I guess this is a reoccurring theme for me to be late when it comes to certain natural hair care products. In case you missed it, check out my blog post here about FINALLY trying an Aztec Clay Wash after being natural for almost 10 years!!
I decided to include hair steaming in my natural hair routine after noticing that as my hair was getting longer, it was becoming more tangled and it wasn’t retaining moisture as well. Of course I could just moisturize more often during the week, which I did, but I still felt like my tresses needed something more. I considered getting the Q-Redew a couple of years ago after watching different YouTube videos and hearing positive reviews. I signed up for the company’s email newsletter and honestly, would just delete the emails telling myself that I would buy myself one when it goes on sale for Black Friday. But after seeing the changes in my hair, I decided to go for it. For my birthday in May, I asked my mom and sister to get me one. By the way, that’s how you know you’re a dedicated natural when you start requesting products and gadgets as gifts!! I figured it I didn’t like it, then I didn’t waste my money since I wasn’t the one paying for it! Shhhh….don’t tell them I said that!
How Your Hair Can Benefit from Steam
Our hair needs moisture and lots of it. With the bends and curves of our hair strands, it’s difficult for our hair to receive and maintain moisture in comparison to those with straight hair. The steam opens the outer, cuticle layer allowing the product to penetrate the hair strands, which leads to better absorption of the ingredients in the product. The prongs on this particular steamer aid in gently detangling the hair as well. Detangled hair also retains more moisture. The prongs in combination with the steam were a little more effective at detangling than just using my wide tooth comb alone
The moist heat also encourages blood flow to the scalp, which can promote hair growth
Steaming the hair can also improve hair elasticity. Elasticity is the hairs ability to be stretched and then returned to its natural state without breaking
How to I Use the Steamer + How Often I Use It?
The steamer comes with two parts: the water reservoir and the actual steamer that you plug in. Remove the reservoir, fill with water, and reattach it to the steamer. The indicator light will let you know when the steamer is ready. Then you press the trigger to release the steam. I assumed that since I have a lot of hair, I would need to refill the reservoir, but to my surprise, I didn’t have to refill it at all. There was even a little water left in the reservoir when I was finished
Depending on how my hair feels, I use the LOC method 3 times per week to keep it moisturized. The LOC method is a method for applying products to achieve moisture retention. The idea is that each layer is heavier than the previous layer, which allows the hair to retain moisture for a longer period of time. To moisturize my hair, I start by creating sections. I always work in sections by first splitting my hair down the middle and then creating 3 sections on each side of my head. Then splitting each of those 3 sections in half. You don’t have to create as many sections. Do what works best for you based off the length and thickness of your hair. I next spritz the section with a mixture of aloe juice and water. Then I steam that section from tips to roots until the steamer prongs easily pass through that section of hair. Next I apply my leave in, which is currently the Cantu Curl Activator Moisturizer, coconut oil, and then the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream. I make sure the section is thoroughly coated with the hair products; especially the ends, then I two-strand twist that section and move on to the next section. Once I’m finished twisting, I tie a satin scarf around my edges and sleep on my satin pillow case
Depending on how I wear my hair during the week, I may need to moisturize my hair more often. Exposing my hair to the elements when I wear it out, means my hair gets drier, faster. So sometimes, I will keep my hair in the twists from the night before for a few days to keep my hair moisturized longer
The steamer can also be used during deep conditioning. I haven’t used it for that purpose yet, but may consider trying it in the future. I currently use my cute cheetah print Thermal Hair Care Hot Head Cap since it allows me to be mobile and it’s less effort to use
The end result of me using the steamer is soft, moisturized curls with less breakage, which is a definite plus! I also noticed that it was easier to detangle my hair on wash day if I used the steamer a few times that week
I do have a couple of cons. It’s a little bulky and challenging to store. I would put it under my bathroom sink, but one there’s no room and two, I don’t want it to get broken. So I store it in the box it came in and have the box in my bathroom to remind me to use it. Second, you have to hold the trigger down while you’re using the steamer, so there isn’t an on/off switch, which I think would make it easier to use
The Q-Redew retails for $78, but they are currently offering free shipping. Here’s a direct link to the site (Here is link to the site). Pro tip: Sign up for their newsletter. They often offer $10 off and have a Black Friday special as well
Would I recommend this product? Yes! If you’ve been struggling to retain moisture or perhaps you’ve experienced damage and you want to restore the health and vitality of your hair, I think you would benefit from regular hair streaming. How often you would use would completely depend on your individual hair needs
Have you tried this steamer or any other steamer? What was your experience?
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