Why I love the new home L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod

I think if my hair could count, it would have been counting down to this moment.

This moment?

The arrival of the home version of the L’Oreal Professionnel SteamPod (rrp $270)*.

When my hair got a taste test of the salon version back in July, it was love at first steam. Seriously.

Since that time, I’ve only had my hair steamed – not ironed – at my hair salon.

I know I don’t have the most unruly, wiry or curly hair but, if left unstyled, I do not have a good hair day. Far from it.

I am blessed with a mix of straight, dodgy wavy and a lots of fine hair. This combination calls for serious intervention or a pony tail … maybe one day I’ll teach myself how to braid.

In the meantime, I’m incredibly grateful that over the past 10 years I’ve had access to ever improving technology in hair dryers and stylers … technology that effectively beats my hair into submission.

So much so, I now have a “wardrobe” of hair straighteners.

Some may call this excessive. But as someone who remembers a time when ironing was a term only associated with clothes, I could not live without all of them.

And now, there is a new addition to this “wardrobe”.

Yes, it takes up a little bit more space but I think we’ll be very happy, this Steam Pod and me.

The L'Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod home version $270

The L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod home version $270

Let me refresh you on how this system works. How it differs from regular styling irons. And how steam does not equal frizz. In fact, the opposite.

It’s no surprise that the Steam Pod is a collaboration between L’Oreal Professionnel and Rowenta – the inventors of the first clothing steam iron. It’s this very technology that has been translated into a heat styling tool – or smoothing iron.

The home version of this system includes a separate steam station – significantly smaller than the salon version – but the rest of the styler looks and works the same.

By delivering a “calculated continuous stream of pressurised steam” the styler works to gently open up and smooth the hair cuticle in one slow movement.

If you imagine the hair as rope and if it is really damaged and dry all of the fibres of the rope are left quite open. You’ll see the actual hair becomes tighter with steam. The result is really beautiful, conditioned hair that’s shiny, natural and has an incredible strength to it. Steam Pod ambassador Brad Ngata

My steam pod steps

1. Wash hair, towel dry and add correct Steam Pod product. My hair, despite being coloured, is in good condition so I use the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod Replenishing Smoothing Cream for normal to slightly sensitised hair (rrp $25). I use about a 20cm sized amount of this cream, applying from roots to ends (avoiding my fringe). I have found that with having this treatment in the salon, if too much product is used it can weigh down the hair and make it look and feel greasy before it usually would be. That’s why I don’t use it on my fringe either. There is also a cream for medium to highly sensitised hair and a serum for extremely damaged hair.

The treatment products used in conjunction with the L'Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod contain Pro-Keratin, ceramides and cationic agents to help re-build hair

The treatment products used in conjunction with the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod contain Pro-Keratin, ceramides and cationic agents to help re-build hair

2. Blowdry to 80% dry. It won’t matter if you go to 100% but the knowledge that you can cut corners does make this lazy-girl beauty lover smile. I use the ghd Air to blow dry my hair and it’s a hair styling tool that is very much a part of my hair de-frizzing arsenal. As you can see in the video above, there’s not a lot of frizz going on in my “before” hair … there’s just that dodgy wave. I credit the Air with that.

3. Section out and “smooth” with the Steam Pod. You may have a better and more consistent way of doing this. I do one full layer at a time, starting from the bottom. It’s not perfect but it’s quick and suits that lazy-girl stuff I’m always harping on about.

L'Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod (home version) - After

All steamed up: my hair after using the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod at home

What works for me

1. The convenience of getting this finish at home. Much as my inner lazy-girl loves getting someone else to do my hair, knowing I can steam at home … especially as Queensland heads into the season of frizz … has me excited.

2. You can set the temperature to suit your hair. This is something that helps to protect your hair long term. There is a scale for you to set the temperature based on whether your hair is fine, normal or thick and normal, fragile or very fragile.

3. The style holds until the next wash. Depending on the weather I can get the same result with my ghd Gold Max stylers. But once that humidity takes hold, I usually don’t even bother straightening my hair. This could be a game changer. Time – and a Queensland summer – will tell.

Does size matter to you? This is the L'Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod (home version) lined up with the ghd Gold Max Styler (my preference from the ghd range)

Does size matter to you? This is the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod (home version) lined up with the ghd Gold Max Styler (my preference from the ghd range)

What doesn’t work for me

1. The comb attachment. It is removable – and I will be removing it as it did pull on my hair due to operator error ;)

2. The double unit. The extra bulk is perfectly ok for home but it would not be suitable for packing to travel.

3. My fringe. As you can see in the video, it’s just too clunky to work well with a fringe styled like mine. I actually get the best results ironing my fringe with the Cloud 9 Micro Iron.

The comb attachment on the L'Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod is detachable

The comb attachment on the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod is detachable

So should you go out and buy one?

I’d first book in for at least two salon steam pod styling treatments. See how your hair goes with that and make a decision based on whether you see and feel a difference from the irons you’re currently using.

If frizz is something you fight on a regular basis, I suspect you’re going to love it.

For stockist details, click here or phone 1300 651 141. Or buy online at ry.com.au

Tell me, have you had the salon steam pod experience? Would you be keen to get one for home? How do you fight frizzy hair?

* I was sent the L’Oreal Professionnel Steam Pod (and products) for review and editorial consideration, in accordance with my disclosure policy. I’ve not been paid for this review but have written it because of my ongoing quest for frizz-free hair. Seemingly Styling You readers are on a similar quest … based on the views of my original Steam Pod post and youtube video.

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  • Jvst

    How did it hold up this summer?! Was your hair frizzy?! I’m getting married in Mexico and need something to help my frizz!!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Beautifully! Not knowing what your hair is like though, I can’t vouch for how it will work for you.

  • Amanda

    I had my hair straightened with this device today at my salon for the first time. I LOVE it. I have extremely long, thick and wavy hair which is really sensitive to heat so i never usually touch the irons. After today however i really want one of these. She straightened my hair but not to the point where it is dead straight. The frizz has been taken out, but there are minor waves in the right places. I have a round face and straight hair just looks weird on me, so very impressed!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Glad you found something that works for your hair Amanda!

  • http://twitter.com/26YearsCounting 26 Years & Counting

    Interesting, I have fairly straight hair but it’s just never tidy & it knots continually. Would this sort of kick those two things in one go?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I would say so … best way to find out is to have it done at a salon first!

  • Josefina

    Hi Nikki, where in the US can a buy the steam pod?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Hi Josefina, I would use the Contact Us page on the L’Oreal Professionnel US site http://us.lorealprofessionnel.com/

      • Laura

        I can’t find it on the website :( I tries it in Paris and I cannot wait to get one for my home!! Tanks for your help :)

  • michaela

    hello nikki, im just wondering would you recomend me getting one, i have shorter hair a bit above my shoulders. do you think the design would make it rather hard to straighten my hair?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I think you’d need to book in at a salon to try there first. x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I think you’d need to book in at a salon to try there first. x

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  • John

    Hi all, let me know if you are interested in purchasing a Stem Pod as i may be able to help. Please feel free to contact me on 0414 503 232 at any time or email me at johnpierrehb@gmail.com. And as for workingwomenaustralia i know of a place that lets you try it first. Let me know if your interested. Thanks. Love your work Nikki xx

  • Annie

    Hi Nikki , having a lot of trouble locating a steam pod. Both salons I rang over here in WA haven’t even heard of it . Thank goodness for your blog otherwise I’d never know what was beyond the black stump . Lol

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh dear … try calling the L’Oreal Professionnel number on Monday. Salons ordering this were only getting the home versions this week.

    • John

      Hi all, let me know if you are interested in purchasing a Steam Pod as i may be able to help. Please feel free to contact me on 0414 503 232 at any time or email me at johnpierrehb@gmail.com. And as for workingwomenaustralia i know of a place that lets you try it first. Let me know if your interested. Thanks. Love your work Nikki xx

  • http://twitter.com/ShesSonic Sonia // She’s Sonic

    This IS a very cool product. Very cool indeed. Love how you only have to blowdry your hair to 80% dry before using it. I’ll take any shortcuts I can when it comes to styling my hair (which can take forever)!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes, and the results last longer too Sonia – well that’s what’s happened for me with the salon treatments.

  • http://twitter.com/norlinm Norlin Mustapha

    I need one of those! Great for when I don’t have time to go to the salon…which is often. :/

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      One day I’ll be a salon lady Norlin ;) .. until then I have an arsenal of styling products!

  • 3picklesMarnie

    I like the look of that!
    x Marnie

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I love the way it makes my hair feel!

  • http://www.edenriley.com/ edenland

    Wow … if I grow my hair long again, I will defo get one. Your hair ALWAYS LOOKS FABULOUS. xxxxx

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh, you’re too lovely Eden – I’ve just learned how to tame it over the years. Having come from pre-straighteners days (tell that to young folk today and they won’t believe you) I’m grateful for some serious weaponry in my hair kit.

  • Janelle@AWhiteFarm

    Looking good Nikki! I’ve just caught up with all your vlogs, it’s so lovely to hear you, I’m actually missing your voice in my loungroom now!! x

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Ahhh, I used to do them more regularly but lost my mojo – or vlo-jo – getting it back now!

  • workingwomenaustralia

    I’m definitely going to check this out! Is there any way to find salons that have them to test it out first?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      The link above near the stockist number has a salon finder – you punch in your postcode and it tells you if there’s a salon near you that’s L’Oreal Professionnel. x

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Yes I think this steam pod could come and live at my place my hair is fine,curly but not pretty curls frizzy ones ,coloured and grey under the colour ,it looks easy to use and my GHD straightener does the job,but I think this could do it better,though I have noticed my hair is behaving better since I started using Morracoil light it isn’t nearly as frizzy or annoying when it is raining anymore,but the true test will be summer and the humidity we have to come.
    Thanks for the video demo Nikki, I will have a salon treatment and see what the difference is before I go and purchase yet another styling tool

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      That’s great that you’ve had success with MoroccanOil Lisa … and yes, good plan to try in the salon first.

  • Carolyn

    I have thick hair and in reality ( i.e. if I let it) it is grey hair. This means coarseness that takes a lot of smoothing and my arms are just not up to the blowdrying time that it takes to achieve this.
    Hairdressers get tired drying my hair! This looks like it could be a better result than a straightener. Will find a salon near me that uses it and perhaps drop a hint for Santa if I like the end result.
    Thanks for the product review and video.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes, do see how the result is at the salon for you. For me it’s been great. My hair isn’t as coarse but there is lots of it (which gives stylist arms a work out!).

  • http://www.facebook.com/finch.vicky Vicky Finch

    Come the summer, and with it the beautiful humidity of Queensland, I usually don’t attempt straightening my hair, as it becomes an exercise in frustration! My hair is a lot curlier then yours. I’ll be watching with interest Nikki to see how yours goes once the humidi hits. By the looks of it, it did as a good a job as the in salon one. Got to be happy with that.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes, I’m the same Vicky … so will keep you posted!