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When: June 01, 2013 – August 31, 2013
Coverage: whole head
Length of Time: overnight
Method: a combination of the greenhouse effect and the baggy method
Starting Length: 4.75″
Ending Length: 6.50″
I started the first month of my natural hair journey with a bang! I got an inch of growth the first month. You can see my first length check HERE. However, after that, for three months running, I only realized a 1/4″ of growth each month. Unfortunately, it took me three months to realize that my hair was extremely dry. It was like I couldn’t moisturize it enough. So, I did some research and came across the Greenhouse Effect (GHE) and Baggy Method (BM). I decided to give myself three months to see if either method would work for my hair.
On June 1, 2013, I used the GHE. I lightly misted my hair with distilled water, applied a natural oil (usually grapeseed, olive, or castor oil), and sealed it all with a small dollop of my whipped shea butter mix. Then, I added a processing cap, a satin bonnet, and a satin scarf. I made it extra secure with a mesh head wrap with a velcro close that I got from Amazon. I did that every night, 7 nights a week, for a month, and obtained 3/4″ of growth! I was ecstatic about the growth, to say the least. But, more importantly, my hair felt incredibly moisturized.
The second month, I wanted to see if the BM could give me the same results. I spritzed my hair with a healthy dose of a water-based leave-in. (This is a great opportunity to use some of those products in your stash that you don’t particularly love but don’t want to give or throw away.) I baggyed my hair every night, 7 nights a week, for a month and received 1/2″ of growth. Not as much growth as the previous month with the GHE but still good results.
The third month, I decided to reduce the nights I baggyed from 7 nights a week to 3 since I finally had the moisture levels of my hair balanced. I used a homemade MSM spritz and sealed with grapeseed oil infused with MSM powder. But, after two weeks, I stopped baggying with the MSM spritz/oil combo because I didn’t like the way it made my hair feel. My hair just wasn’t liking it. AT ALL. I gave some of the MSM spritz to my sister and her 4B/4C hair loved it. So, I used it alone, and my hair liked it, too. So, I’m thinking my hair doesn’t like the MSM-infused oil. Or, maybe the combo of the spritz and oil was too much for my hair. I don’t know. But, I measured my hair after two weeks, and my hair had grown 1/4″.
The second half of the third month, I decided to install (medium-sized) mini twists for the last two weeks. I moisturized my hair every two days with my DIY glycerin hair spritz. At the end of the third month, I removed the twists and measured my hair. It grew a total of a 1/2″.
So, my hair grew a total of 1.75″ over three months (an average of 0.583″/month), just slightly above the average growth rate of 0.5″. Not too shabby if I say so myself! I am very pleased with my results, especially considering I spent three months barely able to get a 1/4″ of growth. As a result, I think I will incorporate the GHE or the BM into my normal hair care regimen.
*NOTES: Regardless of the method you choose to use, you should start out conservatively with 2-4x per week and then build up to 5-7x/week (if necessary). My hair was very dry at the beginning of this growth challenge, which is why I opted to do this 7x/week. However, to keep the moisture balance of my hair in check, I did a light protein treatment periodically.
In addition, you may not need to cover your whole head, like I did. This is especially true if your hair is longer or if you are a natural who is rocking a straight style. If that’s the case, just baggy your ends in saran wrap or put your hair in a pony and cover it with a Ziploc bag to trap in moisture and ward off split ends.