Do the steps in the exact order, and do not skip any step, or it will not be as effective. Do not use any drying products. For the first week, these steps must be completed everyday.
The DIY treatment is only done on day 1 of the 7 day challenge. It is also optional. After the 7 days are up After the 7 days are up, the DIY can be done as often as every 2 weeks, even only a few times a year or how ever many times you feel(not any more frequently than every 2 weeks). The Cherry Lola Treatment replaces the clarify step on Days you do it. It is not in addition to that step.
As for the regimen, you want to do your hair at least every 3 days. Never ever go past 5 days, and do not attempt to stretch to 5 days until you have 70% max hydration all over your head. The way this regimen works is by the number of times you complete the full regimen. So if you do your hair, wear the style for 3 days and then repeat the regimen, that was one days completion of the regimen, not 3 days.
Also note, not all your strands will reach max hydration at the same time, but they will all get there. Different levels of hydration in strands take different amounts of time to bring up. I have some strands that have had total max hydration since april, and the kinkier strands just reached max hydration a few weeks ago. This is not limited to curl pattern, you can have some 4c strands that reach max hydration faster than others.
The 5 step MHM Regimen:
Option 1: Baking soda rinse. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda into thick 1-2.5 oz
conditioner. Add 4-8 oz of water. Shake. Apply to hair in sections and let sit on the hair for 15-60 minutes. If being done on product free hair, or you feel the rinse is stripping, lower bakingsoda measurement to 1-2 teaspoons.
This step is ideal for low porosity hair, since it lifts the cuticle as well.
Option 1.2: Alternate Baking soda rinse
- 2 tablespoons bakingsoda
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 6-10 oz of water
Option 2: Apple cider vinegar rinse. You do a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water in an 8oz applicator bottle. Apply to hair in sections from tips to the root, and on scalp. Let it sit in the hair for 15- 60 mins before rinsing. Note you can choose to only do the acv for 15 mintues, like the BS, but the longer you can leave it the better.
Option 3: Alternating between both rinses. You can opt to do either rinse every other day/night/week. It’s up to you to experiment with how often you would like to alternate.
Option 1: Apply conditioner to your hair in sections, and deep condition overnight by covering your hair in a shower cap or thermal heating cap. This will be 1-2 oz of conditioner and 4-8 oz of water into an applicator bottle.Get a feel for the consistency you want from watering it down. In the morning you rinse it out and it will function as your cowash.
You can tuck roll and bun(or bobby pin) sections to keep from creating tangles during the night. This not a necessity for those who have a TWA.
On days you know you will not be able to complete all the steps in full for whatever reason, simply stop here. Keep the shower cap on underneath your wig cap, beanie, r headscarf until you can complete the rest of the steps. This will prevent you from having any setbacks. It doesn’t count as a full day though until you complete the rest of the steps.
Option 2: Apply conditioner, put on a shower cap, and Steam. Steam for 15-20 mins under a steamer, hooded dryer and rinse it out.This will function as your cowash.Use 1.5-2 oz of conditioner and 4-6 oz of water into an applicator bottle.
Option 3: Apply warm conditioner in your hair in sections.Let it sit for 10-15 minutes under shower cap, and rinse it out. This will function as your cowash. if you are doing this step, first pour 1.5-2 oz of conditioner into an applicator bottle. Then pour in 4-6 oz of warm/hot water and shake.
Finger Detangle: No matter what option above you choose,you finger detangle before and/or during your cowash under the warm shower. Section your hair before going in with shower clips. Focus on removing shed hairs, smoothing, raking, and separating tangles each section, from the root of your hair to the tip.
With all options, leave the rinse on the hair for at least 15 minutes before rinsing, and remember to evenly distribute in sections, from the tips to the roots, and get it on your scalp as well. You want to make sure your hair is visibly coated and weighed down with the clay. It needs to look something like this.
If it doesn’t you are not doing this step correctly, the clay is not evenly distributed, and your hair may actually feel dry.
When applying clay mixture, try to separate your coils, don’t try to smooth your hair into one big slick slab. Apply the mask in thin layers of hair starting at the nape from your scalp/roots to the ends of your hair. You do not need to be scooping the clay, squeeze it directly onto your hair and work it in, as per the video.
Let sit in hair for at least 15 minutes, there’s nothing wrong with leaving it on much longer, either. Rinse out the clay. This is the part of the method where you will be checking for signs of max hydration. Your hair is now going to be completely clean of any left over product residue, and you will be able to check your progress on your product free hair. Coils will be felt at the scalp first while washing your hair. /you will then start to clump and curling at the very tips of the hair, and slowly progress up to the root, which is when you can claim max hydration. Other visible signs include shakeable hair even when hair is completely dry after having completed all the steps. This is the added weight of moisture retention. If you’re doing this regimen and transitioning, just check your new growth for signs.
Option 1: Clay rinse
This rinse can be done using any pure clay powder, like Bentonite Clay, Rhassoul clay, red clay, zeolite clay, european clay, French Green Sea clay and more. Using a funnel or folded paper when needed, you can pour each ingredient one at a time into a large empty 32 shampoo/conditioner/soap bottle, shake afterward to mix the ingredients. after you use it, then store for the next day. If the clay dries up, just and more water as needed and shake.
- 1 cup pure clay powder
- 2-3 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
If the consistency is to thick, just add more water until you get a thick but still liquidy consistency. It shouldn’t be so thick that its cakey and solid.
Option 2: Ready made clay rinse
–like terresentials. Make sure you look at the ingredients in what ever clay rinse you get, to make sure it’s MHM approved.They put more than just clay in these rinses– So watch out for No-No ingredients, like glycerin. Also, many ppl find clay rinses that include aloe vera juice to be more stripping. This is because aloe vera is an astringent. You also want to steer clear of aloe in conditioners, in gels it should be okay though since it will form a cast and seal in moisture once you have applied enough. The higher the aloe is on the list, the less hold the gel will probably have, so if it’s the first ingredient or only holding agent in a gel, keep that in mind.
This will be 1-2 oz of conditioner and 5-8 oz of water into an applicator bottle. Get a feel for the consistency you want. You may like it more watery, or more thick.
Apply thoroughly in the section by smoothing, pinching, and raking. apply enough so your hair feels wet. You want to concentrate it at the root first and work it in, then bring it down the rest of the hair shaft. The wetter and more slippery your hair feels, the softer your gel will dry, so keep that in mind.
You can also wet you hair right after you rinse out the clay step, apply the watered down leave in all over your head first, focusing on the roots and working it down the hair in the same smoothing and raking motions. Then wet your hair again, shake and section with clips. Then you can rewet or add more watered conditioner if the area is not wet enough. From then Steps 4 and 5 must be completed section by section, as you go along.
Option 1: Application of gel– you should be putting enough so your hair feels slippery along
the shaft, that way you know it’s evenly and thoroughly distributed on the hair, and is properly
sealing in the moisture before the gel cast forms. Apply the gel from the concentrating at the roots of the hair first, working it in. Then bring the product from the roots of your hair to the
tips, making sure to smooth and thoroughly rake with your fingers. Otherwise your hair may
clump into sections that are too big and frizz.
Option 2: use a small amount of oil (or however much you feel you need) for extra sealing
before or after gel if you find you need it, for soft hold. It isn’t entirely necessary because you
can control the softness of your gel cast by the amount of conditioner you apply in your leave in
Layering options can be LCO (Liquid, Conditioner, Oil), but Never do the LOC layering order. Oil is not a
moisturizer, its a sealant. you wouldn’t put gel on before conditioner, so don’t practice that with
Option 3 *new* : you can use a water based cream styler in alternative to gel. Updated list here