- So what’s the maximum hydration method?
- Why is clumping important?
- What does the regimen consist of?
- The 5 Steps
- Does it really work for 4c hair types and will it work for you?
- Points of concern
- My own results
Do you love the look of wash n’ go curls on others but don’t think your own texture will allow you to pull it off? If straight styles were your go-to styles after going natural, I totally get it since I went through that phase too. It may seem counterintuitive to go natural and not enjoy your natural texture but straight hair was all I knew how to care for at the time and truth be told, I was loving the sudden thickness that my natural hair had given me along with the length of course.
As time went on though and I began to be more confident in natural styling, curly sets especially braid outs became my go-to styles with the occasional wash and go thrown in for good measure. You should know those weekly straightening sessions are not a good idea due to all the damage that could be sustained over time.
With that said, there is a method on how to achieve root to tip curl definition which essentially equates to wash and go hair for any hair type. And yes that includes 4c hair too. Intriguing right?
Now I remember the very first hair chart that was introduced by Andre Walker which interestingly did not include a 4c hair type, it was a grave oversight in my opinion but hey ho. At the time, the type 4 category was divided into 4a (visible curls when dry) and 4b (no visible curls when dry) but as time went on and various hair charts came into existence, our sistas who felt that they didn’t quite fit into either box introduced the 4c hair type.
If I’m being honest I don’t think everyone’s natural hair fits perfectly into the letter and number system seeing as our individual curls vary so widely. Not to mention that what each of us see is often subjective. Where I may see 3c, someone else will see 4a or even 4b! Still, people continue to feel the need to place themselves neatly into a box…but I digress.
I would like to start by saying that it’s kind of sad that so many of us have gone natural to enjoy our natural texture only to find that because our hair does not curl evenly, wearing that very texture results in a myriad of tangles, knots, and single strand knots. This has led to a lot of people being natural in name only and they constantly wear wigs, weaves, crochet braids, or anything else other than their natural texture.
Even though we still love our natural textures, we do have to accept its limitations so we find ourselves relying on styles like braid-outs or twist-outs to achieve a textured look with less tangling on the rare occasion when we wear our own hair out. Even more of us, myself included, are forced into having to wear our hair stretched 95% of the time. Enter the Maximum Hydration Method.
The Maximum Hydration Method is a unique regimen specifically formulated for those with low porosity kinky* hair. With this method, the idea is that ALL hair types including 4c hair has the ability to clump into neat coils, curls, or ringlets and the reason why many ladies do not achieve clumping is because their hair does not uptake, nor hold on to enough moisture to allow this to take place. In essence, frizz is a sign of low moisture in the hair strand.
Added to that is the fact that many of us, even as part of our healthy hair journeys are not using appropriate products or techniques for our hair. This method aids by removing these harmful products and replacing them with natural ingredients that allow your hair to be the best version of itself that it can be. The regimen will not change or ‘loosen’ your hair texture, but what it will do is allow you to wear your unadulterated natural curls perfectly clumped in wash and go’s which remain tangle and knot-free. And again yes, this also applies to those with 4c hair.
While the regimen was initially created for those with low porosity hair, with small adjustments those with medium to high porosity hair can also enjoy its benefits.