If you take your profession seriously, you’ve probably invested a lot of money in the tools you use every day in the salon, like blow dryers and flat irons, which is why it’s important to give them a little TLC every now and then. When the company was founded in 1971, Elchim made a decision to listen to hairdressers and create tools that work perfectly and last forever. That’s why they offer a lifetime warranty on tools purchased from a reputable distributor. Still, your tools will simply perform better if you clean them regularly. That means keeping the plates on your flat iron free of product building and the filter on your blow dryer free of dust and debris.
We asked Beau Dieda, owner of Beau’s Studio in Los Angeles, for some tips for keeping your hot tools in good working order.
Without proper ventilation, your blow dryer is not working at full capacity, which means it takes longer to execute a blowout. Want to stop working harder and start working smarter? Here’s what you need to know.
- The back vent can get clogged with dust and debris, including product like thermal sprays or hairspray, which can cause the dryer to under-perform or overheat.
- To eliminate the problem, unplug the dryer, unscrew the dryer cover and remove the mesh filter.
- Spray the filter with hot water.
- Use a toothbrush to remove stubborn debris and keep it from working its way into the chamber.
- Let the mesh dry completely before replacing it in the dryer cover.
- Don’t forget the nozzle, which can become sticky with airborne particles from hairspray or thermal styling products. Washing the nozzle with warm soap and water at least once a week removes product buildup.
With daily use, the plates on your flat irons can acquire some buildup from products like thermal styling sprays that go hand-in-hand with delivering a flawless finish. Excessive product buildup not only makes these tools less efficient, but will affect results as well. After all, a bumpy road is not exactly the best route to the silky smooth surface you desire. Follow these steps once a week to keep your tools in tip-top shape.
- A little heat helps to loosen debris. I like to keep my flat iron on a low setting while I clean the plates.
- Dampen a microfiber cloth with alcohol. Microfiber is less likely to scratch the plates than other materials.
- Wipe down the blades with the microfiber cloth and you’re good to go.
- If you notice debris between the plates, wrap the microfiber cloth around a sharp knife and gently remove it. Do not use a Q-tip because some of the fibers could lodge between the plates.
- Repeat this process once a month.