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As a frontline supporter of the Max Hydration Method--a method that omits shampoo, I know that it may be shocking to some that I have brought shampoo back into my regimen. No, I did not give up on the Max Hydration Method and no I am not just bouncing around to whatever seems to be the next thing in hair care. My decision was based on science and porosity.
1. Baking Soda and ACV don't actually clarify the hair
The first step of the max hydration method is either a baking soda or ACV rinse. The purpose of this rinse is to remove buildup and raise the cuticle layer of the hair to better receive the following deep conditioning treatment. There are two issues with this. One, baking soda and acv have been microscopically proven to NOT cleanse the hair. In an experiment on The Natural Haven Blog, JC used several cleansing methods on hairs that she had coated in oil. ACV and baking soda were found to be the worst of the bunch! On to the second issue, there are loads of other ways that you can work with low porosity hair to help it absorb moisture.
2. Bentonite Clay Isn't The Most Cleansing Either
Bentonite clay was found to remove a similar amount of oil to co-washing. Though that is much better than ACV and Baking Soda, knowing that the little bit of oil left would add up, I didn't want to rely on clay to be my main cleanser.
At the end of the day, there was nothing truly cleansing my hair using solely the methods in the Max Hydration Method. So...in with the shampoo! In your natural hair journey it is always important to pay attention to your hair.
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