Why is clumping important?
Putting aside the aesthetic appeal of visible curls, clumping serves a very important purpose. It keeps your hair separated and organized which cuts down on tangles and breakage usually associated with wearing frequent wash and gos or shrunken hair.
Further because many of your curls will be curling in the same direction it increases moisture retention and shine the former of which is a huge benefit to kinky* hair which tends to dry out faster than other hair types. More clumping means more moisture retention which ultimately means softer hair!
Curl uniformity aka clumping will only come about when your individual strands are full of water.
What is does the regimen consist of?
Ultimately the MHM is a hybrid curly girl method with the added use of clays, particularly Bentonite Clay*, and other natural treatments like The Cherry Lola Treatment and The Caramel Treatment. And yes, the regimen consists mainly of wearing your hair in wash and gos sealed with a botanical gel. Oils have a very low emphasis in this regimen.
This is clearly a world away from your more common natural hair regimens that include washing, DCing and sealing using the LOC method. Basically you will be going from a regimen where oil is king to one where gel is king. It is worth emphasizing here that the focus is on natural botanical gels that do not harm the hair rather than your run of the mill cheap gels.
The regimen can be a touch labor intensive in the beginning as you try to achieve ‘maximum hydration’ and this is especially true for those coming from regimens where silicones and combs are used. Yes you will have to give up both to really get this method to work. Combs break your curls apart increasing the frizz factor so for those with naturally kinky* hair that does not clump easily, combing is a big no no. The workload reduces significantly once you are at max hydration however.
A first timer would start off with a combination of the Cherry Lola Treatment and The Caramel Treatment as below:
Greek yogurt (2 cups)
Baking soda (2 tbsp)
Organic apple cider vinegar* (2 tbsp)
Braggs aminos (2 tbsp)
Raw honey* (1/2 tbsp)
Unsulfured molasses (1 tbsp)
Half an over ripe plantain or banana
Avocado (3/4 tbsp)
1 egg (optional)
Blend all ingredients together into a smooth paste and saturate your dry detangled hair with it and allow the mixture to sit in your hair for 1.5 to 2 hours then rinse. Proceed to cowash* with a curly girl friendly conditioner leaving some of it in to serve as a leave in conditioner* then proceed to style your wash and go by sealing your hair with a botanical gel.
This treatment will really open up the cuticles of low porosity hair types allowing for maximum absorption of your conditioner and styling products and allowing you to begin to see some better curl definition.
Bear in mind that the above would be what you would do the very first time you start the regimen. From then on, your normal regimen would consist of the following 5 steps:
Originally posted 2014-07-20 15:00:46.