When it comes to naturally curly hair having a structured hair regimen is paramount to achieving healthy hair. Of course, many will want to have healthy and long hair, but if you focus on healthy hair it will grow to your desired length unless there is some underlying issue. A good hair regimen will ensure that the hair is well nurtured and moisturised. However, we all know that curly hair, because of its texture and shape, is dry as sebum (natural oil in hair) has more difficulty travelling along its length, which ultimately means breakage and inability to retain length. This could mean that finding a good hair routine is not so easy and dreams of having long and healthy hair look more like a faraway vision. The Greenhouse Effect (GHE) hair regimen, supported by a legion fans, appears to be the solution to restore your dreams.
What if I told you there is something you can do to increase your sebum production and has a result keep your dry hair well nourished and moisturised? It sounds good doesn’t it? I bet it will sound even better when I tell you that the main claim of the Greenhouse Effect is hair growth. Mika Lishauna, the creator of the GHE, developed this method out of necessity. While taking her first steps in her hair journey she found it hard to keep up with all the different hair techniques and regimens and developed a simple routine.
What Is The GHE?
The GHE consists of 3 little steps that you must follow in order to achieve growth and a well moisturised hair. As the name implies this method mimics the effects of a greenhouse, whereby heat is trapped in an environment. In this case, heat generated in our heads is trapped within a plastic cap, which creates a warm environment, this increases blood flow that stimulates hair follicles and raises your hair growth rate. Simple, isn’t it? To put all this to practice you will need to have a natural butter or natural oil (oil mix is fine) and water which is optional.
- Spritz hair with water until it’s damp – This step is optional and is encouraged to those who don’t sweat easily. This will help create a warm and moist environment and you’ll know that it is working when little droplets of water are formed in the plastic cap.
- Apply natural oil or butter on your hair – Section your hair and apply a small amount of oil/butter all over your hair. There is no need to apply a lot or to leave your hair greasy, the warm environment created inside the plastic cap will facilitate the oils/butter travelling along the hair length.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap – Ideally, you should leave it on your hair overnight or for as long as you can. You can gather you hair any way you want (bun/twists/braids) or style it for your next day and place the cap on.
This is how simple the GHE is. Apparently, the great majority of those who adhere to this method swear passionately to waking up to hair that is well moisturised, manageable and soft throughout the day. This is understandable as the warm atmosphere helps the cuticle layers of the hair to open allowing the oil/butter to penetrate which nourishes the hair. Natural oils and butters have essential fatty acids (EFA) in them which retain hydration and reduce its loss, therefore, your hair is kept moisturised.
You may ask, what about sebum production? Well, this method claims it will increase sebum secretion which, as you know, is welcomed in coily hair. For best results, this method should be done a minimum of 5x a week and can be incorporated into your own hair regimen. However, you can follow the GHE hair regimen.
What Does The GHE Hair Regimen Consists Of?
Incorporating the GHE into your own hair regimen should be easy with some minor adjustments. Nevertheless, if you’re eager to achieve your maximum growth and silky-smooth hair follow Mika’s regimen. Hair regimens are like structured plans where you stipulate when and how many times you cleanse, condition, deep condition (for moisture/protein) your hair and how it is maintained on a daily basis. Let’s check the GHE regimen.
- Cleanse – You should shampoo/co-wash up to twice a month and always pre-poo (apply vegetable oil in hair) before to protect against drying effects of shampoo.
- Condition – In this regimen you are advised to trust your judgement and condition your hair only if you feel you need to.
- Deep Condition – If your goal is to instil moisture in your hair this is not advisable since the GHE works as a deep conditioning treatment in itself according to the method.
- Daily Maintenance – Use only natural products if possible. You can use your own creams, butters or oils to style your hair in the morning. Do the GHE as often as possible, you can do it throughout the day and night if you like.
Here is a video tutorial of the Green House Effect with Mika Lishauna, its creator. This video will give you indications on how to follow this hair regimen for best results.