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You’re probably sick of Steampod fans gushing about how good they are. It’s one of the only issues with the hair straightener. You get one, you gush.
To save time, I’ve cut the pros and cons of the L’Oréal Steampod into bullet points, and I’m only going to skim over the science of the Steapod. We’ll also have a speedy comparison with the reigning queen of the hair straightening world, the GHD. Let’s go!
Best Features of the L’Oréal Steampod
– It straightens hair really quickly. If I’m firing on all cylinders, I can get my naturally-curly hair to behave in just over ten minutes.
– One good going-over with the Steampod keeps my hair straight for ages, way longer than I’d experienced with other hair tools.
– It makes your hair look super glossy and feel very smooth, even when you don’t use the special Steampod cream.
– You can use it to curl your hair too, as the sides of the blades are rounded.
Worst Features of the L’Oréal Steampod
– It’s clunky. You’ve got the iron itself, a small pod that has to be filled with water and a thick cord. Storage is a pain.
– You’ve got to fill up the pod with water. If like me, you don’t have the space to leave your Steampod on display, you’ll have to empty and pat the pod dry after every use, before it goes back into its drawer.
Does the Steampod Damage Hair?
L’Oréal claims the Steampod is less damaging than conventional straighteners. I’ve spoken to hairdressers who agree, but I’ve also spoken to industry pros who say any heat styling is harmful.
I’ve snapped strands of hair and gotten them tangled in the Steampod comb, so my experience with it hasn’t been damage-free. However, its speed and strength mean you’re not repeatedly straightening the same section or lingering for too long in one spot.
It’s not exactly a scientific measurement, but I think the Steampod is a little less damaging than its competitors. There are worse things you could do to your hair, but it’s not what I’d call a treatment product.
Steampod VS GHD
The GHD is more compact, easy to hold/store and less clunky than the Steampod. It also heats up more quickly and doesn’t require water to run.
However, in all other areas, the Steampod is better. It’s more powerful, leaving hair more sleek and taking less time to do it.
You can buy the Steampod from Peter Mark salons for €185. It’s also available from Lookfantastic for €160 right now, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for sales or discount codes.