Straighteners, curling wands, round brushes: There are numerous styling tools on the market, catering to different desires. If you’ve got a natural wave like me, chances are you’re wishing for tamed, glamorous waves or nice and straight hair (just as girls with straight strands admire tousled beach waves) – the grass is always greener!
I receive so many lovely Instagram DMs asking for
The L’oreal Steampod
I have found this tool to be very similar to a hair straightener, in a way: Two hot plates allow for temporary changes of the visible hair structure. You can effortlessly go from slick, straight styles to vivid waves, or from frizzy to silky smooth. What’s innovative about this device is the additional application of steam to our luscious locks. The even stream
How to use the L’Oréal Steampod
The handling of the L’Oréal Steampod is similar to how you would use a hair straightener, but in addition to that, it has a small water container that’s easy to remove and refill.
Straight hair or curls?
I usually use the L’Oréal Steampod for my signature hairstyle: Glamorous, soft waves. To achieve this look, I like to brush through my hair, making sure to get rid of any knots and clipping it into sections. Then, section by section, I take a strand of hair, placing it between the hot plates. In a matter of seconds, the steam starts doing its magic, I turn the Steampod 180° and pull it down in one slow but steady motion. The result: Defined waves that are soft, lush and smooth.
Using the Steampod is a beautiful option to style your hair right after washing it, or even in between washes as a little hairstyle pick-me-up.
Never using a hot tool without a heat protectant, my favorites are a creamy product by Kérastase or a very fine hair mist by Goldwell. They both smell amazing, and of course, they act as a protective shield for your mane.
The crème de la crème of hair styling tools
I have the pleasure of using the Steampod and the GHD Gold Styler V and get to know the characteristics of both of them. As I have high standards when it comes to hair products, and I’ve put both of them to the test, I feel qualified to compare the two. These are my thoughts:
Even though it’s a tough call, I must say I find myself reaching for the L’Oréal Steampod. Both products have exceeded my expectations, and I don’t like using anything else on my hair. Since the Steampod works not only with heat but with steam (as the name would very subtly suggest), I have found it to be more gentle on my strands. After styling, it remains glossy and healthy and I easily achieve the perfect blow-dry look. However, I still use the GHD whenever I want more vivid waves: They tend to last at least two days longer.