I've been putting the SteamPod to the test and can thoroughly recommend it as a great way to add shine, vibrancy and movement to even the most dull of styles, while simultaneously helping to keep hair in great condition. Although the unit itself is really rather chunky and incredibly heavy in comparison to the sleek and portable nature of traditional hair straighteners, when it provides results like these I can't really complain. The massive downside is the size and weight of the unit, as well as the water compartment that I seem to tip over at least twice during my styling session, but as a new piece of technology I can certainly put up with it. It's not a great one for travel (this is definitely something you want to park on your dressing table for the foreseeable future,) but if you struggle with unruly hair or have never been able to achieve a bouncy blowdry at home then this is like an at-home hairdresser; my hair looks and feels full of life in a way that is normally only achieved when I'm two inches and eighty quid lighter.
The SteamPod is incredibly easy to use: you simply fill up the water tank like you would the compartment of an iron, turn it on and start to glide over hair in sections. You do hear a little burst of steam come out of the little holes around the plates, not unlike a steaming iron, but that's nothing to be concerned about - it's just the SteamPod doing its job. L'Oreal have developed products to help the gadget work even more effectively, but realistically you can use this with any oil, cream or spray brushed through the lengths of hair. I warn you - this is heavy and you may get arm ache if you have a lot of hair, but for my relatively thin and shoulder-length hair it takes no more or less time than my usual GHDs. What I do really love is the fact that I can style my hair in the morning and it still looks perfect at the end of the day, even if it's been humid or rained; the steam managed to lock my style in place so that additional moisture doesn't impact the cuticle or cause frizz. As someone that's battled with a frizz-halo for the best part of two decades, that's a definite bonus. If you're considering a SteamPod, then in summary here are the three pros and cons you need to know...
1. Easy to use, simple to get to grips with and quick to achieve the look you want.
2. Soft, smooth, shiny hair in a jiffy that lasts all day - even through humid situations.
3. Hair isn't as damaged through excessive heat, but style isn't compromised.
1. A heavy unit that takes some getting used to; it's hard to curl shorter lengths of hair.
2. The water compartment adds additional faff and is easy to knock over.
3. It's expensive - an impulse purchase this is not, but if hair is your thing it's worth the price.
I adore the technology and applaud L'Oreal for investing in new technology that challenges the norm and illustrates we don't have to put up with the damage our straighteners are inevitbaly contributing to. However, I would love to see a lighter and more practical version that's easier to transport and doesn't count as bicep exercise every time you use it. Although it's by no means for everyone and commands a serious price, I can't help but think this is the sign of things to come; SteamPods are the undoubtedly the beginning of a new generation of hair styling.
The L'Oreal Steampod 2.0 is available online, priced £189.00. (It's currently available for £139.00 via LookFantastic.) More info on the L'Oreal Pro website here. There's also a great review, with before and after pictures, on ysislorenna.com that you should definitely check out before making a decision!
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