Why Steaming Should Be Part of Your Hair Care Regimen

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NY winters are just brutal. 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.

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 making steaming your hair a part of your regular hair care 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 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 to open up so that any conditioner you apply can penetrate deeper into the hair shaft.

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 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.

Hair steaming is so beneficial. From making your hair easier to manipulate to simply eliminating dryness, making it a part of your hair care 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 hair every 3-4 days.

Stay tuned for my review of the Q-Redew handheld hair steamer which I use for my hair steaming sessions 🙂


Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

12 thoughts on “Why Steaming Should Be Part of Your Hair Care Regimen

  1. Jones Lincholn Reply

    Hey Michelle !! There are many women who have dry hair and some other problem so hair steaming is very helpful for them.Steaming will act as a moisturizer for hair.

    • Michelle Post authorReply

      Hi Jones. Yes. I love steaming my hair. I don’t do it often though because I don’t have a lot of dry hair problems. It’s more like a special treat for my hair 🙂

  2. Alison Hector Reply

    Do you think it would be effective for someone with a TWA, Michelle? BTW, have you read “The Science of Black Hair” by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy? She has lots of great information too.

    • Michelle Post authorReply

      Hi Ali-
      I’ve heard of the Science of Black Hair but haven’t read it. I’ve read so many hair books and the technical aspects don’t much interest me lol. I know my hair and how to keep it on my head so I pretty much claim expertise in that only 🙂 I’ve read Teri LaFlesh’s book Curly Like Me. It’s very good as well.

      Now, as far as steaming, I wouldn’t recommend the small steamer for TWAs but the larger ones that you sit under can be beneficial. The idea is that you are getting moisture to the hair and can do so at any time. The smaller portable one has to be held to the hair and if you have a TWA then it’s hard to do that and you can risk a steam burn on the scalp. I would say the smaller Q-Redew steamer should be used on hair that’s at least 3 inches

  3. Lia Reply

    Thanks for this–I have been wondering about steaming! So much information to digest!

    • Michelle Post authorReply

      thanks Lia. I have a follow up post coming on Friday with details on the hair steamer that I use

  4. nappy headed black girl Reply

    I’ve always wanted to purchase a steamer but they just seem so expensive.

    I use the bootleg version for my oil treatments, however (shopping bag and body heat). It works well so I imagine that the real deal would be heaven.

    • Michelle Post authorReply

      ha ha! I bootlegged it for a while. I took a long time to buy a steamer because I was not up for spending over $100 for one. Wait til you read my review of the steamer I bought! It’s coming out on Friday.

  5. zainab1 Reply

    Great Post! I agree steaming is very beneficial. I can not go with out my steamer, it is a must in my weekly regimen. Thanks for posting. Take care.


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