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.
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
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!
How to Steam Natural 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
- Don a run of the mill processing cap.
- Grab an absorbent towel from the linen closet. If you’re fancy – huh – grab your turban towel.
- Soak towel or turban towel in water.
- Place towel of choice in microwave for 2 minutes or until very warm.
- Wring loosely; wrap towel/turban towel around head.
- Cover towel wrapped head with random plastic bag big enough to hold steam.
- 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!
Have you tried steaming without a steamer?
This article was originally published in August 2012 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.