Though this thread was not intended to be about the HCM crooks, it is hard to avoid. I was a member for a few years until I could not take any more of their ways. While I did try the Maxxim products, I did it very rarely because of the absurd price. If you don't think they mark EVERYTHING up to the extreme, the 50 yard red liner tape you can get here for a few dollars cost FIFTY dollars at HCM. I also had lots of problems with hair from HCM, but I can't specifically say it was because of the Maxxim. The "quality" of the hair and construction of the units from HCM just continued to go down over the years. ALL my pieces from HCM soon literally fell apart. The base is not even sewn to the perimeter. Some cheap glue is used and in time it separates and the whole unit falls apart. The HD unit has the base SEWN to the perimeter. Also, with the HCM units, it was always totally "normal" to have lots of hair come out after every cleaning or even just combing. In the 4 months I have had my first HD unit, there have probably not been a dozen hairs come out of it, and I even sleep in it. The quality of construction of the HD unit compared to the HCM pieces is night and day, but HCM charges at least twice as much for their systems, plus force you into the yearly, super expensive, programs.
When I first started with HCM in 1994, it was not like that. Hair quality was great, longevity was good, and the service was wonderful. There were no yearly programs you were forced into. I had a certain person I always used. As time went on, however, and HCM started becoming little more than a scam, my stylist quit. She would not put up with what the company became. Thank goodness for HD. Until you have been involved with HCM, you cannot possibly appreciate HD.
So, all this is one way of saying I don't think you can really say that Maxxim products are good or bad. No matter how good a product is, if it is being used on a basically inferior system, then it is not going to work miracles. The HCM hair and quality is junk from the start, so I think THAT is the real problem more than the Maxxim.