Many of us couldn’t live without our hair tools. There is nothing better than getting ready for a night out by putting in some flawless curls.
But are you paying as much attention to your hair straighteners and curlers as you are your hair?
Because you should be.
It’s important that you keep your hair tools clean – though many of us don’t think twice about it.
Moe Harb, a stylist at Moe Harb London in Harrods, says hair straighteners and curlers are always collecting products such as hair spray oils and general salon dirt.
And so you need to make sure they are kept clean.
He reccommends cleaning tools while they’re still warm – not hot – so any products will easily slide off.
Moe tells Metro.co.uk: ‘There are two types of curlers: one ceramic and one metal. You can use kitchen cleaning products for ceramic and for the metal, use a wet towel and wipe over everywhere, being careful not to burn yourself.
‘Do not use a scour as this can remove the coating on the plate or heated barrel.’
Moe says at his salon, he uses Turbo Tong as it’s made from aluminium, and the barrel stays clean due to its heating technology.
If your tools don’t have the technology to keep on a low heat by themselves ,- for instance if they’re the simple on or off tools with no settings – all you need to do to clean them is unplug them after use, leave for a few minutes, then clean with just water and a thick towel before the tools have cooled down – though of course make sure they aren’t too hot.
Squeeze the excess water out of the towel before cleaning, so it’s just a touch damp rather than dripping wet.
By the time you have finished cleaning, your tools will have cooled, and you should simply pat dry with a towel or tissue paper.
You don’t need to clean them as often as you straighten or curl your hair, don’t worry. We’re not trying to add extra stress to your hair styling routine.
According to Moe, your tools only need to be cleaned once every three months if you are using them every day, or if you are a light user every nine months to a year.
It’s simple, easy, not really time-consuming and it ensures you’re not adding any dirt into your clean hair.
And yes, we are off to clean our hair tools now.
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