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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36 Comments on "How To Make Your Own Hair Steamer"

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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-


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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.


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


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


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Love Lee Naps

I’ve wrapped my deep con­di­tioned tress­es in Saran Wrap by sim­ply wrap­ping the roll around my head until I had a good seal around my hair and let it sit using my body heat for 30 min… Works great!


so smart! Can’t wait to try this!!

Paula Wilson

I did the exact same method on my hair last week­end! Glad I’m on the right path to good nat­ur­al hair prac­tices.


Hot tow­el steam 

Add your favorite deep con­di­tion to your hair. Wet two wash cloth and place in the microwave for two minute. Place one wash cloth on your hair and then add a plas­tic bag and repeat the process again. Sit under the hood dry­er for 30 minute. 

Deep con­di­tion

Your favorite oil


I nor­mal­ly use a blow dry­er attach­ment bon­net I pur­chased on EBay . I haven’t used it since Sep­tem­ber- I am going to start doing these DC treat­ments because it was ben­e­fi­cial to my hair. I may even try the steam treat­ment because I am find­ing my new­ly nat­ur­al hair is some­what dri­er than when i was tran­si­tion­ing. HHGJ :)


Be care­ful when putting plas­tic in a microwave. Heat­ing it can release BPA, which is a car­cino­gen.


I use my elec­tric ket­tle to boil water to heat the tow­el. Think it works just as well. The steam from the ket­tle is good for the face too!

Divine Love

I boil a pot of water, place the pot in the sink, wrap my locs with the tow­el and show­er cap to steam my hair and face at the same time.


I just love Trudy..she has such a pure and sweet dis­po­si­tion. A great ass­est to the nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty.


good post


I have one of those sil­ver show­er­caps and then I wrap a tow­el around it. as the con­di­tion­er is doing its thing, I’m clean­ing my house and stuff mov­ing around rais­es the body temp and the heat that comes from my scalp is trapped under the cap. So that’s how I do it.


I per­son­al­ly did not like the Hueti­ful. The dome was shal­low so I had to change posi­tions often to steam all of my hair. Also, the mate­r­i­al appeared cheap for the price. I returned it. The con­cept was great but the actu­al steam­er was cheap qual­i­ty and awk­ward to use. Cur­rent­ly, I’m search­ing for an adjustable, stand alone ver­sion with a deep­er dome/hood.

I have a plug in heat­ing cap. After sham­poo­ing. I squeeze out the excess water by loos­en­ing from the roots with my head bent and then balling my hair and squeez­ing. I do this sev­er­al times until my hair is no long drip­ping. Then I apply ample amount of my deep con­di­tion­er and/or oil. I also squeeze my hair to all for the con­di­tion­er to sink in and cov­er all my strands as opposed to comb­ing it through. Then I cov­er my hair with a show­er cap and then place the heat­ing cap on my head and try to keep… Read more »

My favourite way to effec­tive­ly deep con­di­tion my hair for cheap is using a plas­tic bag and then cov­er­ing the bag with an old t-shirt. The shirt acts as a hair steamer/heat cap and this works won­der­ful­ly :-)



I make an ava­ca­do, banana and olive oil deep con­di­tion­er and wrap my head with a warm tow­el. I keep reheat­ing it and wrap­ping for about 20 min­utes.


Steam­ing didn’t work for me. I was left with dry, brit­tle hair. How­ev­er, I could only think that my high poros­i­ty hair’s cuti­cles were open by the end of the process.


Could it have been your con­di­tion­er? I steamed last month with a pro­tein con­di­tion­er, and fol­lowed up with a styler con­tain­ing wheat pro­tein. This was the last straw (lit­er­al­ly) for my hair, I con­di­tioned my hair into pro­tein over­load with the same symp­toms you describe above. Have been on a co-wash deep mois­tur­iz­ing reg­i­men since!


Love this:)

I am a stu­dent and also on a tight bud­get lol. As a 4b nat­ur­al prone to SERIOUS dry­ness I also cant afford not to dc after wash­ing but also can’t afford a fan­cy dryer/ steam­er. I hon­est­ly urge you to invest in a very cheap soft bon­net with a draw­string. It attach­es to a blowdry­er and gives the same effect as a salon dry­er because the heat dis­tri­b­u­tion is even. I use a plas­tic cap under­neath so there is no direct heat but sim­ply the warm­ing of my con­di­tion­er. Also works for roller sets, flexi rod sets where you… Read more »

I use an upright hair dry­er that I’ve had for years. 30 min­utes under the dry­er on medi­um heat and I’m done.


Thanks for shar­ing this infor­ma­tion! This arti­cle was right on time as I will be wash­ing tomor­row night and plan to use my good ole’ bon­nett dry­er and plas­tic cap for deep con­di­tion­ing. I have a steam­er and real­ly like it- but I think my hair retains more mois­ture when I sit under the bon­net dry­er vs. the steam­er. Has any­one else expe­ri­enced this?


Yes, I believe when I use body heat my hair feels more mois­tur­ized vs. the steam­er. I would of thought it would be the oth­er way around.


I like this solu­tion. I was think­ing about buy­ing one of those microwave­able heat caps for my DCs. My ques­tion is, how do you know you’re actu­al­ly get­ting it hot enough to be effec­tive?


I believe you’re talk­ing about the heat ther­a­py wrap?
I just got one and though when you touch it it might not feel too hot at first, but once you wrap it around your head, you’ll DEFINITELY feel the heat.
The heat is sup­posed to last 20 — 25 mind before it cools off, but I usu­al­ly just reheat it after that if I wan­ter a longer DC ses­sion.


I won a ‘Hair ther­a­py wrap’ and I enjoy it. I place it in the microwave for 30 sec­onds, repo­si­tion it and heat it again as direct­ed. I then wrap a large tow­el tur­ban style over it. I find if I heat for the 3rd 30 sec­ond cycle, it’s too hot on my ears. I would repur­chase.


105Y­our style is so unique in cooiarpsmn to oth­er folks I’ve read stuff from. I appre­ci­ate you for post­ing when you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty, Guess I will just book mark this web site.


I have one of those microwave caps and it didn’t work for me- but I’ve read oth­ers have suc­cess. My hair is thick and the cap just doesn’t stay hot long enough and doesn’t pena­trate my strands. What works for me is the off­i­cal heat­ing cap that you plug in, bon­net dry­er and then the steam­er.


Thanks for shar­ing, im going to try this this week­end!