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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.
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.
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.
- You can sit under it like a regular hair dryer
- The steam covers all areas of your scalp simultaneously
- The steamer can also be used for a facial with its extra piece.
- It has a pre-programmed timer.
- The steamer has a button at the bottom which makes the machine turn off completely if you move it.
- It takes a while to heat up and although it is supposed to steam for 15-minutes it steams for a shorter period.
- It can be very time consuming to assemble and unassembled the machine unless you leave it assembled.
- 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.
- Since it is a handheld device, you can directly apply it to separate sections of your hair.
- It heats up very quickly.
- 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).
- It has combs which make it perfect for detangling.
- It is a little on the heavy and bulky side.
- If you have long hair, you may find that you will need to refill the reservoir more than once.
- It accumulates lint in the combs while running through hair.
- 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.