Hair steaming dos and don’ts for relaxed hair

By Drum Digital
09 October 2014

Steaming helps hydrate dry hair and encourages blood flow to circulate, which promotes hair growth.

Steaming is one of the best things you can do to pamper your hair, it helps hydrate dry hair and encourages blood flow to circulate, which promotes hair growth.

The steam lifts the hair cuticle allowing your treatments to penetrate deeply into the hair. This is great for damaged hair that needs healing.

Here are a few dos and don’ts to remember while hair steaming:

DO:

-Steam once a week. This will later prove to improving elasticity and moisture retention.

- Grab a washcloth or a towel. Steaming generates a lot of heat and the moisture may run down your face or drip onto your shoulder. Use a washcloth to wipe your face or wear a headband to absorb the moisture, preventing it from dripping down.

- Steam for 20-30 mins per session.

- Timing is essential. Give your cuticles time to lift and absorb the conditioner. Find something to read to pass time.

- Clip your hair up. It’s important to have all of your hair, ends included, under the steamer. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair so having them under the steamer ensures they will receive all the benefits.

- Cool down. Wait until your hair is cool to the touch and then rinse the conditioner out. Cool hair signifies that the cuticles are officially closed sealing all the benefits of the conditioner inside the hair shaft.

DON’T:

- Covering your head using a plastic cap is one of the worse things you can do. You want your hair to be exposed directly to the moist heat. Allow your hair to feel the steam so that the conditioner can penetrate and work effectively. The direct steam melts the deep conditioner into your hair immediately.

- Neglect your nape! Some steamers have a small hood making it hard to cover every inch of your head effectively. Try to position yourself, or your head, to get the steam on the nape area. This area tends to be a trouble spot for most, therefore it’s important not to forget it.

- Overdo it! Steaming should be done, at the very most, once a week. Increasing the frequency, on a weekly basis, can cause over-moisturizing. Over moist hair can lead to weak limp hair and breakage.

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