When steam hair straighteners came on the market, they villainized the regular flat iron.
Indicating you can get rid of your old hair straightener that fries your hair, and the new and improved steam straightening iron can do everything a standard flat iron can do, but better.
In this article, we will compare the steam hair straightener and the traditional flat iron, and 3 common misconceptions.
Which one is better for your hair? Which one is better for black hair?
We want to separate fact from fiction, and then you can decide!
FACT: No matter what hair straightener you use, damage occurs with excessive heat exposure.
When you open and close your flat iron often, it lowers the plate temperature, and plates don’t heat evenly.
When that happens, we tend to make multiple passes or turn the temperature up. Doing so will expose your hair to more heat.
Fiction: Steam straighteners only use water vapor (steam) to deliver heat.
Partially true, but they also use heated plates to evaporate steam and lock in smoothness. Some of the best steam hair straighteners allow you to turn the steam feature off and use it as a regular hair straightener.
FACT: There are just some things that steam straighteners can't do. Like professional keratin treatments.
Don’t take my word for it!
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FICTION: You can throughout your regular flat iron
Check out the best hair steamers to understand how steam affects your hair.
The following analogy is from my fellow stylist Ciara Regan. To understand the difference between a steam straightener vs a regular straightener on damp hair.
“It is like the difference between ironing a wet t-shirt vs using a clothes steamer.
Adding moisture to the hair makes it easier to straighten. Like ironing a dry t-shirt the creases are hard to get out, but if you use steam it's much easier to take out the wrinkles.
Like ironing on a wet T-shirt, wet to dry stylers just don’t work as well.”
Steam Straighteners need to be passed more slowly over the hair and use smaller sections than with a normal flat iron.
Steam Straighteners don’t give the same smooth finish as a traditional flat iron.