Maximum Hydration Method: My Experience so Far

Hey beauts!

I had so many ideas for how to present this post to you. They excited me, these ideas. I was going to show you every day, with pictures, how my curls were evidently approaching maximum hydration. I was going to give you pictures to ooh and aah over of how day 1 hair was way different from day 5 hair.


There was no difference. I’ll let you have a quick look before I go off on a rant.


Day 1


Day 3


Day 7

There you go!

In case you missed it, there is a post on the Maximum hydration method (MHM) here.

How did I go about my MHM?

I began with the Cherry Lola Caramel treatment.


The best way I can describe my hair after this treatment is that it felt stripped of everything. The smell of the aminos was very overpowering in the mix. At a certain point during the treatment, I began to smell ammonia coming from my hair. Ugh.

Mistake Numer Uno:

Apparently, on day 1, after the Cherry Lola Caramel (CLC) treatment, the ACV or Baking Soda rinse should NOT be done. Somehow, I skipped this part of the instructions and after my CLC treatment, I did an ACV rinse. In hair science, what I ended up doing was opening up my hair cuticles with the CLC treatment in readiness for moisture and then closing it straight back up with the ACV rinse. Bad bad bad.

After the ACV rinse, which I kept on for about 30 minutes, I co-washed with Tresemme naturals nourishing moisture conditioner. This was my first time of using this conditioner and I have to say that I quite like it. Product review in the future? I then DC’d overnight with this conditioner as well.

Now, I have a feeling that perhaps I was wrong for DC-ing with just a conditioner and not a product created specifically for use as a deep conditioner? What do you guys think?

The DC option I opted for was the overnight option. So basically, I began each day of my MHM treatment at night, close to bed time.

Come morning, I would rinse out the deep conditioning treatment and then do a bentonite clay rinse for 15minutes. From day 1 – 5, I did the clay rinse for 15 minutes. On days 6 and 7, desperate for results, I did clay rinse for up to an hour.

After rinsing out the clay, I sprayed my damp hair with a mixture of Tresemme naturals nourishing conditioner and water. I then finished with ecostyler gel.

As explained in the MHM post done previously by AB, there are certain approved products for use in the MHM treatment. I admit, before commencing on this journey, I did not do an extensive homework. I made a number of assumptions, one of which was that Ecostyler gel was definitely on the list of acceptable gels. Afterall, most people swear by Ecostyler. But alas, I was wrong.

Another assumption I made was that by day 7, my hair was definitely going to look like the ‘after’ pictures I had been seeing around hair blogosphere. Wrong! I won’t even lie, it kinda hurt. Mainly because I religiously went about this treatment, excited for results.

Will I say this was a total waste of my time and resources?

No no no. Infact, I have made a decision to stick to the MHM treatment. Why? I got results that were not physical.

– My hair felt softer each day, without any products in it.

– I experienced very minimal or no breakage. By day 2, I stopped seeing loose curls lying all over the bath tub after my hair wash.

– My hair also felt stronger.

– My dry twist outs were super-defined, without any products. This was the result that amazed me the most. Unfortunately, I have no pictures because I am yet to learn how to wear a twist out so I end up destroying it after careful unravelling.

For these reasons, I would definitely recommend the MHM treatment. AB asked me a few days ago how keen I was on ‘finding my curl definition’. I believe my reply was something like “2 out of 10”. I am happy with the way my hair looks at the moment. I was just fascinated by the results this method produced for other women. I shall continue the MHM treatment and if anything changes, I will definitely report back to you and let you know how I may have altered the regimen.

This is is from me for now.

I hope the new week was off to a brilliant start.

Be good to your hair!

– Mee Mee



14 thoughts on “Maximum Hydration Method: My Experience so Far

  1. Aww, I was looking forward to some curls too. However, I think the benefits you got are pretty great either ways. P.S I almost always use my regular rinse out conditioner to deep condition and it works for me


  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with MHM, Mary. It isn’t abnormal not to have definition after the 7 days, some people get it faster, some take time. but you will notice other changes like you mentioned and I’m glad you pointed them out. For me before I got much definition I also noticed being able to get to my scalp easier, and also feeling coils at my scalp, almost like little bumps at the root of my hair where the coils were. Based on your pictures, it does seem like your hair responded more to the cherry lola. You might consider giving the bakingsoda rinse a try if you haven’t been experiencing results with the ACV. Based on the pictures, if your hair responded to the cherry lola better, then your hair might prefer the bakingsoda rinse, or you can alternate washes with the bakingsoda and ACV option.


  3. Hii,

    I just wanted to ask a question, when you detangle do you use a comb or brush? Or do you finger detangle? Because I noticed that when I comb detangled, my hair just got really frizzy (and i dont have time to be shingling and all that stuff). But when I only finger detangled, the curls came back out to play….maybe that could be an issue?




  4. Hi Mee mee,
    I have been doing MHM for 2 months now with great results. It took me a little while to get the hang of it and to perfect the regime for me. Try this on your next wash;

    Do the baking soda rinse for 15mins then DC for 15mins and apply Rhassoul clay mix overnight.
    Rinse and style with Leave-in and gel.

    tips : when applying the clay do it as if you were doing a relaxer, really work the product through out while gently pulling down the product along the length of the hair, section by section.

    Hope this helps 🙂


  5. Hi Meme, and thank you so much for your thoughtful review and for sharing your experience!
    I’ve tried a similar method with apple cherry caramel instead of cherry lola, including baking soda and overnight DC. Green tea curl glaze was my gel of choice.

    I’ve been following this regimen for almost 3 weeks now, making sure not to rinse the ACV prematurely. While I do notice very minimal breakage, and it really helped the detangling, I just can’t see any difference in texture. I can’t seem to get my hair to have any springy quality, and the frizz I am getting is really minimal. As a matter of fact I can’t seem to get any well-defined twirls….

    What am I doing wrong here? I attached some pictures of my hair before and after:

    Day 1:

    Day 19:

    Me before my natural hair days:

    Thank you so much!


    • Hey Emily!

      Thanks for reaching out. Your day 19 hair does look curlier than day 1 hair. Don’t you think that’s progress enough?

      You should definitely keep trying with this regimen. And if you don’t get the desired results, maybe you can consider a big chop to regrow and nurture your hair into the great vision you have for it.

      Work it, girl!


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  7. I just found liquid aminos on olori after searching round lagos..whew!
    I should start next weekend. I pray this work as my hair is superstar hard.


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