Hair Steamers: Share your experiences

Reader TJ says;

I am a new reader of your blog, fantastic information as I am hooked. My burning question to other naturals is regarding steamers. How beneficial is having one in your hair journey? I’m newly natural, 8 months post relaxer and wondered if there is any significant difference in using one in your regimen. The only heat I currently have been using is courtesy of my deep conditioning cap weekly. Does using a steamer have any effect or bearing (positive or negative) on natural hair growth and/or length retention? How often do you use it? If you do use a steamer, do you prefer to use it at certain times of the year and/or season as opposed to others? Any suggestions for an affordable brand should I take the plunge and want to purchase one? According to YouTube, I’ve heard the Huetiful steamer works wonders.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Alright ladies, do you use hair steamers? How have they worked for you? Feel free to share photos :)

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61 thoughts on “Hair Steamers: Share your experiences

  1. At first I thought it was a lot of hype. I had my hair steamed for the first time in October and LOVED it. It helped to seal in moisture and my hair felt totally different!

  2. Hello Ladies:

    I have recently purchased a steamer. I used it for the first time last weekend. I was wondering if a steamer can cause heat damage? As soon as I came from under the steamer, I noticed that my hair was steaming.


  3. I have this and I feel that it does what it says it will do. It steams your hair.

    Now, if this helps your particular texture, wonderful. I can’t tell the difference in the steaming my hair, or spritzing a fine mist all through my hair, putting on a plastic cap and doing a bunch of push-ups.

    I think I could have saved myself $130 bucks.

    However, it is nice to sit under a dryer for 20 minutes and relax, but I’m selling my steamer ’cause I’d rather be mobile while my hair is conditioned.

  4. I realize this is an old thread, but does porosity depends on whether or not the steamer will work? My hair is high porosity, so even with a good deep conditioner, it would not work on my hair?

  5. My question is why is it that I only hear about Huetiful hair steamers? Aren’t there other hair steamers out there? Does anyone else own a hair steamer that is not Huetiful and if so does it work? Has anyone tried both? Is there a difference?? Are huetiful steamers sold in stores? Why is it so easy to find so much info on Huetiful hair steamers but no others?? Is this another marketing trap??

  6. Im waaay late to this post. I purchased a Huetiful in the winter. I used it often. I wouldn’t swear by it, but do plan on using it again in the dry winter months. Now the facial attachment that comes with it??? CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT! :)

  7. I just googled “hair steamer vs hooded dryer” and ended up here. I don’t do much with my hair. After my grandmother stopped hot combing it for me, my hair pretty much lost it’s only friend. 11years later, I went to a salon because my hair needed a trim and a deep condition and I was interested in seeing what they’d do to my hair and if I could do it myself. They steamed it. I figure I can do that and Assuming I ever think about going to a salon ever again, owning a steamer will save me the cost of just one trip. But do I need a steamer for the type of deep conditioning that I intend to start doing on my own? I dont have a hooded dryer either. Will one of those $25 electric heat caps suffice? This isn’t a question of whether to get the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 4. I don’t want either. I don’t need it to read me bedtime stories or film the birth of my child in HD. I dont even need it to make clear phone calls. I just want to be able to text. So will an electronic heat cap meet my basic deep conditioning needs? Ignore the risk of being burned ( survivor of a hot comb speaking). Or the extra hour I’ll have to wear it. Does it work? Has anyone had spectacular results with a heat cap? If not…how how the hooded dryer?

    • By the way, I’ve only had a relaxer three times. The first time was 16 years ago and the last time was 13 years ago because a crochet weave attacked me….I’m not foreign to natural hair care. I just don’t like to deal with hair in general. It’s like going to the gym. I just have to push myself to do it because I know I should.

      One more question. Does anyone use oil with their steamer? Or just conditioners?

  8. I have been researching the steamer and honestly I can’t see myself making that type of investment but if I had it then I would definitely get it. I used to get steam treatments at my old dominican salon and they were awesome for my roller sets and blow outs. If you live in a harsh climate, then go for it cause your hair will thank you. But if not, then just take the time to DC and go old school with hot towels and shower caps.

  9. I have recently bought a microwavable heat cap online for about $40 it is wonderful you stick it in the microwave for a minute and then put the cap on your head. Since it uses steam to give you awsome curls I put my deap conditioner in instead of curlers with a shower cap over it. Then I used my heat cap over it all. It works Wonders, it is portable, and it only took about five minutes.


  10. I think dis nigerian hair stylist don’t understand wat steaming of hair means.I had in an annoying state after asking for hair steaming.

  11. Eli, hi i do not have a Huetiful Steamer but i do have a “Secura 0 Facial and Hair Steamer”. Yes, mines does work the same and looks very very similar to the Huetiful. I purchased my steamer from Amazon for new at the price of $81

  12. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say they were skeptical until they tried it, but I just can’t get past the price tag. If I was able to test one out and compare vs more traditional methods, I might be inclined to buy one based on results. However, as it stands, I think I’ll just have to keep my little money and kick it old school.

  13. I’m glad to see a more recent post as most are from 2011 – 2013. A year ago, I purchased a hair steamer from It doesn’t have the brand on it, but if you check it out online, they have two brands that look identical. I purchased one that looks like those.
    At any rate, I used it during the winter months and decided to give my hair a break during the summer months. It worked really well for my hair. My hair was soft and manageable. I’ve been gearing up and trying to set aside time to re-start my treatments. Thank goodness I’ve not made the time to do so. Within the last few weeks, my hair has become unmanageable. It is very difficult for me to comb through the ends of my hair. My new growth is fine, but the ends of my hair feel as it has a thermal damage. I don’t know if it is a result from using the steamer, a result from not using the steamer, or a result from wearing two strand twists on a regular basis. I’m thinking that since the new grow isn’t damaged, it must be from the months of using the steamer.
    If anyone knows anything about reversing this damage, please let me know as soon as possible. I have an appointment to get my hair trimmed on December 12th and will probably end up getting 3-4 inches cut off if there’s not a way to reverse this.

    • @Wanda Being that this is well past your appt date, you probably already had your hair trimmed. Anywho, I would say its a combo of all three. Your hair was used to those steam treatments so it suffered when you stopped for such an extended period of time. Being that the ends of your hair is the oldest part of your hair, they dry out easily anyway. So to go from extra hydration to minimal was pretty devastating. You should have kept the steamer in your regimen, but decreased how often. Maybe alternating 1 steam treatment per 2 deep conditioning treatments. Also what products were you using with the steamer? Did it have drying ingredients, such as mineral oil? Is your hair natural? How often were you using the steamer? I know you said you were wearing two strand twists, but that can be done on relaxed & natural. I’ve been a stylist for almost 14 years & I specialize in healthy hair.

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