I get tons of questions about the green house effect, most of which are repeat questions which is one of the reasons I decided to create this blog. The Real Queens Green House Effect page has all of the questions I’ve been asked, so If you have a question about the GHE that’s a good place to start. I’ve also put up the GHE related videos on that page and will continue to add GHE related videos to this blog as more questions and topics arise. If you have any questions and you haven’t found the answer on the Real Queens Green House Effect page or in any of the YouTube videos I’ve posted, then feel free to send me an email at email@example.com. Depending on the frequency of the question I will either respond to it directly via email or add it to theReal Queens Green House Effect page, or do a post and/or video addressing it. There is also a discussion board on the Real Queens social network where ladies who are doing or have done the GHE, post their questions, experiences and methods, so you can check that out as well even if you aren’t a member http://realqueens.ning.com/group/realqueensregimensummer2011challenge.
Now that my little one is 2 years old and super active, I don’t get as much time as I would like to get online and answer questions, so sometimes it may take me awhile to get to them all, but I do get to them, so thanks in advance for your patience
This video answers a lot of the FAQ’s and it includes a tutorial of how I do the GHE
You can skip to the topic you would like to know about by using the video table of contents below:
00:38 Products/Tools you need
10:56 Washed or Unwashed / Wet or Dry Hair
12:00 Styling options
13:12 Braids/Weave Method
15:08 Flat Ironed/Relaxed Hair Method
16:53 Do you wash it out?
:18 How Often Can You Do The Green House Effect
19:10 How do I know if it’s working? (Water Drops)
20:19 Is it the same as baggying?
22:08 What is the point of the GHE/What does it do?
During the last month of the challenge, I was really busy and preoccupied with work and family so I found myself not doing the GHE a lot. One of the biggest mistakes I made during the last month is that I was more focused on styling my hair than caring for it. I was always in a rush to get out the house, so I’d just slap on some unnatural gel to slick my edges down and then I’d throw it in a ponytail. The worst part is that when I go home I wouldn’t comb out my hair or rinse out the gel, I’d just go to sleep with my hair in a gelled up ponytail. I wasn’t oiling it, moistening it or doing the GHE. After weeks of repeating this horrible routine, by the time I did wash my hair and comb it out, my hair was extremely matted in some areas (especially the crown) and I noticed a ton of breakage I’m definitely in need of a good trim to avoid any further splitting and damage but I have yet to do it (*sigh*). I have done a little dust and used the search and destroy method to try and catch some split ends in their tracks before they get worse and result in breakage so I have noticed a lot less breakage. Moral of the story…don’t get lazy just because you’re hair is healthier and longer…it takes a lot longer to nurture your hair back to health than it does to destroy it!
On the bright side I did reach my goal of waist length despite all the breakage as you can see in the progress pics below The first pic was taken a year after I started my hair journey, so I had gone from APL to almost WL in a year. The next picture was shortly after when I decided to get a nice fresh trim prior to starting the Real Queens GHE 3 month challenge so I was back to MBL which was my starting point for the challenge. The last pic was at the end of the 3 month challenge. Unfortunately it was super hot and humid that day so my hair wasn’t bone straight and sleek like the other two pics but you can still see the growth. My new goal is to maintain the current length that I’m at and have more of a fuller WL, which I hope to achieve by trimming the longer parts of my hair as the rest of my hair catches up to WL. I currently have a V shape and I want to round it up a bit so it’s more of a full waist length U shape.
I get a lot of questions from new mothers about how to care for their little one’s hair, so I’ve decided to post one of the responses to a recent email I received that pretty much covers most of the questions I get which are…
What do you recommend for baby hair care (baby hair care regimen)/What products do you recommend?
1. I would recommend shampooing with Eli’s African black soap
shampoo…this stuff is amazing, it comes from Ghana and it lathers
really well. I actually use it to wash my hair, hubby’s hair and baby’s
hair, and we all shower with it as well, so it doubles as a shower gel!
Ghanians actually use African black soap to bathe newborns so it’s safe
for baby’s, just don’t get it in the eyes because it will burn like
2. Butter and seal. I’ve been using this method for a long time in
both me and baby’s hair and it’s the best way to keep our hair from
drying out…you can do it on damp hair (straight out the tub) or on dry
hair. Lately I’ve gone back to using my trusty Eli’s shea hair butter
and then I seal with either my Eli’s mango papaya shea oil or evoo
(extra virgin olive oil from the local supermarket). I prefer the Eli
oil because it smells really good so baby smells really good too
butter and seal as often as you need to even if that means doing it
multiple times a day…never let her hair get dry because it will just
get brittle and break off.
What can I do about dry hair/the dry spot in the back?
Apart from what I mentioned above, you can also buy some satin fabric or a satin pillowcase to lay
down where she lays her head when she sleeps…I used to carry around a
satin pillowcase and lay it down in baby’s stroller or car seat because
as moist as her hair was before i left the house, between the fabric
from the car seat and stroller you’d think I hadn’t put anything in her
hair all day because it would get so dry so fast. Cotton bed sheets and
fabrics on car seats and strollers are killer for baby hair!
What can I do to make my babies hair grow faster?
Just leave baby’s hair alone and let it grow at it’s own pace. I don’t believe there’s anything extra you can do to help a baby’s hair grow faster…hair is always growing, but you have to maintain and care for the hair that’s already present in order to see the growth. If you don’t it will break at the same pace or faster than it’s growing which will make it appear as though it’s not growing.
What styles do you recommend/when should I start braiding?
husband was very adamant about not braiding her hair or causing any
tension to avoid any breaking or receding of her hairline…so she just
wore a crazy little afro till it was more than long enough to go in to a
loose ponytail. Even now I still don’t do cornrows or anything
(especially to the front of her hair) but if her hair is long enough to
do loose braids or twists you can do that to help retain moisture
longer…but as far as styled cornrows i wouldn’t recommend those
because in order to look good there has to be some tension and pulling.
So in a nutshell I would recommend this simple regimen:
1. Shampoo no more than once a week with Eli African Black Soap Shampoo
2. Butter and seal daily (or more if needed) with Eli’s Shea Hair Butter
and a small amount of Eli’s Mango Papaya Shea Oil (a little goes a long
way with this oil)…or you can use a different oil of your choice
3. Get a satin pillowcase or satin fabric to lay down under baby’s head to avoid dryness
4. Keep the styling options very simple avoiding too much manipulation and tension
Hope that helps
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