So, after reading so many posts and especially this post about the Greenhouse effect on Roots of Blackness, I decided to give it a try.
The Greenhouse Effect involves applying oil to your hair dry or slightly damp from water. The rationale for this technique is to encourage your body heat to naturally create a steaming environment for your hair, so that the moisture created is effectively absorbed into your hair, and the oil applied effectively seals the moisture in.
I chose to apply Olive Oil to my hair dry. I covered with a plastic cap and a scarf and left it overnight. The result? My hair was slightly damp but very soft!!!! Even after my hair dried, it was still very supple. Since my hair is in protective styles most times. I also cornrowed my single twists to help with moisture retention (flat twists and cornrows help hair retain moisture better that single braids and individual twists). I noticed that with "baggying"(in which hair is wet or damp), my scalp goes on fire in the "itchy department", however, this greenhouse effect on dry hair, did not irritate my scalp.
I did this to my hair about three times last week and I loved the results. I had some individual twists, which are usually dry at the ends, however, with this method, I experienced no dryness at all. My twists were very easy to take out and detangling was a breeze.
I did make a post about not putting micro twists in my hair due to the excessive tangling. I think this method may take care of that problem. So, I may be putting in some micro twists this week to see what happens. I hope I don't regret it.
I will continue to use this in my regimen (and my daughter's, her hair loves this technique too). Another blogger made a comment on another blog about using herb infused oil. I can't wait to try that.
What about you? Have you tried the Greenhouse Effect on your hair? Did you like the results? Please do share!!