When was the last time you cleaned your flat iron or soaked your hair rollers in soapy water? Did you just say eons ago? Well, in that case, this one’s a definite read for you!
Proper cleaning and maintenance of your hair tools is pivotal for two BIG reasons. One — clean sets of tools give you optimum performance and ideal results. Two — well-maintained tools help to keep infections at bay and considerably reduce health risks for both, the stylist and end-user.
So, here’s a rundown on few effective tips to keep your hair styling tools in tip top condition.
FLAT IRONS AND CURLING IRONS
Iron plates and barrels of flat/curling irons are made up of different substances and should be cleaned at regular intervals to remove residues of hairsprays, silicon-based products etc.
– Wipe the plates and barrels with a microfiber towel and water. And yes, don’t forget those small crevices too.
• For tough build-up, try using rubbing alcohol or a professional cleaning spray and wipe clean with a moist towel.
• Product build-up generally comes off easily when the tools are warm (not hot). Therefore, plug the tool and allow it to heat slightly. Once warm, unplug and commence cleaning.
• Use a Q-tip to clean the small crevices.
We generally keep the blow-dryer super clean from the outside but germs tend to accumulate in the back vent area too.
– Look out for the air vent, you should either find it on the back of the dryer or on the side.
– Remove the vent cover to reach the filter.
– Use an old dry toothbrush to scrub off the lint and dust particles.
• For effective filter cleaning, use toothpicks or tweezers.
• Don’t forget to clean the nozzle and body with a damp cloth too.
These indeed get very dirty, thanks to the loose strands of hair that get entangled around the bristles.
– Pull out the stray strands.
– Fill a small tub with lukewarm water, add some cleansing shampoo to it.
– Soak the combs and brushes in this liquid. Gently scrub the base of the comb and brush with an old toothbrush to get clean results.
• To remove the extra stubborn hair tangles, use a pair of scissors and clean using a mixture made of warm water and vinegar.
• Post cleaning, allow the combs and brushes to airdry, but if you are pressed for time, use a hair-dryer
Yes, you got that right — these need to be cleaned too!
– Dip them in a bowl of water mixed with shampoo.
– Rub gently to clean and air-dry on a clean towel.
• Try using a mix of baking soda and warm water for a more comprehensive clean