Best Handheld Steamer and things you should know

by Lauren Gilmore
[ Hair Stylist and Educator ]

There aren’t actually that many handheld steamers for the hair as they are more designed for facial use.

One of the reasons for this is that they can be quite bulky and heavy to hold for long periods on the hair.

The benefits of using the steam technology are:

  • Hydrate the hair.
  • Encourages blood flow on the scalp to help promote hair growth.
  • Heals damaged hair.
  • Increases softness.
  • Removes frizz.
  • Help to unclog the pores in our scalp.
  • Enhances curls.

Handheld steamers can be great for:

  • Focusing on certain areas of the hair.
  • Enhancing naturally curly hair.
  • Two in one use - for use on the face also.
  • They can also be used in the home and on clothes.

Here is my couple of favorite hand held steamers...

1. YLEI Nano Steam Gun Micro Mist Salon Treatment Hair Steamer Machine

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This steamer comes in a handheld design, and it can be used for a variety of different reasons – on the hair, skin, disinfecting the home, clothes and car. It helps to hydrate and nourish the hair and repair any damage.

The Technology – The nanoparticles allow for deeper penetration into the hair, it has rapid misting and is ergonomically designed.

I like this steamer for its technology, however for use on the hair I think it can be quite uncomfortable to use. I would say if you just wanted a steamer for quick use then this one's for you.

If you aren’t using a steamer on your curly hair, then you are definitely missing out!

The benefits of this steamer include:

  1. Nourishes the hair.
  2. Compact and portable.
  3. Helps to nourish the hair.
  4. Repairs and prevents damage.
  5. Easy to use.


  1. Uncomfortable to hold.
  2. Water tanks will need refilling regularly.

2. Q-Redew Handheld Steamer

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This is another handheld steamer designed to enhance curly hair and prevent damage. It uses warm steam to hydrate, reshape, give volume and texture and also detangle, stretch and deep condition the hair.

The Technology – The steam lifts the cuticle allowing the moisture to penetrate the hair.

This is definitely a go-to steamer for curly to very curly hair. I personally like this steamer because curly hair tends to be very dry, coarse and hard to manage whereas by using this steamer the curls become enhanced and soft to the touch. It can also be used between washes to give the girls back their bounce.

The benefits of this steamer include:

  1. Hydrates curly hair.
  2. Can direct the steam where it is needed.
  3. Perfect for curly/wavy hair.
  4. Prevents damage.
  5. Enhances curls.
  6. Great for refreshing curls in between washes.


-        Not ideal for straight hair.

-        The water tank will need filling up regularly.


  1. Not ideal for straight hair.
  2. The water tank will need filling up regularly.

See The Below Tutorial on How to Use The Q-Redew Hair Steamer

There is no correct way to use a handheld steamer, always check the manufacturer’s instructions on the tool that you purchase, however I would suggest using for no longer than 30 minutes at a time, doing this can damage the bonds in your hair.

I would recommend doing this once a month, or if your hair is very dry you can steam your hair every 7-14 days.

I would probably say handheld steamers are more designed to curly hair as you can direct the steam to enhance and hydrate the curls, they can be quite time consuming to use, and they can be tiring on the arm.

However they are really quick and easy tools to use, and the benefits are amazing!

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