NY winters are just brutal but winter weather in any part of the world is harsh on natural hair (all hair actually). Protective styling helps to prevent your hair from becoming dried out and brittle. However, suppose you don’t feel like protective styling 24-7 during the colder months? Steaming is a great way to protect and keep your strands healthy and hydrated.
Benefits of Steaming Natural Hair
While the main reason for steaming your hair is to add back much needed moisture, there are many other reasons for hair steaming.
Here are some reasons why you’ll want to make steaming a part of your regular natural hair regimen:
To aid in reshaping your curls
Steaming your hair makes your curls more pliable so they can more easily be reshaped. When you steam your natural hair, you can use your fingers to revive your curls and coils in a matter of minutes.
To increase the absorption of product into the hair shaft
Steaming your hair makes deep conditioning more effective. The steam causes the cuticles of the hair shaft to open up so that any conditioner you apply can penetrate deeper into it.
To make a hot oil treatment more effective
Hair steaming helps increase the flow of natural oils in your scalp. It also helps the oil used for your hot oil treatment to be more effective at lubricating your hair and locking in moisture.
To make twisting or braiding easier
When you are preparing to twist or braid your hair, steaming makes manipulating your natural hair much easier so that you can braid or twist it without causing breakage.
To make stretching your hair easier
While steaming can cause the hair to shrink, it also makes your hair super soft. The steam makes your hair feel slightly moist, making it easier to stretch since it’s in a more “relaxed” state (for lack of a better word).
To make detangling and de-shedding easier
Just like steaming makes your hair more pliable for stretching, twisting & braiding, it also makes detangling a breeze – especially finger detangling. When the hair is softer and moisturized, you can manipulate your strands to detangle and remove shed hair.
To promote length retention
When your hair is moisturized, it’s more pliable and less prone to breakage. Less breakage means more length retention. You can’t possibly retain length if your hair is dry and dehydrated.
As you’ve just read steaming is so beneficial for our hair. From making your hair easier to manipulate to simply eliminating dryness, making it a part of your natural hair regimen can help protect your hair and bring it back from a near damaged state.
While, I recommend steaming your hair at least weekly, you can do it daily if you want. It all depends on your hair’s needs. I like to steam my natural hair every 3-4 days. Check out how you can use the Q-Redew to quickly and effectively steam your natural hair.