Moisturizing Low Porosity Hair Using the Baggy Method
There is probably one word that we keep hearing as naturals; in fact we could probably start a petition to have it be our official ‘natural’ word, “moisture”. If you don’t already, you should learn how to love this word, because you will hear it a lot, and besides you should know by now that moisture is key to growing hair. But many of us struggle with retaining moisture and frequently ask ‘how or where can I get moisture’, ‘what products can I use to acquire moisture’, or ‘what’s the secret ingredient for moisture’.
Today we are going deep into the Baggy Method, which is a highly recommended moisture infusion method for low porosity hair. Low porosity simply means that your hair struggles to absorb any moisture, even from water-based products, products just sit on the hair and does not saturate or penetrate into the hair shaft, it’s hair that is prone to dryness. Although it struggles to absorb water and let water into the cuticle, this hair type retains water the longest once water gets through. High porosity hair has cuticles that are open that let water in and out easily, it is also prone to dryness. Normal porosity hair has cuticles that are open just enough to let water in and keep in for a certain period.
The Baggy method, which may not work for all, but is worth the experiment, is one-way to maintaining luscious and hydrated low porosity coils. It combines extremely simple steps and is only a plus to your already existing hair regimen. Okay, so it’s similar to deep conditioning and doesn’t require any extra effort, but it does deliver the much-needed nutrients your hair needs. It is advised that you add this method as part of your washday routine. Start on the day you wash your hair as your hair will be clean.
For best results, do it twice a week for 4 weeks at a time. Or do it daily for a week and you will see a different in the moisture content of your low porosity hair.
There are two ways to go about it, depending on what is suffering the most. 1. Ends or 2. All-over. If you spot that your ends are splitting, dry or brittle, then the emphasis should be on your ends. However, your whole head could benefit from it.
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with water to clarify and to remove any product build-up.
- Apply and rinse out conditioner like our Black Pearl Hydrating Conditioner. Or Amina Deep Penetrating Moisturising Conditioner
Side note: you can do this method on damp hair, however, you are likely to sweat and your hair might not dry. If your hair is not fully dry by the end of the method, you have probably lost some moisture.
- After leaving your hair to dry naturally but damp, section hair, and apply EITHER a dab of the Afrobotanics Nehanda Leave-In Conditioner or Black Pearl Hair Juice
- Seal the moisturizer in with a blend of oils (Afrobotanics Mukaya Oil Blend).
- You can do a braid out, twist out or whichever protective style to your liking. You can also tie the ends together, using hair ties (but not too tightly).
- Apply a plastic cap
- Apply head scarf for security
- Leave products on hair for 3-4 hours, or over night. But not longer than this because it is important that your hair gets to breathe!
- Undo protective style and style your hair as your like.
If this method is not a success with you, don’t worry; we will be posting about other methods that can help your hair retain moisture and ultimate growth, just stay tuned!
Have you tried the Baggy Method? If so, please let us know how did it go in the comments section below.
Last year we hosted our first workshop, a first experience at wanting to do something different, put the women in our community at the centre and empower them by giving them tools to define for themselves what a fulfilling, successful and beautiful life is to them. Women have to learn to fill their cups first before they can fill the cups of those around them.
At our 2018 workshop we had 60 women, young and old, at different places in their careers and personal lives and each woman walked away with the ability to assess the state of their lives and determine where they want go, and were given tools to define where they want to go and how to overcome the fear to start with that change.
Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, renowned international leadership coach led the half-day session, and it was impactful. And this year we want to do more and go deeper and hopefully make it a journey beyond the one-day workshop.
From my own experience I know that change is hard. Life forces change upon us but it is often difficult and very scary for us to take the decision to change.
One day you go to bed content with yourself, content with life, and the next day you wake up with a hint of discontent.
The discontent grows, seemingly with no cause no root and we often don’t know where to start. When I look back now I am tempted to feel as though I wasted 4 years of my life swimming in discontent because I didn’t know where I want to be and how to begin to figure it out.
- Sometimes we know we need to change but don’t know how or are downright terrified of change.
- Other times we feel unhappy about where we are at but have no idea where we want to be or who we want to be.
- Concepts such as ‘self-love’ and ‘authenticity’ are thrown around everywhere and they have no resonance with us, we have no idea where to start.
We start looking outside of ourselves in books, podcasts, the lives of public figures, we attend talks by successful people and still, we don’t find the spark of inspiration that lasts long enough to see us make serious change.
We are here to learn and grow, everybody gets pushed by life to grow and change, every single person. We either determine (as much as we can) where we want our lives to go and are deliberate about change and respond to our need for change or life happens to us and pushes change upon us.
This year we have an all-day workshop planned with some amazing, experienced practitioners in life-coaching, personal development, leadership development and alignment experts.
Date: 21 September 2019
Time: 07h00 – 17h00
Venue: The Orchards Executive Guest House, 46 Allan Rd, Glen Austin, Midrand
Price: R400.00 per person (breakfast, lunch and snacks incl) PLUS a free book “Unbecoming
to Become” by Ayanda Borotho.
This workshop will not only change your life through concepts I and thousands have used successfully, but you will have a template on which to work from to make sure you fulfill your vision 2020.
Executive Life Coaches:
- Jacqueline Freemantle: Master CCE ILDP International Coach
- Akhona Ngcobo: Enneagram Practitioner and Transformation Coach
- Brian Ntshangase: Meditation Facilitator and Energetic Healer
- Ayanda Borotho: Actress, Author, Transformation Practitioner
Click on the link below to purchase tickets.