It’s no surprise that every lady spends a lot of time styling her hair. It’s a must for feeling beautiful everywhere: at work while running errands while going out etc. Having such busy schedules every day, most of us don’t have hours and hours to spend in the mirror doing it.
There’s the salon option but spending a lot of money in addition to the lack of time, force many of us to take the matter into our own hands and style our hair at home.
From curly to beach waves to straight and with nowadays technologies, there are so many tools we can use for our hairdos but there is no doubt that there is something unspoken about the silkiness and beauty of straight hair. No matter our hair length, color, or shape we all love it and desire it!
How to use and take care of hair styling tools
Taking care of the instruments you use is the key to not damaging your hair. Like makeup brushes, hairstyling utensils must be cleaned regularly and carefully. Otherwise, the curler or hair straightener may not work as well as usual and your hair can become damaged and lifeless.
Dust and styling sprays get stuck on your utensils, which means that when you use them, all the deposits will be transferred to your hair. Therefore, the hair will become heavy quickly and will get a matte appearance which is not at all pleasant. Moreover, the residue left on the straightener from the masks and hair sprays you use can literally burn your hair. That’s why it’s recommended to clean your hair styling tools regularly, at least once after four uses.
To make your life easier you should also know how to prepare your hair correctly before use. Your hair, straightener, and even your pocket will thank you.
Before using the flat iron, it’s extremely important for the hair to be completely dry to avoid damage. It’s well-known that the heat damages the hair quite a lot, but due to the technology evolving so much over the years, we can now choose styling devices that protect the structure of the hair while maintaining its natural shine and hydration.
Also, don’t apply any heavy styling spray beforehand. It will stick to your hair and device, and it will burn your hair immediately due to high heat.
Mistakes that compromise hair’s health
Some mistakes when using the flat iron could lead to brittleness, split ends, and dryness.
No matter how efficient or how many protective layers the hairdressing tools have, it’s still absolutely necessary to apply a spray or protective serum on the whole length of the hair to prevent fragility. Unfortunately, many of us overlook this important step and permanently damage their locks.
Another mistake is not brushing your hair beforehand. Detangling your locks using a brush or a comb is necessary before using the device. Not only it’s inaesthetic but also damaging because the hair tends to become more fragile and even break in the areas with knots. Even if you’re one of the ladies with locks that don’t get tangled naturally, it’s still recommended to brush it over as some knots may not be visible to the naked eye. This way, you create a smooth surface perfect for strengthening.
How to clean your straightener
For preventing all the bad things happening to your hair and device, it’s important to know how to get rid of dirt off your product properly. These steps provide maximum accuracy:
1. Unplug the straightener as soon as you finish using it and leave it on a heat-resistant surface until it cools off.
2. Take a piece of soft material and soak it in water. Wipe your device gently.
3. Apply a special cleaning spray on the whole surface and spread it with another soft piece of fabric. Wipe the dirt off. If stubborn, do it again. If it’s too dirty, it may take 2 or 3 rubs to clean completely.
Tip: if you don’t have a special cleaning solution use a mixture of sanitary alcohol and water. It will work as well.
4. Use cotton pads to get to the tight places of your straightener and clean them as well.
5. Wipe one more time with a clean cloth and let it dry thoroughly before storing it away safely.
How often should the hair plate be cleaned it depends on how often you use it, but also on what kind of products you apply on your hair. If you straighten it more than once a day, you have to clean it 3-4 times a week, but normally it’s advised to do it after every 4 full uses.
Many ladies prefer the easy way of styling their hair with a flat iron but as easy as it is to achieve straight locks with a straightener, your hair and tools can easily get damaged if not cleaned properly.
For these reasons, the straightener must be cleaned regularly. The process is not difficult at all, it doesn’t require any expensive cleaning products, and it requires little time to complete. Don’t forget to do it at least once a week for maximum results.