What is the baggy method?
The baggy method, also known as the greenhouse method, is a technique said to maximise moisture retention in your curls. This method works by wrapping your hair in a plastic bag, clingfilm or a plastic cap as soon as you have moisturised. This is said to lock in the moisture that otherwise, would have evaporated, minimising breakage, frizz and knots. While many naturals only use this method on the ends of their hair, some apply it to their whole head.
On the ends
If you have dry ends, that are prone to tangles, use this method on your ends, not the entire head.
- Comb your hair with your fingers while wet.
- Apply your favourite leave-in or moisturiser. If you feel like you need to seal it, add an oil on top. Make sure you apply it throughout.
- Wrap ends in a plastic bag or clingfilm and secure with a hairband.
- Leave on for a few hours. Some leave over night.
Over the entire head
If you are experiencing very dry hair, not just on the ends, you can also use this method. Follow the method above, but wrap your head instead of just the ends. Use clingfilm or a plastic cap to wrap. Do this once or twice a month.
If your scalp starts to itch, this may be because you are leaving the wrap on your head for too long. Your scalp needs air to regulate and produce natural oils, if you are leaving the wrap on for too long, you are preventing your scalp from doing this.
You can try reduce the wrapping time, or wrapping your hair less. If your scalp still itches, stop the method all together.