How to clean your heat styling tools
Surprisingly, one of the things we use the most yet clean the least is our heat styling tools. If you've ever wondered why your tools don't work as well as they used to, then it's probably because you need to get them cleaned. Keeping in line with our spring cleaning post from last week, we will be showing you how to clean your tools and inject some new life into them with as little effort as possible.
Curlers and Irons
Buildup around your flat-iron tongs and the barrel of your curling iron can cause your hair to style unevenly or get oilier faster due to product and hair oils that naturally gather on the tool. This build-up can also cause serious damage and could burn your hair while causing split-ends.
Clean them frequently by using a damp, soft cloth over the surface of the tool to remove as much buildup as possible. Naturally, you need to make sure that they are unplugged before doing this so that you cause no injury or harm to yourself and your surroundings. If the build-up on the tool is too much for water to clean, then gently use some rubbing alcohol in place of water. Make sure that you dry your tools completely before reusing them.
PS: Remember to never submerge your tools in water. Using a damp and slightly warm cloth is the best way to clean them!
Perhaps the one tool we use the most (read our post here on our favorite brushes), the hairbrush is the tool that takes the most damage. If you think about all of the stuff that gets stuck into your brush such as oils, hair, dust, and dirt, then the simple act of cleaning your brush should become second nature. If you don't pull dead hair out of your brush after every use, then grab a comb or scissor and gently lift out all of the hair that is stuck in your bristles. Now that you got the visible gunk out, soak your brush in some lukewarm water mixed with a cleansing shampoo. You could either let it soak for a bit or use an old toothbrush to gently clean between the bristles. Rinse well with clean water and let it air dry completely before using it again.
Another important tool many of us probably couldn't live without is the trusty old hairdryer. Most of the time, the filter in the dryer (the back end) is filled with clogs of dust and lint which can cover the entire filter, blocking ventilation and causing it to slow down. Simply twist off the back cover and use a small brush (an old but clean makeup brush would work) to gently remove all the dirt and dust from the filter. Rinse it with warm water and let it dry completely before inserting it back into the dryer.
How often to clean them?
While it might seem a bit confusing with regards to how often to clean the tools mentioned above, it's pretty simple when you think about how much you use them. Everyday? Then give them a good clean once a week. If you find yourself reaching for them 1 - 3 times a week, then a clean once a month (minimum) should be sufficient.