If you use a flat iron and have suddenly noticed it is not working like it used to, that means it is probably time to clean it. Hair products such as thermal protector, conditioners and styling products can build up on the plates reducing their effectiveness. This same build-up can also potentially damage your hair. Those baked-on products can grab your tresses as you try to smooth it causing them to break off. And nobody wants that.
Sure you could buy a commercial cleaner, but this method is very simple, inexpensive and works on any type of surface that is used to style hair. Who could ask for anything more than that?
How to Clean a Flat Iron:
1. After using the flat iron, let it cool to where it is still slightly warm, but you can comfortably touch it.
2. Slightly dampen a washcloth with water.
3. Gently wipe the damp cloth over the plates paying close attention to the areas you see grime. Don’t press or scrub. Repeat wiping until grime is removed.
4. Use a damp cotton swab to get to tight areas.
5. If water doesn’t work, you can use alcohol to remove the baked-on grime.
6. Repeat 3 – 4 times a week. If you straighten often, you may need to clean it daily to keep your iron in top shape.
BONUS: This method also works for your curling irons and wands.
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