What You Need for The GHE
1. Spray bottle with water– the water is used to lightly mist the hair until it is damp so as to create the ‘steam’ under the plastic cap. You may choose to add glycerin if you so prefer.
2. Oil (optional) – Light, growth stimulating oils* such as rosemary* and grapeseed oil* (even castor oil* though that’s not necessarily light) are used to enhance growth and also to lessen friction between the strands, as well as to trap moisture in the strands.
3. Shower cap* (a plastic shopping bag can also be used) – This is used to trap the heat on the scalp and create the warm environment needed for growth stimulation.
4. Scarf, satin cap or baggy hat – This is used to ensure that the plastic is securely in place so that it does not slip off and the heat does not escape under the edge of the plastic cap while you are asleep.
How Often Should This be Done?
Now, like many women, Meeka shampoos her hair only once per month but she cowashes and uses the GHE as often as possible.
Some ladies have opted to do this every night, bi-weekly or bi-monthly. Some do it for two or three months at a time, alternating between the days or deciding to do it two to four days per week. Whatever you decide, ensure it is what is best for your haircare needs.
It is worth noting that this increased moisture in your hair may lead to moisture overload so pay special attention to your hair if you choose to do this multiple times a week. If your strands begin to feel overly soft then do a protein treatment and scale back on your GHE sessions.
Also if you decide to use the oil, it may not be prudent to do this every night, since the buildup from oils* can block the pores and also cause irritation which will defeat the purpose of GHE.
How Will You Know If It Is Working?
It is best that you take a picture of your hair before starting the GHE so that you can track changes over time. Of course, a good ole’ pull test will suffice as well if you are natural but if you wish to go the more scientific route for a more conclusive or detailed documentation, measuring relatively straight hair before and after using a length check t-shirt you begin is the best idea.
But ladies do be patient! If you start today do not wake up tomorrow expecting growth of Rapunzel proportions. Give it at least three weeks to a month before you do a length check again.
I am one for experimentation so I will suggest that you incorporate the GHE and/or the inversion method to see how they work. Both methods have been proven to work on their own so perhaps a marriage of the two may yield astounding results.
It may also be good to massage onion juice into the scalp the night prior to wash day, then proceed with the GHE as usual and see how that turns out since onion juice stimulates growth as well but perhaps that may be overkill for you.
The GHE works well for both natural and relaxed hair. The only thing I find is that you cannot use it on flat ironed natural hair for obvious reasons.
What has been your GHE experience?