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 (optional)

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
  • Conditioner
  • 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
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