There are so many products available for naturals that it becomes a job just to have enough money to buy them. For an investment of about $150, you can purchase a tool that looks a lot like a bonnet style hair dryer, and use it to perform a deep moisture/conditioning treatment. The purpose of steaming the hair is to make the hair moist and soft, adding to its manageability and the defining of curls.
What you will need:
2 clean towels
A plastic cap
Spray bottle of water
Organic Oil or a leave in conditioner
A large Bowl
Then follow these easy steps:
- Place a towel around your neck to catch dripping water
- Place a bowl of water in the microwave and heat it until it is very hot
- When the water is hot, place a clean towel in it
- Using a spray bottle, saturate clean hair with water
- Next, apply your favorite oil (such as olive oil) or you may use a leave in conditioner for a less oily effect.
- Remove towel from the hot water (use dish gloves if needed) and wring it out
- Place a plastic cap on the saturated hair
- Then wrap the hot towel around the plastic cap*If you place the towel directly on the hair under the cap, the towel may absorb some of the moisture you are trying to retain.
- Leave the towel on until it is no longer hot, and you can reheat it if necessary for up to 45 minutes
- Once the towel is no longer hot, remove it and the plastic cap
- The hair should be soft, curly and moisturized. You may opt to seal the hair cuticle by quickly rinsing with cool water.
- Finally, proceed to style the hair as desired. If you are doing a wash and go look, then you can lightly scrunch the curls to define them or finger comb them.
Going natural doesn’t mean you have to spend money on everything that is said to be designed for natural hair. With a little creativity, we may find solutions to common natural hair problems as well as alternatives to products and tools without breaking the bank to do it.