Beauty Tips: How To Clean Your Hair Tools

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They get coated with sticky substances, trap a lot of hair and sometimes burn us, but they always end up saving us when bad hair days strike. They’re our hair tools, and they deserve a little TLC (just like your locks).

Because they’re so frequently used, tools like brushes, irons and hair dryers regularly collect dirt, oil and skin particles — guck that can all be deposited back onto your mane if you don’t care for your curlers and straighteners properly.┬áSo we talked to owner and stylist Greg May of Greg May Hair Architects in Toronto about how to tend to some of your most common hair tools and accessories.

“For the everyday person, it should come down to common sense. If you neglect cleaning your tools, you’re at risk of not getting good results from your hot tools, a bad smell and smoke burn-off as well,” he says.

Hair Straightener
“Clean your smoothing iron or curling iron (tongs) when it is unplugged and cool. Use lukewarm water and a non-abrasive cloth and wipe down until thoroughly clean,” Greg May, a hair stylist in Toronto, says.

“Another alternative is to use rubbing alcohol. Make sure to follow up with a wet cloth to remove all alcohol residue.”

I like to use my peppermint cream shampoo or you can use tea tree shampoo for its natural disinfecting properties. Pick all hair out. There are special tools you can buy at the cosmetics store that look like a brush with a point on the end. These work great for getting debris out. Soak the brush in water or clarifying shampoo. Alternately, you could use a liquid detergent or soap.”

“Some old-school barbers use barbicide, which disinfects very well. I prefer to use the above shampoo technique because leaving tools in a solution too long can be hard on them.”

“Similar to a brush, pick hair out then place in solution mixture of water and shampoo. Your alternate to shampoo can be vinegar. Once again, I prefer the soapy method.”

Hair Accessories
“Use clean fingers or a cloth to wipe down the bobby pin. Make sure there is no oil or product build-up on them.”

Blow Dryer
“Always use damp cloth with water to clean outside of the dryer where there could be a build-up of hairspray. Clean the vent in back when there are any traces of lint. If you don’t, you will suffocate your dryer and it will burn out.”

“Put a very little drop of oil on either blade and pivot point where the screw is. Open it and close it a few times. Wipe your pair clean with a cloth.”

“Razors often come with a special cleaning brush. If you lose this brush you can use an old toothbrush,” he says.

“Most hair dye companies make colour remover for skin. To remove colour from clothes, spray area with a hairspray or take it to the cleaners.”

{This post originally appear on StyleList Canada.}