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Is The Baggy Method Right For Your Natural Hair?

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So many naturals struggle with moisture retention and its not difficult to see why.  Those curls and kinks are not so easy to keep moisturised which is why we are always trying to find new and creative ways to retain moisture in our natural hair.

You may have had your own personal struggles too which is why I want to share the baggy method with you.

If you haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about I will do my best to explain why this is such a great method that you really should try.


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What is the baggy method all about?

The baggy method is a fairly simple way to help you lock in moisture into your natural hair.  What I love the most about this method is that it’s so simple to do and not labour intensive at all.

The process involves adding a moisturiser to your hair and then wrapping your hair with some type of baggy meaning some type of plastic wrap, shower cap or cling film as some people like to use.

The purpose of doing this is to create an environment where your hair is able to soak up the moisture and make your hair feel soft at the same time.


How to use the baggy method for moisture


How do you do the baggy method?

To do the baggy method all you need is:

A moisturiser of your choice.  I personally like this one.

A shower cap or cling film

A satin bonnet (optional)

Apply a water-based moisturiser to your clean hair and then cover with a shower cap, cling film or any other type of baggy that you can think of.

You should probably know that there two ways to do the baggy method:

1. You can cover your whole head

2. You can simply do just the ends of your hair. You will need hair bands to keep the baggy on your hair if you use this method.

Some people find that doing the whole of their hair this way can cause slight itching on their scalp depending on how sensitive they are so they prefer to do just the ends which can be just as effective as doing your whole head.

The length of time that you leave the baggy on is really up to you.  Some people like to only leave it on for 20 minutes but others like to keep it on overnight.

Personally I like to do it during the day time and simply go about my day with my hair covered using a headwrap like this.


Does the baggy method grow your hair?

The baggy method can help to grow your hair as it helps to keep it moisturised.  When your hair is not moisturised properly it can become very dry and easily prone to breakage.

The baggy method can help you to retain your growth through having less breakage but it does not make your hair grow.  Hopefully, that makes sense.


Can the baggy method go wrong?

Yes, it can because too much of anything is not good for you.

While the baggy method is in itself safe if you never allow your hair to ever breathe and come out from under the baggy you could end up breeding bacteria which could damage your hair.

I would not recommend bagging your hair every day but once a week or every 2 weeks should be perfectly fine.

You may need to tweak how you do your baggy method a few times as well before you get it right.  You might find that just moisturising the ends of a ponytail works perfectly fine for you or you may want to do the full head method.

You might even find that longer periods of wrapping don’t work as well as shorter ones or vice versa.

No matter which way you decide to go don’t expect to necessarily nail it the first time you try it.


What’s the difference between the baggy method and the greenhouse effect?

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the baggy method and the greenhouse effect.

The two processes are fairly similar so it easy to see where the confusion is coming from.

The greenhouse method focuses on creating a greenhouse effect on your hair in order to help increase blood flow and open up your pours in order to encourage growth.

This allows your hair to produce its own natural sebum to promote hair growth.

The baggy method does not do this.  The baggy method is more about locking in moisture to your hair in order to prevent dryness.

The greenhouse effect can be done on either clean or dirty hair whereas the baggy method should only be done on clean hair.


Baggy method and high porosity hair

High porosity hair is hair where the cuticles are very wide apart meaning that moisture enters in fairly easily but it’s hard for the hair to retain that moisture because the cuticles allow the moisture to leave the hair as quickly as it enters.

If you do have high porosity hair that does not mean that you can’t do the baggy method you just have to make sure that you take a little bit of extra care.

Make sure that after you take off the baggy you seal the cuticles of your hair using a thick butter or oil to ensure that the moisture is well locked into your hair strands.

As you already know that you can lose moisture very easily you need to make sure that you don’t lose all that you have gained from the baggy method.


Baggy method and low porosity hair

The baggy method is great for those that have low porosity hair because it allows the cuticles of your hair to open up (which are otherwise too close together) and for the moisture to really get inside before it closes up again.


Products to use for the baggy method

Final thoughts on the baggy method

The baggy method is an easy way to get some much need moisture into your hair.  It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to do and the result really can be amazing.

If you have low porosity hair doing the baggy method is a no brainer!


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