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I’ve been meaning to write about this one for quite some time but I only just got around to it this weekend. Hair steaming is a sacrosanct part of any hair care regimen and for good reason too. Without hair steaming, we’d have snack, crackle and pop hair. Heck, we’d be damn near bald.
4 Benefits of Hair Steaming
- Steaming provides an avenue to heat and open up your hair cuticles; enhancing moisture retention practices on your hair.
- When your hair is better equipped to receive the products through steaming, you have more defined and enhanced curls and hair styles.
- Steaming improves hair elasticity. Hair which bounces back when stretched is healthy, strong hair.
- Steaming also enables better manageability for your hair. Hair is easier to detangle and handle after a great steaming session.
We can all agree steaming is one of the greatest things ever for hair. All above benefits are usually received with a good session under a steamer. However, there have been different points of view on whether you can receive the benefits of steaming without wearing a shower cap so I did some research and an experiment of my own.
Usually, I steam without a shower cap because I’m too lazy to bother with. My hair always came out fabulous, soft and supple. Pic below is my usual steaming process.
I decided to try it with cling film instead the last time I steamed before putting my braids in. I didn’t use a shower cap because anything with elastic around my edges makes me nervous. I was under the dryer for 30 minutes. Afterwards, I noticed only one difference – my hair wasn’t as moist and soft as it usually is without a shower cap. Would this have made a difference if I’d continued using cling film over a longer period? Possibly.
My research shows shower cap advocates believe the cap keeps the warmth closer to your scalp but the steamer already has a hood, which is doing the same thing so technically you don’t need a shower cap. Additionally, you want to allow the ozonized steam direct access to your scalp as this helps to alleviate any scalp issues you might be having and prevent further occurrence. If you’re worried about the steam dripping down your neck and burning you, just drape a towel across your shoulders and you’ll be good.
In conclusion, while the difference isn’t a big deal, I prefer to steam without the cap as I like the results better.