L’Oreal Steampod Review

May 5, 2013

In the word of my HD “L’Oreal Steampod will change my life”. I trusted her, and bought this tool as soon as it was available in Australia. I might be a beauty junkie when it comes to skincare and makeup, but I have always been very loyal with my hair products. For the past 10 years, I did not look beyond any hair straightening tools other than my trusted GHD – I have gone through 5 of them and have them in every color/size…So I felt very guilty that I have to replace my GHD with the L’Oreal Steampod ..since I paid AUD$300 for it!

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What is Steampod:
Similar to the traditional hair straightening tool, Steampod is a hair styling tool mainly used for hair straightening (as well as curling) whilst delivering purified steam to hydrate and nourish dry and damaged hair, and further strengthening the benefit of any leave-in hair treatment.

My Experience:
I cannot believe I am saying this “I love Steampod more than the GHD!”, as I find that it is a better straightening tool for my medium to thick naturally frizzy hair. Here is a whole list of reasons why:
- It only takes half of the time compared to a traditional straightener.
- It tames unruly and frizzy hair more effectively.
- It makes the hair sleek straight, frizz free, shiny without making it look flat! Which is a big bonus for me as I find GHD can make my hair too flat sometimes.
- I always use a hair leave-in treatment before using any heated hair styling tool, and the steam from the Steampod helps to penetrate the product deep into the hair shaft which makes my hair more nourished! This is absolutely a savior for my very dry and damaged hair.

Note: L’Oreal recommends the use of the L’Oreal Steampod Preparation Cream which contains keratin in conjunction with the tool. I have checked with my HD and she suggests that it would work with any type of hair treatment products, so it doesn’t have to be this particular one.

There are always a few things to nit pick on:
- It is slightly heavier than the GHD (though it doesn’t bother me as I get to work out my arm muscle!)
- There are 5 different temperature settings, and it defaults back to the lowest temperate (170) each time you switch it on. I normally use 200 or 210 so I would prefer it has an automatic saving option.
- I have to be clear that I am not good at curling my hair with any straightening tool (not even with GHD). And with the Steampod, I find that it is actually easier to work with for curling purposes because of the curved plate at the top. It gives nice loose bouncy waves, but it can make my hair look a little frizzy. However when my HD curled my hair with the tool, my hair looked totally fine and smooth so I think this problem is to do with my limited skill.

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Other factors:
You can only use filtered water with this machine.
I use it everyday and it takes about a week to replace the water tank.
The machine heats up within 3-4 seconds, but it takes about 10 seconds for the steam to come out.

Bottom Line:

I highly recommend this tool for anyone with unruly, dry or damaged hair. It truly makes a difference compared to the ordinary as the steam helps to further nourish your hair in conjunction with any hair treatment and causes less damage from the heat. For people with healthy and naturally sleek hair, if you are happy with what you are using now, it might not be necessary.

If you are in Australia, you can purchase the L’Oreal Steampod here for Australian voltage as well as better shipping and warranty service. It is also available here for international customers.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

birkie May 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

coincidence, I reviewed the steampod this weekend as well and couldn’t agree more: it’s brilliant! That lookfantastic deal is 20 euros cheaper, darn…shoulda checked them earlier

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Jeslynj May 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I haven’t heard of this tool. Sounds like i’m gonna have to get my hands on this :-)

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Karen May 6, 2013 at 2:12 am

Sounds like an interesting product. But can you curl your hair with it?

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Diane Marshall May 30, 2013 at 2:34 am

Hi
Will you be getting in anymore Loreal steampods? Would love to order one thanks.

Cheers
Diane

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Samara June 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Hi there,

I live in the U.S. and purchased Rowenta products before, they are good but the last iron I purchased I had to return because I am from Brazil, travel a bit and the iron was not dual voltage, can you please let me know if yours is dual voltage? I can’t find the info anywhere.

Thanks

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Reika June 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hi Samara, the voltage of l’oreal steampod is 220-240V, which means it’s only single voltage…
HIH!

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Samara May 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Thank you for the reply.

I went ahead and purchased it anyway. Now I need a good converted because the one I purchased over Amazon is not working :(

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Reika May 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Oh no.. Is it just power point converter or voltage converter?

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Samara May 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Power used in the UK is 220 and in America is 110v. On top of that, there’s the whole wattage conversion that I am still trying to figure out. So the 500 W converted that I bought is not enough to power the flat iron because Amperage comes in scene too. I will return the one I bought and purchase a more powerful one. Will come back here when I find a solution and maybe help other U.S. users. I don’t understand how a product like L’oreal did not think about releasing this flat iron in the U.S. I’ve been wanting one of those for a while and just recently decided to stop waiting for the U.S. release.

Dina June 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Hi Samara, Did you manage to find the correct converter?

Lisha July 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Just used me Steam Pod for the first time and I have to agree – it’s life changing! Wanted to say thank you for the review and the link to the lookfantastic offer. My dry, damaged, frizzy hair looks and feels better than when I go to the hairdresser. :)

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Reika July 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

aww..thanks for letting me know Lisha! Highly appreciate it and I am very glad you like it too :-) I can’t live without it!

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Atina Topnesvåg July 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

My hair is really curly, but at the same time fine and quite damaged from all the previous styling and coloring. My hair actually got so damaged that straghtening only made it look worse. Two years later i have just bought this tool, and i love it! LOVE IT! My hait doesnt look like curly hair made straight, but naturally bouncy straight hair. And i find that my hair stays straight way better than with a GHD or another straightener. I also like the curls and waves it makes.

i seriously hope the people considering buying the steam pod does so, because it is really worth the investment!

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Andrea August 3, 2013 at 4:01 am

Received mine last Christmas use it about 3 times a week and for last 2 months the reservoir has been leaking every second or third time I use it. It comes out of the channel on the base that the tank slides onto if that makes sense. FYI I generally use up the entire tank each time I straighten at 210 degrees, my hair is thick but not long ( shoulder length) and takes about 30 minutes. So it is stored empty (which was actually recommended by loreal rep ). Any similar issues?

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ros September 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

i too have started to have this problem and mines 4months old and used 2 a week,i am going to ring my supplier and see what he advise.

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Dahlia August 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I live in that U.S and purchased a steampod hair straightener how do I do to make it work voltage wise?

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Evonnz August 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

i’ve witnessed the magic of this myself in the hair salon and omg, you’ve a savior for linking up such a great deal!!!!

thank you!

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Diega Mangione August 27, 2013 at 2:50 am

I have just recently bought the SteamPod, it’s the second time I’ve used it and I find that as soon as you finish doing my hair it’s nice and straight but after it gets a bit puffy. I applied the treatment before using the SteamPod but like I said , I find it doesn’t smooth as a expected. My hair is very frizzy and thick, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, any suggestions?

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Sandra November 9, 2013 at 4:45 am

Hi

Is it Free worldwide delivery to New Zealand, just want to be 100% sure before I order

Thanks Sandra

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Reika November 9, 2013 at 8:19 am

Yes it is free.

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Laura March 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Hi, after so great reviews I have ordered mine online and look forward to trying it. I was just wondering about how to use it. Do you have to blow dry your hair first? Or do you just dry it with the ironing?
Thanks for the help!

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Reika March 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

Yes I only use the steampod on dry hair, and I would prep it with some keratin spray.

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Andrea May 20, 2014 at 4:40 am

See my comment from last August. It took over 4 months to get my faulty steampod replaced. Replacement has been ok so far but the hassles in having it replaced would prevent me buying another Rowenta product. We were only able to get the warranty honoured after all that time because my husband has a professional relationship with loreal and one of his contacts there put pressure on Rowenta for us. In addition to that they told me there was no warranty on the replacement because by the time they sent it to me it was over 12 months since the original purchase. Very poor customer service.

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Reika May 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Hi Andrea, I’m sorry to hear your bad experience with Rowenta’s customer service. I have never claimed any warranties with them so I have no idea how poor their services are! I’m glad you got the replacement in the end, and hopefully this new one will last you for a long time :-)

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Laura May 20, 2014 at 6:27 am

Hi again,
2 months after using my steampod I have to say: although it does leave your hair smooth and soft and glossy, this comes at a cost. When I don’t use it, my hair looks really damaged, and I am now using a moroccan oil mask to repair it, and only use the straightener in rare occasions. Also, since I color my hair, when I use the steampod ofter, the color tends to fade and my carefully looked after red becomes -blondish which i hate. But I yes, when using the steampod hair looks perfect and everybody asks if I went to the salon in the morning!

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Reika May 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Hi Laura, do you use any hair treatment products while using the steampod? I always prep my hair with a heat protective spray, then I apply some keratin leave in treatment before I iron my hair with steampod. I have to say my hair condition has improved significantly even without using it! BTW I only add spring water to it.

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