Thank you to Q-Redew for sending the Hand-held steamer to review. As always opinion is my own.
Life-changing! That’s it! My review in a nutshell. But since I’m sure you want an explanation, I’ll go further. First, I have to admit something. I don’t like trying new products. For someone who writes about natural hair, I’m a late adopter. I always watch and see, before I try. I’m also cheap. If it’s not a necessity, then I look for a cheap alternative. My alternative for steaming has been the shower. When standing steamers became popular, I proclaimed that the shower is free. And with two kids under the age of 3, I wouldn’t be able to devote the time to sit under it anyway. (My dryer sits in the garage. For deep conditioning, I exercise with a plastic cap on. ) So I watched from afar as others sang their high praises of standing steamers.
And then the QRedew came on the market. It was different, so I had to take notice. For the first time — in a long time — I had the itch to try something new. Review after review talked about how it could be used as a refresher, a moisturizer, AND a deep conditioner. Then people close to me said how great it was too. I was on a hair panel in September and “the gurus” also said it was great. Then Tamara said to check my mail. I opened up my mailbox and nearly passed out. And here I am doing the QRedew review. ( I like how that rhymes…)
The Q-Redew handheld hair steamer uses warm steam as mist to enhance your hair’s natural volume and texture. The Q-Redew hydrates, reshapes and restyles dry hair in minutes according to its site.
So why is it life-changing? Here’s why:
Ease of Use – The number one barrier for me is ease of use — especially as a mom. The Q-Redew steamer is very easy to set up and use. You simply fill the water reservoir, plug it in, and wait for the red light to say it is ready. The bonus is you can attack your hair in sections. If you are styling your hair, you steam, add your moisturizers, and style that section. If you are interrupted, you can stop and continue where you left off.
Style-Refreshing Capabilities – To refresh my styles, my go-to has been a water spray bottle and/or water-based leave-in conditioner. And although water is my friend, it is also my enemy. While water is moisturizing, too much of it can cause shrinkage… and tangling. It is a problem I’ve been battling with since I first went natural. With the QRedew Steamer, I can refresh my hair without adding too much water and causing shrinkage. For my thick, dense, elastic hair, this is truly a game changer for me.
The New Moisturizer of Choice – So we all know that heat helps moisturizers get into the hair shaft. Well this is your hand-held super-moisturizer. When my hair needs a serious shot of moisture, I now turn to the QRedew. If I have an old, try twist out. I simply steam, add a leave-in, and seal with an oil. I used to be forced to do a co-wash; now I cheat with the QRedew.
The Great Detangler – Detangling my thick, dense hair has always been a major issue for me. I have procrastinated detangling to the point that I have a tangled, matted mess on my head. When I use the QRedew, it melts through tangles with ease. I used to struggle with my spray bottle and my Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Conditioning Ghee — when I retwisted between washes. But not anymore… I also use it on wash day. I first steam my hair and then add my coconut oil pre- poo. When I detangle in the shower, it is a breeze. (I’m looking forward to less tangling — and breakage — in 2014.)
Safer Way to Stretch Hair – One of my favorite ways to use the steamer, is to stretch my hair. When I steam old hair, it looks like a moisturized blow out! And when I retwist, I get the BEST hang time! Now I have one less reason to pull out my blow dryer.
So there you have it! The reasons why the QRedew Steamer was life-altering for me. I was able to make numerous tweaks to my hair regimen that will make my life easier and my hair healthier.
Have you tried the QRedew Steamer? What did you think?