Get Rid of Those Split Ends with The Baggy Method!
Split ends are often the direct result of dry hair that unfortunately breaks easily due to limited to no moisture. Split ends occur when a single strand of hair splits into two at the very tip. Hair with significant damage may actually split into multiple ends, giving hair a very raggedy and unkempt appearance.
Not only do split ends effect women with long hair but women with short hair also struggle with this problem.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to dry hair and dry ends including:
- Harsh, drying weather
- Chemical applications including bleach, dye and perms
- Harsh combing or brushing
- Simply genetics or predisposition (condition known as Trichorrhexis Nodosa) for split ends
- Excessive use of heat as seen with curling and flat irons, warm rollers and hair dryers
In addition, use of sulfate shampoos can also prove drying to hair. There are a few steps that stylists recommend that we take to prevent split ends including but not limited to the following steps:
- Use of a gentle shampoo and conditioner for dry hair or;
- Use of sulfate-free products
- Adoption of a healthy diet
- Use of oils such as argan, almond, olive, coconut, jojoba or Moroccan oil and;
- Trimming your hair every six to eight weeks to reduce risk of split ends however,
There is one additional step that you can take to closely manage your split ends. It’s known as the Baggy Method.
. This method is an especially great asset to women with natural hair who can sometimes struggle to establish and/or maintain moisturized hair and ends.
It is important to note that there is more than one way to follow the Baggy Method. The good news is that with there being so many ways to do it, there is no real wrong way to do this. What will be important for you to identify during your ‘trial and error’ process is which products your hair responds to best; whether its oils, conditioners or a combination of both, different hair types will fare better with different products.
This article provides one example of how to execute the Baggy Method.
What You Will Need
To use the Baggy Method, you will need the following supplies:
- Saran Wrap or plastic sandwich bag.
- Water Bottle/Spray Bottle with water
- Shea Butter or an oil of your choice (e.g. jojoba, argan, almond, olive, coconut, Moroccan)
- Leave in Conditioner (optional)
- Rubber or Cloth Band
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Baggy Method Steps
Ideally, you will want to have already placed your hair into multiple two-strand twists after having trimmed your hair so that your ends are styled in concentrated style as opposed to a looser hair-do.
To apply the Baggy Method to the ends of your hair:
- Separate your twisted hair into four sections.
- Note: You can also place your twisted hair back into a single ponytail instead of separating your hair into four sections should you choose to do so.
- Apply water using a spray bottle to the ends of the hair.
- Apply shea butter to ends of hair liberally.
- Grab some Saran wrap and a cloth band.
- Note: You can use a sandwich bag in place of the Saran wrap and pour a liberal amount of conditioner into the bag along with your oil of choice and then wrap the ends of your hair with the sandwich back and band.
- Wrap the ends of your hair with the Saran wrap or sandwich bag and apply the band to hold the bag securely in place.
- Note: Looking to secure that baggy a little bit further? Consider applying a knee high on top of the bag/wrap to ensure no slippage or add additional bands.
- Once the wrap or baggy is in place securely, squeeze hair so that your ends are adequately saturated with oil and/or conditioner
- Leave ends wrapped overnight or covered for at least 6 to 8 hours.
- Note: While the Baggy Method will restore moisture to your hair and reduce risk of split ends, it should be done in moderation. This means there is no need to do this daily as you want to give your hair an opportunity to dry and shine!
As you can see, the Baggy Method enables you to focus your moisturizing efforts to the ends of your hair. Add this method to your bag of tricks for healthy natural hair and you will see the difference in no time!
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