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Pros and Cons of Hair Steamers

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Hair Steam

Are hair steamers really that good?

Will they make a difference to my hair?

Why should I switch?

Steamers for the hair come in the following forms:

  • Curlers
  • Rollers
  • Steam Cap
  • Professional Steamer
  • Straightener
  • Brush

They all have different uses, so will therefore have different pros and cons.

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons for each different type of steamer...

Pros and Cons of Steam Caps

These are generally used for allowing conditioning treatments to penetrate the hair by lifting the cuticle.

Pros:

  1. Stimulates the pores of the scalp.
  2. Easy to use.
  3. Ideal for home use and easily portable.
  4. Allows conditioning treatments to deeply penetrate the hair, which will help to repair damage.
  5. Affordable.
  6. Have adjustable heat settings.
  7. Hydrates the hair.
  8. Comfortable on the head.

Cons:

  1. Not long-lasting.
  2. Water tank will need filling up regularly.
  3. Can be quite flimsy. 

Pros and Cons of Professional/Tabletop Steamers

These are generally used for allowing conditioning treatments to penetrate the hair by lifting the cuticle.

Pros:

  1. Durable.
  2. Adjustable heat settings.
  3. Easy to use.
  4. Some can be used for the face.
  5. Stimulates the scalp.
  6. Hydrates the hair.
  7. Great for professional use.

Cons:

  1. Hot water may spill.
  2. Will need filling up regularly.
  3. Can be more expensive.
  4. Not as easy to store at home.

Pros and Cons of Steam Curlers

These are generally used for creating curls in the hair.

Pros:

  1. Creates long lasting curls.
  2. Hydrates the hair.
  3. Adjustable heat settings.
  4. Ideal for most hair types.
  5. Makes the hair soft and shiny.
  6. Heat up fast.
  7. Quick and easy to use.

Cons:

  1. Not ideal for very long or very thick hair.
  2. Water tank will need filling up regularly.
  3. Hot water may spill.

Pros and Cons of Steam Rollers

These are generally used for creating volume, bounce and curl in the hair.

Pros:

  1. Rollers heat up fast.
  2. Create long lasting curls.
  3. Moisturizes the hair.
  4. Curls look smooth and soft.
  5. Minimize frizz in the hair.
  6. Minimizes damages in the hair.
  7. Easy to use.
  8. Ideal for fine-curly hair. 

Cons:

  1. Water tank will need filling up regularly.
  2. The hot water may spill.
  3. Will take time to do.

Pros and Cons of Steam Hairbrush

These are generally used for detangling and smoothing out the hair.

Pros:

  1. Minimize frizz in the hair.
  2. Moisturizes the hair.
  3. Has adjustable heat settings.
  4. Easy to use.
  5. Create fine-curly hair.
  6. Great for detangling the hair.
  7. The gentle heat smooths the hair.
  8. Creates long lasting results.
  9. Comes with adjustable heat settings.

Cons:

  1. Water tank will need filling up regularly.
  2. Will not create super smooth looks.
  3. Can be bulky to use.

Pros and Cons of Steam Straightener

These are generally used for creating super sleek looks.

Pros:

  1. Minimize frizz in the hair.
  2. Hydrates the hair.
  3. Easy to use.
  4. Makes the hair look smooth and shiny.
  5. Long lasting results.
  6. Gently straighten the hair.
  7. Has adjustable heat settings.
  8. Ideal for all hair types.

Cons:

  1. Water tank will need filling up regularly.
  2. Can be heavy.

As you can see each tool has its pros and cons, which differ depending on what you want to use them for, however in general steam tools can really help to hydrate the hair and make it look and feel healthy.

The general con is that they can be bulky, take longer to use and the water tanks will have to be filled up regularly.

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