So what is the alternative? There are actually two alternatives to purchasing a hair steamer.
1. The easy way is to jump in the shower! Allow the water to get warm, and allow the steam to work its magic on your hair (which will either be out or underneath a shower cap). The only issue with this is that there’s a possibility that you could totally lose your hair shape.
2. The second alternative requires a hooded dryer, 2 plastic bags/caps, and two towels. After washing and applying deep conditioner, place a plastic cap on your head.
Wet a towel, wring it out, and place in the microwave until it’s warm but not scalding. Place that over the plastic cap, then place a larger cap or plastic bag over the towel. Afterwards, sit under a hooded dryer for at least a half hour.
Being a person that pretty much steams her hair everyday just by taking a long, hot shower, I weighed all of my options and it seems like purchasing a steamer is a good investment.
There are added benefits that can’t be achieved through stay at home methods, and a steamer is something that can be used for ages. Steamers also don’t require a lot of maintenance.
Many of them just need to be plugged in to operate, and they hold enough water for three to four uses. They’re handheld, not bulky, and can travel with you (major plus).
It’s advised to only put water inside of these steamers to ensure they continue working correctly, but they play nice with other hair products that are already applied to our hair.
Hair steamers seem especially beneficial for damaged, color treated, or dry hair. While they won’t alter the hair shape, they help provide the added moisture that us curly girls need to achieve healthy hair.
Just make sure not to over moisturize hair to the point where it’s too limp or too soft. Adding steam to a weekly hair regimen seems worth it!
While they don’t alter curl patterns, they help with curl clumping, and ultimately definition. If your hair seems frizzy when you first use a hair steamer, notice that over time your hair will be less prone to frizz due to the addition of more water and moisture. This addition to our regimen can lead to visible results if used correctly. I think I need to go buy one!
What are your thoughts on steaming hair? Have you purchased a steamer before?