how to heat my dt?

I have heard that dt are most effective when heat is applied. I have been simply putting on a plastic cap for 30-60 minutes. Does my body heat do enough or do I need to purchase a hair therapy wrap?

I tried using a hot towel yesterday. It stayed warm for all of a minute. I do not have time to just sit out in the sun and I only have a hand-held blow dryer.

My hair is very dry right now. (A series of unfortunate events.) So I'm not sure if I just need to be patient or if I am doing something wrong. (Probably a combination of the two.)
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I just use a plastic cap with a towel wrapped around it. That's supposed to seal the heat in. You could also use your hair dryer over the plastic cap for 10-15 mins
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When you used a hot towel - was it wet?

What I do to keep my hot towels hot, is I take a smaller towel and wet it in really hot water (I have to use gloves to handle it). I then put a plastic cap on my hair, then wring out the hot water on the smaller towel and place that on top of my plastic cap. Then on top of that I wrap a dry bigger bath towel around the smaller towel and the plastic cap. This seems to trap the heat in, and I can keep my hair warm for at least 30 minutes.

If this fails you might consider getting a soft bonnet dryer - something you can just sit under while you read a good book or listen to music. They are fairly inexpensive - and can be picked up at sally's.
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I cover with a cheap plastic cap and then wet a kitchen size towel and wring it out. I microwave it for a few seconds to heat it up and then pile it on my head and cover with a bath towel. I may rewet and reheat the kitchen towel 2 or 3 times but it's cheaper than a hood dryer.
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Sorry that I haven't replied. I thought that I would receive an e-mail notice when someone else replied, but I evidently messed that up somehow.

So anyway, thank you all for your advice. My water is not that hot. (I don't want my children burning themselves.) So the towels just do not stay warm very long. (I have been wetting them.) I will try warming a towel up in the microwave tomorrow.

That way I'm not buying something else right now. It seems as though all I have done lately is buy stuff. So I will try something that I already own first.
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still trying to find what works for my hair
Torimom, the picture is adorable!
2c/3a
fine thin

still trying to find what works for my hair
If you have a heating pad that would be an option as well, that is what I intend on using
1. Heat it in microwave.

2. Put a plastic cap (or plastic bag if you want to ghetto like me) over your head and let your body heat warm it.

3. Put plastic cap on and sit under dryer if you have one or want to get one.

4. There are now gel heat caps you put in microwave and stay warm on your head.

5. Heat a towel up and put around hair.

6. Put plastic cap on and go exercise, this is the same body heat theory but you works faster and better since you are working out.

7. With plastic cap on go into bathroom and turn on all hot water. Let bathroom fill with steam. This should open hair cuticles just as well as above.


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I used a heating pad to heat my dt. I injured my wrist the other day and this allows me to avoid wringing out water from a towel which I can't do right now. Perfect! My hair is much softer.

I used a grocery bag too! That was a great suggestion. I have been buying processing caps and rinsing them. That works well for dt that you purchase, but when you use honey, oils, etc forget it. Using something that you can just throw away is great.

Thanks everyone!
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still trying to find what works for my hair
Torimom, the picture is adorable!
Originally Posted by mendy789
Thanks Mendy!
That's our Princess Victoria, she's newly 2 but terrible since 18 months old.

I hope some of these tips work for you
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