Q-Redew Vs. 2 in 1 Hair Steamer: Which One Is The Best?

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It has taken me a long time to write this review, but I finally feel like I have an understanding on these two great devices that are highly recommended for low porosity hair. 

On September of 2018, I purchased the Q-Redew handheld steamer. For years I have owned a standard steamer that you can put together and sit under. However, within the last couple of years, my use of it has been slim to none. 

After a few months of using the Q-redew, I stopped steaming my hair altogether because I felt like both products were a waste of money. But soon I realized I was making a mistake causing each device not to function property.

The Issue

Every time I would steaming my hair with each device, the hot water leaked and kept burning me. 

The Q-redew says to specifically use distilled water and I had no idea what this meant. I saw many people online using bottled water and thought this was it. 

But I became very frustrated with the constant burning so I decided to search for distilled water. 

One day while I was waiting for my acne prescription at rite aid, I took a walk around the isles and finally found gallons of distilled water for only $2. After using this water on both devices, the leaking finally stopped. 

The Solution

At first, I purchased the Q-redew with the intention of replacing my 2 in 1 hair steamer, but after using distilled water and learning more about low porosity hair, I have decided to use both interchangeably.

I am using the Q-redew for my pre-poo treatments and the 2 in 1 steamer for my deep conditioner. Low porosity hair needs the heat from the steamer to open the cuticles and allow the product to penetrate the hair, which I was completely disregarding while doing my pre-poo and deep conditioning treatments. 

Now to my review:

2 in 1 Hair Steamer

The 2 in 1 steamer can be purchased from several retailers but I bought mine through Amazon five years ago

I received my current model as a replacement since the one I originally purchased stopped heating up. The cup warmer for my first model burned and the machine completely stopped working. Since it was within the one-year warranty the seller sent me a replacement within a week.


  1. You can sit under it like a regular hair dryer
  2. The steam covers all areas of your scalp simultaneously
  3. The steamer can also be used for a facial with its extra piece.
  4. It has a pre-programmed timer.


  1. The steamer has a button at the bottom which makes the machine turn off completely if you move it.
  2. It takes a while to heat up and although it is supposed to steam for 15-minutes it steams for a shorter period.
  3. It can be very time consuming to assemble and unassembled the machine unless you leave it assembled.
  4. The machine is pre-programmed to only steam for 15-minutes, limiting you to 1 steaming session.

The steamer is great, but it is a drag to put together. I was going to give it away at one point due to the burning but after switching to distilled water I have now been reaping the benefits of this machine. This is a very good way to seal a deep conditioning treatment and help your hair soak up all its benefits.

Now onto the Q-Redew.



  1. Since it is a handheld device, you can directly apply it to separate sections of your hair.
  2. It heats up very quickly.
  3. It continues to heat even when you pause to switch to other sections of your head (you do not have to wait for it to heat back up).
  4. It has combs which make it perfect for detangling.


  1. It is a little on the heavy and bulky side.
  2. If you have long hair, you may find that you will need to refill the reservoir more than once.
  3. It accumulates lint in the combs while running through hair.
  4. It can get coated with products while applying through sections.

I have grown to love the Q-redew even though I wanted to return it as well. My main issue, as the 2 in 1 steamer, is the cleaning process. I think it is the absolute best for pre-pooing because now my products are getting deep into my strands the way I need them to.

I have seen people use the Q-redew as a facial steamer which I do not recommend, this is not its purpose.

If your hair gets very tangled, I recommend using the device and combing from tips to roots. The steam is a wonderful aid at separating the hair without breaking your strands. 

The 2 in 1 steamer works great if you just like to sit under a drier and do minimal work. The only difference is you do not have much control as it only hits the crown of your head. It may be a downfall if you have longer hair.

If you are interested in the 2 in 1 steamer, follow this link to purchase. Please note that I get a small commission through this link. You can visit the Q-Redew website to purchase the handheld device.

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