The Baggy Method vs The Green House Effect Method

baggy method vs green house effect

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the difference between the Baggy Method and the Green House Effect. While I can see the blurred lines between the two, there are definitely some differences in the two hair care methods so I figured an answer to the question would make for a good post!

Below you will find in the simplest of explanations the main goal of each of the two hair care methods along with how to do them.

The Baggy Method

baggy method Read the post this image was taken from here

Main Goal: Keep the hair well moisturized and conditioned to prevent breakage. Length Retention is the main goal.

How It’s Done: On clean dry hair that’s been placed in a ponytail, braid, twists or a bun, apply a conditioner (leave in or rinse out). Then, cover the ends of the hair with a plastic  baggie or plastic wrap. Some ladies  baggy on freshly washed hair and don a plastic cap or shower cap over their entire head. However, this method typically focuses on the ends of the hair.

The Green House Effect


Main Goal: Stimulate the scalp’s natural sebum using your body heat. Increasing the rate of hair growth is the main goal.

How It’s Done: On dry hair, apply a natural oil. Avoid putting anything on the scalp. Then, throw on a plastic cap, followed by a scarf and a satin bonnet or hat and sleep in it over night. In the morning when you remove all the various head coverings used to produce a sort of steaming method, you can opt to apply a styler which will seal in any moisture generated. Some ladies only leave their head covered for a few hours. Either way, the entire head must be covered.

As you can see, there are some similarities between the two hair treatments. The medium term goals are slightly different but the long term goal is the same – longer hair. For Baggy-ing, it’s length retention. For the Green House Effect, it’s acceleration of hair growth. The two methods work on opposite sections of the hair. Scalp vs. Ends but as I mentioned – at the end of the day, the long term goal is to achieve longer hair.

Regardless to if you use the Baggy Method or the Green House Effect in your hair care regimen, consistency is the key.

Have you tried the Baggy Method or The Green House Effect?
What were your results?

brown beauty gal

2014 Complete Natural Hair Care Regimen and Products

natural hair regimen

It’s been a heck  of a year. 2013 is on it’s way out and as the year comes to a close so does another season. Summer flew by and now it’s fall. Then, winter. With all of these seasonal changes, our hair’s needs change as well.

When I first began getting in touch with my natural hair about 4 years ago (I was natural for about 5 or 6 years prior and had no clue what to do other than flat iron), I purchased almost every product another natural said was good. I figured if it worked for them, it would work for  me. WRONG.

Fast forward to today and I get it. I really get it. What is it you wonder? My hair of course! I get what my hair likes, doesn’t like and most importantly what it needs. Specifically, moisture and protein. Both are important.

New Hair Regimen

While I get that hair can change over time, I’m pretty confident that my new and simplified regimen will remain the same. At least, for a while. You never know until your hair stops responding to certain products. That’s why I’ve simplified and am keeping it 99.9% natural with the products I use.  My hair loves all natural products.

Now, before I share the products let’s take a look at the new simplified regimen:


- Pre-poo and finger detangle with personalized mixture (I will share it in the near future).
- Co-wash hair (I’ve never felt the need to clarify so for now I won’t)
- Apply protein treatment followed by moisturizing deep conditioning treatment
- Apple cream rinse or diluted apple cider vinegar
- Seal and style (twists, braids or a wash ‘n go)


Only if necessary, I rinse my hair with water in the shower and then chase it with a small amount of Grapeseed oil to seal in the moisture. This includes a light finger detangling session.


- At night, employ the Greenhouse Effect method 5x a week. On the other nights, put hair in a bun and cover with a bonnet
-In the morning, seal in the moisture accumulated from doing the Greenhouse Effect throughout the night
- Apply a little moisture to ends of hair in the mornings I don’t use the GHE

In addition to these simple hair routines, I will continue to henna my hair as needed (aka when the grays pop up!). I will also dust my ends as needed (usually, it’s about twice a year). I don’t plan to get a professional trim for a couple of years. I want to reach my goal length (however, uneven) first. It doesn’t bother me much that my hair isn’t completely even since I wear it in it’s curly state most of the time.

Hair Care Products That Remain in My Regimen

As I mentioned, I was a PJ (product junky), purchasing everything under the sun looking for the magic product that would make my hair cook, clean and make money. Dang, that’s a husband. Wrong wish list.

Anyhow, now that I’m no longer a PJ (limited products makes my bank account happier), I’ve settled on a pretty short list of hair care products:

  • As I Am Coconut CoWash
  • Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner (in pre-poo)
  • Shea Moisture Anti-breakage Masque (protein treatment)
  • Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (for rinsing) or
    • Shikai Natural Everyday Conditioner (for rinsing, clumping  and after a henna treatment)
  • Aubrey Organics Green Tea Cream Rinse (for final rinse)
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (for twists, moisture and soft set wash ‘n go’s)
  • Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter (for twists)
  • Wonder Curl Get Set Hair Jelly (for firm set wash ‘n go’s)
  • Aloe Vera Gel (for twists & moisture)
  • Natural oils (for sealing & lubricating): Jojoba, Grape Seed, Pumpkin seed, Sweet Almond, Coconut, Avocado, Argan
  • Mango Butter (for sealing)
  • Henna

This list is extremely short compared to what I used to use. You’ll also notice that some of the products are for rotation and many from my previous hair care regimen are no longer with me. I just don’t need them.

This is it for me. Everything on this list is 100% natural except for the Bee Hold Butter, Shikai condish and Trader Joe’s condish. Each have a small amount of preservative (toward end of the ingredient list). I checked out these  ingredients over at the EWG Cosmetics Database and they are reported as being safe in small amounts.

Stay tuned for a future post where I’ll be sharing my new and improved pre-poo mixture. I’ve had to reformulate this puppy a few times to determine the most effective mixture. I need my pre-poo to detangle easily as well as contain ingredients that fortify my hair and scalp.

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brown beauty gal

Incorporating The Green House Effect “GHE” Into My Hair Regimen

Perusing through videos due to a serious bout of boredom a few weeks back, I discsovered the Real Queens Regimen YouTube Channel. This was before the boredom that led me to shaving the side of my head lol!

real queens regimen

On the channel, a lot is shared about using the Greenhouse Effect (“GHE) to grow your hair while using natural products. I was intrigued.

I  vaguely remember hearing about the GHE in the past but paid little attention to what it was and how to incorporate it into my hair care regimen…until now.

aug length check impromptu on curls

It seems as though my hair was at a stand still or growing very slowly. The bulk of my hair has been around the same length for some time now (I dust my ends only twice in a year) The only consolation is the front of my hair is taking off like a wild banshee!

bangs stretchedthese were bangs not too long ago

What is the Greenhouse Effect?

The term, Greenhouse Effect is a scientific term that originated in the 1800′s. It is used to describe how gases including water vapor, carbon dioxide and methane, warm the atmosphere.

For the purpose of hair care and promoting hair growth, the principles of the Greenhouse Effect are employed by using a natural oil on your hair (you can also dampen the hair) and covering your hair with a plastic cap, scarf and bonnet/hat.

For the GHE to be effective, there needs to be consistency – rather that be following the regimen nightly or several times a week. Do it based on how much moisture your hair is currently getting IN ADDITION to the extra moisture generated from the “greenhouse” environment. You’ll have to evaluate if this is too much or too little for your hair.

If you do the GHE method and notice that your hair lacks elasticity (it feels kind of mushy), then cut back on how often you do it and do a protein treatment to restore the moisture/protein balance.

How & What I’m Using for the GHE

I’ve been incorporating the Greenhouse Effect  into my hair regimen 5 times a week and plan to continue for the remainder of 2013. If I find that my hair is over-moisturized, I’ll cut it back to a few nights per week. So far so good though. My hair is VERY moisturized but not overly so.

I’m also co-washing my hair exclusively with As I Am Coconut Co-wash every three weeks, in addition to doing a protein treatment once per month. I normally get a healthy dose of protein from my beloved Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing conditioner when I pre-poo so I don’t think I have a need for a heavy duty treatment more than once per month.

Now, onto the products that I am using bring about the Greenhouse Effect:

- Aloe Vera Gel by lily of the desert (I get this from Whole Foods) – to set twists, braids and knots

- Coconut Oil alternating with Jojoba Oil for sealing (Jojoba is closest to the hair’s natural sebum levels and since I omitted scalp massages from my regimen, I think it’s a good idea to keep Jojoba in my regimen. My natural sebum levels aren’t very high….yet). Note: if  hair feels oily, I’ll skip  right to putting on my plastic cap, scarf and bonnet without applying more oil.

- Mango Butter Mix (I whip this up with Peppermint Essential Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojobo Oil, JBCO and Vitamin E) alternating with one of my choice stylers: Bee Mine Hair Butter or Shea Moisture Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I apply one of these to my damp hair in the morning to further seal in moisture that’s been generated throughout the night.

That’s all folks – 3 simple all natural products. I’m keeping it very simple and phasing out all of the other product lines I use. My hair probably doesn’t need them anyway.

Stay tuned for future updates where I will continue sharing my journey using the Greenhouse Effect method as well as the full line of hair products I intend to keep in my regimen. I will be doing length checks and sharing how my hair looks and feels. Stay tuned!

brown beauty gal

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