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April 24, 2020
Are you ready to transform your curls? To give them a boost of shine and bounce? Then follow along at home with us, while we treat our tresses to the modern-day miracle that is Hair Steaming.
Trust us, it’ll only take about 20 minutes... And it will be worth every single one of them.
If you don’t yet know the benefits of steaming your natural curls, we’ve got all your bases covered. Here, we’ll answer all your questions about why your hair will love being steamed...
Besides the immediately obvious softness and extra manageability you’ll notice in your hair after your very first steam, there’s some fascinating science behind why your curls look and feel so much better afterwards. The active ingredients in your conditioner are supercharged by the application of the steam lifting up your cuticle, causing their performance to be dramatically improved. When these active ingredients are allowed to work their magic properly, they’ll be conditioning not just the outside of your hair shaft, but effectively penetrating all the way into your cuticle layer. The cuticle is where your hair holds all its capabilities for protecting itself and providing hair its strength, so you don’t want to neglect keeping this important layer of your hair fiber healthy.
You’ll be giving your scalp a dose of pampering while you’re at it, as the steam opens up the pores on your scalp, achieving an incredibly deep clean. Your shampoo will have the best chance at working effectively, and getting that squeaky clean scalp is crucial if you’re trying to grow your hair or maintain its health. Getting a deep clean on your scalp clears up congestion, which lets your hair follicles grow hair freely, unhindered by that physical layer of build-up and dead skin that your hairs have to fight their way through.
You’ll be getting a triple whammy of benefits when you steam, as applying moist heat to your head also encourages blood circulation to your scalp. This increased blood flow stimulates the growth of your hair and supports the repair of damaged tresses right at the root level.
This will depend on the condition of your hair. For hair that’s only slightly thirsty, 15-20 minutes should do the trick. But if your tresses feel more dry and damaged, steam for a good 25-40 minutes. Making sure your steam session is long enough is a critical element in ensuring you’re getting the benefits your individual hair needs. Based on your hair’s dryness, steaming for long enough gives your cuticle plenty of time to lift up and absorb the conditioner.
For us curly naturalistas, we can do it every week. Many of us have low porosity hair that struggles to retain moisture, so you can’t really overdo it. By steaming on this regular basis, you’ll be adding extra hydration. Over time, by consistently imparting this additional hydration in your hair, you’re improving its elasticity and moisture retention. This means better curl hold, incredible softness, longer-lasting styles, and optimal protection against damage for your curls.
Your previously thirsty locks will look and feel super nourished, they’ll have a beautiful glossy shine, and will be easy to manage. Your scalp will feel refreshed, clean and soothed, with any irritation and itchiness relieved. Plus, your curls will behave like a dream- they’ll have better definition and hold styles longer too!
Ready to jump aboard the hair steaming train? We hope so! All of us here at Urbanbella Salon notice the dramatic changes in our own and our client’s hair when we make regular steaming part of our routine. You’ll love the amazing benefits you get from this easy and quick weekly steam treatment. And the best part, you can give your curls the steam treatment right from the comfort of home!
Are you a hair steaming devotee? Or a newcomer to the technique? Share your hair steaming stories with us in the comments below.
~Keneesha and the Urbanbella Team
April 25, 2020
Ty for this amazing article on steaming I am a steamaholic lol however, with everything going on I haven’t had a proper steaming in 8 weeks and counting….You mentioned the traditional steaming method but are there others if you don’t have a Professional steamer? and, where can I purchase the recommended steamer suggested? Help my tresses are steam thirsty💧💧💧💧💧
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