Tool Time: Curling Irons


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Got some gunk left on your curling iron after you use it? Do you have to clean it and how often? That build up is dried up product that can dry hair out or even discolor blond ends — not to mention causing breakage and split ends! After talking with our stylists we have put together the most generally accepted way to achieve a gunk-less iron:

1. Be sure your iron is unplugged and cool.

2. Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad or better yet, a clean cloth or washcloth. Wipe clean with a water-dampened cloth.  If the alcohol doesn’t quite do it, Good Housekeeping says you can make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water (tap or distilled). Rub over the surface of the iron, then wipe clean with a water-dampened cloth. (NEVER put your iron under water directly because water can seep inside and rust the springs or other parts.)

3. Let dry completely before using again.

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