For the majority of people, hot tools are an essential component of our daily hair routines. From curling wands to straighteners, these tools can often be relatively big beauty investments (after your trusted eye cream, of course). So when it comes to care, you'd be best giving it some TLC to minimise wear and tear.
Since dirt, grime and makeup can easily transfer onto your hot tools from everyday beauty regimes, HairCare Australia's Creative Director, Lauren McCowan, advises to clean them every couple of weeks — especially if you use your tools close to daily. "All you need is a damp cloth to run across the ceramic plates or wand," she says. "Just make sure your tool is cool and not switched on when you do this!" This will also prevent the build-up of product residue, which is key to ensuring your straightener or wand is in mint condition.
"Look at your hot tool as a way to seal in your product," Lauren says. "Moisturisers, blow dry lotions, anything that strengthens and moisturises the hair, as well as protecting from heat, will work with your hot tool to protect and seal in goodness." She advises to avoid using any hairsprays or hair lacquers prior to heat styling, as the combination of product and heat can strip the moisture from your hair and create drop out. "Hairsprays and lacquers are designed to lock in a pre-existing shape, so use a great setting product and seal it in with heat, then use your sprays and lacquers to lock in your shape," she says.
Aside from cleaning the tool itself regularly, Lauren also advises you wash your hands before getting to work on your hair. "It seems like a simple one, but once you've finished putting on your makeup, wash your hands! You'll be surprised how much make up from your hands will transfer onto your tool as well as hair product," she says. When they're not in use, make sure no cords are tangled so you can preserve the internal wires, and always, always store your tools with their protecting covers.