L'oreal SteamPod Flat Iron Reviews

Milabu Rating

  • Overall
    (3.9)
  • Performance
    (4.1)

Price Category: Pro-Grade

  • $250.00 Retail

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Pros

  • Great for textured hair
  • Preps and straightens curly hair in one step
  • Can style full head of hair without having to refill water tank
  • Removable comb to help detangle hair
  • Extra-long, rotating cord

Cons

  • Not versatile – harder to make waves
  • Bulky design
  • Results are not as sleek compared to a traditional flat iron
  • Plates don’t go all the way to the edge
  • Have to use distilled water

L’oreal SteamPod Flat Iron Review

L’oreal Steampod Flat Ion is an innovative multi-purpose hair straightener and curling iron: it might be the only one of its kind that works – See Full Review.

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Our Rating Criteria

Loreal SteamPod Flat Iron might be the only one of its kind that works.

There are many steam irons that have come out during the years. Most of these steam irons are completely unusable to say the least. I’ve tried some in the pats that just are just plain bad, from the design to the results. However, when L’Oreal came out with their SteamPod Straightener, they have finally proved that steam technology actually works and can be safe for hair. Did this steam hair straightener convert me from my beloved traditional flat irons? Let’s get into L’oreal SteamPod Flat Iron Review.

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(3.9)
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Promises vs. Performance: Loreal SteamPod Flat Iron is the best steam hair straightener.

Loreal SteamPod Flat Iron is an innovative multi-purpose hair straightener and curling iron. The hair tool uses unique steam technology paired with a comb to style hair. It uses exclusive, continuous steam delivery at 0.8g/min to style hair 2x smoother, 2x faster, and with up to 91% less breakage (Compared to Steampod without steam and removable comb – heating plates only). It has a continuous stream flow for even results on all hair types. SteamPod has the flexibility to style a whole head of hair (up to 600ft of hair!) without having to refill the water tank.

Tip: L’Oreal says the thinner the section of hair, the more precise results.

My Review Thoughts: L’oreal SteamPod Flat Iron

Let’s just say my first impression during review of L’oreal SteamPod Flat Iron was very positive! In just one pass, the flat iron straightened hair really well in just one-pass, giving sleek, even results. I was shocked that my hair didn’t feel wet with the steam feature. The removable comb is also a phenomenal addition to the tool, allowing you to comb through hair as you straighten for more consistent results – and you don’t have to use a hair brush to your hair straight! I will say, you have to go a little slower with the SteamPod than you would with a traditional hair straightener so that the steam has time to work its magic.

I will say, you can’t get super close to the roots with Loreal SteamPod, nor is it very versatile. The plates don’t go all the way to the edge, which makes it hard to use this flat iron to wave/curl hair. You can get some bend, but it’s not your typical flat iron waves or curls. And, because of this and the bulkier design, you can get some kinks in your hair towards the roots when straightening.

The good news is is there’s finally a steam hair straightener on the market that works without leaving hair feeling wet or being messy to use. Despite the water reservoir being on the smaller side, it actually lasts through styling a full head of hair without needing to be refilled. L’Oreal seems to have perfected the amount of water needed to steam and style hair!

Let’s Review How it Compares: If you’re considering a steam hair straightener, Loreal SteamPod Flat Iron is the best option.

Loreal Steampod brings something to the market that no other hair tool can do. Using steam, the tool softens and preps the hair before it straightens it in one step. All the other tools rely on heat alone to style hair, and using a lot of heat introduces the risk of damaging hair. Steampod can deliver the same amount of heat to all the hair strands at once, no matter the shape or location. With traditional flat irons, hair strands that are not making direct contact with the plates will not get as much heat, therefore requiring multiple passes to style and shape hair. Loreal Steampod fixes this issue.

However, if you have very curl hair you may find it easier to manage with the use of a separate hair brush. The attachable hair comb does help a lot, but there are cases where you will need that extra help.

There are other hair brands that took a different philosophy how to go around the issue of hair not making contact with the plates. First, we have Dyson Corrale that decided to manage the hair with flex plates. Next, we have Bio Ionic 10x, which introduces even heat distribution properties by using vibrating plates. Lastly, we have a basic heated brush, TYMO RING, that is the best option when it come to managing any type of hair. All of these have their plusses and minuses. Let’s go thought these options more in-depth.

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Comparison To Top Hair Tools

Best Results Hair Straightener

Dyson continues to create hair tools that are innovative, safe for hair, and deliver great results. And, the Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener is no exception. What sets this hair straightener apart from the rest are its flexible alloy manganese and copper plates. The flexible plates move with the hair to shape and keep hair together as you style. This is especially a great feature when you have textured hair. Instead of using a comb the iron gathers hair together. However there is a limit to this feature, for very curly hair you will still need a comb.

With this feature plus Intelligent Heat Control automatically regulating temperatures, Corrale results in 50% less breakage, less frizz, and fewer flyaways for healthier hair. The cord-free styler has a 30-minute battery life and fully charges in just 70 minutes. Its also travel-friendly with its safety lock and universal voltage + removable battery pack. And, as much as I love longed power cords, they take up a lot of space. Where Dyson Corrale can improve, though, is the plate design. Even though the flexible plates an amazing feature, the little “teeth” can snag and pull hair if you’re not careful.

Best One Pass Flat Iron

The only other hair straightener I reach for is my Bio Ionic 10X, which is half the price of the Corrale! Bio Ionic also has some great plate technology, with its vibrating plates that make it a true one-pass styler. The importance of this feature is that the iron gets close to most of the hair strand, making it much easier to style the hair. However just like with Dyson Corrale, you will still need a comb to manage the very curly hair through the flat iron.

The plates are alloy, featuring Ceramic Mineral Complex Natural Volcanic Rock, which promises to be less damaging. The rounded plate design helps when straightening and creating waves/curls, aiding in crease-free styling. Albeit still a bit pricey, Bio Ionic is a great option at just $239.00.

Best Heated Brush Straightener

The last comparison in this review is the heated hair straightener brush in contrast to L’oreal SteamPod Flat Iron. The best and might be the only brand that actually makes the right type of heated brush is the TYMO RING. We have tested multiple heated brush designs, and by far, TYMO blows its competition out of the water. There is no need for an extra brush when using this tool on curly hair. This is a great plus due to the convenience – there is no need for extra tools or brushes on curly hair. However, do not expect the super sleek results that top flat irons would produce, even though they’re not as convenient.

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Advertised Product Highlights

L’Oreal Steampod Flat Iron & Styler

TECHNOLOGY: 0.8g/min steady steam distribution with continuous steam flow; Removable comb to detangle and hold hair in place; Double technology plates are high-resistance, anodized-coated, and floating for even pressure; Rotating cord prevents tangling for hassle-free curls; Integrated water tank styles up to 600ft of hair

TEMPERATURE CONTROL: 3 heat settings with intelligent heat control

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 350°F, 390°F, and 410°F

PLATE SIZE(S): 1″

MATERIAL COMPOSITION: Anodized aluminium coating

POWER: 120V; 63W

SIZE & WEIGHT: 117″ cord; 13.19 x 1.78 x 2.13 inches; 1.32 Pounds

Edited by Maddie

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