One of the key steps of the Curly Girl Method is to deep condition on a regular basis. This is to help moisture penetrate your hair and scalp and so there’s no better way to do so than to enlist the help of a Hot Head Thermal Cap.
If you have spent years straightening, blow-drying and using harsh cleansers such as shampoo, you can really cause a lot of damage to your hair.
As a result, many new Curly Girl Method followers find that initially when giving up shampoo, they find their curls look limp and frizzy instead of bouncy and soft.
So what is a hot head thermal cap and how can it help your curls?
A Hot Head Thermal Cap is a heated deep conditioning cap which opens up hair cuticles. This allows a deep conditioner product to penetrate the strands of your hair more easily, aiding in the repair of damaged hair and split ends.
A Hot Head Thermal Cap is therefore a great investment for any followers of the Curly Girl Method. It is not only a better way to deep condition, but a thermal cap will help you reach your hair goals much faster.
According to antidotestreet.com, Hot Head Thermal Caps are:
- Eco Friendly
- Reversible and Reusable
- Available in multiple colours
- Easy to use
- For all hair types and textures
- Produces enough heat for a 20-45 minute treatment
- No cords, No fuss – Freedom to move about while deep conditioning your hair
Let’s look at the benefits of a Hot Head Thermal Cap in more detail:
Improved Deep Conditioning
Hot Head Thermal Caps are designed to work alongside your favourite deep conditioner in order to maximize its effect.
Each hair strand is protected by hair cuticles which form the outermost part of the hair shaft.
The cuticles become frayed or damaged when your hair is exposed to hash chemicals. This can be from products such as hair dye, bleach or even shampoo.
Hair cuticles can also be come damaged when you use excessive heat like hairdryers or hair straighteners.
In order to repair the damaged cuticles, we use deep conditioner which softens the cuticles and rebuilds the structure of each strand.
However, when using deep conditioner in the shower, the product is really only applied to the outer surface of hair strands as the cuticles only stay open for a short period of time.
This means that there is no difference if you apply the product for 3 minutes or 30 minutes, as the product will simply not fully penetrate the hair.
With a Hot Head deep conditioning cap, however, you can open the cuticles for a significant period of time, allowing your deep conditioner to work its true magic.
Hot Head Thermal Caps Are Easy To Use
Using a Hot Head Thermal Cap really couldn’t be simpler. The cap is eco-friendly, fully reversible and made of 100% cotton. The heating element is flaxseeds which are sewn into the cap and once heated, retain the heat for up to 45 minutes.
The cap is also cordless and you are therefore free to do whatever you want while the treatment is working. The cap is comfortable, soft and easy to put on.
Do ensure that you use a plastic cap underneath the Hot Head Thermal Cap to retain moisture and heat.
- Place a protective plastic cap on your deep-conditioned hair
- Put Hot Head Thermal Cap into the microwave for 30-45 seconds on each side
- Do not exceed 3 minutes in total
- Place the heated cap on your head, on top of the plastic cap
- Ensure to tuck in any flyaway hairs
The Hot Head Deep Conditioning cap comes in a variety of colours and styles and will last you for many years. As the cap contains no gel or fluids, it will never leak and can be used over and over again if given proper care.
As you may know, the main cause of frizzy hair is lack of moisture. Hair can feel straw like and dry when your scalp doesn’t get enough hydration and this is where the Hot Head Thermal cap really comes in handy.
When used, the Hot Head Thermal cap releases hot steam into your hair follicles and scalp, opening up the cuticles and adding moisture to the base of your hair.
The combination of steam and a conditioning product acts as a hydrating elixir and rebuilds the very structure of your hair strands.
Moisture is essential for curls to form and the more you hydrate your hair, the shinier and bouncier your curls will be.
Besides deep conditioning, this is also why co-washing is such an important step of the Curly Girl Method, as you mix water and conditioner together to essentially drench your hair.
If you suffer from any of the following, you may benefit from using a Hot Head Thermal cap with your deep conditioning routine:
- Dry and brittle hair
- Limp curls
- No shine
- Split ends
If you are new to the Curly Girl Method, I would highly recommend using a Hot Head Thermal Cap with your favourite deep conditioner once a week. Many new starters give up too quickly because their curls have no shape or bounce.
Please consider deep conditioning for at least 4 weeks before trying alternative methods as your curls simply need to be rebuilt from years chemical and heat abuse.
If after 4 weeks you do not notice a difference, a cut may be needed to improve the condition of your curls.
Improve Elasticity of Curls
One of the easiest ways to identify healthy curls is to look at their elasticity. Elasticity is the hairs ability to return to its original form after tugging and pulling.
Extensive use of styling products, combs, hairbands and heating appliances can affect your hair’s elasticity and cause breakage and even losing your curl patterns.
This is of course one of the main reasons why we do not use excessive heat nor brush our hair on the Curly Girl Method.
However, it is unreasonable to expect us not to use styling products, a blow-dryer or even tug and pull at our hair every now and then.
That’s why it’s important to follow a healthy hair care routine which allows you to maintain the elasticity of your curls as well as live a little!
The best way to improve your curls’ elasticity is to ensure they are hydrated and that your hair has a balanced amount of protein.
By using a Hot Head Thermal Cap, you can maintain hydration and protein content by nourishing your curls with deep conditioner.
It is important that you find the right deep conditioner for your needs as your hair may be protein sensitive. If that is the case, you will want to find a conditioner that is protein free.
A quick 3 step Curly Girl Guide to improve curl elasticity:
- Avoid excessive heat from blow dryers
- Do not brush your hair except with a wide tooth comb
- Deep condition with a hot Head Thermal
Save money on products and hair treatments with Hot Head Thermal Caps
The final reason why you should invest in a Hot Head Thermal Cap is your bank balance! A trip to the salon can easily set you back hundreds and we often believe that brittle and dry hair is unsalvageable.
I would urge any curly girl to give deep conditioning a go before chopping off your locks. A trim is needed every now and then no doubt, but you’ll be surprised as to how much your hair can change with just a few treatments.
The better condition your hair, the less often you’ll need to deep condition and have it cut.
Furthermore, as your curls adapt to the Curly Girl Method and natural products, they will eventually need less products which in turn will save you even more money.
Let’s look at ways in which a Hot Head Thermal Cap will save you money:
- Fewer visits to the hairdressers
- Fewer products used
- Fewer co-washes
- Fewer deep-conditions
There are so many benefits to using a Hot Head Thermal Cap. Furthermore, the healthier your hair becomes, the less time you’ll need to spend on your morning routine. Many Curly Girls simply wake up, do a 5 minute refresh and bolt out the door.
It really doesn’t have to be complicated if you simply use the correct products to their maximum potential. And there is no better way to maximise the potential of a deep conditioning product than using it in conjunction with a Hot Head Thermal Cap.