A great way to help your treatment with natural oils achieve better penetration is through hot oil treatments, which I’ve covered in a few posts. I started researching alternatives to the traditional wet hot towel a few months ago and started eyeing a hair and facial steamer but taking cost plus shipping and handling into consideration, it was always going to be an expensive venture. I looked around for something more economical and settled on two devices, which were handy, and within budget:
Hair Therapy Wrap Review
The hair therapy wrap is a cordless thermal turban heat wrap. The wrap is heated via the gel packs, which comes with the handy box. The gel packs are inserted into the cotton toweling cover, zipped up and then placed in a microwave oven for up to 45 seconds. It is then placed over your head and secured with the fastening.
After it cools down, you can reheat for a further 30 – 35 seconds then turn around the wrap and secure to your head again. You can engage in the hot oil treatment after massaging the oil into your hair and scalp. The hair therapy wrap leaves hair soft and easy to detangle. However, let’s look at the pros and cons:
Pros of Hair Therapy Wrap
- Small and handy.
- You can move about your duties while steaming.
- Easy to remove gel packs and clean the cloth.
- If you detest seating under a hot dryer or steamer, this is perfect for you.
- Consumes less energy, as it’s cordless.
Cons of Hair Therapy Wrap
- You have to reheat after about 30 minutes.
- You need to turn the cap around to get the very back of your head. A minor inconvenience but some people might find it annoying.
- Gel packs will need to be replaced eventually.
The pack comes with the towel cover, 3 gel packs, 2 shower caps and detailed instructions.
Q-Redew Handheld Steamer Review
I discovered this one a few weeks after I bought the hair therapy wrap. The Q-Redew handheld steamer has a detachable water reservoir, which needs to be filled with water and reinserted. Afterwards, the steamer is plugged in and heated up before pressing the trigger to activate the steam. As opposed to a full hot oil treatment, this is better for a quick steaming.
Apply a light coating of oil then apply the steam for some time to dampen your whole head. Then reshape and style your hair accordingly. You can view a how to use the Q-Redew handheld steamer for the following types of hair: Curly Hair | Kinky Curly Hair.
Pros of Q-Redew Handheld Steamer
- Great Midweek moisture boost to reshape a style.
- Great for traveling.
- Affordable while saving for a full sized steamer.
- Continuous heat.
- You don’t need to drench your hair with product. A light application is fine.
Cons of Q-Redew Handheld Steamer
- The water compartment could be a bit bigger.
- A tad pricy.
Neither of above products will replace a traditional hood steamer but they both serve their own purposes especially for someone on the go a lot, and if your budget is low, it is perfect for the time being. I recommend giving either of the two a try.
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