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Portable Hair Steamers: A Look at the Best on the Market

If you’re budget and space-conscious, then portable hair steamers are the most suitable option for you. I share the best portable hair steamers for curly hair in this article.

The previous article looked at professional hair steamers, the benefits of hair steaming, and the best hair steamers.

Portable hair steamers aka hooded steamers will never replace professional hair salon steamers when it comes to results.

However, portable hair steamers have their own place and are beneficial as well for the following reasons.

Portable Hair Steamers, A Look at the Best on the Market and How to Choose

Why Choose Portable Hair Steamers?

1. Portable Hair Steamers Are Suitable for Travel

Some portable hair steamers are ideal for people that are on the go a lot due to their handy size.

2. Remain Mobile While Using Portable Hair Steamers

You can move about the house while steaming with some portable hair steamers.

You can’t do this with a professional hair steamer. Once you sit down, you’re stuck for the duration.

3. Quick Moisture Boost With Portable Hair Steamers

You can use portable hair steamers to provide a quick moisture boost mid-week to refresh a braid out or a twist out.

4. Portable Hair Steamers Are Budget-Friendly

Portable hair steamers are cheap and suitable for the budget-conscious naturalista.

5. Portable Hair Steams Are Great Space Savers

If you don’t have a lot of space at home or you already have other gadgets taking up space, portable hair steamers are ideal. 

So, which portable hair steamers/hooded steamers are the best? I have outlined them below in the order of smallest to the biggest.

I own 2 of them as well and I’m quite happy with them. I’ve had them for a long time and they were worth the investment.

Best Portable Hair Steamer for Curly Hair

1. Q-Redew Handheld Steamer

handheld steamer for natural hair


The Q-Redewa steamer is hand-held, which can be annoying if you have things to do.

However, it’s excellent for use mid-week when you just want to refresh a hairstyle.

Being able to move it around also ensures you can cover all your strands. The water compartment is a bit small and might need to be refilled once during a session.

It’s a little on the pricey side but it’s not a device you replace often. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

2. Hair Therapy Wrap



The hair therapy wrap is cordless with heat provided via the gel packs included in the package.

The gel packs are inserted in the cap and heated in the microwave for 30 – 45 seconds then placed around the head for 30 – 45 mins.

You will have to reheat once or twice and reposition around your head to make sure all hair strands receive adequate heat.

It’s effective and works fine in the absence of something else plus you can move around the house while it’s on your end.

Best of all, the hair therapy wrap is budget-friendly at under $50. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

3. Kingsteam Hair and Facial Steamer

table top hair steamer for natural hair


This is aka a tabletop steamer. It is the most effective recommendation on this list and provides continuous moist heat for up to 30 minutes.

It also provides the closest experience to a professional hair steamer if not the exact experience.

While effective, it can be a challenge to find the right location for it at home. On the plus side, it can also be used as a facial steamer.

It disassembles easily after use so you can put it away for storage. More expensive than the two above but it lasts for a very long time.

Prices range from $65 – $80 depending on the retailer you get it from. CHECK IT OUT HERE.

The next post covers the best natural oils for hair steaming so you can achieve maximum softness and moisture. Read it HERE.

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