What did we do before the invention of the hair straightener? Personally, I used to turn the steam function off my clothing iron, lie my hair out on an ironing board and have at it. Loads of damage but, at the time, totally worth it. Fortunately, since the introduction of the flat iron onto the SA market, I haven’t had to resort to such drastic measures.
These tools have revolutionised the way we style our hair, but yet we don’t always treat them very well. For example, did you know that you should be cleaning the device regularly? No? Well, you do now. And when you know better you do better. Here’s how to clean and look after your hair straightener so that it can work for you for longer.
What You Need:
1. Cottonwool balls
2. Rubbing alcohol
3. A warm, damp cloth
What To Do:
1. This *should* go without saying, but your hair straightener needs to have cooled down and also be turned off and unplugged. Otherwise…
You get the idea.
2. Dip cottonwool balls into the rubbing alcohol and swipe them gently but firmly over the plates, giving extra attention to areas where there is more buildup.
3. Once you are done, wipe the entire device down with the warm, damp cloth to remove all the alcohol and any residual grime.
How Often Should Flat Irons Be Cleaned?
Few people know this – but for a flawless finish each time you straighten your hair, you should really be cleaning your flat iron weekly, especially if you are a daily user. Not only will this ensure sleek hair, but it will also extend the life of your heated tool.
In other words, don’t make any plans tonight because you have an appointment with your hair tools – because they need TLC too.
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