What Is The Maximum Hydration Method?

You’d have to have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard about the Max Hydration Method (MHM). It’s popularity among naturals has grown over the last few years. MHM is particularly useful for low porosity hair that doesn’t retain much moisture – that’s you Kinky and Coily naturals. So if you want your hair to be moisturized and much healthier, the Max Hydration Method may be for you.

This is a 5 step method that has to be done everyday for SEVEN days straight. You can alter it if needed but it’s recommended to stick it out for 7 days. For those new to MHM, on day one use the Cherry Lola Treatment (CLT) which requires a lot of different products mixed up together.

For more experienced MHM’s you can do a simple protein treatment. PLEASE NOTE! If your hair is protein sensitive please do not use.

Protein Treatment Recipe

6 oz. of full-fat, plain yogurt
2 tbsp of baking soda*
2 tbsp liquid aminos (found in soy sauce aisle of health food store)

*Baking soda is known to have a straightening effect on the hair and could loosen your curl pattern temporarily. Please be careful or use a very small amount if you’re worried about this.

Apply mixture to your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes under a plastic cap and rinse. For the remaining days do steps 1-5. The CLT should not be done more than every two weeks.

Step 1


Section hair into 4 sections (makes hair easier to manage) and clarify your hair with a mixture of 1-3 tablespoons of baking soda, water and 1 to 3.5 oz. of silicon-free, natural conditioner WITH slip! You can also use a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and water.

Apply root to tip and make sure your hair is saturated. Leave on your hair for 15 minutes then rinse out with warm water. This cleans your hair without stripping.

Step 2


Warm the silicon-free, moisturizing conditioner in the microwave for 10 seconds. (Do not put the bottle in the microwave. Put it in a microwave-safe container!)

Apply to wet hair in sections and let sit under a plastic cap for 15-20 minutes.


You can also apply room-temp conditioner, wear a plastic cap, wrap up your hair in a silk scarf and sleep with conditioner overnight.I personally like leaving conditioners in over night because I get better results in the morning. Solely up to you.

Then, rinse out. Detangle in the shower while rinsing (preferably with your fingers).

Step 3


BUY A CLAY MIX! Make sure the water is warm or your clay won’t dissolve! Apply to wet hair in sections and, very carefully, with a towel handy (because it’s very messy). Be sure to lift up sections of your hair and distribute clay from root to tip. The clay is detoxifying your hair and preparing it to absorb and retain moisture.

Rinse hair and make sure hair is CLAY FREE!

Step 4


While your hair is soaking wet apply a silicon-free conditioner one section at a time. If you are doing a wash and go, rinse your hair for a quick second (literally) under the shower after applying.

Step 5


Immediately apply a botanical gel on soaking wet hair. NOT ECOSTYLER. I use Goddess Curls (by Curls) or you can also use flaxseed gel. The wetter your hair is when applying, the better the product will dissolve and not leave that residue. I would NOT recommend waiting until you are out of the shower. Apply the gel IMMEDIATELY.

You can shingle it through small sections if you want for extreme definition, but I just apply generously by raking through each section one or two time. If you are a LCO or LOC guru and you want to continue to seal in moisture go for it. Choose an oil that your hair loves and apply.

If you are in a rush dry with a t-shirt, if not let your hair air dry. If wash and go’s are not your thing add a twist out set.

I have tried this personally, not because my hair doesn’t retain moisture very well but I do it to keep my curls hair moisturized. My best friend has tried it and she has kinky textured hair and it worked very well so I’M A BELIEVER! What’s been your experience?

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