NOW YOU CAN HAVE THAT SOFT AND LUSTROUS HAIR WITH A SIMPLE STEAM THERAPY
When it’s time for wash day, your eyes roll in; the thought of spending the day battling your dry, tangled hair can quickly go from 100 to zero. Let’s face it; taking care of your natural hair can be difficult. There are times when it appears that nothing, including your go-to treatment, is working for you. Also be careful! Read our Do’s and Don’ts for black hair care and growth. Before you throw in the towel and call it a day, take a deep breath and relax. We have got something that will help you maintain your natural curls.
STEAM THERAPY TO THE RESCUE
Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Remember those visits to the salon with your mother, where you had your hair set in rollers? You watch as the hairstylist coats your hair with oils and various colors of plastic rollers, one after the other. Then, like a well-dressed dish …you are transferred into the hooded dryer to let the vapor gently absorb the moisture in your hair.
Steam therapy is a similar but healthier procedure.
What is steam therapy?
Deep conditioning is a term that’s everywhere. You’ve spent several hours on YouTube learning about deep conditioning techniques. Steaming your hair and deep conditioning are relatives in the same family tree. They have similar benefits, but a heated steamer provides that dry heat factor.
According to Charlotte Mensah, award-winning afro-hairstylist, “it is the process of using moist heat to open up the hair follicle, and allow conditioner and treatments to penetrate each strand to allow better absorption of moisture.” Thus, it adds strength, elasticity, and moisture retention to your hair.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF STEAM THERAPY?
Steam therapy is used on various hair types and textures, such as light, coarse, kinky, and curly. However, it is, nevertheless, highly beneficial to hair that is chemically treated and severely damaged. Consider the following point if you’re still uncertain that steaming is good for your hair.
- ·It aids dandruff and scalp-related treatments: By introducing a steam treatment into your hair care routine, you alter your hair’s behavior. Steaming helps vapor penetrate your scalp, allowing nutrients to be absorbed and thus, aiding in scalp nourishment.
- It increases softness: Steaming works like exfoliation, it removes dead cells in the skin of the scalp, softens the cells and the base of the root in a non-intrusive way. This gives your hair a softer, silkier texture which is a sign of healthy hair.
- It improves elasticity: Elasticity refers to your hair’s ability to stretch and shrink without snapping. Steaming helps circulate the blood flow to the scalp. It gives you flexible hair that does not break.
- It intensifies hair growth: Steaming applied with other good hair regimen procedures is a sure way to have long healthy hair. It boosts collagen formation and allows toxins in the scalp to escape.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU STEAM YOUR HAIR?
For pretty healthy hair, once a month would suffice, as you don’t want to over-moisturize your hair, which can lead to breakage. However, if you have damaged, dry hair, moisturize every 7-10 days or once a week. It reduces brittleness and improves the moisture retention capacity of your hair.
IS STEAM THERAPY FOR EVERYONE?
Honestly, it isn’t for everyone. Do you have severe scalp problems like eczema, psoriasis, folliculitis, or dermatitis? Then, stay away from steam therapy unless told otherwise by a dermatologist. Using steam on the scalp with peculiar challenges; removes scabs or sores protecting the healing skin underneath that leads to bacteria or fungal infections.
WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS METHODS FOR STEAM THERAPY?
The DIY approach is one way to use steam therapy, though it isn’t as effective as using a professional hair steamer. It’s simple and won’t take up much of your time. The DIY method involves two ways;
- The first method is to take a hot shower after applying your treatments and deep conditioner. Shower steam will open up your hair cuticles, but it won’t be as effective as regular hair steamers.
- The second is like what you see in the movies. It’s known as the towel method, and it entails heating a damp towel (you may use a plastic cap to keep the moisture in) and wrapping it around your hair for around 20-30 minutes.
The heat-steamer is the most effective way and one of our favorites. It is a streaming device, usually big or small, which turns water into vapor, opening pores in the scalp to let your hair treatments penetrate deeper.
HOW TO CHOOSE SUITABLE HAIR STEAMERS FOR YOU?
There are a few things to keep in mind before heading out to the store. The most important factor is space. Do you have enough room for a hair steamer like those used in salons? If that’s the case, floor-standing, hard-hooded steamers are your best bet. If not, we recommend going with something more portable that you can place on the table. Naturally, a portable option concentrates the steam in the region where you direct it rather than all over your head. It is an excellent option for moisture in specific areas of your head.
Despite the variety of options, your hair type determines the best steamer for you. Traditional full-head steamers; whether the hooded kind or the flexible type, help water-resistant hair the most. The portable types are for light or specific treatments, such as dry or dandruff patches.
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STEPS FOR STEAMING YOUR HAIR USING TOWEL/PLASTIC CAP METHOD
- Use a shampoo that is suitable for your hair type to wash your hair.
- Squeeze the conditioner, oil, or Shea butter into your hands and rub them together. Then, use your fingers to smoothen the conditioner down the shafts of your hair, starting at the roots. Make sure to coat the entire surface evenly. Use more conditioner if you run out by the time you reach your ends.
- Cover your head with a shower cap. Part your hair into parts, fasten with hair bands and comb the treatments and conditioner all through. If you have long hair, tie it up into a low bun. After that, cover your head with the shower cap and tuck any stray hairs underneath.
- Soak a face cloth or towel in water and wring it out. Continue squeezing the face cloth until there are no more drops. This is essential because hot water drops have the potential to burn your neck. Make sure there are no water drops left in the face cloth by shaking it.
- You can use a hair turban instead of a face cloth if you have one. The compact size of face cloths makes them ideal for use. Use a similar-sized fabric if you don’t have a turban or a face cloth.
- Dry the face cloth for 2 minutes. Start the dryer on the highest setting. This warms the water in the fabric, making it easier to steam your hair. Steam your hair for 20-30 minutes. It allows the steam to penetrate the strands of your hair. To keep the face cloth from slipping off your head, try to sit steady.
- If the face cloth comes loose, reposition and cover it with the shower cap. If it has cooled, you may want to warm it first before replacing it.
- Using cold water, rinse your hair. Remove the shower cap and face towel from your head and, if required, untwist your hair. Then turn up the shower pressure to the maximum and let the water rinse the conditioner out of your hair. The cold water seals the hair cuticles and keeps moisture in.
- The lovely moisturizing sensation will last about a week. Steaming your hair more than this weakens your hair, so don’t do it too often. Leave your hair to air-dry. This maximizes the moisture in your hair and minimizes heat damage.
METHOD 2: USING HAIR STEAMER
Note: Always read instructions when using the hair steamer at home. 20-25 minutes is the recommended time—it is necessary not to spend longer than this.
- Get your hair washed. Make sure you’re using a nice shampoo that’s excellent for your hair.
- Apply your preferred hair treatment (conditioner or Shea butter) to your entire head of hair.
- Section your hair, fasten with hair bands and comb through the treatments and conditioner gently.
- Twist your hair into thick twists by dividing large pieces into smaller ones.
- Apply the treatment on the top of your head. However, make sure your hair treatment product covers everything.
- Pull your hair back into a bun.
- Follow the instructions for setting up your hair steamer.
- When the steam starts to flow out, sit below the steamer’s cap.
- Please remember to cover your shoulders with a towel. Some strands may fall because it’s heated.
- After the treatment, use moisturizing items for your hair (oil, conditioner, or Shea butter).
- Remove the twist.
- Gently massage your hair after steaming
- Your hair is ready and fresh out from the oven!
The following is a breakdown of how to operate the various steamers:
Standing steamer: To use a standing steamer, fill the reservoir with distilled water and set the steam timer. Because standing steamers can run for a long time, schedule your hair time correctly to avoid over-steaming. For a smooth process, place your chair under the gadget and sit upright. The device will turn off on its own once your steam is finished.
Tabletop Steamer: To use a tabletop steamer, fill it with distilled water and plug it in. Maintain an upright stance for the steamer to hydrate your strands evenly.
Handheld steamer: Fill the reservoir with distilled water before using the hand-held steamer. Plug it in and wait a few seconds for it to heat up after the water is in place. To apply steam to each region of your hair as needed, press the on button. Place the steamer a few inches away from your scalp, as the steamer makes it easy to go right up against your hair.
Blow-dryer Attachment: Attach the inflatable cap to your blow-dryer and secure it over your head using the blow-dryer attachment. Turn on the dryer, sit back and relax while it works.
WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE AVOID WHEN STEAMING THEIR HAIR?
Avoid utilizing dodgy or low-quality items to get the most out of your steam therapy. It is recommended that you apply fatty acid-rich products such as Shea butter, avocado, or castor oil. It’s also a good idea to avoid using hooded steamers (which can drip hot water on your scalp) and garment steamers on your hair (for obvious reasons).
WHAT SHOULD YOUR HAIR LOOK LIKE AFTER STEAMING?
As stated earlier, low porosity hair will feel and look extremely nourished and glossy with a high sheen. Over time it improves elasticity, strength, and moisture retention that makes your hair more manageable.
WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR YOUR HAIR AFTER STEAMING?
So your hair is all moistened, glossy, and shiny. What do you do to maintain your sheen? Some stylists recommend using natural oils on your hair, reducing the use of hit tools, and avoiding over-shampooing. But, if you are looking for a precise way of taking care of your hair, after steaming…we’ve covered the essential points.
- As long as you are not trying to get rid of dandruff, washing your hair twice every two weeks is sufficient.
- Always comb or brush your hair before washing to avoid tangles.
- Limit the use of hair care products that are not natural
- Especially hair care products containing substances that can harm the skin, such as benzene and harsh fragrance.
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