Winter Hair Care: Why the Huetiful Steamer is Better Than Your Dryer


I type this piece to you ladies, while steaming my hair. You read that right, I’m not sitting under a hood dryer but rather a Huetiful Hair Steamer to keep my hair moisturized during New York City’s dry season.

While it’s only about  50 degrees here in the Big Apple — in December, I know global warming will kill us all — the dry air and wind is an excuse for my curls to shrivel up and fizz into a dust bunny no one would be proud of. Thankfully, the Huetiful Hair Steamer company sent me one of their contraptions during the summer and I’ve been putting it to good use. I waited a few months to break the product down for my Parlour readers because anything can seem amazing after one use, but for something that sells itself as a follicle moisturizer, I thought it best to see if the Steamer could hold its own during the real winter months.

The Huetiful Hair Steamer is shaped like a hood dryer but instead of dry, hot air, the Steamer draws, well, steam from a cup attached to its undercarriage. The steam is then funneled through the hood cap, which you sit underneath for about 20 minutes. You can add whatever you like to your hair before sitting under the hood, I like to use my tried, true and cheap Universal La Bomba Ultra Conditioning Deep Treatment with Avocado Cream or this new Mizani True Textures For Natural Curls Curl Replenish I got in a press review bundle  — another post to come on that — but the Huetiful “How to” videos offers bunches of other options like adding fresh rosemary to the Steamer’s water for a nice touch. After the Steamer finishes, the contraption beeps to tell you it’s done and you wash the conditioner out of your hair. Obviously, you should wash your hair before using the Huetiful Hair Steamer for best results.

As for the drawbacks, the only thing I don’t like about the Hair Steamer is the set-up and clean-up. After using the device for so long, I’m used to it but in the beginning, pulling the thing out of the box and setting it all up was a hassle. I have a Vidal Sasson  — I know, I need a Golden Hot — hood dryer that I can just snap down the hood’s top when I’m finished and quickly stash it back in the closet. Hopefully, the Huetiful folks will incorporate this type of design into their next manifestation.

I’m pretty simple when it comes to hair products but I really like the Huetiful Hair Steamer and I’ve begun using it once a week on my Pamper Day. I started this in college with my best friend, we’d grab scrubs from The Body Shop, and take long showers in our respective apartments, then clip and possibly paint all of our nails and make sweet love to our hair with whatever products we felt were best. Now, my Sunday beauty regimen includes a face mask, body scrub, cocoa butter vaseline and a good Huetiful Hair Steamer session. Join me?

Huetiful Hair Steamer: $114.95

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