Here's one of the things that isn't really clear to me -- technically this is day 2 of the regimen, but because I didn't complete the clay rinse, leave-in, and styling with gel last night, today is still day 1. Either way it goes, it's a new day, and I've got some new thoughts. But before I jump into the second half of my experiences, let me share with you the 3 mains reasons I've even hopped on the Max Hydration Method Challange:
1. I fully believe in investigative bloggerism. I don't like to sit up on some social media perch and just throw information at ya'll. It has been my intention since I first wrote the article on the method, to actually try it and develop an informed opinion on the process and results. This is exactly what I'm doing.
2. I live in LA -- I've got dry air, hard water, and pollution (and traffic lol) working against me. The amount of clarifying and detoxifying involved could potentially stand to greatly improve the overall health of my hair.
3. I've got problem areas. My crown, and the front/center section of my hair are notoriously difficult and frizzy. I also have really dry ends. If the Max Hydration Method could help rectify those, I would be eternally grateful.
Without further delay, onward with my continued thoughts about the other side of the process:
1. Clay is sprinkled from the heavens above.
|Doesn't look like much right now, but baaaaaby....|
|Freshly rinsed, product-free hair. Yassssss!|
|My product-free hair looks like it has product in it. Nice.|
Maybe it's because I recently henna'd (although my henna mixes have been less effective in the past few months), or because baking soda really works, or the clay is even more amazing, or because my hair and scalp had been covered so many times in various liquids, or any combination thereof. But somewhere between that baking soda rinse and clay, my scalp is the clearest it has been....like ever. Let me find out the Max Hydration Method also doubles as the Max Psoriasis Treatment Method....lol. I'll keep ya'll posted on this one. But see for yourselves!
|Up close and personal with my scalp....|
Now that I'm on the "done" side of 1 day of the method, I can honestly say there is no way in hell I'm baking soda, claying, cowashing/deep conditioning and styling my hair every day. Absolutely not. The detailed regimen states that you can go up to 3 days without restyling, and I will be exercising that option (for the time being). But those three days only count as 1 day (insert confused face here). In the method's guidelines, the wash and go is touted as being a protective style because the gel clumps the curls together, preventing tangles and knots, and because of the gel cast left behind. I am inclined to agree, with one additional fact -- with the right gel, you can leave this style alone for 3 days (maybe more, but they don't recommend it), and have hair that is protected and low-manipulation.
4. Blessed, blessed Tresemme Naturals.
|This isn't the "Max Hydration Method Approved" Tresemme...but I'll be just fine.|
5. This s#!t better work. Wait, is it working? Oh s#!t, it's working.
I went from exasperated with the infinite number of steps to completely floored in under 24 hours. As I sit here typing this, my hair is completely dry -- but it looks just like it did when it was wet. Normally my hair does a 180 on me when it's all dry -- especially in those janky areas. Pinke Cube and Miss Dee Kay might be on to something here. Just ask my sister @anikkibrown -- I kept raving about my hair and looking in the mirror as we rode around town this morning/afternoon. I was genuinely shocked at how smooth my ends are. How frizz-free and clumped my curls are, even after whipping around in the wind (windows down). I am in complete shock and awe.
|This hair is COMPLETELY. DRY.|
So far, I'm impressed. I'm convinced that for me at least, the keys are the baking soda and clay steps. I'll be rocking this wash and go until Sunday or Monday, then starting all over! For those that are curious, this wash and go is with the Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner as a leave-in (partially rinsed out), sealed with coconut oil, and styled with the new reformulated Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker.
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