Q&A – Why should I use distilled water in my Q-Redew?

Let’s say that you have just received your Q-Redew. Excited to see how it works on your hair, you quickly take it out of the package, fill the reservoir with tap water, plug in the appliance and wait for it to heat so that you can steam your curls to perfection. Your first experience is glorious! However, after a few weeks, the steam appears to trail off and it seems like your trusty Q-Redew has failed you… What went wrong?

The answer is that it’s all in the water. Most of us do not think twice about the type of water we use in our appliances. Unfortunately, tap water and most other drinking water still have minerals in them that build up over time. This blocks the flow of steam.

For best results with your Q-Redew, use distilled water. Distilled water has gone through a rigorous filtration process to strip it not only of contaminants, but any natural minerals as well. You can find it in your local grocery store.

Not all water is the same. Be sure to read the label of a bottle before purchasing to make certain that it is distilled water and not just bottled drinking water with added or natural minerals in the water you will be using for your Q-Redew.

Have you used tap water or another type of bottled water in your Q-Redew and have seen a reduction in steam? Try putting a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar in your Q-Redew's reservoir water and push the trigger to run the vinegar water through the appliance. This will efficiently remove the mineral buildup. Unlike synthetic cleaners, white vinegar is completely safe to use on any appliances that touch your skin and hair.

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The Q-Review with Taren Guy

Welcome to the Q-Review! Every month, we showcase a recent demo, review, or testimonial. Today we’re highlighting YouTube vlogger,  Taren Guy’s January Favorites video, which includes her thoughts on the Q-Redew.

Taren began her natural hair vlog on YouTube in June 2009. She documented her own natural hair journey: A chronicle of her transition from chemical straightening to embracing her natural curls. Now Taren has a worldwide following of fans looking for tips on natural hair and beauty.

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Curly Girl Musts for 2015 – Accessories & Hairstyles for the New Year

A new year means new hair trends and we’re looking forward to some of the fun accessories and hairstyles that will be in style! The best part: most of 2015’s runways styles are perfect for naturally curly hair. Here are just a few of the things we’re excited to try.

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Can't Wear your Hair Curly Due to Frizz?

I commonly hear, "I have curly hair too, but I could never wear it curly because it's too frizzy".

Well guess what?  Yes you can!  And what's more, the frizz is your curly hair sending out an SOS. It needs moisture- it's suffocating and drying out! Every head of frizz can be turned into a crown of gorgeous curls, waves or kinks. Really! 

Typically the cycle of frizz starts with products we use. Products are often loaded with silicones that initially give us very positive results - smooth, good shine, manageable. These products often include high-end, pricey, salon recommended purchases. We may believe we found the holy grail of products. But unfortunately, the joy is temporary. Silicones coat the hair. Think of a plastic sleeve covering each hair strand. The hair begins to dry out and crave water.  When hair is thirsty, it's frizzy!  The obvious solution would be to apply water, water-based conditioners and moisturizers, right? Unfortunately, since your hair is now coated in plastic, no matter what product you choose or how much you apply, the product cannot absorb through the plastic and into the hair.  In fact, more product application contributes to the buildup.

The frustration sets in and the flat irons come out.  Ugh.

Tweaking your cleansing and moisturizing routine is the solution to achieving and maintaining the maximum health and beauty of your hair.  You want your products to be sulfate, paraben, and silicone free. 

 

Here is how you can transition to a curl enhancing cleansing and conditioning routine:

  • The first step towards breaking the curse (aka. frizz) is clarifying the hair - get the plastic silicones off!  It may take several washes with a clarify wash such as Curls, Pure Curls- Clarifying Shampoo to remove all of the residue and detox the hair. You will not use a clarifying product every time you wash your hair. Only when you have buildup.  If you are avoiding silicones in all of your hair products, you may only need to clarify very occasionally or never again!
  • Once the hair is detoxed of silicones, each individual hair strand can absorb water and moisturizing conditioner. The trick here is to use a silicone-free, moisture-rich products like Curls' Coconut Sublime Conditioner. Why? We do not want silicones to buildup again. When we condition, we want individual hair strands to freely absorb moisture.  These moisturized strands will turn into amazing waves, curls and kinks.
  • Next time you cleanse use a sulfate-free cleanser (often referred to as a co-wash or cleansing cream) instead of regular shampoo that lathers. A co-wash does not contain the harsh sulfates that not only get our hair squeaky clean, but also strip the hair and scalp of the desirable oils needed for healthy frizz-free curls. Curlicious Curls Cleaning Cream is a great option. Ditch the shampoo! The co-wash will not lather, which may seem strange at first. However, going forward you don't need the lather, because you have been avoiding products that will buildup.  You will find that the co-wash has enough surfactants that, when paired with nice finger pad scalp scrubbing, your hair will be just as clean. Think of the lather as just a bad habit to break.
  • Your styling products must be chosen with care as well.  Remember, whether you prefer a styling gel or styling cream, choose a paraben, silicone-free product. Checkout Curls serums, gels, and creams

Repeat the co-wash, condition, and style routine as needed. Once you get the hang of using the silicone and sulfate free products you can try to extend the days between co-washing to second, third, forth day hair. That thought may make you scratch your head, literally. As your hair adjusts and responds to this new routine the need to cleanse everyday is a thing of the past.  

I admit it takes a bit of patience and trial and error, but the results are fantastic! I promise you.

A great resource for more information on the no sulfate, paraben, and silicone routine is Curly Girl The Handbook by Lorraine Massey.

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How to Q-Redew Second Day Hair into Shape

Many curlies covet the often elusive second day hair, actually third and forth day would be the icing. Prior to the Q-Redew I struggled with this very issue. I wanted that next day hair that many curlies referred to, but nope.  It was out of my reach.  My second day curls looked bent, flat, misshaped- it looked like I slept on it all night!  I was subjected to the daily wet down.  The worst part about the wet down was that I spent half of my day with wet hair, followed by the gel cast, and it wasn't until 5 pm that I was good to go.

Let me introduce the solution- The Q-Redew Hand Held Hair Steamer. Steam instead of water to reshape, refresh, restyle.

When it comes to using Q-Redew's steam, there is no wrong way to style second day hair; however, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

The first step starts the night before. Choose a method that best protects and preserves your curls (ie. a pineapple, twists or braids, a satin bonnet, or a silk pillow case)

The Basics: The next morning, simply plug in your Q-Redew. By the time you fill the reservoir with distilled water, the Q-Redew will be warm and ready to go. Slowly apply the steam throughout the hair.  If your goal is to reshape and add volume, use the prongs to push up from the ends into the bulk of hair (the same motion you use when scrunching), encouraging the hair to curl. Try gently scrunching or curling hair around your finger to reshape curls. When I am done reshaping, I like to pass the Q-Redew over the hair from root to end to tame the halo by eliminating dry frizz. If it is stretch that you are looking for, apply the steam from roots to end in a downward motion encouraging the curl to loosen. 

Eliminate Frizz: If you are prone to frizz, keep hands off, at least until the hair cools. If you do experience some frizz, rub a small amount of diluted conditioner between your palms and gently skim your hair.

The Cool Down: Once the hair cools, which just takes a minute or two, shake and fluff at the roots.

Voila....second day hair in minutes!

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From Puff to Twistout with Q-Redew Steamer

You may think that it's too good to be true, but you can go from a dry, crunchy, old hairstyle to a perfect twistout without rewetting your hair and starting over.The Q-Redew hand held hair steamer is the secret to this shortcut.

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Pre-poo with Q-Redew

Pre-poo? A pre-poo routine is used to prepare the hair before cleansing.  Typically a conditioning treatment is applied to the hair and left to sit from twenty minutes to all night prior to shampooing.  The purpose is to prepare the hair for the manipulation required while washing. Some women find that the pre-poo routine adds the moisture that their hair craves. Reporting a softer more moisturized end result.

One common complaint that we hear is "I can not get my low porosity hair to absorb any moisture. Product just sits on the surface" That is where the Q-Redew hand held hair steamer comes into the pre-poo routine!

The Q-Redew hair steamer warms and softens the hair while temporarily lifting the cuticle of the hair shaft.  It is while the cuticle is open that the moisture, whether from the steam of the Q-Redew and/or the applied product, is able to penetrate the hair satisfying that craving for moisture.  

It is the low porosity ladies that need the temporary lift of steam. Low porosity hair has tightly packed, low profile cuticles that keep moisture from moving in and out of the hair freely. The upside is once you get the moisture into the hair and the cuticle lies flat again, the hair holds onto the moisture better than our friends with the high porosity hair. (The friend that can slather on the butters and creams and they just melt into their hair.)

How to pre-poo?  

  • We recommend using your favorite moisturizing product. (Remember products that provide moisture have water as one of the first ingredients.) 
  • Apply the hair conditioning product to your hair working in sections if your hair is thick.
  • Apply steam for several minutes from root to end focusing on the dryer areas of your hair. Working in sections as needed. *As a bonus detangle each section while warm. 

Notice we said "several minutes"? Yep! That is all the time it takes for your hair to absorb the moisture once the cuticle is a bit raised. Convenient, right?

A great pre-poo demo by @itsmeladyg…..

Thank you @itsmeladyg!

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Q-Redew the Great Detangler. Who Knew?

The Q-Redew handheld steamer is emerging as quite the little detangler in the natural hair community. Thorough, gentle detangling is necessary to retain length and manage curly and highly textured hair. There are several common methods for removing tangles. It is often trial and error that leads to a preferred routine. One must decide wet, dry, fingers, wide tooth comb, Ouidad Double Detangler, Tangle Teezer, Denman brush... choices!

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Q-Redew Eureka Moment Anniversary

It was a typical day in February in Wisconsin i.e. cold and dry. So of course, my hair was flat, lifeless and dry. I'd come to expect and dread this each winter. Caught up in my blahs, "it" came to me. I just knew if I could safely and conveniently apply steam to my hair, all my troubles would be solved. My hair would bounce back to its best; hydrated and full of life. Aha! My eureka moment had just hit me!

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Aha...Steam

Once there was a curly girl named Heidi. Heidi has always LOVED curly hair. It took a while for Heidi to learn to care for her curls, but with the help of Curly Girl The Handbook by the original curly girl, Lorraine Massey, she quickly learned. After playing nice with her curls, she loved curls even more! Curls were fun, attention grabbing, full of personality and best of all, big!  

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