Even though our site is based around hair steamers, we sometimes look at similar products such as hair dryers or heat caps as these produce similar results in some instances. Today we are going to have a look at the, which is a cheap alternate means to condition your hair. We are a bit skeptical if it will provide results as good as a steamer, but since it is one of the most popular heat models we decided to put it to the test. We should be clear up front and say this is not a real replacement for a hair steamer, as it doesn’t really add moisture to your hair. It is however a possibly good purchase if you only intend to condition your hair, so keep this in mind. Lets take a look at it in more detail below.
Thermal spa make a variety of beauty products, and one of their best selling items is the deep heat conditioning heat cap. This is a very modest model, costing only around $30 or so. It is pretty basic in looks and functionality. This heat cap comes in a navy blue color, and the interior is a creamy white color. It is held in place by a white fabric strap. The overall look is somewhat ordinary, but then again heat caps never look very glamorous! The power cord is attached to the rear of the model, so it doesn’t get in the way. The controller switch has three heat settings to choose from, and the off setting. Aside from this there isn’t too much to say about the looks or design aside from the fact that it looks quite ordinary and basic.
The cap itself tends to preheat in a minute or two, which seems fairly standard for these products. The cap itself is a good fit, and covers your head very nicely. The bottom of the cap does poke your neck a little, which is a minor annoyance. However an easy fix would be to leave a towel over this area to stop it from poking you. Once the cap has preheated, you will notice that although most of it does heat up quite well, the area around the bottom does not seem to heat up at all. To remedy this you can pull your hair to the top, although we did have acceptable results without having to do this. Once the unit is fully heated up it does hold the temperature quite well. The medium heat seems to be the ideal setting, as the low heat is a bit too low to do a decent job. If you have thick hair then the high setting might prove to be better. On the high setting you need to be careful though, as it does get very hot which could lead to burnt ears! It does do an acceptable job of conditioning your hair in around 20 or 30 minutes. Our hair was left nice and soft, but knowing that is was done using a dry heat is always going to be a bit of a concern.
So in summary, the Thermal Spa Conditioning Heat Cap does do a fairly decent job of conditioning your hair. Since a hair steamer uses moisture to infuse hair conditioner it is undoubtably a better choice. However if you are on a very tight budget, then the $30 retail price of this heat cap may look much more tempting than a hair steamer. It comes standard with a one year warranty.
- Very affordable
- Three heat settings
- Does an acceptable job
- One year warranty
- Back does not heat up
- Plastic at bottom is not comfortable
This heat cap is available for around $30, and for that you get a mediocre product. It is not bad in any way, and it does do what it says on the box. It does not offer the advantages a hair steamer does, but it does offer a budget way to condition your hair. You can see the current pricing and user reviews on Amazon .