about 15-50 twists.

I’m currently in a situation where i dont have access to my normal hair products so i didnt use anything special.  But sometimes I like to be simple and not overcomplicate what I’m  doing and the results are even more satisfying.

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After co-washing my hair with Elasta QP Intense conditioner,  i sprayed my hair lightly with a concentrated mix of aloe vera juice and water. Then, on the individual twisting sections,  i applied a bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and  twisted the section up into a tight two-strand twist and thats it! No fuss and no nonsense.

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I actually enjoy wearing my twists in, which is why I make them small and i’ve kept them in since then, except from a small section at the front that I untwisted. First I left it as a side fringe (or a bang for my American readers) but I got caught in the rain and had to pin it into some pompadour/quiff mix, you like?

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Simi

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The max hydration method: Is it for you?


I was casually looking at hair videos on YouTube, when I stumbled on something called the ‘Max Hydration Method’. It promised to show true curls in the kinkiest of 4c hair and I was intrigued by the proposed results of the method.

One example of mhm results
One example of mhm results

The whole ‘defined curls’ thing didn’t strike me at first, I was more focused on people talking about less single and multi strand knots. I suffer from these a lot because my hair likes to shed and wrap itself really tightly around other strands causing lengthy de-tangling sessions. It seemed to consist of a 5 step regimen every 3 days with a ‘Cherry Lola treatment’ every few weeks, or as needed.

Another pic for ya
Another pic for ya

So I decided to try it. Continue reading