Movement Control Order? Clean. Everything. Including your hair styling tools.

Is your home sparkling from all the cleaning you’ve done? Are your bed sheets freshly washed and your makeup brushes cleansed to perfection? Is every square inch of your body exfoliated and moisturised? Good. Now it’s time to clean your hair styling tools.

Chances are, you’ve probably never given much thought to cleaning these tools out. Sure, perhaps you’ve given your hairbrush the odd clean now and then to remove all the hair that it has accumulated, but that’s probably about it. As for your hair straighteners and curling irons? You’ve probably never cleaned them out before.

“What? Those have to be cleaned out?”

Why yes, we’re glad you asked. Like everything else in your home, you do actually need to clean out your hot styling tools once in a while. Styling products and hair oil buildup can lead to some pretty scorched heating plates, which in turn may reduce the lifespan of your precious tools.

But don’t worry — not all hope is lost. You can start cleaning your hair styling tools now with our nifty guide below.

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How to clean: Your hot styling tools

Why should I clean it?

Like any other hair styling product, your curling iron and hair straightener will eventually have a buildup of grime and dirt. This comes from a multitude of sources: hair sprays, heat-protecting creams, sebum, and the surrounding area’s dust. If you don’t clean it, these dirt buildups may damage your hair or not do its best job at curling and straightening your locks.

Gross. How do I clean it?

First things first: turn off and unplug your hot styling tool. Wet some organic cotton wool with nail polish remover (important: it should be damp, not dripping) and wipe down the heating plates of your hot styling tool. You might need to use some elbow grease if it’s extra dirty. Let it dry for a few hours before using it again.

One important thing to note is to never use water or water-based cleaners to clean your hot styling tools — this is extremely dangerous. “We won’t recommend wipes unless they are organic and biodegradable since they typically contain plastic,” says Steve Elstein, Vice President of product development and research at Ghd.

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How to clean: Your hairbrush and hair rollers

Why should I clean it?

There are too much hair and buildup in there. Enough said.

How do I clean it?

If you have a comb with a sharp and narrow handle, use that to first ease out the hair from the base of your hairbrush. Once you’ve gotten all of it out, wash the hairbrush with running water and soap (shampoo works fine). Air-dry it facedown or use a hairdryer to speed up the process.

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How to clean: Your comb

Why should I clean it?

You’d be lying through your teeth if you said you didn’t run the comb through your hair when it’s not clean. Couple that with loose hair strands and dust, and you’ll have yourself a killer combination of a grimy comb that’s full of gunk.

How do I clean it?

Thankfully, cleaning a comb is far easier than a hairbrush. Soak your comb in a combination of water and soap (shampoo will do the trick). Take an old toothbrush and really clean between the teeth of the comb — that’s where all the gunk is. Once you’re satisfied, rinse out the comb and dry it.

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How to clean: Your hairdryer

Why should I clean it?

Ah, the hardworking hairdryer. May we implore you to look at the back vent of your device? How does it look — dusty? Clogged up with hair? We thought so. Luckily, it’s an easy part to clean.

How do I clean it?

Most hairdryers’ back vents can be popped out, so do just that and wipe it clean with a damp cloth. If it can’t come off, use the diagonal nozzle of a vacuum cleaner to suck out the dirt.

Another part you might want to wipe down with a damp cloth is the nozzle too. You might have years of hair sebum and styling products accumulating by it, so that’s worth cleaning.

What if I’m using a Dyson Supersonic?

The Dyson Supersonic may not have a back vent to clean, but you should attempt to clean the filter at the bottom of the hairdryer every other week. Dust and hair can get trapped there. It costs RM1,799, so you should take good care of it.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.