I'm the only person in the house (in my "direct" family, including first cousins and all) that has my thick hair type. They didn't know what to do with it, so, they slapped a relaxer on it and had me sit with it for however long they thought it would take to actually make it lay down.
Which it never did, though, it only got that "bad" when I got older. When I turned about seven or eight is when I had to sit with it on for more than an hour or two. When I was younger, and started getting my relaxers at two, it was thirty minutes to an hour and a half.
But, hindsight is 20/20.