How To Care for Your Heat Stylers

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It’s taken several years of dusty makeup bags, a dozen cracked palettes and one too many breakouts, but these days, most of us are wise to the need to wash our beauty tools on a regular basis.

And while you may have your six-step skincare routine and best brush practice sorted, there’s one everyday tool that’s flown under the weekly wash radar, and it’s sitting on your heat pad right now.

Yep, it turns out that hair straighteners actually need as much care and attention as our other makeup tools to keep bacteria at bay – and our hair in tip-top condition.

Neglecting to clean your straighteners could lead to a buildup of dirt and grime, which not only affects the quality of your straighteners, but could also damage your hair too.

Think about how many styling products are standing proudly on your bathroom shelf right now. Those same creams, serums, sprays and oils that you use on our hair every day are coating your trusty GHDs too – not to mention the natural oils from your own scalp.

The good news is that there’s a super easy cleansing regime to ensure your ceramic plates stay in perfect nick:

Once you’ve finished styling, place the heat resistant plate guard on your styler and allow to cool on a heat resistance surface such as a heat mat. When the styler has cooled down, it should be stored without wrapping the cable around the styler as this will shorten the life of the product and damage the cable over time. To clean your styler, use a lightly damp soft cloth or a baby wipe on the plates – NEVER submerse your styler in water.

 

How to Use Flat Irons Like a Pro

The flat iron is an essential hair styling tool. From straight, to wavy, to even natural looks, this tool can handle it all. While we all think we know how to straighten hair, we could all do with a refresher. And while this tool can be a lifesaver, by using it incorrectly you are causing more trouble in the long run. To avoid inadvertently damaging your hair, check out our three simple tips for using flat irons like a pro.

Protect Your Hair

Always start by prepping hair with a heat protectant like Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment. This will make sure hair stays healthy and easy to style.maxresdefault.jpg

Use Even Sections

The key for polished flat iron styles is even sectioning. When styling hair, keep sections the same size for a consistent and balanced hairstyle. Generally six even sections, illustrated in the image below, is sufficient. If you have very thick hair you may need to create more, smaller sections to keep things manageable.sections.png

Get Your Temperature Right

Finally, make sure you know what flat iron temperatures suit your hair and style. If your flat iron doesn’t have temperature settings, it’s probably time for an upgrade.

  • 80°C          Smooth frizz and flyaways
  • 105°C        Styling damaged hair
  • 130°C        Styling fine hair
  • 160°C        Styling loose waves or natural styles
  • 185°C        Standard styling and straightening
  • 210°C        Coarse, unruly hair

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