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The Maximum Hydration Method for 4C Hair

By January 27th, 2021One Comment
The Maximum Hydration Method for 4C Hair

by Curly Penny

The maximum hydration method was introduced by Pinke Cube, an active member of Black Hair Media, and blogger MsDeeKay has been a strong advocate of the method. It is a regimen that is mostly directed to naturals with low porosity, 4C hair to achieve intense maximum moisture. This regimen must be done every day for one week because the goal is to open up the hair cuticles so they can absorb a ton of moisture. After one week the regimen can be done every three days, but no longer stretches than that. Even if your 4C hair isn’t low porosity, give it a try! Other textures can use this method but with few adjustments. These steps must be done consecutively.

Step 1: Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment

For low porosity hair, the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment must be the first thing done. It prepares the hair for optimal moisture absorption by lifting and opening the hair cuticles. After the first time, it can be done once every two weeks, but no more than that. Doing this treatment every two weeks is not necessary, especially not for high porosity hair. In general, doing this treatment a few times a year is fine.

Step 2: Clarify

What you need
-Baking soda
-Empty spray/normal bottle

1. Mix ½ tbsp. of baking soda and 1/3 cup of conditioner into a bottle
2. Saturate hair in sections
3. Let sit in hair for 10-30 min
4. Rinse out

This step is best done the night before washing your hair and before the next step.

Step 3: Co-wash and Detangle

What you need
-Botanical conditioner
-Shower cap

The Maximum Hydration Method for 4C Hair

Step 4: Bentonite Clay Rinse

What you need
-1 cup bentonite clay (ideally recommended), 1 cup rhassoul clay or Terressentials can be used instead of bentonite clay
-1.5 cup apple cider vinegar (optional)
-1 tbsp. raw honey
-1 tbsp. olive oil
-1.5 cup warm water
-Shower cap


-Mix everything into a bowl
-Apply to hair in sections
-Let it sit for 15 min with a shower cap
-Rinse out

Step 5: Botanical Leave-In Conditioner
What you need
-Botanical leave in conditioner

-Apply thoroughly in sections
-Apply using any technique you’d like (raking, smoothing, etc.)

Step 6: Botanical Gel

What you need
-Botanical gel
-Oil (optional)

-Coat hair in gel using any styling technique

Step 7 (optional): Stretching

-Section hair and twirl/twist/roll/french roll and clip it into place
-Leave the clips in for about 30 min and then take out

Helpful Tips
-The easiest way to do this regimen is to clarify at night, right after clarifying deep condition overnight and rinse out the conditioner in the morning and continue with the next steps.
-Start this regimen on the weekend so you can get an idea on how much time it takes you to do this regimen for the upcoming week.
-If you have high porosity hair you may want to cut down on the amount of ingredients and the timing of each step.

Have you tried this method? What were your results?

CN Says:

I cannot, lol.  Can you?

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