Steam infusion straighteners essentially a hair straightening tool but it’s the most advanced type available. It looks the same as traditional straighteners except it has vents inside it, attached to the top and bottom plates.
As it sounds, it uses steam to heat it up and straighten hair and it is supposedly less damaging than traditional straighteners. While it straightens, it also delivers shine.
The hair tool holds water which needs topping up every now and then, generally, the water lasts around 15-20 minutes so if you have very long or very thick hair, you probably do need to top it up in the middle of styling. You use it just like a regular set of straighteners, except for adding water into a water chamber.
Luckily, these tools are very easy to operate, here’s a bullet list of how to use a steam straightener for the best straight hair results:
· Wash your hair with a good quality shampoo and condition thoroughly.
· Towel dry hair, apply a serum or hair product suited to your hair type.
· Allow hair to dry naturally or speed it up with a blast of air from your hairdryer.
· Apply a heat protection spray to your hair.
· Split hair into sections (depending on how long your hair is, the number of sections will vary, and the thickness too).
· Fill your steam straightener up with the required amount of water and plugin, switch on.
· Allow the tool to heat to your desired temperature.
· Take the first section at the back and place the steam straightener over the section at the root. Gently pull the straightener through to the bottom, turn in or turn out depending on how you want your ends to fall.
· Complete the same process around the rest of your hair.
· Finish with a little serum or oil to add extra sheen!
· Put your steam straighteners away safely.
Well, like any heated hair tool, used properly, they won’t damage your hair. However, you do need to take care of your hair and not just rely on the hair tool.
Use a low heat setting if you have dry, colored, or damaged hair. Don’t keep going over and over sections of hair, as this means you keep administering heat. Always use a good heat protecting spray as hair benefits from a barrier between high temperatures. Use it gently, never overstuff the plates with hair, and always treat your hair to conditioning masks once a week, to combat dryness.
However, these straighteners do take time to cover a whole head of hair, so if you’re in a hurry, the steam straightener isn’t the most convenient hair tool for your needs! The filling up with water process is monotonous and if you have very long hair it adds to the time it takes to complete the task at hand.
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