Now that we’ve finally gotten the hang of regularly washing our makeup brushes, we’ve realized our everyday hair tools could probably use some loving, too. If you can’t remember the last time you picked the lint out of your blow dryer or wiped the gunk off your flat iron and curling iron, it’s safe to assume they’re due for a cleaning.
While it’s easy to forget this extra step, doing so can damage not only your hot tools but the health of your hair also (think burnt-off sections and split ends). To prevent this from happening, here’s what you can do:
To Clean Your Blow Dryer
If you’ve noticed your trusty hair dryer is overheating and isn’t performing the way it used to, a clogged-up air vent is likely to blame. When it’s turned off and unplugged, twist off the vent cover to get to the filter. To clean it out, use a toothpick or a pair of tweezers to pull out as much debris as possible. You can also use a damp cloth to wipe away excess dust—just remember to allow it to completely dry before you begin using.
To Clean Your Flat Iron & Curling Iron
As for your curling and flat iron, you’ll want to get rid of any product residue that's clinging to the barrel or plates. To do so, simply dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol and run it over grimy areas. For really hard-to-remove buildup, we recommend cleaning your hot tool when it's still a little warm.