To clean or not to clean your hot tools, that is the question. Call us clueless, but we always assumed that the smoking hot temperature of our flat iron and curler served as our hot tools’ invisible disinfectant slash cleaner. Nope, we were wrong, and really grossed out, because we’ve been using the same stylers for some time now (#DontJudgeUs). We can’t erase our grimy hot tool history, but we can give them a better life now, thanks to expert advice from Harry Josh, celebrity hairstylist to the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Priyanka Chopra, and the creator of wildly popular eponymous line, Harry Josh Pro Tools. Ahead, Harry’s hot tool cleaning tips, including his all-natural cleaner hack.
In case you didn’t know, or chose to ignore this fact: hot tools accumulate dirt, grease, and product build up. Obviously, right? But doesn’t the heat from your hot tools kill bacteria and grime, you ask? “Bacteria maybe, but grime is still there if you don’t clean it,” Harry tells us.
Harry says the best way to clean your tools is to slightly damp a 100% cotton cloth using simple soap and water. “I like to use Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Body Wash because it’s organic, does not test on animals, and is a natural disinfectant,” he notes. Take it from Harry, and do not use abrasive cleaners, as they will damage the plates. But not so fast. Allow the tools to cool down, or at most, be slightly warm to the touch before giving them a bath.
So how often should you tend to the tools? Harry says it depends on the amount of usage and what kind of products you’re using it with. “If you’re a professional stylist using it all the time in combination with liquid products, you should wipe it down every day. If you’re a regular person using it only to straighten or curl your hair, once every 2-3 weeks should be enough,” he tells us. The point is, you don’t want to leave any product build up on your iron, ever.
It sounds like one extra chore, but treat your hot tools like you treat your makeup brushes and you’ll extend the life of your hot tool and your bank account balance. If you neglect the product residue, Harry mentions, they can get into the iron’s electronic parts and cause damage and malfunction. Splash more cash because we can’t take time out to clean our hot tools? We don’t think so!
As for your blowdryer? It needs lovin’ too. “The back of the dryer has a lint filter which needs to be cleaned regularly. This way, the air flow can enter the dryer allowing the dryer to work at its full potential,” Harry notes.