When you stick your head under a steamer, the moist heat helps hydrate strands, promote scalp circulation, and open the hair cuticle, which can help amp up the effects of your hair and scalp products, especially if you have low-porosity hair. Hair steamers are great for four things in particular: hydrating dry hair, soothing your scalp, pre-cleansing on wash day, and deep conditioning. Steamers can do a lot for anyone who’s trying to get their natural, dry texture to be softer. It just makes the hair more manageable so you have more styling options.
Wavy and straight hair textures can benefit from steamers, too—particularly those with longer lengths or colour-treated hair. If you are hung up on exactly how to use a hair steamer the “right” way, don’t freak. Your steaming sessions should not last any longer than 30 minutes.
Once you have got the feeling of steaming down, there are these favourite ways to use a steamer:
- As a hydrating treatment – Women who are going natural also want the flexibility to wear their hair straight without heat damage. And heat damage usually happens when hair is so dry that you need excessive heat to straighten it. Quick steam before you shampoo, which helps add loads of moisture to dry strands before heat-styling it.
- As a pre-cleanse – A great way to cleanse your scalp and prep your hair for shampoo is by steaming with essential oils to help soften your hair, especially if it is in a dry, tangled state. Often, when you go straight to water and shampoo after your hair has been in a protective style, the hair mats up and dries out. If you don’t have essential oils or are sensitive to them, try pre-cleansing with hair oil. Gently massage oil through your scalp and strands until they saturate, then sit under your steamer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- As a deep conditioner – You can also use a steamer after you have cleansed your hair—just load up on the conditioner before you start and rinse it out once you are done. The more softness and manageability you give your texture, the more you can do with it.
The Best of Best
- Vicarko Hair Steamer Thermal Heat Cap – The beauty of this hair steamer is that it’s both easy to use and portable. Just plug it in, pop it on your head, press the on button, and you will get nice and gentle steam that pairs great with and of deep conditioners.
- Kingsteam Hair Steamer 2 in 1 Ozone Facial Steamer – It is definitely bulkier than a cap, but this tabletop hair steamer is a great option if you are looking for something slightly more powerful. It spits out a nice mist when you plug it in, and the hood is large enough to comfortably hold long hair.
- Tifara Beauty Cordless Deep Conditioning Heat Cap – This cordless hair steamer heats up in the microwave. Start by placing your hair in a regular shower cap, microwave the heated cap for 90 seconds, and then fit it snug on your head for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Artist Hand Professional Hair Steamer – If you are looking for a legit salon-level hair steamer, you can’t go wrong with this wheeled option. It is a bit pricey, but considering it has time and temperature controls, it is pretty worth it for people who steam their hair regularly.
- Aquis Lisse Luxe Desert Rose Hair Wrap – It is actually super easy to create a DIY steam—all you will need is a turban towel (like this microfiber one from Aquis), a processing cap, and a plastic bag. Put your hair into a plastic cap, microwave your towel until it is warm, and then wrap the warm towel over your hair. Finish off by sealing it all in with a plastic bag and sitting under a hooded dryer.
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