Official greenhouse challenge announcement!


     Last week in my post, Let’s just chat, I talked about having a Greenhouse challenge and a few people were really eager. In fact, some gals have even started the challenge already and sent me some pics. Wink

What is the Greenhouse Effect?

It is basically applying a natural oil to your hair and covering your hair till it steams up naturally. “It helps to promote hair growth by creating a natural warm steamy environment that enables the natural oils from your scalp to come out and help your hair is also great for dryness because of all the moisture produced.”

I usually do it only once a week but I want to increase doing it to at least 4 times a week. To read how I incorporate the greenhouse effect into my regimen, please read HERE.

What is the process involved?

  1. Apply any amount of  any natural oil of your choice (e.g coconut oil, olive oil, etc) on your hair. Sometimes, I spritz my hair with a little water before. That way, my hair is moisturized beforehand. Make sure you coat your hair tips too.
  2. Decide how you want your hair to be the next day..if you want curls, do twists, bantu knots or braids. If you are just rocking a simple bun, you can just cross wrap your hair or clip your hair up.
  3. Place a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair to lock in the moisture from your scalp’s natural oils and heat from your head. This creates a greenhouse steam effect during your sleep which is the best time for your hair growth in this case. You can do it for 2-3hours only if you don’t want your hair too damp.
  4. Place a head tie/scarf over your head & shower cap making sure that it’s nice and snug. For best results, you can also wear another hat over your scarf to help produce more heat.
  5. If you have a rollerset or flat ironed hair, you can do it the reverse way. Wear your scarf and then your shower cap before you wear the top  hat. Leave this on for about 1 to 2 hours so that your hair doesn’t get damp or wet.
  6. In the morning, you may find that your hair is a bit damp from the moisture the steam effect created.
  7. You can do any of the following:
    • blow dry it on cool setting,
    • let it air dry a bit (about 15 mins) before styling,
    • or go ahead and style it while it’s still damp and let it dry as the day progresses
    • if your hair feels too oily, you can rinse off the oil and do a co-wash. Dry your hair.

This challenge

There are 2 levels of the challenge and it will be open to everyone, wherever you are. I will just mail your gift. It will run from Monday, November 11th 2012 to Sunday, January 13th 2013.

  1. Level 1: You should do the Greenhouse effect once to twice a week. For the level 1 winner, I will give a bottle of Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Coconut Black Castor Oil
  2. Level 2: You should do the Greenhouse effect three to four times a week (this is the level I will be doing it at). For the level 2 winner, I will give one Hair Therapy Wrap Cordless Thermal Turban Heat Wrap

Don’t forget to send your before pictures to dr_fomsky(at) This is my ‘before’ picture:

What I intend to do during this challenge

  1. I will be using Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Coconut Black Castor Oil as my natural oil;
  2. On days that I don’t do the Greenhouse effect, I will just do my regular moisturizing and sealing; I might also apply Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my scalp if I feel like it.
  3. I will co-wash my hair about 2 times a week and/or when my hair feels too oily. I know some people might wonder how I co-wash so frequently: I will publish a post next week on Co-washing for busy women. Watch out for it!
  4. On days I co-wash, I will apply Tropic Isle Living Strong Roots Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil to my scalp while doing the Greenhouse.

I’ve also done a little video of how I do a simple cross-wrap on my hair and how I go to bed with the Greenhouse effect

So, who’s down?

Dr Fomsky

For more info, visit the original Greenhouse effect/ Realqueens regimen website

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
LAST RELAXER DAY: December 15th, 2016
BIG CHOP: January 14th, 2017
Natural Hair, Unknown Porosity, Fine Hair strands, Low to Moderate Density

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45 Comments to Official greenhouse challenge announcement!

  1. Joie says:

    Yippee, Count me in…..I should be doing level 2, hope it will my inverted-v… still interested in the length check t-shirt o, size large

  2. Am in and knowing how forgetful I can be, I’ll save it on my phone with a reminder.

  3. Oh! I forgot to add that I’ll join the level two. What’s the check in period?

  4. Joie says:

    @emprezz, thanks for the idea….I will do same

  5. Joie says:

    Pls can I use more than one natural oil?

  6. Jibola says:

    I have braids on right now but would like to try this out to see the effect on my hair when i take out my braids. Should I get all these oils or will olive oil alone be ok?

  7. Alexis says:

    I want in! Excited! I am doing level 2. How do I exactly send my pix and what are you exactly judging this competition?

  8. ifai says:

    Wao, good things are happening here! I’m in at level one. I’m trying to reduce how often i touch my hair. You will receive my picture by tomorrow.

    For the length check t-shirt, large size is okay for me.

    Your hair is really growing very fast. How do u handle tangles when u are in a hurry?

    • Dr_fomsky says:

      Great news to hear that you’re in..still expecting your picture. I will do a random selection of t-shirt winners today.
      Thanks for the compliments on my hair… 🙂
      I don’t handle tangles when I’m in a hurry: I pack my hair and smoothen it as best I can till I have the time to detangle it slowly.

  9. ifai says:

    Thank u for the tip on tangles. Wl send the pic.

  10. Wonder says:

    I am so game! Will send my before picture today. Still interested in getting the length check t shirt. I’ll be doing level two.

  11. Katchie says:

    Am in, level 2.

  12. Jenny says:

    Count me in for the level 2! Will send you my pic as soon as i take out my braids!

  13. Caro says:

    I’m in! Level 2.

  14. […] of Grapeseed Oil to hand out to my readers!! I’ve decided that I’ll give it to my Greenhouse challenge participants to help them […]

  15. lolade says:

    i love natural oils,this is another way to benefit from them.i’ld participate at level 1. I already sent my before picture.

  16. lolade says:

    i just sent another.seen it?

  17. Wonder says:

    Pls one question. So we won’t use any shampoo or even black soap to wash our hair throughout the challenge? I’m due for a wash and I wanna be sure I follow the rules.

  18. Wonder says:

    Or better still, what will a typical wash day be like during this challenge? Can you pls give us details? Thank you.

  19. […] some grapeseed oil on my hair and gently finger combed my hair. Since I started the Greenhouse challenge, I have noticed a little more shedding and breakage than I normally do. I think it’s because […]

  20. […] since my hair is texlaxed, it doesn’t look as straight as it could be. In addition, this Greenhouse effect challenge might actually be making my hair drier than […]

  21. Joie says:

    Dis week I must say am enjoying my hair, loving d challenge…..seen lots of improvement in my hair

  22. […] to my new growth and then to the braid. Next, I wet my hair a little. If you want to do the Greenhouse effect instead, at this point, you can apply an oil of your choice in place of your conditioner. When you […]

  23. […] hair and then braid it in four sections. Please read How I co-wash in braids. If you want to do the Greenhouse effect instead, you can apply an oil of your choice in place of your conditioner. When you get into the […]

  24. […] gals!! Just a quick announcement! The Greenhouse challenge ended on Sunday, the 13th of January, […]

  25. Sandara says:

    I have relaxed hair and it’s cut into a tapered pixie cut but I want to grow it out using this method but it makes my hair wet and I can’t retain any curled style ( with a hair straightener). Normally I curl my hair once a week on a Sunday and it keeps the style till school is finished on a Friday. Any suggestions?

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