What should you do if your natural hair is extremely dry? Try steaming hair. You can use a handheld hair steamer, or a standing steamer to add moisture in the form of moist heat to the hair strands.
Benefits of Steaming Natural Hair
1. Refreshes curls without starting over
In winter, you can add moisture without having to soak your hair. This can be particularly helpful for people who suffer from dry brittle hair during winter. And, people who do not want to risk getting a cold because of adding water in the morning and night can try steaming hair.
2. Clean the scalp and promote hair growth
Steaming hair makes it easier to keep your scalp clean because the warmth from the steam can actually help fight through some product build-up/dirt on the scalp. With a clean scalp, the hair will grow up healthy. And, the warmth can stimulate blood flow in the scalp, helping hair growth.
3. Allow ingredient absorption
The warmth from the steam can lift the cuticle to allow product/ingredient absorption. Hair can fully absorb low porosity naturals that find it hard to get moisture deep into the core of the hair or products.
4. Enable hair stretching, less shrinkage and tangles
There is less shrinkage, less tangles and knots because the hair is hydrated. Steaming hair not only makes it easier to detangle, but also leads to less breakage!
5. Reduce breakage.
Steam can add moisture, making dry, brittle and thirsty hair supple, hydrated and healthy.
When and how often should we steam hair
How often we need to wash our hair? How difficult/easy it is for products (such as deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners) to penetrate your hair strands? Generally, all these depend on how dry your hair feels. You will have happy, hydrated hair that looks and feels lush, plump and truly hydrated if you steam your natural hair 1-2 times a week.
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