This is a follow up to an earlier article – Does the Max Hydration Method Live Up to All the Hype? I initially heard about the max hydration method sometime last year but didn’t want to try it because it looked like too many steps for some curls.
At the time, this looked like the only advantage I would receive for all the work. However, I decided to give it a go in November and my hair is now very grateful for the decision.
Despite all the good things though, my hair and scalp didn’t really agree with everything in the method. Below are a few things my hair rebelled against:
- After 2 weeks of the regimen, my scalp began to itch with such intensity; I took a tail comb to it. Very bad idea but the itching was that bad. This was my scalp telling me the baking soda was throwing off its pH balance.
- There was a fair bit of unnecessary tangling between the clay and gel step. This was my hair telling me it didn’t like the clay I was using.
Eventually, I worked out a system that was best for my hair and scalp and I have been using that since January with great results. For those interested in that sort of thing, I have a mix of 3c (mostly in the front), 4a (crown area) & 4b (in the back) hair type.
My Modified System for Max Hydration Method
I eliminated baking soda completely from the regimen and replaced it with Desert Essence Castile Soap and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Conditioner. 3 spoons of Castile soap and 5 spoons of tea tree and eucalyptus conditioner mixed with 4 – 8 oz of warm rose water. A good shake and then I apply to my hair in sections, smoothening it through. I cover with a shower cap and wait 10 mins then rinse out.