Why I’m Not All the Way There Yet With the Maximum Hydration Method

 

maximum hydration methodI’m the cautious type and for that I make no apologies; it’s who I am and it will govern the decisions I make about almost everything in my life.

Call me a coward if you will but the way I see it is at least I’ll live to fight another day. This carries over to even my approach to hair care. You certainly won’t find me jumping to run the gamut of challenges that surfaces ever so often in the hair care forums.

With that said, I’m sure there are others like me who are curious about the Maximum Hydration Method, but haven’t gotten around to trying it yet.

I got as far as following the board where pinkcube explains everything, buying all the products needed to do it and I even pored over hours of YouTube tutorials. Some may call it procrastination but after giving some thought  to it myself, I have concluded that it’s more than that. It’s apprehension, reluctance, fear of the unknown.

What’s the Maximum Hydration Method?

The Maximum Hydration Method (MHM) is a fairly new concept in black hair care. It only gained traction in 2014. So in case you are just getting your feet wet on this natural hair journey and are clueless about the MHM, it is basically a five step process which looks a little like this:

  • Step 1 – Cleanse with ACV/ Baking Soda
  • Step 2 – Cowash and Detangle
  • Step 3 – Clay rinse
  • Step 4 – Botanical leave-in
  • Step 5 – Botanical gel

The steps are repeated weekly to attain maximum moisture in the hair strands so that hair can clump better, leading to more defined curls and also to cut down breakage due to dryness. Already it seems to have a huge following as several bloggers and YouTubers have been singing its praises. We love the results we see — regardless of the fact that the whole process to achieve the apparently phenomenal results — looks quite time consuming. To her credit though, Pinkcube has outlined variations of the regimen that you can try after sticking to the 7 day initiation period. 


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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Phoenix McGee

There is a new thing coming out every day seems like. More power to those who are willing to try it all; I’m over here fine with what I know works for me

Carmella McCoy

I found out about it in summer 2014 and I love it. Will probably try it in summer 2016.

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mrisha

There are so many Naturalists who are sharing info on what they think is good for all hair. For me, I never accept the premise that so many of the products are good for my natural hair. A lot of the info is so way out there. I read the info, then decide for me if I want to use certain items that “may” be good for my hair. I am not a follower, but for the most part, some of the info is too so far out there. I take the info as suggestions only.