Moisturizing our curls is something we should do on a pretty consistent basis, if not daily, but many of us forget or don’t make the time. Admittedly, I have been slacking on moisturizing my baby locs and with all the hair color in my head that’s a double NO-NO. So last night, before bed, I decided to give myself a steam treatment using the Qredew Handheld Steamer on my locs.
If you’re not aware, steam is one of the most beneficial methods to moisturizing the hair because it works to slightly raise the hair cuticle while also delivering moisture (water); which allows the moisture to have a better chance of reaching the cortex, where moisture is stored. Typically, we’d just spray with water on our hair, which hits the cuticle layer of the hair, but if you have a tight cuticle or low porosity your hair may not be receiving enough moisture, if at all.
Here’s a visual of the structure of hair if that last paragraph went over your head.
So, last night I popped out my Qredew, which is a hand-held hair steamer, and proceeded to moisturize my hair. A treatment lasts about 10-15 minutes, and after the first treatment, which felt AMAZING, I added more water and did another.
Afterwards, my locs looked AND felt better! I had noticeable shine, my locs were soft and overall felt healthy. Of course, I sealed this delicious moisture in with a shea butter based product and with my newly refreshed locs, I figured a slight touch up on my edges would be nice. Just using Aloe Vera Gel, I retwisted my hairline and clipped them to set.
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I didn’t sit under the dryer, instead I let them air dry while I edited my latest video, review of the As I Am “Smoothing Gel” which you should check out to see why I’m using Aloe Vera Gel instead of the “Smoothing Gel”, lol.
I think I’m definitely going to try and incorporate a nightly regimen of a Q-redew treatment into my routine because it made a huge difference in my locs and I now understand how beneficial it is (and I hope you do too)!