by Trudy of 4cHairChick

Cur­rent­ly, I’m ballin’ on a tight bud­get.  Got some big time projects in my future, so every dol­lar spent is care­ful­ly planned.  Though a Hueti­ful Steam­er is in the hori­zon; I’m cur­rent­ly with­out a steam­er or an upright hair dry­er to aid me in my deep con­di­tion­ing rou­tine. With my 4c curls, skip­ping deep con­di­tion­ing is not an option (I need all the mois­ture I can get), so I had to fig­ure out a solu­tion for heat­ing my hair dur­ing deep con­di­tion­ing ses­sions since I don’t have an upright hair dry­er or steam­er.

Though you can def­i­nite­ly deep con­di­tion with body heat only, I used to do that, my results were much bet­ter when I used addi­tion­al heat.  Below is my crafty yet classy solu­tion for heat­ing your hair dur­ing deep con­di­tion­ing ses­sions with­out a dry­er.

The Face Tow­el Method Heat a face tow­el in the microwave. (30 – 40 sec­onds will do.)

Heat Steaming towel

Next, put a show­er cap over your hair.

Place the steam­ing face tow­el on top of the show­er cap.

Seal in the heat from the face tow­el by plac­ing anoth­er show­er cap on over the first show­er cap.

*Note – Don’t be like me in this pic­ture – put a tow­el around your neck. I got burned by water drops from the face tow­el and it was NOT fun. covered Nice

Boom, there it is – impro­vised heat!  The face tow­el will stay hot for about ten min­utes.  I wrap my head with a bath tow­el in addi­tion to using the steamy face tow­el and show­er caps.

After 30 min­utes, my hair is good to go and deep con­di­tioned. wrapped and ready

Heat is an impor­tant part of deep con­di­tion­ing because heat lifts your hair cuti­cles.  The lift­ed cuti­cles enable the deep con­di­tion­ing prod­ucts to pen­e­trate the hair shaft.

How do you deep con­di­tion your hair? Dry­er, Steam­er or anoth­er method?

Trudy Susan is the founder of the online plat­form 4c Hair the #1 online com­mu­ni­ty for type 4 nat­u­rals.  In 2011, Trudy chopped off her hair, instan­ta­neous­ly trad­ing her shoul­der length chem­i­cal­ly relaxed tress­es for a teeny-weeny afro.  Moti­vat­ed by the lack of infor­ma­tion avail­able speci­fic to 4c hair Trudy began an online com­mu­ni­ty, which is now 200,000 mem­bers strong and grow­ing, that caters to wom­en with type 4 hair.

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I put the DC in my hair, then get in the show­er and take a lonnnngggg show­er… I just let the steam from my show­er do the work. No extra mon­ey spent what­so­ev­er haha­ha. my hair always comes out a lot soft­er and man­age­able then if I just DC with a show­er cap. But I’m not sure if this is effec­tive as a steam­er since I’ve nev­er used one…

Chelsea A Chelsea

Lol alot of water wast­ed though. Mon­ey spent on the water bill though


Try­ing this now.…. Such a great idea! Thanks!


That sounds like adding heat but not nec­es­sar­i­ly steam­ing, unless I’m miss­ing some­thing.


I’m think­ing wet heat is dif­fer­ent than dry heat, also the tow­el isn’t direct­ly on the hair.


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Amanda M. Rich

This is a very tech­ni­cal way to make own hair steam. How­ev­er it’s an almost nat­u­ral stream­er. No expe­ri­ence need­ed, time sav­ing and all mate­ri­al are avail­able at home. I will def­i­nite­ly try the face tow­el method while trav­el­ing, I like this most. How­ev­er after seam­ing hair we need a flat iron to straight our hair, hope this iron may ful­fill the require­ment-