by Jc of The Natural Haven
The baggy method is a moisturising technique that some naturals find effective. In simple terms it involves using a plastic bag (saran wrap, grocery bag, sandwich bag or plastic shower cap) to wrap around hair soon after moisturising it to help the hair retain that moisture. The method works by making water which would have otherwise evaporated, condense and stay as a liquid barrier near the hair, ready to be taken up when needed.
How does it work?
The moisturising effect of the baggy method is reliant on body heat (which condenses the water) and the length of time that the hair is covered. Some naturals will use the baggy method for a few hours a day (2–3 hours after work), overnight and some will even do it all day under a wig, turban or scarf. The length of time is really dependent on the individual as some people will find that the baggy method causes them to sweat more than normal. The baggy method is routinely used to get a moisture boost between washings (instead of wetting the full head) rather than a daily technique.
Modifications to the baggy method
The general basic method is to cover the whole head in a plastic bag. This is usually done by naturals with shorter hair or where the style does not permit you to create separations. There is a modification to this method that is designed to lessen potential sweating and focus moisture on the ends of hair. Hair can be separated into 2–4 sections and each section wrapped in plastic. Some women also use this modified technique to be able to wear the plastic bag underneath a phony puff/ponytail (i.e a ponytail or puff attachment).
Problems with the baggy method
For some, the baggy method will not be successful as it can cause scalp itching (especially if the whole head baggy method is used and/or your skin is quite sensitive to the extra moisture). For some individuals, the baggy method may always leads to soaking wet hair instead of moisturised hair. This second side effect is less common if the baggy method is used for a shorter time (2–3 hours) or if you naturally do not lose body heat fast/sweat very little. As always, let your hair and your body be the guide as to whether this technique is for you or not.
Ladies, have you tried the baggy method? How did it work out for you?