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March 31, 2014

How To Steam Natural Hair Without a Steamer

By now we've all read about the benefits of using hair steamers for natural hair care. We've seen all the beautiful natural haired divas whose hair has grown down their backs. They rave about their natural hair absorbing all the goodness of whatever deep conditioning treatment was done...and we look in our wallets to decide if we're going to get a steamer or pay our car note.

The truth is that hair steamers offer a great way to open up the hair follicles to receive all the benefits of deep conditioning treatments. The reality is that everybody does not want to fork out the loot to get a steamer. The solution is found right under your nose: work with what you've got for the exact same results.

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We want our natural hair to be healthy. We want to stop split ends. We want to repair damaged hair. Steaming treatments can do that. We need our hair to be moisturized. We need our hair to be strengthened. We need our hair to be soft. Do you have to have a steamer to do achieve these results? Absolutely not!

The reason that steamers have become so popular is that you can fill a machine with water, plug it in and deliver a steady stream of steam with ease. Steamers work to saturate natural hair with moisture by using heat and water. Honestly, this can be accomplished with a few household items. Gather these supplies together...and deliver fabulous results to your hair!

Start with freshly washed hair that has been detangled. Grab your favorite condish. Feel free to add some essential oils - yeah, go all out! Saturate your hair with your conditioning concoction and follow steps below.
  1. Don a run of the mill processing cap. 
  2. Grab an absorbent towel from the linen closet.  If you're fancy - huh - grab your turban towel.
  3.  Soak towel or turban towel in water. 
  4. Place towel of choice in microwave for 2 minutes or until very warm. 
  5. Wring loosely; wrap towel/turban towel around head. 
  6. Cover towel wrapped head with random plastic bag big enough to hold steam. 
  7. Sit under hooded or bonnet dryer for 30 minutes to 2 hours. 
Make sure that you rinse hair with the coolest water you can stand. This seals hair cuticles and locks in all the goodness that your steaming treatment has infused into your hair. Like always, I recommend rinsing with diluted ACV - lay those cuticles flat! 

Steam on, steamers!

Do you enjoy a good hair steaming? What's your process?

25 Chime in!:

Kudos said...

Umm, yes! I've definitely sat under the dryer with a wet towel on my head!

Anonymous said...

I always just use a plastic conditioning cap. Works for me.

Brooke B. said...

I've never done a steam treatment before, but now that I know I can do it without spending any money I'm all in to try this method. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

I usually just let the steam get super hot while I'm I'm the shower, but this will certainly work as well. Thank you! :)

kwnatural said...

If you use the wet-towel-in-the-microwave method, be sure to put the towel in a bowl.

It definitely works!

Megan Montgomery said...

I do not have a hooded dryer at all. I use the random plastic bag( shopping bag) to deep condition when I run out of the plastic caps and I just put on my knitted hat to create heat. I will try this when I get a bonnet dryer.

Skeptical said...

I don't believe that this will give you the same results since you have to sit under the dryer for 30 mins to 2 hours. The steamer claims that all you need is 20mins.

Davina said...

I will try this.

CurvyCurly said...

Interesting! Thanks for sharing 'cause buying an actual steamer is a 'no go' for me.

CurvyCurly said...

+1

Angela B. said...

Cool. Thanks for sharing. I'd hate to shell out the money for a steamer when I can do this without one. Now, if I only had a hooded dryer...

Ambee said...

I thought that I was the only one doing this!

CuriousJor said...

Okay serious question...The bag won't melt??? I don't want to ruin my head or my dryer. Has anyone tried this??

Alwina Oyewoleturner said...

Definitely and innovative way to steam hair. I will definitely try this very soon, because I can't afford a Huetiful steamer, unless I win one. :-)

Wanda said...

Is dilute ACV apple cider vinegar?

donyella38 said...

Thanks for the great info, I'm going to try this asap. Btw, can some tell me what's "ACV"?

Katherine Gilbert said...

This is a great idea

Tenika said...

I need to get a hooded dryer

LaWanda S said...

Love this!! Thanks

Angela Land said...

nope- I've been doing this method for years & it works!

Tishana Trainor said...

They have really inexpensive attachments for handheld dryers. Check Amazon for a bonnet dryer.

naturally happy said...

After my workout at the gym, I use the steam room.

Anonymous said...

I thought I had a great routine and my hair was getting special treatment but after reading your forum for 6 hours today I feel like I've been neglecting my hair. I thought that since my 4b/4c hair was so rough & kinky (it seemed that no matter what care I did to keep it moistured and unruly it continued to be what it wanted to be) I would not see the same results everyone had. But now - I've been enlightened!!!!! I will steam my hair this week, use henna, and follow the seasonal routines Nikki finds to be a success for her hair. Thank you!!!!

TheUncommonbeauty on blogspot said...

apple cider vinegar

Leigh said...

Now I need a hooded dryer

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