There are some secrets to keeping your hair tools clean and shiny. If you’re like me then you don’t want to pay a small fortune for a high quality hair tool to watch it slowly rust and ruin. Even if you’re one of the lucky few that can get good results out of a cheap hair tool, you still don’t want this to happen. These are the secrets to keeping your hair tools clean and shiny.
1. Store Them after Use
It’s good to have a place to store your hair tools besides the top of your bathroom sink. Leaving them out all the time exposes them to a lot of things they don’t need to be exposed to. Hairspray touchups, perfume, makeup spills and normal dust can all land on your hair tools if they’re left out. Of course they’re going to get some hair products on them through your styling but why make it more than it has to be? Store them out of the way when they’re not in use.
2. Wipe down with a Damp Cloth
Wipe down your hair tools with a damp cloth. Once a week is a good amount to do this. Wait until they’ve cooled down and then wipe them, including the crevices dust or residue might collect. Doing this can help prevent build-up. It only takes a couple of minutes and can really extend the life of your hair tools.
3. Don’t Overheat
This is a good tip for both your hair and your hair tools. You want to style your hair on the lowest heat setting that works for it. This not only prevents damage to your hair, it prevents damage to your hair tool. Although hair tools were made for heat, higher heat settings can leave their marks on your hair tools over time. Once this happens, it’s hard to reverse.
4. Spot Clean Problem Spots
At times you may notice that a problem area is building on your hair tool. It’s best to take care of it then rather than ignore it. You can try removing the spot by using a damp cloth as talked about above. If that doesn’t work, you might try gently scratching it off using your fingernail. Taking care of issues when you notice them can prevent them from becoming worse.
5. Clean Thoroughly
Sometimes your hair tools will need a stronger cleaning than being wiped down with a damp cloth. This is usually called for when you notice residue building up. When that occurs, you want to take some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and scrub the hair tool down. Only do this after the hair tool is completely cool. Rubbing alcohol can remove most residue that builds up on hair tools. Wipe with a damp cloth afterward.
6. Use Cleaning Aids
It’s hard to get all the nooks and crannies of a hair tool completely clean. However, your hair tools will last longer if you make sure that you get it clean everywhere. You can use cleaning aids like q-tips and toothbrushes to get in the hard to reach areas. This makes a big difference.
7. Keep Dry
This is a simple tip that makes a big difference. Keep your hair tools dry. If they’re exposed to water, then over time they’ll rust. One way water exposure happens to hair tools is by leaving them on your bathroom sink when they aren’t in use. Little droplets will splash on them from time to time and this leads to rusting.
These are 7 secrets to keeping your hair tools clean and shiny. How do you accomplish this? Share your tips here!