Once again, Sally’s Beauty Supply has proven to be my downfall. As I was minding my own business purchasing a new vat of deep conditioner, my product junkie peripheral vision picked up these little gems:
The Hydra Cap is, for all intents and purposes, a conditioning cap that shrink wraps to your head with the application of heat from a blow dryer. Its benefits (allegedly) include: less mess, conditioner penetrating better, traps heat more efficiently . Here…you can learn more from this comparison.
See? There is nothing but misery without the Hydracap and then…once you get it…yay! Bliss!
I kid, I kid…before and after pictures are always so funny, no matter if it’s related to hair or weight loss.
So anyway, even though I plan to stick to my plastic bags, I thought this would be fun to try out. The cost was $3.99 and there were 4 in the pack. Here’s what they look like fresh out of the bag.
I figured that the lady in the picture had more than likely wrapped her hair around her head. Easy enough to do if you are relaxed…a little more work intensive for us naturals (this is probably a lot easier if you have shorter natural hair). I ended up doing what I usually do, which is placing my conditioner soaked tresses in big “plaits”. I then pinned them flat against my head (or as flat as it gets for me).
I then put the cap on. It wasn’t easy to slip on (though it might be because of my big head) like the regular plastic caps which at least have the elastic around the edges. I got it on shortly, so no biggie.
Ok so here’s where I screwed up. I didn’t place the cap over my ears. If I’d watched the video (scroll to the bottom), I would’ve seen that the lady placed hers over her ears as well. So I think that’s why I didn’t get a good seal, as you can see below.
So I realized this after I started blowdrying. It starts collapsing pretty quickly once it’s blowdried, so it took me less than five minutes to get it all done. I started with the edges first, as the packaging suggests. I left it on for one hour.
So, how did it hold up? Pretty well! I felt dripping after about 15 minutes around the ear areas, but not nearly as much as I would from a regular bag. The areas that were flat against my neck did not leak at all. Did it condition better than with a regular bag? Honestly, not really. Did it trap heat better? A little, but not by much.
All in all, it was nice to visit, but I could not see myself buying these on a regular basis. I don’t know if it would be worth the trouble of digging up the old hair dryer everytime I DC. Also, shelling out the money, however little, would hurt my pride. If you hate the messiness of DCing, this might interest you…or you could get a towel, like I do and wrap it over your head after applying the plastic.
But that’s just me
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