- Shingle Method
- No Towel Drying
- The Comb And Pray Method
- Curly Girl Method
- Maximum Hydration Method
- The Water Only Washing Method
This method can be used by all curlies but the results it has delivered for type 4c have been phenomenal. If nothing else works this seems to be one of the greatest things for those of us with kinks that make us wonder if they left us off the hair typing system. The MHM was created by PinkCube and staunchly defended and promoted by MsDeeKay. It is based on the rationale that well-moisturized hair holds curls better and for longer periods. It is basically a regimen that you do consistently every day for a specified time.
Similar to the CG method, you use curly girl products; no silicones, sulfates or parabens. The series of steps you choose to do would be dependent on the porosity level of your hair.
This decides whether you need to use baking soda to help you open the cuticles. At the end of the specified time, you would have seen visual evidence that your hair is more moisturized. In order to prepare for this you must ensure you have:
The first step is stripping the hair with the ACV rinse. Next, you use the Bentonite Clay to help cleanse and moisturize by filling in gaps in the cuticle layer and adding some weight to the hair to make the curls elongate.
The sulfate-free conditioner comes next to help moisturize while you detangle. All this is raked through the hair a step at a time and after the rinse, you finish off styling with a Leave-in conditioner and a gel. This is done daily ( yes it is a little time consuming) but the results are awesome.
Next on the list comes the water only method for cleansing your hair. I have always wondered what people did for hair care before the first shampoo and conditioner was made. Water only washing seems the closest thing to what they did; it’s seriously back to basics. It’s also curly girl friendly because as with the CG and MHM, you would have to eliminate sulfates and silicones so there will be no need for shampoo and co-wash.
So basically the principle behind this method is that water is the ultimate moisturizer and cleanser. No build up is created from piling on styling products and so surfactants don’t dry out your scalp and mess with the natural oils it produces. This sebum-rich environment is ideal as you would then help the sebum down the length of the hair by smoothing it down with your hands.
I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of this method. It takes a few months so if you are looking for a quick fix, this isn’t it, but from what I have observed, with this method the hair takes on a life of its own. The curls pop more in the areas where you smooth down the sebum on the hair shaft, and since water is used every day, the hair is moisturized, bouncy and healthy looking.
From observation, it is no secret that maintaining that ideal curly look is easier for some than it is for others. If you are in that group that has found it more challenging to maintain the pattern, perhaps an adjustment in your regimen will do the trick.
What about you? Are there any specific ways you maintain your curl pattern? Comment below!
Updated by Marsha Buchannan