When your hair is natural, relaxed and or color treated, steaming is one of the best things you can do to pamper your hair. Hair steaming is beneficial as the heat aids in hydrating dry hair leaving your parched tresses happy. The moist heat also encourages blood flow to circulate, promoting hair growth too! The steam lifts the hair cuticle allowing your treatments to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft helping to heal damaged hair.
Steaming has allowed my hair to retain moisture, increase softness and stimulate growth. It’s a must for my thirsty 4b hair! Here are a few do’s and don’ts to remember while hair steaming:
- Steam once a week. A weekly dose of steaming adds extra hydration to the hair. Over time, steaming aids in improving elasticity and moisture retention.
- Grab a washcloth. Steaming generates a lot of heat and the moisture may run down your face or drip onto your shoulder.
- Steam for 30 – 45 mins per session. The duration of your steam session is everything! Be sure to stay put under that steamer for maximum hydration. Give your cuticles time to lift and absorb the conditioner. Grab a magazine or your favorite book to help pass the time.
- Cover your head. 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 oils and/or deep conditioner into your hair immediately.
- Leave your hair down. Clip your hair up so that your ends, the oldest part of your hair will not be neglected and so you receive the benefits of the oils and/or deep conditioner under the direct moist heat.
- Go under the steamer right away. Wait at least 5-7 minutes to allow the steam to develop. During this time you can finish applying your oils and/or conditioner to your hair, clip it all up and then go under the steamer. Five to seven minutes is enough time for the water to bubble up and the vapors to get hot.
- 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 is addictive; however, it 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 possibly breakage.