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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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.