Is Your Steaming Flat Iron Giving You Bubble Hair

Steam flat irons are one of the advanced styling tools in the hair care industry. This tool has gained overnight popularity because of its ability to straighten both wet and dry hair quickly and precisely. it also causes less hair damage than any regular flat iron and infuses your hair strands with an adequate amount of moisture so that they remain silky and smooth even after the styling process.

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However, with all its amazing benefits, a steaming flat iron also has a minor drawback – it results in bubble hair. Bubble hair is an annoying hair condition that makes your tresses look lackluster and messy.

Keeping in mind about the users of steam straighteners, in this article, we have discussed everything about bubble hair and how to prevent them so that you can enjoy smooth, silky, lustrous hair even after using this new-generation tool.

What is Bubble Hair?

In simple words, bubble hair is a hair shaft abnormality that makes your hair strands suffer from air pockets and unevenness. It is a type of thermal injury that deforms your hair shafts completely and makes your precious locks look bumpy and damaged.

One of the major reasons your hair suffers from this irregularity is because of an excessive amount of heat. When you apply a high amount of heat to your wet or damp tresses to straighten them, the water inside the hair follicle boils up and instead of evaporating; it gets trapped inside the hair fiber. This trapped water expands and forms air pockets in the hair strands to make your hair look uneven, bumpy and cause an internal cavity.

These expanded, air-filled bubbles also result in cracks and holes in the cuticles and damage your precious tresses from the inside out. Damaged hair strands are dry and fragile and suffer from breakage and fall easily.

How to Determine if You Have Bubble Hair?

Bubble Hair

If you have been using a substandard steam flat iron then there is a high possibility that you are already suffering from bubble hair. Look for the following symptoms to determine if your manes are suffering from this annoying hair condition or not.

  • Your tresses feel rough and don’t slide off each other
  • They become excessively dry and fragile
  • Becomes hard to detangle and breaks off easily
  • You are experiencing patchy hair loss due to weak hair
  • You tresses look uneven and bumpy
  • Suffering from immense frizz and flyaways
  • Your hair strands are experiencing severe split ends

How a Steaming Flat Iron is Responsible for Bubble Hair?

Before discussing how steam straighteners cause bubbles in hair let’s first understand how this tool works. A steam flat iron is not like any regular hair straightening tool; it uses heat as well as Vapor Infusion Technology to straighten your tresses quickly and effectively. But as it is using two different heating methods (conventional heat and steam heat), there is a high probability that this tool will damage your hair if it’s not used properly.

When you keep your steam flat iron in your wet hair strands for an extended period, the heat and the steam from the plates start acting as boiling water on the tresses and form several air bubbles in the hair fibers. These bubbles not only give your precious manes an uneven texture but also absorb the moisture so that your hair becomes dry and brittle and suffers from excessive frizz.

Also keep in mind that, regardless of the price and brand, a steam straightening tool will always form air bubbles in the tresses if you hold it one place for a long period.

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Steps to Prevent Bubble Hair

Preventing Bubble Hair

There is an old saying “prevention is better than cure”. Take necessary safety measures before straightening your hair locks to make sure that they are styled properly without suffering from any air bubbles or heat burns and damages.

  1. The first and foremost advice would be to use as little heat as possible to style the tresses. Do not style or straighten your hair daily to keep them healthy as well as good-looking.
  2. Never try to straighten or style your dripping wet hair with a hot styling tool. Start your straightening session by using a microfiber hair towel. A microfiber hair towel like the DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel soaks up 95% of the excess water from your hair and leaves them slightly damp so that you don’t require a super high amount of heat to straighten them properly. Slightly damp hair also requires less steam and hence, doesn’t form any bubbles or air pockets.
  3. Even when your tresses are healthy and silky, don’t forget to apply a heat protection spray for straightening hair (we prefer this HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector) all over them before the straightening. A heat protectant not only shields your precious manes from the high heat of the steam flat iron but also makes sure that they don’t suffer from any air holes or hair bubbles.
  4. Choose excellent quality steam straightener  to straighten your tresses. A steam straightener like this kboo Hair Straightener removes any water particle left in the hair 3X Faster and with 60% less damage. Cheap steam straighteners do not distribute heat evenly to each hair strand and have the potential to form hair bubbles easily.

Ways to Restore Bubble Hair

If you have never followed the above steps and your tresses are already suffering from bubble hair, you must take necessary steps to restore the manes and bring back their healthy self.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to get rid of such hair condition is to chop them off. Having a trendy haircut like short bob or Diana cut would not only minimize bubbles but also give you a brand-new, sexy outlook.

Then again, not everyone is willing to cut down their long tresses. In such cases, we would suggest trying a Botox keratin hair treatment as it repairs bubble hair super quickly.

This specialized treatment finds out the bubbles and air pockets in your tresses and infuses them with keratin and collagen to restore their previous self. This keratin and collagen also rebuilds the hair fiber and provides enough moisture and nourishment to the tresses so that your manes look incredibly healthy without any traces of bubbles and holes.



  1. Wow, guys! Just Wow!!

    I am extremely surprised by how you people come up with such versatile ideas that are really helpful for your readers. I think this is such a practical, well thought of article that would help many of your readers who are using steam flat irons. I am very much benefitted from this piece of writing. I have learned a lot about how to take care of my hair when using a steam straightener to keep them healthy as well as beautiful.

    Your continuous attempt of educating readers is applaudable.

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  2. Ok, now I know why my hair doesn’t look as polished and beautiful. I always read and understood that steam straighteners are less damaging and produce the most gorgeous straightened hair. However, when I used it on my wet hair, I didn’t get the same result as others. I thought my steam flat iron is defective and I returned it. After going through the article, I realized that the problem was not the tool but my styling procedure.

    Thank you guys for such an informative and eye-opening article! I have learned a great deal from you.

    Keep up the good work.

    Best of luck with your future projects!

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  3. Hello people,

    I just came here to say “thank you”.

    When I was going through the article, I thought you would only talk about why and how bubble hair is formed. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you also described the ways to prevent as well as revive this type of damage successfully. I already have bubble hair and I tried the revival process to see if it worked.

    I have done the Botox keratin hair treatment from a local salon and trust me guys, bubbles from my tresses seemed to vanish away like magic.

    Thank you for your suggestion. In one word this piece of writing is incredible and informative. It is very helpful. I have saved it as a guide for my manes.

    Keep it up.

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      We are pleased to hear that you could successfully eliminate bubbles from your hair.

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  4. Thank God I came across this article. I have been using a steam flat iron for the longest time and often I noticed that my hair strand became dry and frizzy instead of silky and smooth. After reading this article carefully, I now understand the root of the problem.

    Thank you very much for uploading such an informative piece of writing.

    Girls like I would really benefit from it.

    Best of luck.

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  5. Hello there,

    I can’t thank you guys enough. I love using my steam straightener. But because I suffered from air bubbles, it was quite impossible to style my hair, let alone straighten it. After reading your article, I tried the Botox keratin hair treatment last month and I could never be more satisfied. Not only my dry, bubble tresses are gone but now my hair feels soft, smooth, and silky.

    I love you guys.

    Please keep up your good work.

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