Steaming is adding moisture to your hair in the form of moist heat, or “steam”. Hair steaming is beneficial if you have dry hair that you find difficult to keep moisturized. The moist heat encourages blood flow which aids in promoting hair growth. The steam lifts the hair cuticle allowing for your treatments to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft to heal damaged hair.
Steam treatments are great for low porosity hair because it helps your hairs ability to absorb products and oils. The warmth from the steam helps to raise the cuticle which means products /ingredients are more easily absorbed to the core.
When you steam your hair, your strands become stronger; you will experience less shrinkage and tangles. Because you hair is hydrated there will also be less single strand knots which means less breakage! So that means LENGTH RETENTION!
Steaming also helps to cleanse the scalp. It can actually help fight through product build up/dirt on the scalp. We all know a clean scalp is a healthy scalp and a healthy scalp means healthy hair growth.
Those of you that wear your hair in protective styles, such as braids or twists, or if you have locs; a steam treatment can refresh your style while cleaning your scalp to prolong the duration of your style.
Steam is HEAT, so be mindful of how long you are treating your hair as well as how often you so it. If you misuse this treatment you will experience heat damage. Schedule a consultation with a Natural Hair Specialist for more information on how to introduce steam treatments into your hair care regimen.
April Williams is a licensed cosmetologist, natural hair care specialist and owner of the only natural hair care salon “A Perfect 10 Hair,” the same name of her natural hair care line. Send your questions to April via e-mail at APerfect10Hair@yahoo.com orStyleandSnow@gmail.com with subject line “#AskApril“