I can’t even begin to tell you how long I’ve wanted the Huetiful Hair Steamer! It went on sale earlier this year, and I still didn’t order it. Oh Chris you perpetual slacker. When I checked again a couple of months later, it was SOLD OUT. Womp. So when I had settled on the weekend when I’d remove my locs , I checked again and *cue angels singing* it was available and still at the sale price ($116.95 US, regular $129.95). It decided that was fate and jumped on it.
It claims to “restore moisture 5x better than conditioner alone”, and my research indicates that it stimulates your scalp to encourage hair growth (healthier scalp, better hair growth). I have seen a few people do tutorials using it on YouTube, and none have ever given it a negative result. I follow Huetiful on Facebook and Instagram, and I’m always intrigued by the before and after pictures they share. Even the model on the box, CharyJay, is someone I subscribe to on YT, so I was very excited to see she was their spokesperson.
It arrived not even two weeks later, which surprised me because I thought for sure I’d be waiting at least a month. It’s very light and easy to assemble – thank goodness because I never read instruction manuals. I’m more of a “show me the pics and let’s get this cracking” kinda gal. (This could be why I don’t have any IKEA furniture.) It comes with a Face Steamer attachment that I will try when doing my Oil Cleansing Method (OCM).
Once it is assembled, you just fill the container to no more than the “max” marker. Once you turn it on and the water heats within a couple of minutes, sit under the hood and let the steam work its magic for 20 minutes. It can be used without any product or with a conditioner, and I chose the latter. Anything to condition your hair, right?
The steamer was assembled and ready to go! I just had to make a conditioner or two so I could use it.
I am going to be experimenting with many pre-poos (pre-shampoos) and deep conditioning recipes on the journey finding my Hair Niche. I am basically trying to find what works best for my hair since it has been a decade since it has been in this “open” state. So I jumped onto one of my favourite go-to hair sites Black Girl Long Hair and started reading through their posts. I had to make their suggestions work with the ingredients I have, so I did things a bit differently.
Pre-poo Ingredients and Procedure:
3 Tbsp virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, melted in the microwave
2 Tbsps of a mixture of all the natural oils I own (jojoba, almond, grapeseed to name a few).
Hair conditioned with an oil pre-poo that has coconut oil as the main ingredient tends to break less during the wash procedure. Since my hair is fine and tends to be very dry, I was more inclined to use oil since it wouldn’t all wash out when I shampoo (since shampoo is meant to lift everything from the hair in order to clean it).
I covered my head with my trusty conditioning cap that I purchased at the local hair store and left it on for an hour. I then shampood and conditioned my hair, using the Knotty Boy shampoo and conditioner – since I still have some left. MMM it smells so good.
Once I was done those steps, I added my deep conditioner. I chose a recipe that helped with manageability as the main ingredient is banana which “stretches” the hair or loosens the coils (aka shrinkage) when mixed with other ingredients. This makes the hair more manageable and easier to style. This is best for really thick hair, but since my hair shrinks so much and is currently at a very awkward length, I thought I’d go with this one.
Deep conditioner ingredients and Procedure:
- 1 banana, crushed (loosens coils)
- 4 Tbsp EVOO (penetrates the hair)
- 2 Tbsp Honey (retains water)
- 2 Tbsp Coconut milk (retains water)
Their recipe said to use glycerin, which I didn’t have at the time. Since I had coconut milk, I figured why not retain some more moisture. So I mashed the banana, and add the other ingredients after completely stirring what was already added. You can use a blender to mix them all and get rid of the banana clumps, but I just used a hand mixer because really… There wasn’t that much to blend and those things are never fun to clean! I applied it to my hair and let sit for about 20 minutes, and then sat under the Huetiful Hair steamer for the remainder of the time.
The steamer indeed had the water boiling without a couple of minutes and it was time to sit under the hood. The only thing is that the height can not be adjusted. This means you have to position it on a counter or table of perfect height or adjust your seat height to allow you to sit comfortably underneath the hood. I sat on a couple cushions to meet the height. I think next time I’ll try positioning it on a couple of my old university textbooks or a couple shoe boxes. As long as the surface is sturdy, then you’re good to go. I sat under the steamer twice because… well… I like to overdo a new thing. Another thing I have to remember for next time is to put on a headband (Huetiful also sells these but any would do); the water started running down my face after a couple of minutes. Once all the water has been used up, the steamer beeps and automatically shuts off.
My hair did feel nice and silky once I was done, but I think I’d have to use it consistently to notice any real difference. It was easy to detangle plus I like how my scalp felt, because it usually tends to be flaky and sensitive even after a fresh wash. The overall health of my scalp continues to improve, so I expect this to help.
As for the deep conditioner; there were bits of banana that were left behind in my hair that I had to comb through to remove (thank goodness my hair detangled easily). I don’t know if I’d use it again but I most likely will and just not leave it in as long (40 mins). I think its simply because I got carried away with time, and banana can be tacky and weird after a while. Lesson learned. I then applied some Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream – since it always gave my hair great moisture even when I still had the locs – and flat twisted my hair for the night.
The next day when I removed the flat twists, the overall texture of my hair felt soft, moisturized and manageable. Usually the day after a wash, there can be some dryness because of the mega shrinkage after-party that takes place. However when I take my hands away from my hair they are oily; the ends are also not frayed as they usually tend to be and my scalp is moisturized (huge deal for me). So I will definitely pre-poo my hair again, but only other wash at most since too much oil would just weigh my hair down, and as I mentioned I have fine hair. The flat twists helped lock in the moisture and my hair Is stretched, so this will definitely be my post wash style. The deep conditioner was also a benefit as my hair did indeed stretch. And boy does my hair LOVE the Cantu conditioner! The combination of all these things left it so soft and moisturized, even days later.
Overall, I am pleased with my investment in the steamer and I’m looking forward to seeing what results consistent use brings. I will do an updated post after a bit of use to mention any other improvements.
What do you do/use to condition your hair? Do you have the Huetiful Hair steamer? I’d love to hear what you think about it!
I’ve been using the Huetiful every other week with one of my SheaMoisture hair masques and it really helps with moisturizing my hair. Detangling and styling it has been easier, and my hair is soft throughout the day. To top it all off; my hair also feels full and is growing healthily!