Curious about how to do the Greenhouse Method for your natural hair? The technique may sound strange if you’re hearing about it for the first time, but it might be worthwhile to learn about this moisture-rich method.
In this post, you’ll find out exactly how to do the Greenhouse Method on your natural hair and whether it’s suitable for you. If you’re wondering whether you should try it at home, keep reading.
Does the Greenhouse Method Work for Hair Growth?
The jury is still out on whether the Greenhouse Method stimulates hair growth, but many naturals swear that their hair has grown as much as 1-1.5 inches within a single month.
The Greenhouse Method is also known as the Greenhouse Effect (GHE), and it is a way to infuse moisture into the hair. Doing this treatment on your hair and scalp once per week will help you to retain length.
Hair growth is one of the primary reasons for wanting to do the Greenhouse Method, and you’ll have to experiment with the method to see if it will work for your hair.
The technique may speed growth by increasing cellular activity of the scalp and follicles. Placing the shower cap on your head overnight will allow you to draw in body heat during the night.
The heat will cause your scalp to sweat, and the increased activity may stimulate hair follicle cells. Sweating will also help to detoxify and unclog the follicles.
Does sweating really help to grow hair? Possibly. The skin is the body’s largest organ. Many women consider sweating as an excellent way to rejuvenate and restore the skin, and sweating is one of the body’s first forms of detoxification and defense.
In fact, sweating is an excellent way to reduce the burden on your kidneys and liver function. When you sweat, you help to cleanse toxins before they reach vital organs. Plus, your bodily functions improve, and this could result in increased hair growth.
You’ll also find ladies going to the sauna or steam room to sweat and stimulate the blood. The Greenhouse Effect works similarly, but you’re using your own body heat to create the environment.
You can also try mixing the Greenhouse Effect and Inversion Method for accelerated growth.
To do the Inversion Method, bend at the waist with unlocked knees and let the blood rush to your head. Then massage your scalp with your fingertips. The Inversion Method is useful to do with peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils.
You can do the Inversion Method before you begin your Greenhouse Method to speed hair growth. Both methods may help to alleviate dry scalp and excessive shedding also.
Using the Greenhouse Method for Retaining Moisture
Even if you don’t want to use the Greenhouse Method for growth, you can at least use it to keep your hair soft and moisturized.
You’ll have a much easier time retaining the length you grow if you keep your hair moisturized between washes. Hair needs hydration, and it also requires a way to keep the water locked inside the cortex.
Doing the Greenhouse Method 1-2 times per week will give your hair an extra hydration session without taking a shower.
It’s also a great technique to use if you have low porosity hair. The heat opens the cuticles and allows hydration and nutrients to enter the hair shaft.
Does the Greenhouse Method Cause Itchy Scalp?
Some naturals complain that their scalps itch while doing the Greenhouse Method. Everybody’s hair is different, and no natural hair treatment will work for all people.
It’s important to respond to itching early before it worsens. If you experience itching, you can try applying antifungal oils to your scalp to combat any possible fungus.
The best antifungal oils to use for your scalp are coconut, tea tree, peppermint, lavender, castor, and eucalyptus. If your scalp continues to itch after applying antifungal oils, it’s best to avoid the Greenhouse Method altogether.
Best Oils for the Greenhouse Method
Are you looking for the best oil to use for the Greenhouse Effect? There are several to choose from. Here are some helpful oils to apply for successful overnight treatment:
- Avocado Oil. This nutritious oil is one of the most penetrative of all oils. The texture is creamier than other oils, and it leaves your hair soft and conditioned.
- Jojoba Oil. Jojoba oil is actually a wax ester that has a similar consistency to your natural sebum. It is beneficial for the Greenhouse Method because it provides a sebum-like conditioning effect through to the ends of the hair.
- Coconut Oil. This popular oil does a lot for hair. It softens hair and leaves a pleasant scent.
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How to do the Greenhouse Method
Doing the Greenhouse Method is straightforward, but there are some precautions you’ll want to take beforehand. To do this treatment, you’ll need to begin the night before, as you’ll sleep with it overnight.
Are you ready to try the Greenhouse Method? Follow the step-by-step instructions below.
The Greenhouse Method
Towel, Beanie, or Bonnet
- Part your hair into 4-5 sections.
- Spray each section with a small amount of water until damp.
- Apply Butta Butta Cream to each section and twist (do not twist if doing a wash and go – see below).
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap.
- Cover the plastic cap with a towel, beanie or bonnet to trap body heat.
- Leave the treatment on your hair overnight.
You’ll find this method convenient for doing a wash and go because you can prepare your hair the night before and then remove the cap in the morning.
If you’re doing a wash and go, you may want to forego twisting your hair because it may form a manipulated curl pattern.
Do you have relaxed hair? You can use the Greenhouse Method on relaxed hair to condition the hair and add softness.
Greenhouse Effect vs. Baggy Method
The Greenhouse Effect and the Baggy Method both create moisture for hair and they are very similar. However, there are at least three differences between the two techniques. Here is a comparison between the Greenhouse Effect and the Baggy Method:
- Different Ingredients. While the Baggy Method uses your favorite moisturizing conditioner, the Greenhouse Effect encourages the use of natural oils.
- Damp or Dry? The Baggy Method begins with clean, dry hair. However, the Greenhouse Effect can be done on clean or dirty hair. Also, it’s helpful to dampen the hair with a water spray when doing the Greenhouse Effect to encourage more moisture.
- Amount of Coverage. The Baggy Method allows you to bag a portion of your hair. For instance, you could opt to soak your ends in a moisturizing conditioner and then tie a sandwich bag or plastic cap around them. However, the Greenhouse Effect requires you to bag your entire head overnight.
The Greenhouse Method may be an excellent treatment for you if you’re experiencing dry, brittle hair. The ultimate goal is to have well-moisturized hair that will become strong and elastic. The hydration and oils used in the Greenhouse Method may get you the healthy, moisturized hair you want.
Have you tried the Greenhouse Method for natural hair, and if so, what were the results?
Hey Curl Friend, I’m Patrina Haupt the creator and author of Natural Hair Queen. I hope you find my healthy hair care tips helpful in your hair journey. Healthy hair care practices are definitely, what helped me to achieve waist length hair.