This article comes from Byrdie.
You probably know the basic rules of using a straightener, like always spray a heat protectant before styling your hair, and don’t turn the heat higher than 400°F. And while you probably abide by these rules already, we bet you’re likely neglecting one very important yet rather tedious one: Clean your flatiron. Considering the amount of heat protectant and styling products we use, it’s only natural that our flat irons will acquire some buildup. And as most hairstylists will agree, the cleaner the iron, the better the styling, and the better the styling, the more Insta-worthy hair we’ll have.
If you’re wondering how to clean your hair straightener, it’s (thankfully) an easy process.
Like any other appliance you buy, a flat iron needs to be cleaned and properly maintained to work correctly. Build-up from products can cause the iron not to work as well. Especially if you’ve made an investment in a more luxury flat iron, you’ll want to care for it properly so you have it for a long time. While a dirty flat iron won’t cause damage to the hair itself, if there’s product buildup, the iron won’t be as effective and may cause you to continuously run it over your hair to achieve the desired result. This will result in overexposure to heat, resulting in damage.
The more buildup there is on the flat iron, the less evenly your plates will heat up, and the harder it’ll be to style your hair. To prevent this, clean your iron at least once a month. That being said, if you frequently use a lot of product and are a loyal flat iron user, you should be cleaning it after each use (or at the very least, whenever you can visibly see residue and build-up).
Whether you invest in a high-end flat iron or not, it’s important to take care of it as you would any other appliance. The more you use the iron, the more often you should set time aside to eliminate all of that product build-up on the plates. Not only will this help the iron heat evenly, but it’ll ensure you’re not unnecessarily adding more heat to your hair.
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