I am on a quest to get long natural hair and I am inviting you to join me :D
Sometime last week, I had the odd gripe about why I wanted to have long hair and what I was going to do attempt to achieve it.
In my previous post, I talked about hair breakage, which is main cause of lack of retention of the hair length. Poor length retention means that even if your hair is growing normally, it will never grow beyond a certain length.
We all know that older hair, ie the ends of our hair, are more fragile and prone to breakage. The key, then to length retention is to baby those ends. We also know that, when other factors like over-manipulation, use of heat and chemicals have been eliminated, a major cause of breakage is lack of moisture in the hair strands.
With the onset of the fall and winter months, the air is going to be a lot drier and this can have an adverse effect on the hair.
My goal, then for these months, is to keep my hair well hydrated and always moisturised. Since I went natural 2 years ago, I have suffered, 1st pneumonia, and then flu during the winter months. I now realise that this was due to my daily cowashes and tea rinses. I was so determined to keep my hair hydrated during the winter that I was cowashing or tear rinsing every day or almost eveyr day, which resulted in me getting quite ill.
I don’t want to get sick this winter, so daily tea rinses and cowashes will have to be substituted with………..*drum roll, please*……baggying!
Baggying is a good way to hydrate and moisturise the hair. Anyone serious about natural hair care knows that when you go to bed at night, you need to tie up your curls with a satin scarf or bonnet, or sleep on a satin pillow case. So I thought, why not add a little twist to that nightly routine and also keep the hair hydrated at the same time by baggying overnight.
THIS is DEFINITELY NOT what a baggy is!! You have been warned.
Without further ado, here’s the challenge AND the right way to baggy!
To grow your natural hair via length retention. We are aiming for longer hair by March 1st 2012.
Repeat this before you begin the challenge.
“I do solemnly swear that I will strive to retain every inch of hair that grows from my scalp by baggying up my hair every night from this moment forward until the 1st of March 2012. So help me, God.”
You will need
- A spray bottle with water or your favourite leave in conditioner. If possible, dilute the conditioner – it should be a very watery solution. A really good mix is diluted aloe vera juice or diluted rose water or any other floral water. You can even use just plain water.
- A Natural Hair Oil or Butter. Choose or rotate any from the following: coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, jojoba oil or sunflower oil.
- A roll of saran wrap aka cling film; a plastic shower cap or shopping bag to layer over the saran wrap; your satin scarf or satin bonnet.
Now you have got your tools and products ready, take a picture of your hair to document your starting length – you will take another picture at the end of the challenge to document how much length you have achieved/retained. If you are on Facebook, you can join us in the challenge and post your pictures on the Care 4 Curls’ Facebook Fan Page.
Every night before bedtime,
- very lightly spritz on the water or water-based moisturiser, focusing on the ends of your hair.
- Next, lightly apply the hair oil or butter to your hair, again focusing on the ends. Remember to be quite light-handed – you are NOT aiming for the greasy look!
- Now, wrap the cling film/saran wrap around your hair till covered. You can put your hair into a high bun, if it’s long enough or into 4 sections, using mini scrunchies, if your hair isn’t long enough. This challenge will also work for your if your hair is in a protective style such as braids or twists.
- Put on the shower-cap or shopping bag over the cling film wrap and tie on a cute scarf, bonnet or even a beanie hat. That’s it! There’s your night routine.
- The next morning, remove the wrap & style your hair as usual.
If you miss a day, don’t worry about it. Just continue the next day. For optimal results, do this challenge every day. You can do this 3 nights in the week with good results too.
Now, I know what you are thinking – isn’t a baggy the same thing as the Green House Effect.
In short, no.
In full, tomorrow’s post will explain the differences between each as well as the different purposes they serve AND the different results they each produce.
So don’t miss the next post.
Um, PS – do not do a ‘Snoop Dogg’ and go out of your house looking this! I will not be held responsible for any ‘WTF?!!!’ stares you may receive.
If you are a blogger or on any other social media, feel free to leave the links of your blog, Facebook album etc where you are documenting the challenge.
Drop me any questions or comments on this challenge.
Follow me on Twitter if you are doing the challenge for tips, baggy ideas & to keep motivated. You can also learn how other naturals are doing the baggy challenge each night & pick up a few ideas yourself. Use the hashtag #BaggyForLongerHair or simply tweet me.
You can also email me your starting picture for inclusion in the blog & Facebook gallery. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy growing and here’s to longer hair come March 2012.