About the Max Hydration Method (Briefly)
I became re-interested in doing the max hydration method (MHM) when a LongHairCareForum.com member advised me that for her, the MHM makes her hair more resistant to tangling and knots. Sounds good to me! 😀
The max hydration method is a series of hair care steps designed to allow the hair to reach maximum hydration and exhibit all the related benefits (increased curl definition, increased hair health, less tangling, less breakage, etc., etc.).
The amount of information available about the MHM is substantial. Here are my favorite two informational resources about MHM that are pretty quick reads/views:
- Details about the MHM are highlighted at time stamp 2:13:00 and after:
My MHM-inspired Jakeala Haul
With the goal of finding products to make the MHM go faster/easier, I headed off to Etsy.com. There, I noticed that the Jakeala shop sells a rhassoul clay mask/cowash and an apple cider vinegar shampoo . . . two items useful for the MHM.
I also noticed that the Jakeala shop sells a protein-infusing beer conditioner. That REALLY piqued my interest, as I have naturally highly porous hair and protein is thus great for it.
Finally, I noticed that the gel sold at the Jakeala shop is different and has good reviews.
That sealed the deal for me! I pulled the trigger and ordered the four products pictured at the beginning of this post.
My Review of the Jakeala Products I Ordered
The Jakeala Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
I twisted my hair into 10 twists and at the bathroom sink shampooed each twist, one by one, with the Jakeala Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo. I got the shampoo in the teatree oil scent, and I really enjoyed the scent. 🙂
At first I thought the shampoo was too stripping. But as I continued to untwist each washed section to apply the NEXT Jakeala product I used, the rest of my twists didn’t seem as stripped as the first few did. Hmm . . . 🙂 I’ll have to trial this shampoo again.
The Jakeala Beer Conditioner
As I had anticipated, my hair loved this stuff. Super balancing! My hair felt very strong yet very moisturized. NOT ONE of my twists had puffy ends. That never happens! I took that as an awesome sign.
The Jakeala Honey Hair Thang Rhassoul Clay Mask/Cowash
I really love the ingredients in this thing, and it was SO MUCH LESS MESSY than other clay treatment/washes I’ve used before. SO MUCH. My hair felt INCREDIBLE after deep conditioning with this.
The Jakeala Gel
I had this gel in two scents: Sweet Potato Pie and Ocean Air. The former was INCREDIBLY strong and unusable. I used the latter, and it didn’t seem to do anything for my hair.
Reflections: My Hair Was . . . Better 🙂
- I’ll of course need to trial these products more, but as of now I’m in loooooooooove! The first three products were wonderful. Using them, my hair was different: My hair was better.
- My hair missed having DevaCurl Decadence One Condition in my regimen. For some reason, it is the only thing so far that defines my curls.
- I am going to continue trying the MHM with these products so that I can see how they perform long term. I am eyeing a Jakeala clay conditioner bar and a Jakeala clay+ACV mask that might make enable me to make the MHM even MORE concise! Good deal!
I plan to try the following for next wash day:
- Skip the ACV shampoo (please see MHM resources for the reason).
- Condition and detangle with the Beer Conditioner.
- Cowash / deep condition with the Honey Hair Thang clay-containing mask.
- Using the shower steam, steam in DevaCurl Decadence One Condition (for curl definition, especially).
- Seal hair sections with a mixture of Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie + DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel.
- Style hair! 😀