It goes without saying that a flat iron is a wonderful piece of styling equipment to have on hand. There are many great styles and finishing touches that you can add to your hair easily with a few quick passes with the right flat iron. This is why it is very important that you learn to care for your flat iron, otherwise known as a straightening iron, in order to keep it in good working order each and every time that you go to use it. If you think about it, you care for your vehicle and the appliances within your home. So, when you want to keep your flat iron working beautifully, you should know how to take care of it.
While it may seem like a bit of a hassle initially to care for your flat iron after each use, you are going to see that it really only takes a few minutes and the benefits are worth it. With daily use of your flat iron without care of cleaning, you will probably end up seeing that there will be some sort of build up on the plates or even around the outside from spray products and so forth. The nice thing is that a little bit of smart care will go a really long way and help you to keep your favorite styling tool in great condition for lots of future use.
If you are like most people, you probably use a styling product that is meant to protect your hair from heat while styling. While these sprays or conditioning products are not sticky like hair sprays meant for hold, they will end up building up on the plates of your flat iron over time. The heat from your flat iron will cause this build up to become gummy or sticky, which can actually end up damaging your hair. Because your hair will drag across this gummy residue, it can pull your hair leading to split ends and even breakage.
What you may not realize is that there are actually cleaners on the market today meant specifically for cleaning flat irons. These professional cleaners are free from abrasives so they won’t scratch your flat iron plates. Application with a soft cloth will help you to cut through the gummy residue or anything else that has gotten on the plates of your flat iron over time. You should be able to find these professional flat iron cleaning products either in the hair styling or hair appliance section of your local department store or even at the salon supply or beauty supply store.
If you cannot find some of the professional flat iron cleaning products in the store, you may be able to find some at a decent price online as well. Certainly, a good mixture of water with rubbing alcohol can also help to clean the plates of your flat iron safely without any potential for abrasives that will scratch. As long as you use a soft cloth without excessive loose fibers, you should be able to get amazing results.
Of course, when you think about caring for your flat iron, proper storage is always key along with a good cleaning routine. When you are finished using your flat iron and it has had time to cool off properly, it is a good idea to store it in an area where it will be free from the chance of spills, etc.