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Admit­ted­ly, I was nev­er one for steam­ing my hair.… until I tried it. Now, you can’t get me to stop. Steam­ing my hair has been one of the most game-chang­ing prac­tices that I’ve incor­po­rat­ed into my reg­i­men. I steam my hair as a pre-poo/detangling treat­ment, for mid-week mois­ture, to refresh styles, for con­di­tion­ing, and more. Steam­ing has done won­ders for me, in terms of my tran­si­tion to nat­ur­al hair. I find that my hair breaks less, sheds less, my styles last longer, I spend less mon­ey on prod­ucts, and my hair retains more mois­ture. Plus, my curls are more live­ly than they’ve ever been. Every­thing a tran­si­tion­er could ask for, right?

What is steam­ing hair?

Steam­ing involves using moist heat on the hair, as opposed to dry. Steam­ing the hair cre­ates a humid envi­ron­ment, opti­mal for absorp­tion of mois­ture, among oth­er ben­e­fits.

Why is steam­ing so good for your hair? Here are four good rea­sons to steam your hair:

1. To add mois­ture with­out hygral fatigue. Espe­cial­ly with this being Sum­mer­time and “out” styling is at an all time high, it is eas­i­er for ele­ments (sun, wind, etc.) to dry out hair. To pre­vent unnec­es­sary wear and tear on my tress­es, I try to avoid hav­ing to restyle my hair every day. I couldn’t imag­ine start­ing a fresh wash n’ go, twist and curl, or satin strip braid­out every day for the sake of restor­ing mois­ture. This is where steam­ing comes in — steam allows you to add mois­ture to your hair with­out hav­ing to start from scratch, soak your hair, or ruin your style. Because hygral fatigue wears and tears on the hair due to expand­ing and con­tract­ing (when soaked in water and dry­ing), steam­ing is an excel­lent alter­na­tive with­out the dam­age. Steam­ing is also more effec­tive at mois­tur­iz­ing than your run of the mill spray bot­tle, which you’ll see in point #2.

2. To gen­tly lift the cuti­cle for bet­ter pen­e­tra­tion of ingre­di­ents. With the cuti­cle gen­tly lift­ed, get­ting in water to mois­tur­ize (you’ll still want to light­ly seal) is a great ben­e­fit of steam­ing. Addi­tion­al­ly, when look­ing to con­di­tion your hair and real­ly get those restruc­tur­iz­ing and replen­ish­ing ingre­di­ents in, steam­ing is your best bet.

3. To pro­mote hair strength and elas­tic­i­ty. When­ev­er you add water to your hair, you are adding mois­ture. When­ev­er your hair has the prop­er mois­ture bal­ance, you ward off dry­ness, brit­tle­ness, and break­age. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for tran­si­tion­ers, and deal­ing with the line of demar­ca­tion between the nat­ur­al and dam­aged hair.

4. Steam­ing also enhances your nat­ur­al curl pat­tern and pro­motes clump­ing with­out sac­ri­fic­ing vol­ume. One of the keys to great def­i­n­i­tion (regard­less of tex­ture) is mois­ture. Because steam­ing allows you to get the mois­ture with­out dunk­ing your head in a tub of water, you’re able to walk out the door with live­ly and defined kinks, coils, corkscrews, and curls…and your hair isn’t drip­ping wet.

There are many more ben­e­fits to steam­ing hair, but I believe the four I just men­tioned are some of the most impor­tant. When I steam my hair, I use the Q-Redew Hair­styling Vapor Wand — which I absolute­ly adore. For more about how the Q-Redew helps tran­si­tion­ers and nat­u­rals, check out my review and tuto­r­i­al:

Sure, the Q-Redew is amaz­ing. But what about if you’re not inter­est­ed in spend­ing $70? Here are some free at-home alter­na­tives:

1. Spritz your hair light­ly with water, and cov­er with a plas­tic cap or bag. Sit under your hood­ed dry­er or bon­net dry­er for 15–20 min­utes. You can also use a hand­held blowdry­er aimed at your plas­tic-cov­ered hair.

2. Grab an old tow­el or t-shirt and soak it with water. Wring it out so it isn’t drip­ping wet, then microwave it for about 2 min­utes (make sure it’s a plain t-shirt, please). Wrap it around your hair, and cov­er with a plas­tic bag to keep the heat/steam in. To pro­long the heat, you can sit under a hood­ed dry­er for 15–20 min­utes. For a longer steam treat­ment, just re-wet the tow­el, re-heat, and repeat.

3. Leave your show­er cap off dur­ing your next show­er. Allow the steam from your show­er to mois­tur­ize your hair, for as long as you are inside.

4. Enter to win The Mane Objective’s Q-Redew Give­away. This week, I’m giv­ing away a Q-Redew to one lucky win­ner! All you have to do is: Like the Q-Redew Face­book Page, sub­scribe to my YouTube Chan­nel, and fol­low @qredew and @maneobjective on Insta­gram. Then, on Insta­gram upload your pic­tures every day of the week: Mon­day Bun­day, Twist-Out Tues­day, Wash n Go Wednes­day, Trimmed Tress­es Thurs­day, Fan­cy Updo Fri­day, Sta­ple Style Sat­ur­day, and Start Over Sun­day. Even though the con­test already start­ed, it’s not too late to enter!!! Remem­ber, a Q-Redew is up for grabs here — for free.99! On Mon­day, June 24th I’ll be hav­ing a ran­dom draw­ing and announc­ing the win­ner LIVE on YouTube. Check out the video for all the details:

Hap­py steam­ing, and if you choose to enter the give­away, good luck!

Ladies, do you steam your hair? Why or why not? If you do, what ben­e­fits have you seen to your hair?

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and prod­uct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­ur­al hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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[…] Steam is one of the best kept secrets for a healthy head of nat­ur­al hair, and a good steam treat­ment is often the high­light of a natural’s trip to the salon. It helps infuse con­di­tion­ers into the hair, increas­ing strength, mois­ture reten­tion, and curl pat­tern def­i­n­i­tion. They can be a bit pricey — the pop­u­lar Hueti­ful steam­er will run you about $150 — but with the mon­ey saved on salon vis­its, it could be worth it! […]

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[…] Steam is one of the best kept secrets for a healthy head of nat­ur­al hair, and a good steam treat­ment is often the high­light of a natural’s trip to the salon. It helps infuse con­di­tion­ers into the hair, increas­ing strength, mois­ture reten­tion, and curl pat­tern def­i­n­i­tion. They can be a bit pricey — the pop­u­lar Hueti­ful steam­er will run you about $150 — but with the mon­ey saved on salon vis­its, it could be worth it! […]

Amanda Propaganda
It’s a lit­tle heavy, but you can also buy a Conair hand held fab­ric steam­er at Wamart or Tar­get for half the cost of a Q-redew hair steam­er and just use a rat tail comb to sep­a­rate the hair so that the steam can pen­e­trate with­out hav­ing to touch the hair and caus­ing it to frizz. It can be set to low heat, holds way more water than the q-redew, cre­ates tons of steam and is far less frag­ile. My Q-Redew broke day one due to elec­tri­cal fail­ure and I am cur­rent­ly wait­ing for them to send me a replace­ment.… Read more »
Amanda

Hi, nice advices! I use the Karmin Salon Series and have very curly, frizzy hair and it real­ly helps to keep it frizz at bay. I use it with the dif­fuser and my curls come out look­ing great.

Shera

I can’t find a salon or styl­ist that uses a steam dry­er in the Atlanta area. Any sug­ges­tions?

Renée Fournillier

Nubiance Hair Salon off Cheshire Bridge Rd

towninc

Too groovy does.

PhillyzJamPoetHair

You don’t find many who steam and if they do, they will charge an arm an a leg. You can find a good sit under steam­er on Ebay. I got mine for $59.99 and turned around and bought JReady one. I think I bought one for Blak­Thai for christ­mas, but that was a black one for $89.99. In 2 steams it pays for itself!

Anona Miss

Arte­sia Salon in the West End

Ebony Canty

In Gwin­nett go to Deb­bie Domini­can salon and bar­ber off Lawrenceville hwy, get­ting steamed right now lol

yoloberry

Try Kinky Peach­es Salon. They offer steam treat­ments

Zee

Too Groovy Salon also offers them. They’re in Mid­town.

PhillyzJamPoetHair

I like Too Groovy Salon. They sure do know nat­ur­al hair!

aquaplussteamshower.edublogs.org

we not long ago put in our steam show­er unit, finest thing we have decid­ed to buy for some
time, the lit­tle ones and fam­i­ly love it, sim­ply can­not
see myself going back to con­ven­tion­al show­ers again

Also vis­it my web site steam show­er cubi­cles (aquaplussteamshower.edublogs.org)

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I com­ment each time I espe­cial­ly enjoy a post on a web­site or I have some­thing to add to the dis­cus­sion. It is caused by thee sin­cer­ness dis­played in the post I read. And after this post 4 Ben­e­fits of Steam­ing Nat­ur­al Hair | Black Girl with Long Hair. I was movved enough to post a thought :-) I actu­al­ly do have a cou­ple of ques­tions for you if you usu­al­ly do not mind. Could it be just me or do some of these respons­es appear like com­ing from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are post­ing on oth­er sites, I’d like to… Read more »
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[…] that your hair is prop­er­ly hydrat­ed is through steam­ing it, which will do won­ders for your hair. Steam­ing enhances your nat­ur­al curl pat­tern and pro­motes hair strength and […]

Sammie

Are their prod­ucts you can use while steam­ing your hair

marie

Where may I pur­chase the Steam­er and Twist winder in the UK par­tic­u­lar­ly in Lon­don — Can you send me the name and details of both prod­ucts please.

Deb Evans

The steam­er I pur­chased was “My Lit­tle Steam­er Go Mini.” Not sure where you can buy it in the UK. Did you try amazon.com? They ship to the UK. I don’t have any info about the twist winder. Good luck!

imani
i have to update my pre­vi­ous com­ment bc Ive “upgrad­ed” my steam reg­i­men! I watched YT’s Den­imPix­ie Qre­dew review& she made a com­ment abt how it com­pared to using her gar­ment steam­er. I knew i was­nt going to be spend­ing $70 on any­bodys steam­er but the gar­ment steam­er sound­ed eco­nom­i­cal & imo func­tioned much the same as the QRe­dew. I start­ed pric­ing gar­ment steam­ers til i found one with good reviews AND on sale. I end­ed up get­ting a Conair Gar­ment Steam­er from Tar­get for under $30!Ive been using it for 2 weeks now and i got­ta say WOW! GAME… Read more »
Ava

Can you please tell me what mod­el you bought?

Deb Evans

I bought the “My Lit­tle Steam­er Go Mini.” I am very hap­py with it, and even used it one day to steam the wrin­kles from a sweater!

Ava

Thank you for your com­ments. I was going to get a QRe­dew now I can get some­thing more afford­able! Thanks again. :)

Deb Evans

I bought a hand­held clothes steam­er for 19.95 at Bed Bath and Beyond. It uses reg­u­lar tap water, is portable, and does a great job of steam­ing my hair.

Akshay
Rat­ing I have used microwave rice ceoorks for some­time now and they are absolute­ly fabulous!This lit­tle rice cook­er comes with a mea­sure and a spoon all very sweet I would be lost and cer­tain­ly need a map with­out my rice ceoorks.Rice is cooked by the vol­ume prin­ci­ple ie 1 mea­sure of rice 2 and a half mea­sures of water how­ev­er the more rice you cook the less water you need. Also a lit­tle tip if you do buy this rice cook­er which is a com­plete whiz if cook­ing loads of rice put a small dish under­neath the cook­er just in… Read more »
imani
Nev­er knew there was a hand­held steam­er out there. I just knew of the hood­ed ones which I refuse 2 invest in.I start­ed using steam to style my hair when the overnight twists fail or my tress­es just look dry.I put my fav styler in my hair then turn on the show­er &leave.I wait for a few then go it & sit down for 5m or so then check my hair and wow! My hair responds to this 5m treat­ment! My hair get big­ger with­out frizz ‚those dry defi­ant half curls get spi­ral­ly again & I love it! For now,my… Read more »
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Felicia

I’m tran­si­tion­ing to nat­ur­al. 2 1/2 month post perm. I didn’t do a big chop, just clip my ends. But before I pur­chase this steam­er, what are the ben­e­fits for peo­ple who are in the ear­ly stage of going nat­ur­al? My hair length is almost to the end of my neck, but very thin.

Amariah

I found your blog real­ly help­ful as I am in the process of buy­ing a steam­er and real­ly want­ed to know the ben­e­fits of steam­ing before I forked out a huge amount on a steam­er. Thanks for the sim­ple and very well explained steps and tips.
May I ask how often you steam your hair?

Thank you
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[…] There are a mil­lion rea­sons why the pre-poo is impor­tant  to nat­ur­al and tran­si­tion­ing hair. But in the process of rever­sion, it is an inte­gral step. When hair is straight­ened, we tend to avoid water or water-based any­thing to pre­vent hair from revert­ing to its nat­ur­al state. That’s all well and good, until we start talk­ing mois­ture. There’s only so much serums (many of which are sil­i­cone-based any­way), oils, and but­ter whips can do. Our hair needs and craves true mois­ture from water. So to stave off break­age and pre­pare the hair to return to nor­mal, a water-based pre-poo… Read more »
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[…] There are a mil­lion rea­sons why the pre-poo is impor­tant  to nat­ur­al and tran­si­tion­ing hair. But in the process of rever­sion, it is an inte­gral step. When hair is straight­ened, we tend to avoid water or water-based any­thing to pre­vent hair from revert­ing to its nat­ur­al state. That’s all well and good, until we start talk­ing mois­ture. There’s only so much serums (many of which are sil­i­cone-based any­way), oils, and but­ter whips can do. Our hair needs and craves true mois­ture from water. So to stave off break­age and pre­pare the hair to return to nor­mal, a water-based pre-poo… Read more »
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[…] There are a mil­lion rea­sons why the pre-poo is impor­tant  to nat­ur­al and tran­si­tion­ing hair. But in the process of rever­sion, it is an inte­gral step. When hair is straight­ened, we tend to avoid water or water-based any­thing to pre­vent hair from revert­ing to its nat­ur­al state. That’s all well and good, until we start talk­ing mois­ture. There’s only so much serums (many of which are sil­i­cone-based any­way), oils, and but­ter whips can do. Our hair needs and craves true mois­ture from water. So to stave off break­age and pre­pare the hair to return to nor­mal, a water-based pre-poo… Read more »
Zelphia

I pur­chased my Q-Redew and it is the best thing ever!!

Tammy

Do you put con­di­tion­er on, then steam, then rinse out and then style?

Joy

I’ve actu­al­ly used a steam­er before but didn’t care much for it. I think an old fash­ion show­er cap on top of water spritzed on my strands works well for me. I believe steam­ing would be most ben­e­fi­cial to women that have high poros­i­ty and low poros­i­ty hair. I have nor­mal poros­i­ty hair and real­ly didn’t notice a dis­tinct dif­fer­ence after using my steam­er.

Rine

Hey love­ly ladies!

Does the bag­gy-method make a good alter­na­tive to actu­al steam­ing?

Linda

I’m almost too ashamed to ask this ques­tion but I’m going to ask it any­way lol…but would you gain the same ben­e­fits of an at home steam­er at the gym sit­ting in the steam room?

Claudette UK

Same ben­e­fits Lin­da. I’ve steamed my hair in there time and again. You will also notice you aren’t the only one giv­ing your hair a treat­ment in the steam room.

GlideGirl

For some rea­son I can’t ratio­nal­ize, I changed it up and sat in the sauna instead of the steam room at the gym today. My curls look less defined. Maybe I did some­thing wrong and it’s not a mat­ter of sauna vs. steam room, but I’m return­ing to what i know works for me — the steam room.

Charmie

@ Lin­da: The steam­room is how I get my steam on, lol

Yas
This is not a fad. A steam treat­ment is no joke when it comes to keep­ing your hair mois­tur­ized and the ben­e­fits can’t be beat. Steam­ers have actu­al­ly been around for years in salon set­tings, so it’s noth­ing real­ly new at all. My bestie owns the Heuti­ful table-top steam­er and she swears by it–I kid you not when I say the hair is down her back. She’s in the mar­ket for a floor mod­el because her hair has grown so much she can bare­ly fit it up under the hood. When she does she’s going to sell me hers; and… Read more »
Anquinette
I looooooove my steam­er. I’ve used the plas­tic caps and all that and it nev­er did the job that I need­ed it to do. But then again my hair is thick and will be dry as all get out. I took about a year of research­ing watch­ing yt vids and read­ing reviews before I took the plunge. I wasn’t sure if it was worth spend­ing the mon­ey, but in the back of my mind I knew it would be good for my hair. It was that price tag that kept get­ting me lol. I had to tell myself it is… Read more »
stephanieb
I agree Anquinette, you have to do what works for you, if you can’t afford a steam­er, then just do the show­er cap under the dry­er or in the show­er, same thing, and espe­cial­ly in the show­er, that’s free steam for you right there, lol. But I agree the ben­e­fits of steam­ing your hair, regard­less of how you do it, can­not be beat, but it prob­a­bly depends on your hair. Like some­one said ear­li­er, if you have very coarse, dry, low poros­i­ty hair, then the steam­er may be of some ben­e­fit, but if you don’t have issues with mois­ture or… Read more »
Reese

I just spritz my hair with an evoo/water mix­ture, put 2 plas­tic bag­gies on my head and my satin cap over it.

ladyluo

I have low poros­i­ty hair so I think a steam­er would ben­e­fit me more than some­one with reg­u­lar or high poros­i­ty hair so a steam­er is def­i­nite­ly on my wish list

TWA4now

It is on my wish list and I hope to use it in the near future, but which one? Any sug­ges­tions???

msboogee

Beware of hair blog­gers ( not this per­son). Push­ing steam­ers espe­cial­ly the heuti­ful and sound­ing like a com­mer­cial. I had a steam­er and my Show­er­cap gave me the same results

Tisha

I don’t have a steam­er and I wouldn’t go out of my way to get one, sim­ply because I don’t think it makes that big of a dif­fer­ence. I plas­tic cap/bag and a good deep con­di­tion­er applied week­ly is more than enough for me.
Again, to each their own.

Ms KSS

Exact­ly! We will be broke (or in my case ‘more broke’)if we try to keep up with the lastest hair fad

Tabatha

I see what you are talk­ing about. I remem­ber in High School Conair had their lit­tle steam flat iron, so I tried it and it fried my hair! But this is a dif­fer­ent way. When I real­ized what approach you used its the same as what my hair styl­ist does when we do a deep con­di­tion­er, so you are so right it is help­ful and it keeps your hair soft, but I have nev­er done it at home myself, but I’m sure I could. Thanks for the post.

Elena

Well i took the plunge and pur­chased the Q-Redew this morn­ing. Hope i don’t regret it. Ha! Time to cash in my cans and bot­tles for pock­et change for the next two weeks!!

Desiree

I was just eye­ing steam­ers on Ama­zon last night but couldn’t push myself to spend the $90. I use steam­ers at the salon, though, and my hair loves it. Per­haps its worth the splurge.

TWA4now

I would like to steam my hair…I heard some many good things about it.

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krokan

Can I use my hand held gar­ment steam­er? It puts out steam just like the one I see in the video.

Reba

I do use my gar­ment steam­er to refresh my hair, but you have to be very care­ful not to let it drip hot water on your neck or let the steam get too close to your scalp. I also put on glass­es when I do it so I don’t get a steam burn to the eye.

Jasper

Lol. I would think that has a high­er tem­per­a­ture then one for your hair.

Jessica

I am cheap/slightly poor… So I always just take my scarf off before I get in the show­er, close the door, and let it do what it do

Charlotte

I don’t have a steam­er, but you know what’s a bum­mer, if I don’t do some sort of intense con­di­tion­ing treat­ment before each wash I end up with dry hair. I use my heat cap, and I also put plas­tic caps over my head. Cat­nip tea has real­ly worked well for me so much that oth­er treat­ments seek like a waste.

mangomadness

How do you use cat­nip tea as a hair treat­ment?

K

Search Ktani and threads on LHC, most use Catit Cat­nip Gar­den which has a mix of leaves and buds and use it as a rinse or a soak instead of con­di­tion­er and ACV. Ktani’s recipe seems most pop­u­lar, sor­ry I don’t remem­ber it.

Sabrina Antoinnette

I have to agree with you @Charlotte. The best way for me to mois­tur­ize is via week­ly deep con­di­tion­ing. I have on two occa­sions spent the time steam­ing or doing a GHE to add mois­ture to my strands between con­di­tion­ing and when all is said/done it seems to be dry­ing for me; even when doing the LOC method after. I almost feel that my nor­mal rou­tine of adding dai­ly mois­ture bit by bit is bet­ter for me.

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