I believe steam is a necessary part of the healthy hair journey to keep your coils and curls moisturized. Using steam on your hair simply means to add warm moisture to the hair strands without direct water. When I first went natural, I noticed that when I wanted to refresh an old twist out, all I had to do was use the steam after a warm shower. Now I use my Q-Redew (Hand‑Held Hair Steamer).
Here are my top five reason why you should consider adding steam to your hair regimen.
1. Helps Reduce Breakage: When your hair is dry and brittle usually means that your hair is thirsty. Steam adds moisture and hydration making your hair supple, and healthy. (Steam will help with detangle that can also lead to less breakage! When the hair hydrated, you should experience less tangles and knots)
2. Lifts The Cuticle: The best way to get the most out of your product is absorption. Using warm steam helps to raise the your hair cuticle, and allows the ingredients from your products penetrate more effectively – Those with low porosity hair will benefit the most.
3. Reduces Shrinkage: If you are a natural who likes elongated curls. Use steam to stretch your hair and reduce shrinkage.
4. Refreshes Curls (Extending Hair Styles): This is my favorite reason to use steam. You can refresh your hairstyle without needing to start over; adding moisture without soaking the hair with water. (Especially beneficial in the winter you can add steam to an old twist-out or wash-n-go for a refreshed look or to detangle an old style and re-twist.)
5. Promote hair growth: using steam can help with product buildup and dirt on the scalp; making wash day easier. When your scalp is clean your hair will be healthier and grow with less breakage. (I like to pre-poo ‘deep condition the hair prior to washing’ along with a shampoo brush the warmth from the steam, along with massaging the scalp which helps stimulate blood flow, aiding in hair growth.)
When and how often should you steam?
- It’s a personal preference but a few factors to consider are: > How dry your hair feels? > How often you need to wash your hair? > How difficult and/or how easy it is for products to penetrate your hair strands.
- I suggest starting with 1 or 2 times a week to see how your hair responds. You will be able to see and feel that your hair is hydrated when it doesn’t feel dry or look dull.
- I also suggest using a handheld steamer when deep conditioning to help the products penetrate into the hair.
What steamer do you suggest using ?
- I use the Q-Redew | Handheld Hair Steamer its the best!!
I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU (LEAVE A COMMENT).
- Do you steam your hair? How often?
- Have you noticed any difference in your hair since you started steaming?