Women do a lot to their hair and if you are a natural, it can seem like you do more than those who aren’t. From the heat to the products with harmful chemicals to the pulling and tugging, taking care of natural hair is a song and dance at times. When it comes down to it though, majority of people want to do what’s best for their tresses and continually look for ways to do that. While most women know about the basics – shampoo, condition and oil – there is another thing you can do to help make your hair as healthy as it can be. Steaming.

There are great benefits to incorporating steam into your routine. It is best for nourishing dry and brittle hair. When you use steam, you are adding moisture back to your hair in the form of moist heat that can bring brand new life.

It’s super easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of extra money. In fact, many naturals can achieve the results they want and take advantage of all the benefits of steaming with the help of their shower.

So here are some benefits of steaming and some ideas on how to get it going in your life.

Reduces Breakage

A lot of women experience this and need some real solutions. Breakage can devastate a person, especially if you’ve worked hard to prevent and or stop your hair from breaking off. Steaming will help reduce breakage because it naturally hydrates the hair.

Refreshes/ Enhances Curls

Steaming is an ideal way to add definition to your curls. By increasing the moisture retention, it reshapes and boots the curls, giving you a look that is fresh and clean. Once you restore your hair with the steam, you can then add your favorite product to help set the curls. That way, you are using less stressful techniques to achieve the look you want for your hair.

Strengthens Hair

We all want strong hair. There are a lot of things you can do it reach that goal. Without a doubt, steaming is a great method to use. It helps increase the elasticity of your hair. When it has the proper flexibility, you will experience less “wear and tear” as you style it. When your hair is adequately hydrated, it will grow stronger and stronger hair, for many women, means longer hair.

Methods/Equipment

As mentioned above, you can take advantage of the steam from your shower as a way to give your hair the hydration it needs. Another way to do this is to use shower caps. By placing two to three shower caps on your hair at a time, it will create a seal around the perimeter and the heat that naturally emits from the top of your head will be enough to give you the effect that you need to get the job done. Now, if you’d prefer something that is a little more “official” you can always opt to buy a steamer. Q-Redew has a really good handheld one. Steamer caps are popular as well. They are portable and easier to adjust. The Gold ‘N Hot Conditioning Heat Cap is super inexpensive and a great go-to for those naturalists on a budget. If you have the time to commit to sitting down and spending a few minutes under a steamer, Elite Hair Steamer is fairly affordable. It’s just up to you what works best for your time and hair situation.

When it comes to getting the best out of your hair care efforts, don’t be afraid to try new things. With all the benefits that you get from steaming, it is definitely worth trying to see if it is right for you.