Lisa M here. Now it’s no secret I don’t have a clue when it comes to hair, how to style it……or in my case tame it!! Lisa D on the other hand is a total hair maestro , she can whip up the most beautiful style in no time and is always rocking lovely waves or braids. But me, I’m just lucky if I manage to drag a brush through mine. All through my teens I battled with naturally curly, unruly tresses and when the GHD came on the scene, it was a gift from god himself!! Finally something that could give me the sleek poker-straight hair I so desperately wanted in the early noughties!!
Fast forward 15 years and I’m still at war with my hair. It’s not as curly or frizzy as it used to be but still needs some TLC before it will behave itself. So I was intrigued when I started to hear a few people raving about the L’Oréal Steampod. Better than the GHD?? Impossible!! I had to check it out. After reading lots of reviews and chatting to a few hairdresser friends who had only postitive things to say, I decided to bite the bullet (the €180 bullet!!) and get one.
So basically it is a straightener, but not as we know it. Along the plates there’s a steam output so as you run the straightener over your hair it’s being injected with steam as you go. When I heard this first alarm bells started ringing because my hair + steam or any kind of moisture = frizz central!! But the whole point of the Steampod is you inject your hair with moisture as you style it. So that means then it doesn’t try to soak up moisture from the atmosphere, that’s how we usually end up with a frizzy floppy mess. I know a lot of salons use Steampods and it’s that good some even charge extra to have it as an “add-on” to your blowdry!!
To get the steam you have to fill up the little pod attached to the straightener with water and when you turn it on you can hear it heating up and the steam in action. I blast dry my hair and once it’s dry I go over my whole head with the Steampod and it takes me 10 minutes max!! Before I had to blast dry my hair, then section it and smooth dry it and then use the GHD and the whole process was taking me 30 minutes or more. So needless to say the Steampod is saving me loads of time!
I have been using the steampod once or twice a week now for about a month and I have to say my hair has never felt better!! It’s smooth and silky and that lasts right through until I wash my hair again a few days later. I notice the ends of my hair aren’t as dry and even my hairdresser commented on what good condition my hair is in.
There’s 5 different heat settings so it’s suitable for all hair types and I know there are Steampod serums and cream treatments for use with the straightener but I haven’t tried any of them yet. The only downside for me was it’s a small bit bigger than a GHD so it took a little bit of getting used to, it just felt a bit awkward the first couple of times I used it. But once I got the hang of it I flew it. There’s a comb attachment on the plate also and that makes it really easy to glide through the hair. So first impressions are a massive thumbs up from me, my poor GHD hasn’t seen the light of day since Christmas and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Below are some links to where you find the Steampod if you’re tempted…..
Until next time,
Live Pretty xx