Natural Hair Basics: The 'Baggy Method' for Ultimate Moisture & Softer Hair

The 'baggy method' is a term that is often used by naturals to describe a method used to retain moisture for kinky, curly and tightly-coiled hair types. This simple method provides  intense, overnight conditioning to your tresses to ensure that your hair is and will remain soft, smooth, and moisturized throughout the day. The baggy method has been proven to work for many people suffering from dry, severely parched hair when done regularly. Some people prefer to use the baggy method more so in the winter due to the lack of moisture in the colder air.

However, this method can be done all year long as often as 1-2 times a week depending on your hair needs. Once a week is fine for normal hair but for dry, damaged hair the baggy method can be done 2-3 times a week at the most.

Is there a Proper Way to Use the Baggy Method?

Technically, this is no right or wrong way to use this method, the key is to determine your specific hair needs of any issues such as breakage, split ends or dandruff and use those hair products or all-natural ingredients that cater to those areas. 

For instance, if you're having an issue with excessive breakage you may want to use the baggy method for a protein treatment for your hair or if you're suffering from extremely dry hair, you could use several oils, vegetable glycerin and water.

I would suggest using this method on either wet or very damp hair and applying products that moisturize your hair best (this could be oils, conditioners, bananas, avocados, etc) so you can seal that moisture in overnight and achieve maximum conditioning of your natural hair. I’ve tried several methods and have determined a method that works very well for my hair.

Follow these Steps for Doing the Baggy Method

  • If hair is dry, lightly spritz hair with water 
  • Apply a small amount of your favorite deep conditioner (use only once a week)
  • Apply your favorite moisturizing oils to your hair and scalp 
  • Gently massage scalp and edges for 2 minutes 
  • Apply a plastic conditioning cap (or plastic grocery bag if your don't have a cap)
  • Wrap your hair with a satin scarf or bonnet before bed
  • Wash out in the morning with a sulfate free shampoo or cowash

In the morning, all you have to do is lightly co-wash, rinse your hair and continue your normal hair styling routine as usual. You should see a difference in the moisture level and the softness of your hair immediately. If you have extremely dry hair or damaged hair that has become brittle, the baggy method is a great way to help your hair retain more moisture.

Don't hesitate to experiment with various oils and essential oils just be sure to do your research on which essential oils would work best for your hair. Here is a list of 10 phenomenal natural oils that work well for the hair.

Do you practice the Baggy Method? Has it improved the retention of moisture for your hair? What methods do you use during the winter to combat dry, parched hair?

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