Steam Sessions – Treat Your Hair!

The reason heat is used when deep conditioning is to open the cuticles of the hair to allow the product to penetrate deeper, nourishing your strands that much better. And water is the ultimate moisturizer.

So when heat + water are combined you get steam, right! This is the basic reason why steamers are so awesome for the hair.

It is like deep conditioning on steroids, plumping your strands with so much moisture and nourishing conditioning products that the effects are normally felt after just one steam session. There are a few different ways you can steam so let’s go through them now:

Hair Steamers:

These fabulous machines look very much like hooded dryers except the base has a water reservoir with a metal heating element within it.

They are sold in both tabletop and standing versions, the prices range from $70-150. If that seems too steep for you or if storage is a problem you can always seek a salon that offers this service and purchase it as an add-on to your regular styling session. A tip is that if you do decide to invest in a steamer for home use, use distilled water to increase its longevity.

Shower Steaming:

This is one of the reasons I actually decided that owning a steamer was worth it, I tried steaming in my shower. I’m lucky enough (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) to have a small shower that steams very quickly and easily. I turned the shower to very hot, allowed it to run for a few minutes to get the bathroom nice and steamy.

Then I adjusted the temperature, stepped in the shower with conditioner on my hair and did my normal washroom duties. Afterwards, I noticed a major difference in the moisture levels and softness of my hair.

Use Your Gym:

Many exercise facilities have saunas and steam rooms. Cowash your hair after working out, leave a bit in your hair and unwind in the steam room. Be sure to pour plenty of water over the rocks to make it “wet steam” instead of dry, which will have the opposite effect on your hair.

A few tips about steaming:

► Clip your hair to the top of your head when using a steaming machine to ensure that your ends and the length of your hair reap all the benefits of the steam session.

► Moisturizing conditioners work amazingly, but you can also use protein deep conditioners to aid in deeper penetration.

► Rotate while sitting under your steamer to makes sure that the sides and nape are adequately serviced.

► A shower cap is not necessary when steaming, the wet steam actually works directly on your hair.

Originally posted 2012-06-29 19:00:55.

About EbonyCPrincess


EbonyCPrincess is a self proclaimed hair care enthusiast who began her quest for long healthy hair in 2009. Her hair is relaxed and type 4b (kinky, very tightly coiled). You can find more information about Ebony and her journey on her personal blog, or her YouTube channel youtube.com/EbonyCPrincess

About EbonyCPrincess


EbonyCPrincess is a self proclaimed hair care enthusiast who began her quest for long healthy hair in 2009. Her hair is relaxed and type 4b (kinky, very tightly coiled). You can find more information about Ebony and her journey on her personal blog, or her YouTube channel youtube.com/EbonyCPrincess

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Comments

  1. Ameenya German

    I have a Huetiful, also and I have a question for anyone willing to answer it.. I notice the longer my hair gets the more the hot steamed water saturates my hair causing it to burn the heck out of my scalp! How do I keep the steam water from burning my scalp? It’s so weird because I didn’t have this problem with shorter hair.. Oh and I don’t use that facial attachment, the steam is too freakin’ hot there’s no way I’m going any where near my face with that thing..

  2. LaKisha Brown

    I love mine. I put my hair in a puff which keeps the steam from reaching my scalp and it ensures my ends are being reached

  3. Sammie Time

    What are good products to use while steaming, I have the two and one steam in the photo and I would like to know how to get the best results from my steamer and not just wash and steam, like oils, conditioners, etc…. Please

  4. Sammie Time

    Missy I couldn’t find mines at first in any store either, so I went online and ordered mines

  5. Sammie Time

    I love it, but I’m not using it right, I just wash condition and just steam and my hair comes out soft but I sure their other ways to get the best results, please help

  6. Sammie Time

    I really who like to know how to get the best results from steaming, like can I use peppermint oil while steaming or do I add it in my conditioner and while it’s on my hair do I steam? Help please I would like to the best results from my steamer

  7. Gloria Lizet

    I use it to deep condition….I have also used it before I wash with a pre-poo. I didn’t really notice a difference either way my hair is soft and super moisturized. I can really tell the difference after a protein treatment

  8. niconya s.

    I need to purchase this dryer/steamer

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