How often should you be cleaning your hair tools? Did you even know that you’re supposed to be cleaning them? This article we found on Bustle has the facts to help your hair tools last and keep your hair looking fresh.
Having a hair washing schedule is common, but it’s easy to forget that it’s not just your hair that needs a deep clean. Brushes, hairdryers, straighteners, and more all require TLC every now and then. So how often do you need to clean your hair tools?
Thankfully, you don’t have to clean them as often as you think you might. Here’s everything you need to know.
Brushes arguably require the most attention. They can become matted very quickly, so you can either clean them after each use or just as soon as you see a build-up of hair. Obviously, the thicker your hair, the quicker your hairbrush will need to be cleaned.
If you don’t remove dead hair from brushes the brush may not work properly due to a blockage of its strokes. Regular cleaning will prevent product and oils from being transferred back onto your locks.
It turns out the best way to clean your brushes isn’t to shove your fingers between the bristles. Instead, lift the hair stuck in the brush strokes out by placing the thin “pin” end underneath the hair on the brush and pull up.
No one is expecting you to clean your hairdryer after each use. But around every three weeks is a good period to aim for if you use your hairdryer every other day.
Anything from dust and debris to actual hair can get stuck in the back of a hairdryer, which can cause it to overheat, blow up, or even break altogether. This is because the air needs to push out of the hairdryer smoothly. Blockages preventing this can quickly cause the appliance’s temperature to rise to dangerous levels.
This is one tool that you can use your hands for. Simply pull out the hair and other build-ups from the back. You may be able to make things easier by removing the entire vent, depending on the make of your hairdryer. Once everything is gone, run it under water. If you do this, you must ensure it is totally dry before reattaching and using the hairdryer again.
Ceramic plates of straighteners can harbor grime if not properly cleaned. Hairspray, oils, and other heavy products can build up not only on your hair but on your tools too, on top of oils that are secreted from your own scalp, which can damage your locks if the device is not regularly cleaned.
There are a couple of ways to clean stylers. Before doing anything though, make sure they are unplugged and have had time to cool down.
Use a dampened cloth with nail polish remover to wipe down the styler plates and body. You may need to rub hard depending on how dirty your styler is. Leave it a couple of hours to dry before plugging in and using. You can also dip a cloth into warm to hot water to keep everything from straighteners to curling tongs clean. Wipe the damp, not dripping, cloth along the ceramic part of the tool and voilà.
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