Hair straighteners have been my biggest beauty must-have for as long as I can really remember. During my teenage years I would straighten my hair several times a day and wouldn't be happy if I found a kink or a wave at any point during that day. Do you ever look back on those teenage years and think what on earth was I thinking? Well I so often do and as a result my hair lost all of it's bounce and volume for quite some time, which is why I now use heat on my hair much more sparingly. So now when I do choose to straighten my hair I want to do so whilst doing the least amount of damage and that's where the L'Oreal Steampod 2.0* comes into play.
My hair is naturally curly but depending on how long it is or how often I apply heat to it, my curls can drop or end up as a ball of frizz. This meant I was especially intrigued to see how the Steampod would deal with my hair and what difference it would make to the way I straighten it.
Let's start by looking at the product itself before I go on to show you my straightened hair. Compared to other straighteners that I've used over the years, the Steampod is significantly bigger and heavier than any I've personally owned but that is certainly for good reason. First of all it comes with an attached steam 'pod' (hence the name), that you fill up with water to generate said steam. It also has a built in comb which certainly comes in handy if, like me, you have hair that seems to tangle and knot within seconds of it being brushed. The only negative of both of these additions to the hair straightening system is the fact that this means it's not the easiest of products to travel with, if you plan on doing so. It's not impossible but it's definitely bulkier and a little heavier than taking a pair of ghd stylers with you, for example. For me the travel aspect isn't really an issue at all as I have a feeling that the Steampod will be a system that I use to completely straighten my hair after washing and drying it and then on the days that follow I would probably just top up any wavy areas with my usual pair of ghds.
What really surprised me when I ran these through my hair for the first time was the amount of shine that it gave my hair. I've also never been able to get my hair this soft no matter what products or heat I've applied to it before so that instantly wowed me. It really does feel like salon quality at home and I've basically been stroking my hair since I straightened it. Whilst I have a feeling that a lot of that smoothness and shine comes from the steam itself, I did use the Steampod specific products to fully put the system to the test. Depending on your hair type (thick or thin) there is a sensitised cream* which can be applied pre or post heat styling. What it essentially does is protect the hair whilst leaving it smooth, soft and frizz-free and I can certainly attest to that. Then there's the Steampod serum*. The point of that is to enrich and strengthen the hair, as well as protecting it and it even has a blend of avocado, almond and apricot oil.
Another huge plus point for me; the size of the plates. And I'm not talking about dinner plates (can you tell that it's almost dinner-time as I sit here writing this post?) Hehe. As I have quite a lot of hair and it's of a substantial length, I sometimes feel like it takes far too long to completely straighten my hair with slightly thinner plates.
If you like the sounds of the L'Oreal Steampod 2.0 and are looking to treat yourself, or someone else this Christmas, to a new pair of hair straighteners Look Fantastic currently have the Steampod 2.0 with some money off.
What do you think of the L'Oreal Steampod 2.0 system? Are you as impressed with the results as I am? And if you use straighteners yourself on regular basis, which pair are your holy grail ones?
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