If you are a healthy hair enthusiast (or fanatic like me), you probably heard about the maximum hydration method.
Is it one of those hair trends that may come and go? Last year, the inversion method was all the rage. I couldn’t get myself to do it. Hanging upside down for a while everyday was not for me.
Several bloggers and vloggers have tried the maximum hydration method. Some bloggers in Nigeria, including Those Natural African Curls, Nappily Nigerian Girl and The Kink & I, have written about it. Most of the people who tried MHM are natural. I haven’t come across any relaxed/texlaxed haired person try it. Abbi from Below The Waist mentioned she may try it after further research. If you have heard of any relaxed head that has tried it, please leave a comment below.
Here’s a youtube playlist from Miss DeeKay, the creator of MHM, describing the various steps of the method.
The method piqued my interest because I could use something to increase and sustain moisture in my hair. The weather is changing here in Nigeria as we are entering the dry season. (Although, it’s still rains in Lagos from time to time. I’m so confused by this weather.) However, there are a few things about the method that are giving me some hesitation.
Using Baking Soda as a cleanser
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is used for many things. For example, it’s used as a fire extinguisher, toothpaste, and it can be used as a leavening agent in baking. In the haircare community, it is primarily used as a cleanser. Baking soda has a high pH. pH is a measure of how acidic or alkaline something is. If a substance has a pH that is less than 7, it is acidic. If the pH is greater than 7, it is alkaline. For example, pineapples have a pH of about 3.20 – 4.00 of and bleach has a pH of 12.6. Water has a pH of 7 and it is neutral (neither acidic or alkaline). The pH of baking soda in solution is about 9. It won’t relax your hair but it may open the cuticle slightly.
Baking soda is also abrasive. In fact it can be used to clean pots and as a natural toothpaste. I’m not sure if this abrasive quality will also affect the cuticle layer. JC of Natural Haven conducted an experiment to assess the cleaning properties of baking soda for hair. She observed that baking soda did not clean the hair very well. The purpose of using the baking soda is the clean the hair of all build-up.
One can use ACV as a substitute for baking soda but it also does not clean as well.
Too many obscure ingredients.
Looking at the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment, you can see quite a long list of items. I live in Nigeria and I sincerely doubt I will find liquid aminos. If I am able to find everything, I’m sure it will cost a pretty kobo. Simi at TNAC was able to find some substitutes here in Nigeria. There is also a modified version of the caramel treatment.
7 days of wet hair
I don’t know how my hair will respond to being damp for so long. The constant re-wetting of my hair may cause hygral fatigue. What if I reach “maximum hydration” before the end of the week? Will I get moisture overload?
Wash n’ go’s = NO
I really can’t do a wash n’ go. My hair air dries in an odd way. I have many different textures and a wash n’ go would be quite “challenging”. My hair also doesn’t respond very well to gel.
I’m still on the fence about the method but I’m leaning towards no. Hope you didn’t mind my mini-chemistry lesson. 🙂