A hair dryer’s average lifespan is around 800 hours, while tools like flat irons and curling irons last between 500 to 1,000 hours. Of course, how long they last depend mainly on the brand and model of your tool. But you can contribute to its lifespan by doing one simple step, cleaning them.
You might be surprised to learn that hair tools collect dust, dirt, and oil. And if you use any hair products, product build-up is another issue. All of these elements can cause your hair tools to stop working properly. The simple solution is to clean your hair tools once a month. (Or every 2 or 3 weeks if you use your tools several times a week)
Have you noticed the airflow of your hairdryer has slowed down? If so, you might think it’s time to replace the dryer. In reality, though, this might be an indication that the filter is clogged. If not cleaned, the hairdryer will eventually overheat, and its lifespan shortened.
- Unplug your hairdryer. (Never jerk the cord from the outlet. Instead, always carefully insert or remove the plug with your hand.)
- Locate the vent on your dryer. Usually, it is located on the back. If the vent grill is removable, pry it open and remove the filter.
- Either vacuum the filter or use a toothbrush to remove any lint and dust off the filter. If the filter is not removable, use a tweezer to remove the lint, dust, and build-up.
Flat Iron and Curlers
No doubt, you use a heat protectant and styling sprays when using your straightener or curler. Although you can’t see the build-up, it is there. Product build-up will cause the flat iron plates or the curling iron barrel not to heat evenly and affect how the tool styles your hair. Plug your tool and heat it to slightly warm. This will allow the build-up to loosen and thus facilitate the cleaning process.
• Unplug and use a damp microfiber cloth and wipe the tool. For stubborn build-up or stains, use a cloth or cotton balls with rubbing alcohol and gently clean the plate.
• Wipe down with a clean cloth. Always make sure the tools are dry before using them.
Keep in mind that if your hair tools are not cleaned, you will be transferring product gunk and dirt to your clean hair. Ultimately causing hair damage.
Since hairbrushes are used every day, several times a day, they should be cleaned at least once a week. You might already be removing hair off your brush when you see the hair build-up. But thoroughly cleaning your brush means more than just removing hair off of it.
- Remove all hair off the brush by using the pointed end of a tail comb. For stubborn hair, use nail scissors to loosen the hair
- Clean the brush’s base and bristles with a toothbrush and gentle shampoo. You may soak the brush in warm soapy water to help loosen any residue. However, if yours is a wooden brush, do not soak the brush to avoid any damage to the finish.
- Allow to dry overnight on a towel with the brush face down.
Scrunchies, hair bands, pins-they all get dirty with dust, oil, and sweat from your hair. But they are the easiest to clean. All you need to do is fill your bathroom sink with warm water and gentle soap. Let the accessories soak for a few minutes, then, if needed, rub with your fingers to remove any dirt and oil. Rinse well and allow to air dry.
Your hair tools will last longer if you just give them the needed care. Not only will cleaning them extend their life, but it will save you money, and most importantly, your hair will be healthy. The next time you clean your tools, consider using Dirtfree to help you schedule your cleaning needs. Try it today with a 2-week free trial!