Learn how to straighten hair without damaging it in the process, how to keep your straight hair for longer, and how to make frizz no more than a distant memory…
What is a steam hair straightener?
Frizzy, unmanageable hair? Curls you would like to smooth into glossy long lengths? If you have already tried a regular hair straightener with no success, or are worried about causing excessive damage to your hair, a steam straightener might be the answer.
A steam straightener is a heated tool with a difference. It may look like a regular hair straightener, but with the, now integrated water tank, when you press the plates together against a section of the hair, steam is projected from small vents onto the hair in order to straighten the hair fibres. This steam works alongside the heated ceramic plates and can make the hair straightening process far quicker, thereby causing less damage*.
Steam hair straightener vs. Regular hair straightener
With a steam hair straightener, such as the Steampod by L’Oréal Professionnel, as the steam is diffused from the plates, it infuses water into the hair’s cuticles before the heat and pressure smoothes them down. This moisture helps prevent potential damage caused by simply using a hot surface to force the fibre straight.
With L’Oréal Professionnel’s Steampod 3.0 , hair is twice as smooth twice as quickly as regular straighteners. The heat from the steam and the removable comb of the Steampod 3.0 mean you apply less pressure to the hair, and for less time than with a regular hair straightener. As a result, thanks to the steam, the hair looks shinier, fuller, and is less likely to develop frizz and flyaways caused by breakage. In fact, the new Steampod 3.0 reduces breakage by up to 78% when compared to a regular hair straightener*.
Inspired? Have a look here for different styles you can achieve with Steampod 3.0!
How to straighten hair…and keep it straight for longer!
Firstly, not only to prevent damage but also for hair that stays straight for longer, always dry you’re your hair thoroughly before styling. Applying a heat protectant beforehand will give the fibre a light layer of protective support that will help it keep its shape.
When it comes to the straightening itself, do it in small sections of around 3cm wide. Straightening your hair in small sections not only gives better results, but the hair is also more uniformly straightened and therefore will hold for
How to prevent frizz on straight hair
Frizz occurs when the cuticles on the hair fibre aren’t lying flat and smooth, and as a result the hair doesn’t follow the other hairs, but sticks up, giving a messy, flyaway look. Raised cuticles can be caused by dehydration, damage and even genetics!
To prevent frizz, it’s important to use the right haircare (shampoo, conditioner, mask) to infuse the hair with moisture and protect it from drying out by using a heat protectant and, ideally, a steam straightener rather than a traditional hair straightener. A serum or milk can also be really effective on hair that has a tendency to frizz - just rub a few drops between your palms and smooth down the lengths and tips.
Learning how to straighten hair the right way can be a game changer, giving you frizz-free hair that stays straight for longer!
*Instrumental test vs regular straightener after 15 uses