Tips for Cleaning Your Styling Tools

As any hair professional can tell you, clean tools not only work better, they are more of a joy to use.

Whether or not you use hair products, your brushes and heated styling tools still collect hair, dust, and grime on a regular basis. Brushes get matted with hair and dirt, and curling and flat irons get coated with dried styling product. When you use dirty implements, they leave the residue of old styling products on your hair, and your tools won’t work as well.

Here are a few pro tips on cleaning your tools to keep them in tip-top shape, performing their best, and keeping your hair looking fantastic.

Hairbrushes and Combs

Cleaning any type of hairbrush, whether synthetic, natural, round, or paddle, starts with getting all of the hair out from between the bristles.

How to clean hair brushes

  1. Use a pencil or pen to lift the hair away from the base of the brush. If you’re cleaning a round brush, lift one section of hair and then cut through it with scissors – this will make it much simpler to pull the rest of the hair out. Once you’ve removed as much hair as possible using the pen, use your fingers or tweezers to get the last bits out.
  2. Next, run the brush under warm water and apply a little shampoo to the bristles and base. If you have a brush with natural bristles, try not to use a shampoo that contains silicone. It will coat the bristles and make them less effective at absorbing and redistributing your hair’s natural oils.
  3. Using an old toothbrush, gently scrub the base and bristles of the brush to free up any hair product buildup.
  4. Rinse the brush well under warm water. Then dry it as well as you can with a towel. When drying a natural bristle brush, simply lay the brush bristle side down on a towel and let it air-dry overnight.

Combs may not gather as much hair and dust as brushes, but they do build up with styling product – especially if you use a teasing comb. You can use the same process as above for cleaning any type of comb as well.

Curling Irons, Flat Irons, and Hot Rollers

When cleaning any heated styling tools, start by unplugging them and making sure they are completely cooled down.

How to clean a curling iron

  1. Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or tissue to wipe away styling product buildup from the barrel or flat of the iron.
  2. Next, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean away any residue trapped in the tiny crevices of the iron or rollers.
  3. With a clean, damp cloth, wipe down all surfaces of the styling tool.
  4. Dry the styling tool with a towel, and leave it out to air-dry.

Hair Dryers

The lint, dirt, and hair that builds up in a hair dryer can not only blow back into your hair, it can also break the dryer if not cleaned out regularly. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen:

How to clean a hair dryer

  1. First, unplug the dryer and find the air vent on the side or back.
  2. Remove the vent grill (or cover) to get to the filter. If you can’t remove the grill, try to clean the filter through the openings of the grill.
  3. Use a toothpick and/or tweezers to remove the big pieces of lint from the filter.
  4. Next, use an old, dry toothbrush to scrub away any left-over dust.
  5. Replace the vent cover. Then plug in the hair dryer and let it blow for a few seconds to release anything that might have fallen into the dryer while you were cleaning it.

So, how often should you clean your hairbrushes and styling tools?

It depends on how often you use them. If you use a lot of hair styling products and style your hair with a curling iron or flat iron on a daily basis, you’ll want to clean your tools at least once a week.

If you only break out the heated styling irons on special occasions, you can get away with cleaning them less frequently.

As a general rule, give your brushes and styling tools a quick rinse or wipe down once a week, with a good, deep clean once a month.

Finally, remember to clean the handles and bodies of all your styling tools and hairbrushes. Regular dirt and grime builds up on them, as well as styling product from your hands and any sprays you use.

 

Brazilian Keratin Treatments

Is your hair difficult to manage? If yes, you’ll have probably experimented with a number of different solutions, but have you tried a Brazilian Keratin treatment yet? Whether your hair is dry or damaged, too thick or too curly, Keratin hair treatments can help with your hair’s misdemeanors.

But what is a Brazilian Keratin treatment? And are they a reliable route towards frizz-free, easy to manage, smooth hair? This helpful guide covers everything from the basics of Keratin proteins to Brazilian Keratin treatments.

Let’s begin by looking at Keratin itself…

WHAT IS KERATIN?

Keratin is a compound of proteins and the essential structural components of the skin, hair and nails of both humans and animals. Formed from a combination of amino acids, including cysteine which is rich in hair-strengthening sulphur, the structure of the hair is a little like a ladder or stair case, with bonds of varying strengths as the steps.

Straight hair is structured much like a traditional ladder, whereas curly hair is like a spiral staircase. Strong hair is typically the result of stronger sulphur bonds. Breaking these bonds makes it possible to permanently transform the structure of hair from curly to straight and restore the spiral staircase as a ladder.

WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN KERATIN TREATMENT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

It may seem counterintuitive to use a Keratin treatment when our hair is already made up of up to 95% Keratin, but these proteins are easily damaged and depleted day to day. This degradation is mainly caused by physical damage including using thermal styling tools and chemically treatments like perms and coloring. In fact, the structure can even be adversely affected by stress.

Most Keratin treatments include hydrolyzed Keratin proteins, which fuse with our hair’s natural Keratin when heated. Known as the ‘sealing process’, this happens when the hair is infused with a Keratin treatment, dried and flat-ironed.

Depleted Keratin can make hair look dull and frizzy in appearance, and can be extremely brittle and prone to split ends. Replacing the Keratin will help rebuild the cortex of the hair, giving it strength and a shiny appearance. The latest Brazilian Keratin treatments also include low pH amino acids, that help to straighten the hair as well as assist in rebuilding it to enviable strength which is, of course, great for anyone looking to grow their hair.

ARE BRAZILIAN KERATIN TREATMENTS GOOD FOR HAIR?

Initially, straightening treatments were made from chemicals like thioglycolate which breaks down the structure and can cause huge damage. These have become far less popular. Firstly, people color their hair more often, and color and chemical straightening is not a healthy match. Plus, the fashion for a more natural straightness and less lifeless has resulted in salons have moved away from these types of harmful treatments.

These earlier straightening treatments saturated the hair with a formaldehyde solution before drying and ironing, earning them a bad reputation. Formaldehyde is a highly toxic and corrosive chemical and is reported to be carcinogenic, potentially fatal to humans. There are very strict laws regarding the allowance of this ingredient in cosmetics and these early formulations were found to have between 10-50 times more than the legal limit. They also had many rules like not being able to shampoo for days and may people found they didn’t like the two to four days of greasy flat hair.

With superb technological advancements, safe and restorative Brazilian Keratin treatments have been developed and have transformed both clients’ hair and salons’ businesses. While formaldehyde is yet to be effectively banned from hair treatments in USA, it is illegal in UK, EU, Canada and most of the rest of the world. We believe health & safety laws are there for a reason and recommend avoiding formaldehyde treatments at all cost. Use only reputable brands and salons who are open and honest about the treatment they are using.

WHAT TYPE OF FLAT IRON SHOULD YOU USE ON YOUR TREATED HAIR?

Choosing the right flat iron is essential for getting the best results from your keratin treatment. The flat ironing part requires high heat. The high heat of the flat iron is necessary in sealing the keratin in your hair and to ensure superior shine and a silky-smooth look.

What to Look for?

When you use a hot hair iron to seal a keratin treatment onto the hair shaft your flat iron must be constructed with titanium plates and heats up to 450°F with easy to read display and controls, like our Hybrid Pro Titanium or our Premium Titanium flat irons. Being able to adjust flat iron temperatures is also important.

Why are Titanium Plates Important?

Titanium has an ability to reach up to the set high temperature in just a few seconds. It is inert and will not interact with any styling products. Titanium also retains heat better than ceramics and offers even heat distribution. The titanium plates will retain the consistent heat levels, once you start straightening. This will result in the perfect finish and will give your hair unbeatable shine.

How To Use A Straightening Brush

Our Straightener Ceramic Brush is a tool aimed not only to detangle and straighten, but to ionize your hair, recovering its brilliance, natural strength, and beauty, making it silky smooth. Due to an installed heating element, this brush helps create a stylish hairdo in just a matter of minutes, and the special technology of ionization relieves your hairdo from static electricity for a long time. Thanks to this tool your hair will be left looking much healthier and well cared for. Here are some tips on how to prepare and straighten your locks without any damage:

Wash Your Hair

Wash your head thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is very curly, choose a conditioner with high moisturizing features, as this type is usually much drier than others. It is advisable to apply a mask or balm, which contains argan oil, like our Rejuvenating Argan Oil collection. Cleanness is compulsory, if not, straightening will not be effective and long-lasting.

Use Heat Protectants

Do not neglect to apply special thermal protective products, such as sprays, lotions, serums or mousses before using the straightener to avoid loss of hair and to enhance the effect. Work any of these products evenly through your wet hair and let it dry naturally.

Dry Your Hair Before Styling

Use your brush straightener on completely dry and well-combed locks; otherwise, you risk burning your scalp and could damage the hair structure. Try not to use a blow dryer, as your hair can get over dried.

Do Not Straighten Hair With Split Ends

If your hair is splitting, do not try to straighten the tips — they will look ridiculous and messy. Get them cut at a professional salon.

Tool adjustment and suitable temperature levels

Turn the power button on and choose the appropriate temperature mode, which is shown on an LCD panel. In order to change the mode, use a switch on the handle of the brush. While the device heats up (it takes 30 seconds), you have time to part and section your locks. Use pins and bands for this.

Time to Straighten!

Temperature Hair structure  Hair shape
290-330F (140-170C) fine or slender naturally straight
330-370F(170-190C) fine/dyed hair of middle thickness straight and almost straight
370-390F(190-200C) fine slightly curly/wavy
390-410F(200-210C) dense slightly curly/wavy
410-450F(210-230C) thick curly/very curly

Take a small lock and slide the brush in slow gentle combing motions from top to bottom. If your hair is long or tangled, comb the tips first, gradually moving up. Devote several seconds to every lock. Do not keep the brush in one position for longer than 2-3 seconds.

The entire process lasts 5-15 minutes depending on the hair length, thickness, fuzziness, and structure.