This is a follow-up to an earlier article on the breakdown of the Max Hydration Method. 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 modified max hydration method that worked best for my hair and scalp and I have been using that since January with great results.
For those interested in hair types, I have a mix of 3C (mostly in the front), 4A (crown area) and 4B (in the back) hair.
Modified Max Hydration Method
Modified Max Hydration Method Step 1
I eliminated baking soda completely from the regimen. It was causing aggravated itching and was quite unpleasant.
3 tablespoons of Castile soap and 5 tablespoons of tea tree and eucalyptus conditioner mixed with 4 – 8 oz of warm rose-water.
A good shake of the applicator bottle 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.
Modified Max Hydration Method Step 2
Modified Max Hydration Method Step 3
After rinsing out the conditioner, I apply my clay mixture. I use two types of clay – Moroccanoil Clay and Now Foods Solutions Bentonite Clay.
I mix 2 tablespoons of Moroccanoil clay with every ½ cup of Now Foods Solutions Bentonite Clay.
When I tried to use the clays separately, the Moroccanoil clay worked too much and dried out my hair while the Now Foods Solutions bentonite clay made my hair tangle but together, the effects were outstanding.
Another brand of bentonite clay I love is Aztec Indian Healing Secret but unfortunately, it seems to always be sold out.
Modified Max Hydration Method Step 4
Kinky Curly Knot Today is a winner here. I dilute it with rose-water and spray it on my hair until all my strands are saturated.
Modified Max Hydration Method Step 5
I give my head a good shake in the shower to get rid of excess water, seal with one of my favourite oils and I’m good to go. Here’s a video of my Max Hydration Curl Shake.
I shorten the time spent on the max hydration method by doing Step 1 & 2 in the evening and leaving it in overnight then completing the rest in the morning.
I never spend more than 10 – 15 mins on each step with the clay step lasting the longest as I keep this on for about 30 – 45 mins.
- Best 5 Sealing Oils for the Max Hydration Method
- 6 Best Hair Gels for the Max Hydration Method
- The Best Bentonite Clay for the Max Hydration Method
Sometimes, I go up to step 3 in the evening and leave the clay in overnight. This usually leads to super defined curls but I hate sleeping with clay on my head. I felt it may also cause dryness in the long-term.
Shortened Max Hydration Method
When I’m really busy and just don’t have time for the full regimen, I do one of the modified regimens I’ve seen on YouTube:
- Rinse my hair then apply the clay wash. I leave this on for 45 mins – 1 hour.
- After rinsing out the clay, I apply diluted deep conditioner and sit under my hair steamer for 30 mins.
- Afterwards, I apply my leave-in conditioner and seal with oil.
The above takes about 2 hours and I never do it more than once a week but it works for when I’m in a hurry.
As I’ve said previously, I love the results of this method on my hair and will continue to practice it. What are your results with the max hydration method? Did you modify anything? Do you have problems with any of the steps?