The hair shaft is composed of three parts. There is the cuticle (which is the outer layer), the cortex (which contains moisture and melanin, or natural color), and the medulla (the core). Steam therapy--also referred to as hyrdation therapy--allows a hefty dose of intense hydration to penetrate the hair shaft. Generally, conditioners sit on top of the cuticle, but steam lifts the cuticle so that the cortex receives the bulk of the moisture. That is where we need moisture the most! When your hair is properly hydrated, it's more elastic, which minimizes breakage and split ends. It also causes hair to be silkier and have more body, shine and/or sheen. You will also save money on products because your hair will stay hydrated for a longer period of time!
Not only are steam treatments beneficial for our hair, they are highly therapeutic for our scalps. Some may even say that the process is miraculous. Steaming helps loosen dead skin, remove build-up, balances sebum (oil) production, and unclogs pores. All of the aforementioned encourage an ideal environment for optimum hair growth and promote a healthier scalp. It can also aid in the production of collagen, which supports cell renewal.
Although there are many ways to treat your scalp and tresses to hydration therapy, using a hair steamer is the most effective. To improve the overall condition of your hair and scalp, incorporate hydration therapy into your hair care routine at least once a month. If you have hair color or scalp concerns, consider steaming more often. Start by thoroughly cleansing your hair and scalp, apply a deep conditioner, pile your hair loosely on top of your head and then sit under a hair steamer for 20 to 30 minutes. For best results, rinse out using cool water. Happy steaming!
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