Last week I did a post about retaining length with the Baggy Method. This week, I want to focus on the Green House Effect (GHE.) Though these two techniques are very similar, their goal of achieving longer hair is based on two different ideals.
I have tried the baggy method before, but not the GHE. Even though lots of people with natural hair claim great success with this method, something about sleeping with plastic on my head all night seems rather unappealing to me. However, the numbers of women attributing their hair growth to this method can’t be ignored. Check it out and see what you think.
The Green House Effect (GHE) – The ideal is to create a steam effect (GHE) on the scalp and hair. When combined with a stimulating oil mixture rubbed onto the scalp, the steam effect should help stimulate your follicles to produce at a faster pace than normal resulting in longer hair. The steam also helps moisturize your hair, preventing dryness and breakage.
The key to this method is the application of an oil mixture to the scalp. The mixture should ideally contain ingredients that stimulate blood flow to the scalp without containing butters or oils that are heavy enough to suffocate the scalp. The essential oils of rosemary, basil and peppermint are often used for their stimulating properties.
To Do The GHE:
- Apply a stimulating mix to your scalp and rub it in thoroughly, giving yourself a nice scalp massage. This gets blood flowing to your scalp and stimulates growth.
- Apply moisture to the ends of your hair using the oil or butter of your choice. Take this time to also prep your hair for bed by doing twist, braids, or ponytails.
- Wrap hair in layers of plastic. Saran wrap and plastic shower caps work best.
- Add a scarf or bonnet on top of the plastic. Add an additional wool layer like a hat or beenie on top of that, which will help trap even more heat. Remember, the more steam you trap in, the better.
- For sleep, you can remove the hat or beenie and sleep in just the plastic layers and scarf.
- In the morning, shower before removing the scarf and plastic layers. Leave hair alone for 10 minutes to dry. Style as usual.
What’s the difference between GHE and Baggying?
The main focus of GHE is the scalp. The aim is to achieve longer hair by stimulating the scalp to grow at an above normal rate. This is achieved by massaging a stimulating mixture onto the scalp and covering hair with plastic for long periods of time (like overnight.)
The aim of the Baggy method is to achieve longer hair by retaining moisture and length. This is done by focusing on the ends of your hair which are the oldest, most fragile, and most likely to break. To do this method, simply apply moisture to the ends of hair (optional) and cover for an hour or more.
I have to be honest, I’m a little skeptical of the whole GHE thing. I mean, doesn’t your scalp need to breathe? Isn’t it uncomfortable to sleep in plastic? Does adding oil to your scalp and covering it overnight clog your pores? I dunno, I’m obviously not seeing the light here. Have you tried GHE and did it work for you? Let us know your experience with it.
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