How Does Hair Steamer Work and How to Use Them?

by Lauren Gilmore
[ Hair Stylist and Educator ]

Over recent years people have become very conscious of causing unnecessary damage to their hair.

Companies such as GHD have put a lot of interest into finding the correct heat to avoid damage and there has been a big thing over using the correct products to rebuild the hair from any damage.

Steam technology is a healthy alternative to straightening your hair!

How Do Steam Tools Work?

Steam hair tools release steam from nozzles positioned around the plates at high temperatures.

This moisture will help prevent hair from getting damaged at high temperatures.

Unlike straightening with a regular flat iron where your hair dries out, the steam flat iron moisturizes your hair while straightening it.

Steam hair straighteners are specialized for dry and damaged hair lacking moisture and they are suitable for both thin and thick hair.

The hair loses moisture for numerous reasons:

  • Coloring Services
  • Heat Styling
  • UV Rays
  • Chemical Services

This can make the hair appeal dull, lack-luster and straw-like, so it is important that we put the moisture back into the hair.

There are numerous brands now that have steam technology, but we are going to look at a few of the most popular, that also come with a comb.

How Do You Use a Steam Tool?

  1. Start by shampooing and conditioning your hair as normal.
  2. Towel dry your hair, apply a heat protector and blow-dry as normal.
  3. Fill the steam straightener with the required amount of water.
  4. Set your desired temperature, higher for thicker hair, lower for finer hair.
  5. Section your hair into small sections, start the steam straightener at the root and slide it through to the ends of your hair.
  6. Repeat until you have finished the whole of your hair.

Tips for Using Your Steam Tool

  • Always keep the water tank full, this will stop it drying out.
  • Always use a heat protector on your hair, this is still a heat tool and your hair will still need protecting.
  • Give your hair a good brush through beforehand to remove and tangle.
  • Use only on dry hair.
  • Make sure you clean your tool regularly using a clean, damp cloth.
  • Always follow the tools manufacturer’s instructions for use, cleaning and storage.
  • For thicker hair use the higher heat settings and for finer hair use the lower heat settings.

Hair steamers limit the amount of damage to the hair, they add moisture, shine, smoothness and make the hair look and feel healthy, giving you a salon worthy finish!

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