Thursday, November 17, 2011

Natural Hair Tools: Heat Cap vs. Hair Steamer

So the Hubs finally gave me the all clear for him getting my Huetiful Hair Steamer. I will at last be able to retire it from my "Curly Want" list (see dreams do come true, lol).

I already own a Micro Heat Cap buuuuutt...

The one that I have, need the gel packs replaced and with the company no longer operating the chances of that are slim. I've considered replacing my Micro Heat Cap with the Hair Therapy Wrap found on Curl Mart, and still may.

I often wondered what the difference was between a heat cap/wrap and a steamer, so I set out to try and find an answer. It's been said that the steamer gives intense moisture & deep conditioning, leaving the hair soft and manageable. Some have chosen to use both a heat cap & a steamer. A heat cap for things such as protein treatments, then following up with a steamer for deep conditioning. One comparison is like the difference between using an iron on dry press versus steam press. Another comparison is an oven verses a tea kettle.

There is also the cost factor. A heat cap can cost around $20-$45. A steamer can cost you $70 plus.
The Huetiful Hair Steamer - $114.95
If a steamer for now is out of you price range, no worries, there is a simple method you can use temporarily along with a hooded hair dryer.

Here's what you'll need:

2 face cloths

A bowl full of hot water (not boiling)
1 plastic cap & 1 plastic bag (you can also use 2 caps or 2 bags instead of 1 of each)
A hooded/bonnet dryer

  1. Prepare your hair first by washing and applying the conditioner or hair treatment. 
  2. Soak both face cloths in the hot water. 
  3. Wring some of the water out of the first face cloth (the cloth should be wet but not soaking
  4. Place the first cloth over your hair and immediately cover with one of the plastic caps/bags 
  5. Wring the second face cloth and apply this over the plastic cap/bag already on your head and immediately apply the second plastic bag/cap. 
  6. If you used a plastic bag as your second, ensure that it is tied securely around the hairline to prevent water dripping down your neck. 
  7.  Steam for approximately 15 to 20 minutes

Note: Both bags and/or caps should be spacious enough to allow the steam to form.


natural queen said...

Our family use the Hair Therapy Wrap and The Huetiful Hair Steamer - With Healing Herbs by Rene Natural Organic products they work well for our hair.

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