How to clean hair straighteners: easy tips to keep your tools in tip-top shape

Ensure box-fresh results time and again by learning how to clean hair straighteners with our easy-to-follow tips

How to clean hair straighteners: easy tips to keep your tools in tip-top shape

There's no argument about how having a good cleansing routine, from makeup to brushes, is a beauty must, but do you know how to clean your electronic hair tools, or even why you should bother to clean hair straighteners at all? 

For many of us, hair straighteners fall through the cracks, which could be a major mistake - especially if we’ve spent time and money investing in them.

Even the best hair straighteners need a bit of TLC to keep them in tip-top condition, and here's why: Not only will this help them work better, but it could be better for the condition of your hair in the long run too.

Why is it important to clean them? Straighteners can be magnets for product build-up (think: hair gel, mousse, all our other hair lotions and potions), skin cells, natural oils, grime, dust, dirt, and bacteria. When all this accumulates, it spells bad news for the plates - all this residue can prevent plates from gliding through hair smoothly, resulting in a greater likelihood of snags, hot spots, and heat damage, by having to repeatedly go back over the same section of hair for a smooth result.


One of the first things to note when learning how to clean hair straighteners is frequency. “I would recommend cleaning them about every third time you straighten your hair,” says award-winning hair stylist, Paul Edmonds. This will prevent build-up from getting overly ingrained in the plates, which can then be trickier to remove. 


The golden rule to how to clean hair straighteners is to be as gentle as possible; scrubbing and using abrasive cleansers on plates could end up scratching and damaging them. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting rid of residue without causing damage:

  • Always ensure that the straighteners are unplugged and have cooled down completely. Lay them down on a heat-resistant surface or cooling mat after use.

  • Wet a soft cloth with lukewarm water and squeeze out the excess. Note: Never submerge your straighteners in water!

  • Use the cloth to gently rub over the surface of the plates. Patience is key. If needed, Paul recommends using a very small amount of shampoo and wiping it off with a clean, damp cloth.

  • Allow the hair straighteners to completely dry before using them.

  • Is the residue proving particularly stubborn to remove? “If there is a lot of product build-up, it’s best to use surgical spirit,” says Paul. “Put a small amount onto a piece of cotton and rub it on the plates and around the edges, as this is where it tends to build up the most. Then wipe over them again with a clean, damp (not wet!) cloth and leave to fully dry before using again.” He also advises against using baby wipes, as they can often leave an oily film behind. Good luck!

Curly or straight, make your hair, the way you like it

Fed up with your smooth straight hair and want to go curly? or maybe it's the other way around? whatever your style, the Carrera Hair Straightener 534 is the perfect tool to create what you want. With permanent ionisation, generous spring loaded, ceramic coated plates and a boost mode for faster heating you'll be creating your new look in no time.

Carrera Hair Straightener 534 - premium features creating perfect results

With a digital heat display, automatic overheat cutout, permanent ionisation, ceramic coated spring-loaded plates and its fast heating boost mode for when you're in a hurry, it's got it all baby!

The wide styling plates are made from refined aluminium coated with heat transferring ceramic that helps your hair glide between the plates without overheating or damage. And the keratin coating enriches your hair with important proteins while an argan oil supplement will ensure your hair remains beautifully bouncy and extra soft to touch.

Boost function
Patience is a virtue, but who has the time? Just press boost mode and you're good to go.

Argan oil & keratin
Keratin and Argan oil deliver essential proteins keeping your hair smooth and silky.

Spring loaded
Our spring-loaded styling plates spread the pressure evenly for perfect smoothness.

Permanent Ionisation
Moisture evaporates faster from your damp hair, meaning you spend less time styling.

Temperature setting
Stepping in incriments of 10 degrees gives you precise control over temperature.

Automatic cut-out
Automatically turns off if you forget to or leave the room unexpectedly.

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