When was the last time you cleaned your hair tools? The brush you use almost 3-4 times a day and the hairdryer you can’t live without collect dirt and bacteria just like your beauty tools. Using these styling tools day in and day out without cleaning them will never give you the mane of your dreams.
However, cleaning heat styling tools is not as simple as cleaning makeup sponges and brushes and you probably don’t know where to start. But worry not! That’s what we’re here for. We’ll tell you how to clean each one of your hair tools.
Hairbrush and comb
Hairbrushes and combs collect dirt, dust, scalp oils, product residue and transfer it back to your tresses when you use them again. Since these are used on a daily basis, it is recommended to clean your combs and brushes at least once a week. Thankfully, these are fairly easy to clean and don’t require a lot of efforts.
Simply remove any strands of hair that might be stuck before putting it in a bath of warm water and shampoo. Let it soak in there for 10 minutes before washing off and leaving it to air dry.
If you wash your hair every day, then chances are you probably use your hairdryer daily too. Did you ever take a look at the vent from where the blow dryer throws air? Chances are, you will see dust particles and dirt blocking the vent and the filter. This hampers the efficiency of your styling tool and prevents consistent airflow.
To clean the blow dryer, remove the vent cover and filter cap and clean it using an old toothbrush or toothpick. Make sure the tool is not plugged in. Wipe the rest of the body and nozzle using a damp cloth and allow it to air dry.
Curling iron and straighteners
Your curling irons and hair straighteners also collect dirt and product build-up from hair sprays. This residue sitting on the hair styling tools prevent a smooth finish and cause hair to snag. If you feel like your styling tools are not delivering the same results as before, its time to give it a clean-up.
Start by heating up the tool then unplug it and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Take a damp washcloth and wipe the plates or wand. Since the plates are warm, the residue should come off without any rubbing or scraping.