Deep conditioning is a critical step in our hair care regimen that helps us achieve soft, supple hair. Most of us typically deep condition with heat of some kind. Most often, we deep condition with dry heat. Dry heat is the heat that is generated from a hooded dryer or a heat cap. Did you know that you can enhance your deep conditioners by using moist heat, a technique known as hair steaming? This article will focus on the top 5 benefits of steaming natural hair.
What is Hair Steaming?
Hair steaming means to deep condition your hair with moist heat instead of dry heat that’s done with a traditional deep conditioning session. The water droplets found within moist heat offers added hydration and enhances product performance.
Steaming natural hair can be done in several ways: handheld steamer (Q-Redew), tabletop steamer (Hueitful Steamer), stand up steamer (LCL steamer) and DIY hair steaming method. Another often forgotten about method for hair steaming is taking a long, hot shower and allowing the steam from the shower penetrate deeply into the hair.
Who Should Consider Hair Steaming?
Natural hair and relaxed hair and anything in between can benefit from hair steaming. This technique is definitely healthy hair friendly for all hair types and textures.
5 Benefits to Steaming Natural Hair?
- Lifts Hair Cuticles. Low porosity ladies listen up, this one is for you. Tightly closed cuticles often found in low porosity hair make it extremely difficult for product to penetrate into the hair. The warm, moist heat lifts the cuticles to allow product to deeply penetrate into the hair.
- Improves Hydration. Hair steaming enhances product performance by adding water droplets to the hair which provides an added level of hydration.
- Reduces Breakage. Hydrated hair is supple and resilient and breaks less than dry hair.
- Reduces Tangles and Knots. Hair steaming elongates our curls which lessens the opportunity for tangles and knots to form.
- Mid-week Refresher. Hair steaming with the Q-Redew doubles as a wash day hair steamer and mid-week refresher. You simply add moisturizer to dry hair and use the Q-Redew for a mid-week moisture boost without having to complete a full wash day regimen! You can also hop in the shower for similar, although not quite as powerful, effect.
How Long and How Often to Steam Your Hair?
Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. At one point, I was steaming my hair on a weekly basis for upwards to an hour. That is, until I received the results of my Komaza Hair Analysis. They strongly cautioned that having lifted cuticles frequently and for extended periods of time can be extremely damaging. Komaza Hair Care recommended hair steaming for 15-30 minutes only a few times per month to keep the cuticle layer healthy. Do know, this is just a recommendation as all heads of hair differ. As with anything, please listen to your hair and do what you feel is best as your hair is the best measuring stick of all!
DIY Steam Treatment
Don’t have a steamer? No worries. Visit my article where you will learn how to steam your hair without a hair steamer.