Sunday, April 21, 2013

Baggying 101

Baggying:  the process of applying a plastic cap over your hair and allowing it to sit from 20 minutes to overnight, with or without product. 
 by Vee

Baggying done correctly can be a great way to impart much needed moisture into excessively dry brittle hair. Baggying also creates a steam effect on the scalp, which stimulates the hair follicles to produce better hair growth. Steaming your hair removes toxins, improves elasticity and unclogs the hair follicles. Using an actual hair steamer or receiving a professional steam treatment is much better than baggying, however for those who cannot afford a hair steamer this is an inexpensive alternative.

You can baggy with product or without product. Some people baggy without applying
Change clear conditioning caps after each use
conditioner or oil because they are trying to stimulate their hair follicles to produce more natural sebum. This is good for people who have a very dry scalp due to low sebum production. Understand that poor diet and age can greatly decrease sebum production. Healthy hair needs adequate sebum production, not to much and not to little.

Baggy method #1
After you have shampooed and applied your deep conditioner cover your hair with a plastic conditioning cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 20 minutes. If a hooded dryer is not available, leave conditioner and plastic cap on while doing household chores. You body will create its own natural heat from moving around doing your cleaning, this heat allows the oils to penetrate down to the hair root. The goal is to create as much natural heat as possible in the absence of the hooded dryer.

*Silver conditioning caps
Baggy method #2
Aka the GHE method: You massage  a stimulating oil or growth oil into your hair and scalp, cover with a plastic conditioning cap, add a scarf and leave overnight. The ideal is to use your body heat to create a steam effect on your scalp, getting the stimulating oil to penetrate and stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles. Some people add a extra beenie over the scarf, the more heat your create the better the blood flow.  Better blood flow distributes the nutrients to the hair follicles and this increases hair growth. For this reason your body must have good nutrients present in order to feed the hair follicles, thus a healthy diet is mandatory. This technique should only be done 3-5 nights per week. The next morning after doing this method your hair should be damp and moisturized. You remove the scarf and plastic cap, allow your hair to dry a little then style as desired

Baggy method #3

You can put your hair into a ponytail and only baggy the actual ponytail itself. With this method some are able to maintain their daily style better. This also helps those who seem to only experience dryness on the ends of their hair. Note, this method does nothing for the hair roots to stimulate growth, it only helps to moisturize the ends and helps you keep your style a little better. 

Baggy method #4

At bedtime very lightly spritz with water add no extra product to your scalp (however your hair should have some oil or conditioner on it from earlier in the day) cover your hair with a plastic cap and tight scarf. This method creates the steam effect on the scalp, increases blood flow to the scalp which stimulates the sebaceous glands. This method is for those who wish to correct their sebum production. One must also improve their diet to have healthy sebum production. Healthy sebum production produces better hair growth. 
The silver conditioning cap is recommended for this method

Baggy method #5

This method will double your hair growth if you are one who only receives 1/8 to 1/4 inch per
month of hair growth. This can be done on wet or dry hair 3 times per week . Apply a leave
in conditioner to your hair strands only, cover with a plastic conditioning cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 7 minutes. The heat from the dryer will open your hair follicles to receive the growth oil. Before you sit under the dryer take your stimulating oil and warm it inside a bowl of hot water for about 3 minutes. You oil should be warm not hot. After siting under hooded dryer for 7 minutes massage the oil into your scalp for 7 additional minutes. Massage holding your head down, starting with the nape area. Heat a towel in hot water, cover hair with towel and reapply the plastic conditioning cap, then tie down with a scarf. Relax for at least 15 minutes. You can leave the oil on your hair or rinse it out. If you choose to rinse it out then rinse with cold water to close the cuticles. If you choose to leave it in then remove the wet towel and plastic cap and sit under dryer on cool setting for 5 minutes.

*Silver conditioning caps for color are self warming caps that work better than clear plastic or saran wrap when doing any of the methods overnight and not sitting under the  hooded dryer

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Using grocery bags is a no no!
It may be cheap but never use a grocery store plastic bag over your hair. Why?  Because these bags have been treated with chemicals and they were not made for the purpose of covering your hair. You do not want this to sit on your hair over night Yes they carry food but remember the food is in packages. Love your hair more, purchase the clear plastic conditioning caps.

A no no!

So do you baggy?
What baggy method do you use?
If so, leave a comment.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Smoothing down tightly coily 4c hair

A big issue which women with tightly coily hair have, is the challenge of finding products which will lay our hair down smooth with shine and hold.

Gel is not always the answer for the 4C woman because gel contains larger amounts of water. Gel has a tendency to draw coily hair up tighter than it naturally is, this makes it difficult to achieve or maintain a sleek back bun or ponytail. As with every woman there are times that coily hair women want to wear a simple ponytail or a professional bun. However finding the right product to achieve this look makes it difficult.

One product I recommend for tightly coily or 4C hair ladies is a curl control paste by Curls. This product will smooth down your tightly coily hair. At first glance and feel it will remind you of the product Jam, but this product beats Jam by a thousand percent. 

  • smells good
  • non sticky  
  • non flaking. 
  • Mixes well with other leave in conditioners. 
  • non drying
  • silicone free 
  • paraben free.

My hair  after shampooing with no product on it, as you can see. my edges coil up and separate greatly. It has been a task to find a product that would smooth down my    edges.

Curls control paste was applied and my hair smoothed back with my hands. No brush was used. You just keep smoothing and smoothing until you hair lays flat. It takes longer because you are not using a brush. But in the long run it is healthier to smooth with your palms on tightly coily hair, this will keep your breakage to a minimum. A soft bristle tooth brush was used very lightly to smooth down edges. 

Notice my hair gives the appearance of the 3C curl pattern using this product. Benefits last for 3-5 days, I only reapply a natural oil daily. This paste gives your hair shine and hold. My pictures do not convey the true shine this product gives your hair. 

This is how much product I used after two uses, it does not take a lot. My hold lasted for 3 days. At night I wrapped it in a scarf and in the morning I applied: coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil or grapeseed oil. On day two I applied a little more paste to my edges only. 



Curl pattern enhanced

last for 3-5 days

No flaking

No build up

When you take your bun down your hair is still soft and moisturized.

This product is a Royal yes!

So tell me have you tried this product on your tightly coily hair?

Did you like it?
If not, have you found a product which is good for smoothing down tightly coily hair?

Share with other CoilyQueens.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gain One Inch of New Growth in 30 days (2nd round)

Are you a part of the slow growers club, as far as hair growth is concerned?

Would you love to double your normal hair growth rate?

Always desired to grow and retain one inch of new growth in a month?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then I have a challenge opportunity for you.

I have developed a jump start regimen that has enabled me to grow one inch of new growth in the first 30 days of this regimen. Yes one whole inch! My normal rate of hair growth is 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch per month, so I consider myself to be part of the slow growers club. This is only if I do nothing extra to enhance my normal growth rate.

First let me say that this challenge is not for everyone, because not all will want to follow the strict regimen to achieve maximum results. This regimen is not for the lazy and it is not for those who do not like to wash their hair frequently. This regimen is also not for those who afraid to let their hair look a little frizzy at times. Lastly this regimen is not for those who do not like wearing their hair twisted or braided.

This challenge will  be opened to the first 50 people who sign up and fulfill all the rule requirements. There are no exceptions to any of the rules. If you are not able to fulfill any of them please do not sign up.
This challenge is private once it begins.

How do I sign up for the Gain one inch of new growth in 30 days challenge?

1. Follow this blog, in the right hand column go down and find the box that says follow this blog, then choose follow, must have a google account to participate, no exceptions.

January 2013
2. Send me a message on Facebook, title it 30-day one inch hair growth challenge and list the name in which you are following this blog under  You must have a FB profile with a profile picture to participate no exceptions. Once I receive your FB message I will send you a challenge prep list. On May 9th you will be sent an invite  to the secret Facebook group. Once you accept you will have access to the challenge full rules and instructions. Please read all the rules and instructions carefully

3. Sign up begins today and will close on May 3rd or when all the slots have filled up.         

4. Most products needed should already be in your beauty cabinet. No products will try to be sold to you

5. All participants are required to wear your hair in extension box braids or extension twists, or your natural hair twisted or braided, a wig or TWA, no exceptions. This challenge is NOT for those wearing weaves, loose hair(unless its a TWA) or cornrows, please do not ask. You must be able to show your hair in a starting length shot picture, no exceptions.

Any additional questions leave them below, but if you plan to participate sign up asap.

Again some important rules to consider before you sign up:

You must have a google account and "follow" this blog.
You must have a FB page with a profile picture.
You must be able to show your hair in a starting length shot picture.
You must wear your hair in braid extensions, twist extensions, natural twist/braids, a wig or TWA, during the 40 days of the challenge.
All other rules must be followed as given.
You must be 18 years old to participate. 
You must send me the name you "follow" this blog under.
There are no exceptions to any of these rules. 

You sign up using the link above do not leave a message below. Sign up only if you are serious, so this doesn't take a spot from someone else.

Please read: When you email to request a space in this challenge, email me the profile name you use to "follow" this blog under. If you look in the right hand column 5 boxes down,  you will see the box labeled "followers" your profile name will show up in this box. Your email will not be answered if you do not list the profile name you have "followed" this blog under.
Let's Grow!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Styling products for 4C hair or women with tightly coily hair

Often women with tightly coily and 4C hair have a hard time finding products which work on their coil pattern. Allow CoilyQueens to make your search for products easier.

4 products which work great on 4C hair.

Curl control paste by Curls is great for twist outs and smoothing down 4C hair for a nice bun.

Twist outs
 Braids outs


No stickiness



No mineral oil, no petroleum or silicones 98% natural ingredients. Functions as a leave in conditioner and styling aid. This product will create definition for your twists and hold.

Cantu shea butter leave in conditioner creates beautiful soft  twistouts with hold and without making your hair hard. Moisturizes and conditions tightly coily hair.

This conditioner is of medium consistency.
The product lasts for 3-5 days before you need to re-apply.
No buildup unless you apply to much a little goes a long way with this leave in conditioner.

Very inexpensive
Large container

I also found another product from the Curls product line, its called goddess curls. Its a botanical curl get that defines, defrizzes and holds your curls. I used this product alone over a leave in conditoner. Its like a gel serum. I was really impressed it provides hold without the stiffness. 

 This gel give you great hold but leaves your hair feeling soft. The price is moderate but a little of this product goes a long way. So I think the bottle will last you a good while.No flakiness and your hair is not left with the gooey feeling you get with gels.

So tell us what is your coil pattern and have you found a favorite product you would like to share with other ladies?