I deep condition my hair religiously every seven to ten days using store bought and DIY deep conditioners. It helps keep my hair soft and moisturised.It works but I know if I applied heat I would have even better results but I do not have a steamer or a drier. I have seen heating pads filled with rice, flax seeds or pads that you can use to ease cramps but had not thought of using the same concept for hair.This tutorial uses the same concept and it works.
This tutorial makes use of the Satin Cap Tutorial I did before, the difference being that now you are adding a layer that will provide heat. For this microwavable heating cap, you will need:
- 1 yard fabric cotton, if you can find terry cloth that will work too for the inside layer
- flax seeds or rice or lentils
- sewing essentials
Using the Satin Cap Pattern found here, cut out four pieces of fabric. I used a different fabric for the inside layers and two different fabrics for the outside layers.
Take two of the fabric pieces and stitch them together as shown below:
By doing this you are creating pockets to fill with the seeds so that they will be evenly spaced in your cap.
Fill each pocket with seeds and pin and baste around. Stitch around.
Following the above instructions work two more rounds so that the layer looks like below:
Layer the outer fabrics right sides facing on top of the quilted layer and pin and stitch, leaving an opening to turn it inside out.
The opening:Turn the cap inside out through the opening.Pin an stitch around to form a casing for elastic.Pull the elastic through the opening and stitch it. Slip stitch on the opening to shut it.
How to use the microwavable heating cap
- Shampoo and condition your hair.
- Apply your deep conditioner and put on a plastic cap.
- Microwave the cap for 2 -3 minutes. Wear it on top of the plastic cap for 30-45 minutes.
- Remove the caps and rinse your hair. Style your hair as you wish.