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Maintaining Your Hair and the Tools of the Trade

When it comes to achieving salon-quality hairstyles at home, hair heat tools like straighteners, curling irons, and hair dryers are indispensable. To ensure these tools continue to perform at their best and to protect your hair from damage, regular maintenance is crucial. Here's a guide to help you keep your hair heat tools in top shape. 

Why Maintenance Matters 

Regular maintenance of hair heat tools extends their lifespan, ensures optimal performance, and minimises the risk of hair damage. Over time, products like heat protectants, oils, and styling creams can build up on the surfaces of your tools, affecting their efficiency. Additionally, dust and lint can clog vents, leading to overheating and potential hazards. 

Cleaning Your Hair Heat Tools 

Straighteners and Curling Irons 

Unplug and Cool Down: Always unplug your tool and allow it to cool completely before cleaning.

Wipe Down the Plates/Barrel: Use a damp cloth or cotton pad with a small amount of rubbing alcohol to wipe down the plates or barrel. Avoid using abrasive materials that can scratch the surface.  

Remove Product Build-Up: For stubborn build-up, mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water and gently scrub the surface with a soft toothbrush, this will help to remove any stubborn stains. Afterwards wipe down with a damp cloth.  

Dry Thoroughly: Ensure the tool is completely dry before plugging it back in. 

Remember to always refer to your user manual for any product specific guidance on cleaning your tools. 

Hair Dryers 

Unplug and Cool Down: As with other tools, ensure your hair dryer is unplugged and cool before cleaning. 

Clean the Air Filter: Many hair dryers have a removable air filter. Remove it and use a small brush or your fingers to clear out dust and lint. Some filters can be rinsed under water; if so, make sure it's completely dry before reinserting. Check your user manual for more details. 

Wipe the Exterior: Use a damp cloth to clean the exterior of the dryer, removing any product residue or dust. 

Preventive Measures 

Use Heat Protectants: We recommend using heat protectant sprays or serums before styling to minimise product build-up on your tools. 

Store Properly: Store your tools in a cool, dry place. Use heat-resistant mats or pouches to prevent damage to surfaces, the tools themselves and to prevent fire risks. 

Avoid Tangles: Keep cords untangled and neatly wrapped to prevent internal wire damage. 

Regular Checks and Maintenance 

Inspect Cords and Plugs: Regularly check for frayed cords, loose connections, or exposed wires. If you notice any damage, we recommend unplugging the product and discontinue its use. 

Test Temperature Settings: Ensure that your tools are heating evenly and maintaining consistent temperatures.  

Professional Servicing: Some high-end tools may benefit from occasional professional servicing. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance and servicing. 


Maintaining your hair heat tools is essential for achieving the best styling results and ensuring the longevity of your tools. With regular cleaning, proper storage, and preventive measures, you can keep your straighteners, curling irons, and hair dryers in excellent condition, ensuring your hair looks fabulous every day. Happy styling! 

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