Rated 4.48 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review pros and cons
I received this as a complementary item from influenster to review. However, this does not influence from review.
When I first received this item I was ecstatic. Of course, one because it was free, but I was actually in the market to getting a new straightener. I'd never thought of a steam option but I'm glad this arrived at my doorstep. At first glance it's beautiful. Looks sophisticated and expensive. Picking it up it was quite heavy compared to my Babyliss. The plates were quite small in length and width compared to the overall product. Was a bit concerned that it wouldn't reach my roots and those would be frizzy. I should say I have very fine and VERY frizzy hair.
Steps were very simple as to how to turn it on/off, change temperature settings and fill the small container with water.
At first glide I was in awwhh. Pin straight hair in seconds. Was very easy to get used to and only took about 15 minutes to finish my whole head. Even got the small baby hairs I was concerned. And my hair looks so shiny and smooth and Undamaged.
Although I loved this as a straightener, I'm not quite sure how to get beautiful curls with such a heavy and wide straightener (the plates are small but the plastic outer is quite wide).
For this reason, and the price being so high i give it 4 stars. When I first bought my babyliss it did wonders and it was almost half the price of this straightener.
I am definitely looking forward to new versions of this straightener though!
Most Helpful Critical Review Good straightening power, not very easy to use for
I've used the SteamPod to both straighten and curl my hair. For straightening, this product delivers. The steam makes it smooth and sleek but also somehow retained more volume than I get with a regular straightener. I almost never straighten my hair though so I was excited to use it to make loose waves.
As someone who can curl their hair in beachy waves in a literal 5 mins with a regular curling iron, this was difficult to use. It's a bit heavy and cumbersome. After a few tries I could master the left side of my head (I'm a righty) but got a completely different type of curl my right. I think that with enough practice it would become easier. My main issues are that the heat plates are far too small and I struggled to make curls that stayed through the day.
For reference I have medium-thick wavy (2a/2b) hair, past my shoulders. It's not fine so it can take a lot of heat. There are three heat settings: 350, 390, and 410F. I tested it on all the heat settings as I normally curl and straighten my hair around 450F. On the highest heat setting (410F) it scorched my finer hair that's around my face so I mostly used 390F. I had never had a hair tool do that! I think it mainly because you have to use this product so slowly to allow the steam to do its job.
At the end of the day I don't feel like it replaces any hair tools in my kit and I don't feel like I would reach for it very often.
Reviewed by 169 customers Returned it
Kiki from Texas
Too bulky and heavy.
Difficult for thick, curly hair
Kelly from Florida
I have very thick, curly, long hair. I used this straightener once and was disappointed, it took me well over an hour to straighten half of my hair. I have always used a Chi and that works much better for me.
I didn't see a sleek finish and it was never completely straight, you could see waves.
Fast way to get smooth hair!
PaintedLove from Oakland, CA
I love this. I'm a hairstylist and I've used it on many clients and they love the results as well. You must use it with distilled water but that's not a big deal. I'd rather use good water with it anyway. The water chamber is actually pretty small but I can use it on three/four clients before having to refill! There is very little steam coming out so with each swipe your hair stays dry. One swipe is all you really need in naturally straight hair. For my curly clients 2 swipes is good. Three if it's super curly. Still much faster than the average iron. I have a short angled bob and it takes me about four minutes to do my entire head. I recently took it to Vegas since my hair normally doesn't like Vegas water/air and it made my hair nice and sleek. I own many flat irons (GHD, T3, Chi, BabyLiss, Paul Mitchell, Dyson) and this is my go-to! Hope this helps if you're deciding!
Omg!! Ulta finally has IT!
Goldielox from Phoenix Arizona
Worth every single penny!! Must have in my toolbox!! Wish Ulta had this sooner.... would've loved to earn my points towards this purchase. My curly coily kinky Afro/American hair never felt so good after 1-2 passes of this baby. My hair has never felt so healthy.
michelleb467 from undisclosed
I was super excited about being chose by Influenster and Sephora to try L'oreal Steampod for my honest review! I always use and recommend always using a Heat protector when using any kind of flat iron hair dryers or any sources heat on your hair to protect it! L'oreal Steampod left my hair perfectly straight, super smooth,shiney n best of all non-frizzy! I think that the price is a little crazy and I'd say it's a little bit out of range for most people.. but it does work exactly as described if you want straight hair this will do it!!!
solah_shringar from undisclosed
I have been trying this straightner since I received it. I wasn't sure about it at first, but the more I used it the more I started loving it and also the results!! I have been using it for non-stop...love love it!! I just wish it was black instead of white, but thats just my reference. L'Oreal Professionnel SteamPod Flat Iron & Styler
smooth and shiny
aleannas from undisclosed
I have wavy very frizzy hair. I love the comb in this iron! I usually use a t3 iron but this makes my hair straight and smooth with less passes than my t3. Great product!
michellethi from undisclosed
This straightener is so good! It's genius! I love the design, it's lightweight and easy to use. I love the comb that keeps your hair smooth. The steam straightens my hair so fast and so gentle. It doesn't make my hair too hot to touch. My hair looks shiny and smooth. This is my go to straightener now. I have tried to curl my hair with it but haven't quite figured that out. But I love it!
you need it.
maescheidt from undisclosed
When I got the email about getting this bad boy I was super excited about it. I was pretty scared to use it since my hair is green and black. I thought it would fade the color faster. It didn't. You definitely need to use a heat spray. If you don't use one it will definitely fry your hair. It helps with frizz. I wish the temperature could go down a little more. Other than that I'd definitely recommend this.
kelliem24 from undisclosed
My hair is naturally curly and wavy and this Steampod makes my hair very straight and shiny. It is easy to use which is a plus. I really like the comb that can be attached and detached in, which helps me straighten my hair on my own with no help. This product met my expectations. You won't regret giving this Steampod a chance it's well worth it!
ednyrmariea from undisclosed
When trying out this product I was skeptically at first. I wasn't sure how steam would straighten my hair when most of the time my hair is exposed to steam it gets frizzy and big. It actually works! It made it smooth without so much heat. Another thing I like is that the comb is removable. I found that my hair would get stuck on it. It curls nicely too. Overall, I really think this is a win for L'Oréal.
heatherwebsterlv from undisclosed
I am quite impressed with this straightener. I have used many in the past that were just meh. This one takes the cake for me! I haven't mastered the curl portion but that is all me and I will eventually! It didn't feel as if it was "burning" my hair and love the idea of utilizing steam. Really easy to use and only one stroke required for each pass. Hair seems happy and I am too! I received this as a tester from Influenster and L'Oreal and I am thankful I did! I would purchase this in a heartbeat. I have thicker hair and it leaves it very straight and feels healthy!
steam pod straightener
smckeen929 from undisclosed
I received this straightener for my honest review. I have frizzy, color treated hair so I am often skeptical of heat products. This straightener is pretty good. I couldn't get it to curl the best, but the straightener is good. I did take off the comb Bc I found it just didn't work the best with my hair. It's a good product and I think people would really enjoy it.
Hair feels great !
aprilj075b from undisclosed
I really liked the steam pod . My daughter and I have very dry hair 4b-c hair and the steam pod made our hair feel really soft and kept hydration . It was a bit heavy or bulky so I was unable to get really close to the root of my hair but I think it would be great to maintain my salon blow out without damage. I definitely would recommend this straightener for anyone trying to have healthier hair .
Works nicely on wavy thick and thin hair
heatherp283b from undisclosed
I tried the steampod on both my thick, wavy to curly color treated and bleached hair and let my mom borrow it on her fine to normal highlighted hair. I tried it without the comb on my hair and added my cantu heat protectant before styling and used distilled water. It took 2 passes for my hair to be fully straight and I ended up adding a little volume to the top of my hair on the 2nd pass as it looked a little too flat. My hair stayed straight for about 2 full days before reverting back. I've tried doing a bit of a blowout with mixed results and have yet to achieve curls. As for the water chamber after 2 full passes it was a little past half full . It is easy to remove and reattach the comb, the heat settings and on and off switch are easy to navigate. My only complaint is that it is a tad bulky and can be hard to hold for an extended time. As for thin hair it does very well on the lowest setting with heat protectant and with short passes.
taniaa3 from undisclosed
Very impressed with this product. It definitely did its job. It left my hair looking smooth and feeling soft. Usually my hair is frizzy even after styling it which can be annoying. This product didn't leave my hair frizzy and gave it volume.
totally worth it
courtneyf99 from undisclosed
I have naturally curly hair and this makes straightening my hair so easy. It also keeps my hair straight and takes the frizz out of my hair.
works pretty well !
jenpyii from undisclosed
Works pretty well to straighten and curl ! I used bottled Poland spring because I didn't have distilled water, set it to 410 degrees, grabbed small amounts of hair at a time and spent about 4-5 secs on each strand. Even though my hair is pretty straight already I noticed the difference. I was able to achieve some bouncy curls, although not consistent (prob having to do with my technique and lack of skill). No issues with hairs getting caught in the comb as long as I followed the direction of the arrows. Overall a decent 2 in 1 hair tool
amc_boriqua510 from undisclosed
I was so excited to use this and it did not disappoint. My hair is wavy, frizzy and very fine. I'm never able to get my hair total straight with flat irons, there's always a few waves at the roots and in the back of my head plus it's always frizzy. The steam pod gets my hair completely straight and it's a sleek straight without the frizz. It's great for adding volume and waves as well. I highly recommend!
my hair is so smooth now
short_kort from undisclosed
I was very excited to receive this, even though I wasn't looking for a new straightener. It was a great little surprise! My hair is naturally pretty straight with odd patches of waves and lately if I let it air dry, it's really frizzy. Normally I dry it with a dryer brush and a little smoothing cream, and that takes care of the frizz. And if I want the weird wavy sections to behave, I'll run a flat iron through it. Now, with the steampod I don't even use the cream and my hair is silky smooth and straight all day. It holds up to the Arkansas humidity so far, too. I'll update if that changes as the summer comes and the humidity get worse lol! It was a little awkward at first and took a little while to get used to using it because you're supposed to hold it a certain way, but now its pretty much second nature. I don't know how well this works for people with really curly or coarse hair, but it's perfect for my slightly weird hair that can't seem to make up its mind!
surprised with it
mperezrusso from undisclosed
I didn't think this was going to work for me since my hair doesn't do well with humidity. This product worked really well. I prefer to blow dry my hair over flat iron but if I need to do it while traveling for example I would take this.
The Power of Steam
kaitlynnt9 from undisclosed
I have fine hair that is also very wavy. With lots of baby hairs that won't stay in place and a good amount of breakage. It's a lot to deal with.
I received the steam pod pro and it took a minute to get used to. It's a little bulky and heavier than the one I'm used to. But once I got used to it this was amazing! So i had to learn how to section my hair and go slow at first but by now it easily takes me just a few minutes to get everything just right! My baby hairs are still hard to get but I used the heat from the outside of the straightener and it looks great.
This was better than the previous straighteners I've used in the past. And there was definitely less breakage. My hair was smooth and shiney. I feel like it is with the price. There are no buttons to press for the steam and I could style it too!
Again it took a little getting used to. A little heavy but I feel it is worth it.
Also even though it says not to use on wet hair. I did. It was HOT. It took a little longer and I don't recommend it. But it did still look good.
There is also no way to turn the steam off if you wanted that option besides pulling out the well.
Overall a really great product!
absolutely great tool
olgamyro from undisclosed
Absolutely great flat iron. Only reason I gave 4 stars - size of plates. I have a lot of baby hair around forehead and plates of iron tool are too wide to straighten this ares. Other than that I really like L'Oréal steam pod hair iron. Using this tool couple times a week and my heat looks great, feels great. At the beginning I was not sure if hair styling tool with steam going to be safe for hair and skin, but not I definitely see that it's safe if you follow guidelines about how to use straightener properly. My hair is thick and wavy and I use this tool at lowest temperature 350F and it takes me 5-7 minutes to style my hair. Definitely great product.
Works fast, but lingering smell?
justmesabby from undisclosed
I loved how fast this straightener worked! Definitely good for when I'm in a rush. The comb makes it really easy to straighten your roots if you have naturally curly or wavey hair. The two caveats are that it leaves my hair with a very distinct "wet dog" smell no matter how clean my hair is or how much heat protector I use, and the comb attached to the end is really fine and rips out a lot of my wavey hair. I'd only recommend straightening in small sections to avoid that problem, but the smell I haven't quite figured out yet.
ashleymariebetenbaug from undisclosed
I was very weary of this product at first bc of the steam aspect... it gave me flashbacks and ptsd of the wet 2 straight straighteners from the 2000's lol
I was very impressed though, the steam is very minimal. I'm still trying to get the curling down with it, because I'm just not good at curling with a straightener. The pieces I have curled with it have come out nice and wavy though!
I say I'm neutral because while it is a wonderful product, it won't replace my go to straightener and curling wand.