Product Review: Secura O3 Facial & Hair Steamer
$80.00 on Amazon.com (listed as Secura S-192 Hair and Facial Steamer)
“Moisturize and hydrate your hair, prevents breakage and split. Improve absorption of conditioners and other treatments. Instantly convert to a tabletop facial steamer. The ultra-fine mist opens and unclogs your pores allows you to remove dirt, oil and grime from your skin. The facial spray rod attachment is included. Build-in ozone generator controlled release negatively charged oxygen which helps reduce itchiness and prevent dandruff. Besides skin care, the steamer can also be used for interior humidifying in a powerful and efficient way.”
This steamer was so easy to put together… which makes me wonder why something made nearly entirely of plastic that can be put together in a few simple snaps would cost $80-$120 (depending on what brand you buy, Secura or Huetfiul). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret purchasing my steamer, it’s that just for these prices, we should be getting “more,” whatever “more” may be…
For the last 3 years, I’ve used my Gold N’ Hot Conditioning Cap to pre-poo and deep condition so I have a pretty good idea of how my hair is supposed to feel with the use of heat. After using my steamer for pre-poos and deep conditioning, I noticed my hair felt much softer, my conditioners just “sunk” into my hair more, since steams allows for better penetration into the hair shaft, and my hair retained moisture longer during the week. I still moisturized and sealed every day (I’m not willing to break this habit) but the first few days after steaming, I didn’t have to moisturize. It’s great knowing that after steaming my hair is thoroughly moisturized so if I miss a day of moisturizing and sealing, I won’t have to worry about dry hair. In terms of how it effects my bone straight ends versus my texlaxed hair, my texlaxed is softer and fluffier, than the bone straight ends but both retain moisture to the same degree.
I get 15 minutes of steaming action from a cup (not a metric cup, I mean a “steaming cup,” where I add water to the reservoir until it hits the “max” line) and then the steamer automatically turns off. This isn’t a big deal but 15 minutes just isn’t enough for me, haha. However, I DO like and appreciate that the device automatically shuts off when there isn’t enough water. It’s a great safety measure; I don’t have to sit there while the heating coils sizzle behind me.
The height and angle of the dome cannot be adjusted. This is the number one ‘con’ I have about this steamer… an adjustable dome would certainly qualify as the “more” I mentioned earlier. I’m 5’7″ and to sit comfortably under the steamer, I have to prop a big law casebook under it. Having to put a few magazines, books… or cinder block (I kid, I kid) under the steamer isn’t a big deal, but for $80-$120… well you know what I mean. Because of the angle, when I sit under the dome my nape gets absolutely no steam love. After the first 15 minutes I flip around in the chair so that my napes gets some steam action.
In the picture below, you’ll see that under the edge of the dome is a little spout with a stopper. Once the steamer cools down, you simply pull out the stopper and drain the water that has collected in the drain, located in the white area right above the stopper. Now, do you see the little loop right beside the spout? Well I noticed (after the first time using the steamer) that somehow, water will drip from this loop… hot water… and the first time it happened, right onto my bare shoulder. Ow! I learned two things from that experience. One, drape a towel across my shoulders when steaming, and two, place a cup behind me, directly under the drippy loop to collect the water. I’m not sure whether the drippy loop is specific to my steamer (ladies, if you’ve experienced this, let me know) but for $80-$120… there’s that “more” again.
I like that the vents were added into the dome. Once I’m done, I slide them in the open position, releasing the steam still trapped in the dome and speeding up the cool down time. Once I’m done with something I don’t like leaving it out, so this is a “pro” for me because I don’t have to wait too long for the steamer to cool down before I can stash it away until the next use.
A few other mentions: the steamer heats up pretty quickly, it takes about a minute for the pretty blue bubbles to kick in (the lights turn off when the “ozone function is flipped off – didn’t notice a difference in performance without the ozone function on). It’s light and it’s easy to remove the dome for storage. According to ladies who have the Huetiful steamer, this steamer is set up the same way so I saved money in purchasing this one over Huetiful – always something to be happy about! It’s not too loud, I’m still able to hear my phone ring or watch a movie on my laptop while under it. As for the facial attachment, I’ve honestly never used it, sorry!
Overall, I don’t regret purchasing my steamer, unadjustable dome, and all. Those are all little things (to me) in comparison to how much my hair has been benefiting from regular steaming for pre-pops and deep condition sessions, although, I plan to write/call Amazon and/or the manufacturer about the leaky hose thats causing the drip. My hair retains more moisture, the conditioners I’ve used penetrate more effectively into the hair shaft, and my hair is soft after. Hydrated hair withstands breakage better, and we all know breakage is the last thing we want when seeking to retain every inch we grow. If my steamer were to ever break (knock on wood!) I would definitely purchase another one.
I tried to be as thorough as possible, hope this was helpful!
Update, September 2014
Mineral collects on the heating coils of the steamer but is easily removed by soaking the coils in apple cider vinegar. Check out my post on how I removed mineral build up from the steamer here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: Items in this post were purchased with my own funds. I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”