how to clean your hair straightner

Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

Doesn’t look dirty?  Well it probably is anyway! Many people use a hair protector spray or other products like hair straightening serum when straightening their hair so although it may not look dirty, there very well may be some build-up in the plates of your straightener that need to be occasionally cleaned.  It’s easy to do and doesn’t take much time. This will help make it last longer too and perform at its best. Your hair straightener probably came with its own cleaning instructions that you threw out as soon as you opened the box, but no worries, cleaning it is usually as easy as 1 – 2 – 3:

1. Make sure your straightener is turned off and completely cooled.

2. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the plates and dry with another clean cloth.

3. Don’t forget to check the edges of your plates as there is probably build-up there as well. (Do not use anything sharp that could scratch or wear the plates)

Tip: To keep from accumulating product on the plates of your hair straightener, simply wipe it down after each use.

 

how to clean your hair straightner
how to clean your hair straightner
flat irons 101

Flat Irons 101

Ok, so there’s tourmaline, ceramic, ionic and all kinds of other types of technology involved with flat irons and hair straighteners… ever wonder what it all actually means? Here’s a short list of basic concepts for what you’re actually looking at when you look at hair straightener features:

 

Tourmaline:

This semi-precious stone is first crushed into a fine powder and infused into the ceramic plates of the flat iron. This plate generally creates longer lasting straight hair and a sleeker, shinier, frizz-free result. Tourmaline plates are also designed to keep your hair healthier and cause less heat damage. This has definitely become a salon professional favorite!
Ceramic:

A smooth plate that will not chip or peel and helps prevent breakage (with no pulling or tugging at your hair!) The ceramic allows the plate to heat uniformly without creating heat spots. The temperature usually goes from a medium heat before becoming extremely hot.

Titanium: 

This durable metal plate also allows for an even distribution of heat (like the ceramic). This flat iron features clamps that attaches directly to the metal plates shortening the “wait” time for heating up. You can imagine why this feature, along with it being light weight and scratch resistant might be a favorite for hair stylist and salons allowing for servicing many clients in a shorter time.

 

Ionic:

Negatively charged molecules that allow for faster straightening and healthier looking hair. The negative ions help relax your hair and eliminate static.

 

Far Infrared:

All ceramic flat irons will use far infrared heating. Its results are by heating the hair inside out and said to be one of the “gentlest” ways of heating hair. This helps prevent damage on the surface of your hair. Hopefully you’ll find one that works best for you. Although you may have to spend a little more on a professional flat iron- it will be worth every cent!

 

flat irons 101
flat irons 101
caroliss Titanium Hair Straightener c2 zebra

Corioliss C2 Titanium Hair Straightener

Presented in re-usable luxury jewelery box the Corioliss C2 hair straightener uses ultra smooth titanium plate technology and an ergonomic, lightweight design. Negative ion conditioning technology and adjustable temperature (60-210°C) that de-activates after 30 minutes of inactivity make this styling tool safe and great for your hair. It also has a professional 4.2m salon approved swivel cord and includes heat mat/travel pouch and finger glove when you buy it new.

Corioliss C2 Titanium Hair Straightener.

caroliss Titanium Hair Straightener c2 zebra
caroliss Titanium Hair Straightener c2 zebra
use your hair straightener as a curling iron

How to use your hair straightener as a curling iron

There are two ways to use your Hair Iron as a curling iron. We suggest trying both and then deciding which works best for you and gives the results you want.

 

1st Method:

Just as you would with a curling iron, taking sections of your hair one at a time start at the end of the section, curl hair up towards the scalp, hold for about 5 seconds and then gently release the hair.

 

2nd Method:

Again, taking sections, this time starting at the root, gently clamp hair and twist the iron around completely until all of the hair has gone between the plates OR twist the iron and pull it down towards the ends of your hair. This method is a little trickier at first but with practice it becomes a quick and easy way to curl your hair with your flat iron. Think of it like curling a ribbon with scissors, the faster you go the looser the curl, the slower the tighter.

 

use your hair straightener as a curling iron
use your hair straightener as a curling iron
Tourmaline Hair Straighteners

Tourmaline Hair Straighteners

Tourmaline is the best of the best when it comes to flat iron plates.  It’s a semi-precious stone that is crushed and molded to  create the gentlest straightening process for your hair.  This quality  material allows for the least damage and the greatest reward when it  comes to using a flat iron.  Some of the most popular ones from this category are the Corioliss Hair Straighteners and the Karmin Hair Straighteners.

Tourmaline Hair Straighteners
Tourmaline Hair Straighteners
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Ceramic Hair Straighteners

Ceramic is an important material when it comes to hair straighteners so we’ve developed a category of salon tools to showcase these quality hair straighteners.  Many of our hair straightener brands offer ceramic or  ceramic blend flat iron plates so we’ve grouped them here in order to make your shopping experience and convenient as possible.  Corioliss, CHI, Karmin, HAI, FHI, Croc, IZUNAMI are some well know hair straightener brands.

 

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How to clean your hair straightener

How to clean your hair straightener

Cleaning your flat iron will help keep your iron working at it’s best by removing any caked on build up from hair products. ALWAYS make sure that before cleaning your hair straightener that it is turned off and cool.

With a soft, dry, clean cloth gently wipe down the plates of your flat iron. Never use anything sharp to clean the edges of the plates as this will scratch the plates. If there is build up in the creases cover your fingernail with the cloth or use a dry cotton swab to get into the smaller sections of the iron.

Storage of your Flat Iron

When you are done using your hair iron always be sure it is unplugged and let it cool before storing it anywhere. Do not wrap the cord around the iron, instead, loop the cord together and secure with a twist tie or elastic. If you are traveling and taking your flat iron with you always be sure to let it completely cool down before putting it any type of carrying case or bag.

 

ceramic one-inch flatiron
ceramic one-inch flatiron
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flat irons 101
tourmaline hair straightener
tourmaline hair straightener