Before I had all my lovely long hair chopped off, it was very rare that I would use a styling tool on my locks. Sure, I occasionally curled it, and removed the kinks from my bobble with my ghd’s but my hair was left alone. Since having the chop, I’ve found that I am experimenting a lot more with my short bob and using a lot of heat on my hair. Heat obviously is an issue, especially with the amount of times you use it, and with the heat levels that you use. I know that my curling tongs and ghds are set to reach temperatures of 200 degrees. A heat protection spray is essential, but what if there was a better way to style hair without damaging it? The new L’Oreal Steam Pod promises to protect hair and keep it healthy, whilst straightening and smoothing.
The latest innovation in hair styling comes from the professional team at L’Oreal, and a styler that was only available in salons is now available for at home use. The L’Oreal Steam Pod has had the most amazing press and reviews, so I wanted to put it to the test, especially as I hadn’t seen many, if any reviews from people with short hair.
When my L’Oreal Steam Pod arrived, I was quite shocked as to how big the box was. So big, that I couldn’t even fit in shot when I was taking my photos! My first impressions were good. It looked like a luxury product and for the £139 price tag, it looked worth the money. Inside the box was the Steam Pod styler, and the steam pod water holder that is connected to the styler with a thick insulated hose as well as the mains cord. It’s quite bulky in size and immediately I thought that the styler would be too wide to go through my hair. The Steam Pod water holder is filled from the top and has handy suction cups to hold it to a dry, flat surface to stop spillage. With my plug and mirror situation, I had to leave the water holder on the floor, which isn’t advisable as I got water everywhere!
The Steam Pod styler has several temperature controls, and I used mine on the maximum setting at first, until I got used to which setting was the best for me. It did take sometime for the styler to heat up to its maximum temperature as you need to wait for the water to heat up to allow the steam to work properly. The temperature controls make things a lot easier if you have thicker or coarser hair, or need to tackle a curl, however for finer hair, a lower temperature is better.
The styler is made up of the straightening plates, with a comb and the steam dispensers on one side of the styler, which makes it feel quite bulky and slightly awkward to hold. It’s quite difficult to use at first, until you get the knack of it, which only took a few minutes of use. The feel of steam through the hair is quite therapeutic, and I did see a sleeker, smoother style almost instantly. For short hair, it takes seconds to run through with the wide plates but I did have a bit of trouble with the shorter sections of my hair as I couldn’t get my hair to sit in the plates properly. The length of time that my hair stayed straight for was the winning factor for me. As my bob sits right on the curve of where my hair has a natural kink, I am forever finding my hair flicking out. After using the L’Oreal Steam Pod, I had no kinks at all throughout the day and into the next. Impressed is not the word.
The L’Oreal Steam Pod would be better suited for people who have longer hair as there’s so much more potential to create a style or even a curl. It really has made a difference to how my hair looks and feels these days and the only thing I wish is that is a bit more user friendly in terms of size and bulk. That being said, from a perspective of having healthier hair which is definitely less damaged as of late, it’s perfect. I’m alternating by using my Steam Pod at home to get the straight style that I desire and my ghds whilst I’m away or for quick touch ups. Maybe one day, a less bulky version will be available.