Steaming to Moisturize Natural Hair
Are you a natural who has tried product after product to moisturize your hair, but nothing seems to work?
So was I. Let me tell you what the game changer was for me…steaming. The following video will show you how I steam my hair.
How to Steam and Moisturize Natural Hair in 6 Easy Steps:
- Apply deep conditioner on freshly washed hair and clip it up.
- Cover hair with saran wrap.
- Wet an old t-shirt and heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- Apply the hot t-shirt on top of the saran wrap and cover with a plastic shower cap.
- Sit under a hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes.
- Rinse conditioner out with cool water and style as desired.
Steaming?! Your hair?! Yep! If you were blessed with low porosity (low-p) hair, or if you are like me and were only entrusted with a patch of it, you know the struggles of dry, coarse hair. I have a patch of low porosity hair in the middle of my head, and it seemed impossible to get moisture into it. Why? Glad you asked. Low-p hair has follicles that are close together like the scales on a fish. This is both good and bad. Low-p hair is good at retaining moisture, but it can also be extremely hard to get moisture into the hair shaft, and that is why it takes longer for the water to saturate or weigh down low-p hair when it is being shampooed.
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So, what’s the fix? Steaming! I apply a deep conditioner, then let it stay on my hair while I’m steaming it. This method coupled with sealing and shingling have improved the feel and moisture level of my curls. The steaming gets the moisture in, and the sealing and shingling keep it in. Side note:Be on the look out for an upcoming post on sealing hair. It is a must for natural girls who want to keep their locks healthy! Steaming hair allows the cuticles of the hair shaft to open up and take on water/moisture. Once the cuticle is open, the water can then saturate the hair. I follow the steaming method with a cool water rinse to encourage the cuticles to close back up and retain the moisture. Take a look at how I seal and shingle my hair, in the post, “My Naturally Curly Wash ‘n Go Routine“.
As always, feel free to hit me up in the comment box below with any natural hair questions related to this post!