There are quite a few options when it comes to using a natural hair care methods to guide your hair regimen. Up until recently most hair care products were geared towards hair that is not afro textured. With that, some amazing pioneers in the natural hair community came up with methods to help other natural haired women navigate their afro textured hair. These methods have helped countless women find hair regimens that allow their hair thrive. Having just big chopped I am fortunate enough to have a selection of natural hair care methods to choose from. There is the Curly Girl Method, the Max Hydration Method, the Tightly Coily Method, the Anthony Dickey Method, and probably more that I haven’t come across yet. After researching all of these different methods, I created a natural hair regimen for my TWA (teeny weeny afro). Here’s how I got there:
The Two Most Popular Methods.
The Curly Girl Method
The creator of this method realizing that dryness is the main culprit for natural hair woes recommends that you remove all ingredients from your hair regimen that cause dryness in natural or afro-textured hair. Dryness leads to frizzy, brittle, breakage-prone hair that is difficult to work with. This method requires you to abandon hair care products that contain sulfates and drying alcohols. Sulfates are in hair products like shampoos. They effectively remove all product buildup, dirt and oils from the hair. The problem is that afro textured hair tends to be to dry and the regular use of sulfates is too drying for our hair. Because of this, the curly girl method recommends removing shampoos completely. And instead, use conditioner only to cleanse AND condition the hair. This is called conditioner washing or cowashing.
Without sulfates in your hair routine, it’s recommended to remove a few other ingredients that can’t be washed away easily. That means while on the Curly Girl Method: no silicones, no mineral oil, no petroleum and no parabens. Ingredients like silicones and mineral oil certainly have their place on the ingredient lists of hair products. But without sulfates in your regimen to remove them, they cause product buildup and eventually lead to dryness. [More details on the Curly Girl Method Here and Here]
The Max Hydration Method
The Max Hydration Method (MHM) is another method that many naturals ascribe to, especially women with low porosity type 4c hair. This method is a very specific and detailed hair regimen that promises its users maximum hydration with well defined coils from root to tip. This method starts with a Cherry Lola Treatment to prepare your hair for the method. After doing the Cherry Lola Treatment once, then every day for the next seven days, you are to follow their specific hair regimen. It calls for clarifying, Co-washing (or overnight DC), a Bentonite Clay Mask, Leave-in Conditioner and Gel to style the hair into a