A good hair styling tool can cost a lot of money. Whether it’s a curling iron, blow dryer, or flat iron, you want to make sure you’re protecting your investment by keeping your hair tools clean and in good shape. Most women spend countless hours on their hair every month, but many forget that the proper maintenance of their styling tools play a big role in how effective their tools are at styling their hair. If your blow dryer isn’t drying as good as it used to, or product build-up is affecting the performance of your curling iron, here are a few ways to clean them and keep them working properly for many years to come.
Curling Irons and Flat Irons
If you use any type of styling products on your hair, especially gel and hairspray, heat from the iron will eventually cause excess product to transfer from your hair to the iron, causing product build-up. When the iron isn’t in use, try wiping it down with an alcohol pad. You can also wet a cloth with white vinegar and wipe the iron down. If the product build-up has been left on for a long time and is difficult to remove, plug in the iron and turn it up to the highest temperature. Spray a very small amount of oven cleaner on the iron, and allow it to penetrate for about 10 seconds. Quickly wipe the iron with a thick, clean rag. Once the product residue is removed, turn off the iron and allow it to cool before wiping it thoroughly with a damp rag. To prevent product build-up, always wipe your iron with a damp rag after each use.
If your blow dryer isn’t drying properly, it’s overheating, or it’s making a weird noise, a dirty filter may be to blame. Over time, lint and dust accumulates in your dryer’s filter and makes the motor less effective. After unplugging your dryer, inspect the front and back grills for dust and lint. Use a pair of tweezers to remove all visible debris from the grills. Next, use a small wire brush to remove any debris that’s trapped inside any vents or screens. If your blow dryer has a removable grill, use a screwdriver to pry it open and remove the dryer filter. Use your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment to vacuum the filter, side vents, and grills. Once all the debris is removed, reassemble the hair dryer.