The Old-School Trick I Use to Smooth My Thick Hair



Ever since I can remember, hair was something my mother stressed should always look good. Whether I was going to school or a family reunion, she made sure my hair was styled and smoothed to perfection. Lucky for her, she was born with a lush mane that required little-to-no maintenance. Her hair was shiny, strong, and perfectly wavy, which is impressive given the Florida weather we endured.

As I got older, the beach became a second home where I listened to music, hung out with friends, and admittedly worked on my tan after school. My casual lifestyle meant my hair’s style was at the mercy of the ocean water and Florida weather. Textured, rumpled waves became part of my signature look in high school, and I no longer cared for shiny blowouts or flat-ironing my hair to perfection as I once did. And then, I discovered the heat cap.

Oftentimes I accompanied my grandmother to get her hair done, because I absolutely love hanging out with her. She always made me laugh and gave me valuable gems of advice in between nagging about my newly disheveled look. She’d roll her eyes, call me a stubborn teenager, and assure me that my hair would fall off because I didn’t take care of it. One day, I met up with her at Veronica’s—her platinum blond, fast-talking hairstylist—for our usual date. Veronica gave me my first blowout right before my first communion in second grade, and it was pure torture—she tugged at my young hair with unnecessary force, and I swore she burned my scalp to a crisp too—but my bob looked amazing with my veil, so it was totally worth it in my mind. Veronica always tried to convince me to go back to my blowout-addicted ways, but I refused; after all, it would go to waste because I’d probably end up in the ocean in less than 48 hours. But one day she introduced me to the heat cap, a gem of a vehicle for a serious deep-conditioning treatment that I still use to this day.

Keep reading to learn about the old-school trick I use on a weekly basis to keep my thick, long hair healthy and shiny.

Have you ever tried a heat cap with your deep-conditioning treatment? Tell us in the comments!