Steam treatments are a must-have for hair aficionados looking to up their hair health game. The moist heat helps boost blood circulation to stimulate our follicles and promote hair growth. Even more importantly, the steam takes moisturizing to another level.
“To combat dryness, you need moisture and the moisture you’re going to get from a mask or the conditioner needs to be intense enough to really penetrate the cuticle layer,” explains Johnny Wright, celeb hairstylist and co-host of VH1’s To Catch A Beautician. The steam, he shares, helps lift the hair cuticle allowing us to get better deep conditioning.
While many of us can’t hit up the salon every week to reap the hydrating benefits of this hair treatment, Johnny says it is possible to effectively stream treat our tresses on our own.
“There are several ways you can get steam treatments without leaving your home,” Johnny tells Hype Hair.
For starters, if you’ve got a couple of hundred extra dollars, he suggests buying a hooded steamer. This, he says, will give us the most consistent results. But for those of us looking for a more cost-effective method, Johnny shares a couple of tips to hydrate our thirsty tresses on our own.
The Towel Method
After you’ve washed and conditioned your hair, apply your deep conditioner or hair mask and try the towel method.
“The best way to do it is to get a hand towel [the mid-size one], soak it wet, wring it out and then put that hand towel in the microwave for 30 seconds to one minute,” says Johnny. “Once out the microwave, you take some tongs, grab it, air it out a little bit so it won’t be so hot. And then, as it is still seaming, wrap that around your head.”
Leave that on the hair until the towel completely cools off and repeat for up to 30 minutes.
“If you do that several times, you’re able to do a hack steam treatment and you don’t have to worry about a hooded steam treatment,” he adds.
One key note: do not reach for a plastic bag or your deep conditioning cap. You want the moist heat to directly hit your hair scalp.
“The steam from the towel is what you need to get the most benefit,” says Johnny.
The Shower Method
If you’re afraid of burning yourself with the hot towel, Johnny also offers up the shower method. “Another trick is to go in your bathroom, turn your shower extremely hot and sit in the bathroom with your mask or your conditioner on for about 10 minutes and let it steam,” he shares.
This hack is a great alternative for those of us looking to recreate the sauna effect at home. “It’s also going to steam your skin and your body,” adds Johnny.
Are steam treatments part of your hair regimen? What is your favorite method?