steam treatment for dry hair

Natural kinky, coily, and curly hair have the tendency of becoming extremely parched in specific circumstances--a few days after wash day (if you haven't been regularly moisturizing), after a swim in the summertime, or a trip atop the mountains in the wintertime--and it can leave your hair texture feeling dull, brittle, fragile, and unhealthy. Have you ever sat in a sauna or jacuzzi immediately after an excruciating workout, in order to pour life back into your achy joints and body? Well, think of a steam treatment as a way of giving your natural hair a relaxing sauna break from all that you have put it through.

Many curlies opt for a steaming treatment at the salon by a professional, but there are plenty of home steamer options as well. The bottom line is that they all use moist heat to enhance and promote your hair's health. Here's what it does:

  • Detangles your hair more easily. With the help of water and gentle heat, steam helps loosen tight knots and matted hair from root to tip, making it easy to help your comb or fingers pass through with no difficulty.
  • Allow hair product to be more effective. Using a steamer allows your cuticle to lift enough to let water, oils, and moisturizers, all of the necessary ingredients from your conditioning product enter the scalp and provide an abundance of hydration to parched hair.
  • Elongates while keeping definition. You will still have full, voluminous curls and coils after using a steamer. In addition, your hair will be much softer and bouncier than it was pre-treatment.

The tools you'll need

The Huetiful Hair Steamer is a popular at-home hair steaming tool for do-it-yourself naturalistas. It's a splurge at over a hundred dollars, but the smaller, handheld Q-Redew is another option at a lower price point.

How to use them

If you are purchasing an at-home steamer for the first time, they can be an intimidating contraption. Watch these tutorials to see how to get the most out of your new tool.

Q-Redew

Huetiful Steamer