We’ve been ranting and raving about the Q-Redew handheld hair steamer all week, and whether or not you purchase one there are still some reasons you may consider adding steaming into your natural hair regimen. There are also several different ways you can achieve the steam affect that don’t always involve a steaming device. So lets hop to it.

Steaming Your Hair: When you steam your hair you are creating a humid environment that is just right for moisturizing as opposed to the natural dry air all around us. (especially in the winter time) Steaming helps to replenish what may be sucked out during our every day routines. Steaming doesn’t have to be too time consuming or done every day, but you will start to see many differences and benefits in your hair if you decide to take the extra step.

Increases Moisture Retention For me, moisture retention is a major deal in my natural hair journey. Retaining moisture is crucial to accomplishing amazing styles such as twist outs, bantu knot outs, roller sets…etc. Why is this? Because when your hair has moisture you are able to obtain and KEEP definition. So instead of a giant puff of frizz and fuzz you will be able to keep up that day 2, 3, 4, 5 day hair!

Enhanced curls If you are looking for loads of definition, the increase in moisture retention will also help to reshape and boost your curls. It will not change your hair texture (if done for the correct amount of time- no more than thirty minutes) but it will make your hair look different/better.

Strengthening hair Steaming your hair helps create stronger strands which are more “elastic” The elasticity of your hair will help you keep an eye on the health of your hair. What this means is do your curls snap back to their original state after they are stretched. Steaming provides the moisture needed to keep your in a strong elastic state. This is key for those who are struggling in their transition (as we all do) because it may be difficult to calculate your elasticity when the line of demarcation is weak. Building strength in your hair will help in styling and length retention as well.

Refresh/Rejuvenate: What I love the most about steaming is the fact that I don’t need to have a wet head all day whether I have my hair out or I am protective styling. I live in New York and our weather gets very crazy as we enter the fall/winter months. In one week you can have an extremely hot day, a humid rainy day, or a freezing cold day. With that type of variety I can’t always have a soaking wet head with my schedule. Steaming allows a session of remoisturization without having to re-wet my entire head.

Opens the cuticle of the hair This may be the best and most important part of steaming. Because you can steam for different purposes you will be able to lift/open the cuticle for varies reasons as well. For example I’ve been steaming during my deep conditioning treatment therefore allowing more of the conditioner to get into the strands of my hair. With the cuticle opened from the warm vapor being placed on it your hair is getting more nutrients than it would if you just tried to simply refresh your curls/or style by adding the conditioner. I love the fact that the steamer allows for all the “good stuff” of a hair product to get in before I rinse it off.

Easier stretching/manageability Like I said steaming can be used for various purposes. A steamer makes your hair more manageable and easier to detanlge. With that step becoming easier stretching your hair becomes a breeze as well, therefore cutting down on styling/detangling time during your wash days or styling moments. Best part… you get to use less product which will save you money in the long run.

Promotes Growth Say what?!? Well don’t jump the gun… the reason steaming your natural hair promotes hair growth is because it moisturizes the scalp which is the canvas for healthy hair growth. A steamer will help to increase the flow of natural oils on your scalp while providing a moisturized atmosphere for your hair/scalp to flourish. Adding this into your natural hair regimen will help you head in the right direction in your natural hair journey.

But what if you can’t afford a steamer? With all of the options out there you still may have to break the bank. There is the Green house effect, or baggy method which will get you the same results without spending a penny. You will have to generate/use your own generated body heat, and takes a bit more time than just twenty minutes. You can also create a steam room in your bathroom but running the shower and having the bathroom fill up with steam. All free of cost! Or you can enter our current giveaway to win your very own hair steamer! Details Below:

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How has steaming your hair benefitted your natural hair journey ?

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11 Responses to 7 Benefits Of Steaming Your Natural Hair

    • I recommend 1-2 times a week depending on what your hair needs. No need to over do it then your hair will become too mushy and still break.

    • Hey i have done hair steaming and i did ask the hair lady of how mant times can i steam my hair in a week and she said just once a week ..apply a good hair protein on hair massage for 10min and steam for 10min and wash as normal.then leave your hair like that for few days before you do your second wash…well it was really good advice ..it works really well.

  1. So, I didn’t want to commit to speing a lot of money on a hair steamer (because I’m cheap) but was intrigued when I started reading about it.

    I have NO idea what my curl pattern is, oh how I wish I could figure it out, but my hair can be super curly or not so much. After fighting with my natural hair for YEARS, I finally decided to stop, and try to figure out how to capitalize on my curl.

    So I started with a Deva Cut, which helped tremendiously!!! Then the (so far) never ending hit or miss of products. In doing my research, I did find out I have low porosity hair. Which now translates why my hair is no so curly sometimes, because it lacks moisture and it’s hard to moisturize (at least it is for me now, because I’m still learning…).

    Back to the point: So, cheap me, decided to find an inexpensive, hand held, clothes steamer to experiment with. Logic was if it didn’t work on my hair, I could use it on my wrinkled clothes I always seem to have. I bought the “My Little Steamer: Go Mini”, $20.

    Much to my utter surprise, it worked!!! After the learning curve of burning my scalp and hands a few times, I’ve figured it out and LOVE what steam does for my hair!!! I’m still a bit frustrated finding the right products because I NEED the moisture, but have to make sure there’s not too much weight in the moisture/product, it’s a fine balance I’m still tweaking.

    I’m due for another Deva Cut in a few weeks, and now that I’m gaining understanding of my hair, am hoping to focus on the top of my head where it’s kinda flat. I feel somewhat successful as I’ve moved from triangle hair to rectangle hair, lol. But I want all over volume, including the top! ~crosses fingers~

    • OMG that is so awesome! I’m cheap also (frugal I guess) and I love that idea! You go girl! I wish you the best of luck on your hair journey!

  2. Or you could boil a pot of water, and then stick your head under it, that’s probably cheaper than running a hot shower for 30ish minutes. Helps clear your sinuses too.