Ahhhhh…Steam. The catalyst for the invention of the shower cap and the creative muse for products like John Frieda Frizz Ease. Environmental changes similar to steam are the reason behind bad hair days, silicone sprays and hat hair all over the world.
Yes, steam has really gotten a bad wrap when it comes to hair; but there are many reasons why you should be using the power of steam in your hair care regimen instead of avoiding it.
Ancient cultures such as: The Mayans, Alaskan Eskimos, Russians, Turks and Chinese enjoyed the benefits of steam. These cultures used steam to rejuvenate tired muscles, provide a sense of spiritual identity and a place for socializing. They also knew a lot about the healing and relaxation that takes place when steam is used.
Steam is an important stimulator. When water is heated and turns into the vapors we see as steam, the molecule size is just small enough to penetrate the hair to its roots in order to release the moisture into the scalp. The steam having two-fold action also allows the scalp to release its toxics, built up sebum and open its clogged pores.
Here are six reasons why you want to use steam:
- Clogged pores equal little to no growth. Steam unblocks the pores so your hair can grow fast.
- You are wasting your conditioner without steam. Once the pores are opened up the treatment can really penetrate.
- When skin is stimulated and free of toxins, collagen begins to increase, blood begins to flows near the skin or scalp and normalizies its environment, resulting in a balanced Ph.
- Hair retains and keeps it elasticity due to increased moisture. It stretches without breaking and splitting.
- Your sebaceous glands make oil at a normal rate instead of leaving you too dry or too greasy.
- The hair stays hydrated resulting in smooth, silky and shiny hair with body (who doesn’t want body?).
Here’s a great recipe I found in the book, The Herbal Home Spa by Greta Breed Love:
*Caution: If your hair itches after the steam treatment it is only reacting to increased circulation
2 quarts of water
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons of dried rose petals (get in the habit of drying roses from your yard)
2 teaspoons lavender petals (dried)
2 teaspoons of lemon balm
2 teaspoons dried comfrey
1 large towel
*Many of the ingredients can be supplied by using a few bags of herbal tea.
- Bring the water to a boil in a large pot
- Add the dried herbs
- Turn off heat after two minutes
- Uncover and stir the herbs
- Remove from the stove
Place the pot on the floor at the end of your sofa or even bed, just position it so that when you are lying down the pot is six to ten inches away from your head.
Make sure that you are comfortable. Pin your hair up on your head very loosely so that the steam can penetrate and get to scalp.
Drape a large towel around the hair along the hairline and let it hang down around pot to catch the steam. Remain a safe and comfortable distance for as long as you can.
Okay, now go on! Enjoy your healthy, shiny hair. You can thank me later.
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Until next time,
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