Today, we are talking about the hot towel method. When we say 360 waves we also refer to any other kinds of waves you may have 180 waves, 540 waves, 720 Waves
What is the Hot Towel Method?
For those who don't know the hot towel method is where you are basically using a hand towel or other small towel and heat to deepen and improve your waves.
This is one of the best technique to add to your wave routine.
I will let you know next why you should add this method to your hair routine.
Why do the Hot Towel Method?
The reason we do this method is because we got to open up those pores and to add nutrients so we can continue to grow healthy hair.
The heat helps the hair absorb nutrients and the products you put in it. This method is good for all hair types but especially if you have dry, nonabsorbent, or damaged hair.
It will also soften the hair so it will leave your hair feeling good.
How to use the Hot towel Method for your Waves?
You can get one of the best brush sessions when your hair is in this state. You can get the most out of your waves.
When your hair is wet you can stretch it out the most. When your hair stretches the curls can be laid down the best.
Don’t use a chemical based product for this because you are opening up your pores. You want to make sure you use natural oil for this method.
You don’t want any chemicals going into your scalp because your body will absorb it and we’re trying to stay healthy over here. Health is wealth 💪🏾
When and how long should I do the hot towel method?
Do this method once a week, every 2 weeks, monthly for healthy hair maintenance
Now let's dive in
What you will need
- Hand Towel
- Body Towel
- Natural Oil (Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jamaician Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, etc)
- Sink or Bathtub/Shower
Hot Towel Method with a Bowl or Sink
Wash your hair. You want to make sure your hair is nice and clean before you apply products to it.
Dry it off a bit but leave it damp not soaked (if you want to add a little more texture) add a little more conditioner Make sure you put a regular bath towel (or bigger towel) around your neck.
Brush your hair in your wave pattern and put your wash durag on to hold your wave pattern
Grab some hot water not hot enough to burn you (DO NOT PUT BOILING WATER!).
Run your sink and fill it up until it’s almost full like ¾ full with hot water (it’s perfect if you can see a little steam) or grab a bowl and put hot water in it.
Add conditioner to the water and mix it in until it’s cloudy ‘
Put your hand towel in the water. Make sure you submerge it. When you take it out the towel should be hot. You don’t want the towel too wet or too dry. Ring it out so the towel is damp and hot (not burning hot)
Put the hot towel on your hair. Press on it and hold it until the heat starts to go away. You should feel some heat on your head (never burning) Move the towel around your head. Spend a couple seconds on the left side and a couple seconds on the right side. So all of your hair gets heated up.
Take the towel off when it gets cold and put it back in the hot water and do Step 5 1-2 more times
Put the hot towel back on your head and next put your wash durag on top of the hot towel tie it up.
Leave it on your head for 2-10 minutes.
When you take the durag off you should feel your hair softer than it was before. Wash your hair out
Next you want to add about a quarter size amount of your natural oil to your hair. Put the oil in your hand and rub evenly in your hair.
Next, have a brush session for 15-30 minutes and apply your style durag to lay your hair down. Let your hair dry laid in the durag (for at least an hour) and you can have a quick style session after then put your durag back on or enjoy your hair after you finished your hot towel method.
Hot Towel Method with a Microwave
You will do the steps as in the method with the sink or bowl but instead of heating the towel with the sink you will wet damp it and put it in the microwave for a couple of seconds.
Around 20-30 seconds at a time to make sure not to burn yourself. Have a brush session after and don't forget to rag up.
Hope this helps and you add it to your personal haircare routine.