Using a Hair Steamer Will Take Curls and Coils From a 5 to a 10—Six Experts Love

Coily and curly people know moisture is the key. The key to what, you might be asking? The key doesn't just unlock hydrated curls. But you open the door to an easy washday sans fighting for what feels like hours to detangle your hair. And there's one MVP that can help do all things: a steamer.

The Benefits of Hair Steamers


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We use steam for everything from ridding clothes of wrinkles to prepping the skin for a facial. But how does steam help hair? Haiya Eliza, curl guru and owner of salon HerCurls, tells us, "[Steam] helps open the cuticle of the hair so that the conditioner penetrates deeper." And it's important to note that hair steamers are helpful for any hair type. 

However, adding a hair steamer into your routine is an especially strategic step for anyone with low-porosity hair, as steam can help ensure the water and the nutrients from a conditioner don't just roll down the hair without actually penetrating. You can also use steam pre-wash and during the cleansing process. If you're dandruff-prone, this can be especially helpful, as steam can increase blood flow to the scalp.

Now, I can't be the only one who keeps their conditioner on far longer than the 20-minute directive on the jar. But with the addition of steam, Eliza says you only need five to 15 minutes of marination for your curls to benefit. So that means less time walking around conditioning (a benefit I'm personally very excited about).


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So what kind of steamer do you need to start getting the added benefits? Eliza tells us she's a fan of the Takara Belmont Micro Mist Steamer ($2925). "It is incredible," she tells us. But if the pro version isn't in the budget, don't worry. There are quite a few options to choose from that fit your budget, and of course, we rounded them up! Keep scrolling for the best hair steamers that get the expert nod of approval.

Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer

Kingsteam 2-in-1 Ozone Hair and Facial Steamer

Artist Hand Professional Hair Steamer

Vicarko Hair Steamer Thermal Heat Cap

Tifara Beauty Cordless Deep Conditioning Heat Cap

Kingsteam Professional Spa Ozone Facial Steamer

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