Hair steaming is a great way to increase moisture levels in the hair, and ensure each strand absorbs all the good stuff from the hair products you use. In this article we are going to outline reasons why you should start steaming your hair in 2022, and what benefits your hair can gain from this low-maintenance wash day trick.
What Is Hair Steaming?
Hair steaming is the process of using vapour to moisturise and soften the hair, it's a great way to ensure your hair has the right amount of moisture it needs to grow strong and healthy. What most people don't know, is that hair steaming has been proven to increase hair growth rates and it can also aid repair damaged hair.
Healthy heat to your head increases the blood flow to the scalp, which in turn gives your roots the blood-flow they need to grow longer hair. Most people steam their hair while deep-conditioning, and others choose to instead do an oil treatment.
What Does Steaming Do to the Hair?
Being able to take care of your hair at home is very valuable these days, but sometimes time consuming. Steaming your hair is extremely low-effort, but the benefits you receive in return are many:
1. Increased Hair Growth
Thanks to the heat, more blood flows to your scalp and up your hair shaft, which makes your hair grow longer. This, combined with good products and care, can help your hair growth journey.
2. Reduced Breakage
Steaming your hair can result in damage control, as it improves hair elasticity by replenishing it with water.
After using vapour on your hair, you will be able to feel how much softer and easier to comb it is.
3. Better Scalp Cleansing
Paired with a scalp brush, steaming is great for dislodging any further dirt and product buildup. If you have a sensitive scalp or predisposition to dandruff or scaly scalp, you should use your steamer to ensure your scalp is well-moisturised.
4. Improved Hair Moisture
During a wash day routine, the objective is to reinstate the moisture the hair has lost as well as giving it nutrients that make it thrive. Better moisture levels, especially for low-porosity hair, means less breakage and dryness; Which are the first causes for unhealthy natural hair.
How to Steam Your Hair at Home?
If you already have a steamer but haven't used it yet, or are thinking about buying one, remember these few pieces of advice on how to safely steam your hair at home:
- Less Is More: Don't go ham and steam your hair every day, it will do more harm than good. Instead, make sure to steam your hair once, maximum twice a month during your wash day routine. Using steamers more regularly than this can lead to hair falling out.
- Always Rinse Cool: Always remember to rinse your hair with cool water if you have done a product treatment with your steamer, this allows the nutrients to be locked inside when the hair cuticles close.
- 20 Minutes Hair Boost: We advise to use the steamer a maximum of 20 minutes, making sure the vapour is covering all of your hair.
Pro Tip (Oil it up!)
Include some essential oils in your steaming routine, this will soften the hair even more, and depending on the oil you use, you will see different results thanks to their individual properties.
Our favourite picks are:
Rosemary Oil - Perfect for accelerating hair growth and strengthening the hair shaft.
Argan Oil - Great for dry hair that needs extra help to stay hydrated and soft.
Pumpkin Seed Oil - Its anti inflammatory properties help reduce free damage and irritation on the scalp.
Grape seed Oil - Is used as a natural remedy for baldness, you can use it to treat weak edges and thinning hair.
Niyo Hair and Beauty 2 in 1 Face and Hair steamers have been designed to increase hair and skin moisture. The heath released by the steamer will not cause you any level of heath damage.
However, beware that using the steamer incorrectly can lead to moisture overload, which leads to damage.
To avoid any type of damage please follow the correct steps which can be found here:
What is a Hair Steamer?
A hair steamer is an innovative machine, created to improve the health of hair and skin. When water is poured into the machine it boils and releases delicate warm steam which opens up your hair and skin pores!
For regular deep conditioning, this machine can be used not more than once a week and at least once each month.
Try it out and let us know how much you love it!
How Does it Work?
If you are struggling to use your steamer, we have included a steamer manual with your steamer alternatively, watch our- HOW TO USE OUR STEAMER VIDEO.
Here is how to get the best out of your steaming session:
- After setting up the steamer, apply your deep conditioner to your hair and clip all your hair up
- Sit under the hooded steamer for 15 min and proceeded to rise your conditioner out!
- For extremely damaged hair I would advise staying under the steamer for 30 min once a month.
Please do not exceed the 30min mark to avoid moisture overload.
How Long Should I Steam my Natural Hair?
We recommend steaming your hair for 15 min with your deep conditioner. For extremely damaged hair, you can steamer your hair for 30 min
Is a Hair Steamer Worth the Hype?
Purchasing our steamer is a great investment, which will take your skin and hair care to another level! It improves your skin and hair by increasing moisture.
It’s also cost-efficient!
Getting a similar treatment at the salon each week cost’s an average of £60 to £70 each visit!
With your own hair steamer, you are able to save so much money.
Don’t get me wrong, once in a while, you can still treat your hair and self to a salon visit but what’s better than having your own steaming tool that you can access at any time.
Does Steaming Help With Hair Growth?
Yes, when the steam gets to your scalp in increases moisture. This improves your scalp blood circulation which leads to hair growth!
A steamer is also known for unclogging pores, this will make your scalp healthier which will also improve hair growth
Can You Steam Your hair With a Leave-in Conditioner?
NIYO 2 IN 1 Face and Hair Steamer can also be incorporated into your moisturising routine!
After applying your Leave-In conditioner use the nozzle steamer to soften your hair whiles working your products into your natural hair.
Watch this video for a step-by-step guide!
Hair Steamer or Hair Dryer?
Both Hooded dryers and Steamers are known for providing heath to natural hair.
I'm sure you will be wondering what the difference is:
Hooded dryers are known for realising hot dry air to the hair. It allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair strands, given your hair moisture. However, it is also suggested that it can dehydrate the hair.
Steamers provide 'moist' heat to your hair. This is created by the warm vapor. This allows the conditioner to penetrate the hair strands while hydrating your natural hair.