Steam is one of the best treatments for hair. Not only does it help retain moisture, it promotes growth, draws out toxins and purifies the scalp. Here, we break down the reasons why you should not skip out on steaming your curls.
Hair is an excretory tissue, which means it is a tissue that filters out any impurities from the body. The human excretory system functions to remove waste that the human body does not need. As you eat, drink and breathe in the air around you, your body will keep the things it needs and everything else is filtered out through the excretory system.
This means any pollution, unneeded minerals and toxins are released through the hair. This is a completely harmless process that is vital for the body’s health.
Steaming will help draw out any impurities from the hair and scalp by opening the pores. The pores on your scalp can easily become blocked and in effect will slow down the regrowth process.
Steaming also replenishes any moisture lost during the day. The air around you will draw out moisture from your curls, especially on humid days. Steam will penetrate the strands, getting moisture right into the cuticle and pores.
Because steaming opens the cuticles, it allows your conditioner to really penetrate the strands. You can also use an oil on top while you stream which will strengthen the strands and seal the cuticle.
Dry hair will always be prone to breakage. If the strands dry out and get stiff, they can snap or split, resulting in more breakage. When you use steam, you are getting the moisture back into the hair, making it more flexible and less prone to breaking.
Steam is very beneficial for the scalp. If you suffer from an itchy dry scalp, this will help sooth the scalp. Steam will hydrate the dry skin and remove any flaking. As mentioned above, it will also unblock pores. Healthy hair needs a healthy base and blocked pores will reduce new hair growth. Steam also stimulates blood flow to the scalp which encourages new growth and keeps your scalp healthy.