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Clean it up!

October 22, 2008 by  

It can be very frustrating to find that the hair styling tools you have carefully selected and chosen to create the perfect style aren’t working properly. But before you get too worked up, take a good look at the tools. Chances are good, if you’re experiencing a small problem with your styling tools after you’ve had them for awhile, they need to be cleaned. 

 

Cleaning your hair styling tools, just like anything else, is a fact of life. Your curling iron, hair straightener and even your brushes and combs need regular maintenance if you want them to perform the best they can for a long time. And don’t worry, cleaning your styling tools doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. In fact, it’s really quite simple and will only take a few minutes of your time.

 

Brushes and Combs- It’s essential to clean your brushes and combs on a regular basis, but unfortunately this is one area that often gets overlooked. It’s all too easy to put your brush back in the drawer when you’re done with it every morning. But take a good look at your brush. Is it jammed up with hair and debris? Look at the base of it. There’s a good chance that your brush is matted with hair, dirt and debris.

 

Broken hairs, dirt from the hair, build up of styling products, dead skin cells and dust are just some of the things that will accumulate in your brush. It’s easy enough to clean. Use a comb or pencil to loosen the built up hair from the brush and remove it. To finish up the cleaning, soak your brushes in a warm soapy solution. This will ensure that any bacteria growth is washed away. You should clean your brushes at least once every two weeks in order to extend the life of them. However you may need to wash them more frequently depending on how dirty they get.

 

Curling Irons and Hair Straighteners – Even curling irons and hair straighteners need to be cleaned regularly. You might notices that your smooth iron that usually glides over your hair is starting to snag your hair? If this is happening it’s almost always because there is a build up of product on your tool and you need to clean it.

 

Curling irons that get a build up of styling products caked on them can actually cause damage to the hinge, the barrel or the clip of the curling iron not to mention that your hair will snag and pull on this build up causing damage. It also may cause uneven heating on your tool which will result in burning of the hair.

 

There are two techniques for cleaning your tools depending on how bad the build up is. The easiest method, for light build up is to unplug the iron and use rubbing alcohol or a simple cleaner to wipe your cool iron clean. If there is a light build up around the edges, use your finger nail, or a q-tip to loosen the build up. Never use anything sharp on your iron! It will scratch and destroy the surface of the plates or the barrel.

 

If the build up is more severe you may want to try the heated method of cleaning. Plug your tool in for a few minutes to allow it to warm up slightly. Unplug the tool and carefully wipe a cloth that has been saturated in alcohol or cleaner over the surface of the tool. Be very careful not to burn yourself. Be sure to wipe any residual cleaner off before using.

 

Hair Dryers – Blow dryers also need to be cleaned regularly, although they are much simpler to maintain. Simply remove the mesh filter from the back of the dryer and use a small brush such as a tooth brush to loosen the lint and dust that builds up there. If you don’t remove this lint, it can cause your dryer to overheat and potentially light on fire.

 

Your hair tools are an investment and they should be treated as such. Regular care and attention will keep your tools working their best all the time and for years to come. So before you style your hair next time, take a quick look at your tools and check if they need a clean up.

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