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Rosalind E. Demarest




21 Mar 1990
United States

Hi, I’m Rosalind E. Demarest, professional stylist and hairdresser, through This Awesome become gorgeous blog; share my experience, beauty tip's and tricks, so you can look pretty.

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Published on: 27 Jul 2016 by rosalind-demarest

How to Clean a Hair Straightener step by step Guide

It is known that people have long been obsessed with pets but with the rising thirst to look neat and zealous, it seems that people are finding inanimate mates. The hair straightener is one such partner and it has literary become every woman’s best friend since it is a necessity that most modern women consider that they cannot live without. This, therefore, means that all women should understand the proper ways of cleaning and maintain her treasured tools. Many users of hair straighteners understand when I tell them that these tools tend to be sticky, dirty and starts to spread heat unevenly if it is not properly cleansed and maintained. You will, therefore, be given helpful tips that you can use to assist you to be able to make your hair straightener last for several years with the same mint condition that you purchased it with.

What is a hair straightener?    

To those whole have no knowledge regarding on what a hair straightener is, it is simply defined as a tool that removes curls and waves from your hair, hence making it straight. This is not just a new invention of the twenty-first century but hence it has been in use as early as the 1700s and was improved in the late 1990s to become the household brand that is found in every woman’s hair kit. While they may differ in a number of ways, the most common ones are some have removable plates and others have fixed plates. With that in mind, let me list to you the different types of hair straighteners available.

How to clean a hair straightener

Isn’t it wonderful when you purchase a new product? It is not only the smell of the product once you have unpackaged it from the package that it came with but rather the perfect job that it does once you start using it. One might think that it tries to impress you every time that you use it. But this is not the case as the more times you use it, its quality wears down, hence becoming less effective to its user. Good maintenance rather involves heating it a bit after use and using a cloth that is dampened with alcohol in order to remove all forms of stickiness and if you encounter a rough patch, you can remove it using a toothpick. Caution should be exercised while carrying out this function to prevent scratching the plates. It is however recommended that you clean it another time each week thoroughly so as to keep it in peak performance. If the hair straightener is made of ceramic material, you can use steel wool pad on plates to remove tough grime while making sure that you don’t scratch its surface.

Tips for cleaning your ghd hair straightener

Spending money to replace a product that you already have is very irritating especially when you know that you would be able to fix it if you had the proper knowledge of doing so. You are now in luck as we have isolated tips that you can use to maintain your ghd straightener and in the process saving you money.

Water- Rub a cloth that you have dampened with clean and cold water over the plates’ surface.

Alcohol- You could also use a cloth dampened with alcohol instead of water but be careful not to scrap the ghd hair straightener as it may ruin the plates.

Acetone- You should allow the acetone to soak and remove the grime for thirty minutes before you rubbing the straightener with a wash cloth.

Lemon juice- place a cloth soaked in lemon juice over the plates for twenty minutes to let the solution absorb gunk that might be on the straightener plates.

Baking soda- Mix water with baking soda and apply the solution on the plates using a cotton ball.

With the tips above at your fingertips, I trust that you will not only save a lot of money that you could have otherwise used to replace a worn out straightener, but also be proud of the results that you obtain.

How to clean ceramic plates on a hair straightener

Ceramic hair straighteners much like ghd hair straighteners require regular cleaning in order to maintain it in a perfect condition over a long period of time. Cleaning is still done regardless of whether you used it or not, because even if you don’t use it, you will notice a build-up of dust on the surface of the plates. A simple process of cleaning the ceramic hair straightener is applied.

Things you will need

Flat iron cleaner or rubbing alcohol



Steel wool

Cleaning cloth or paper towels

Step by step process

  1. Step 1

Using cleaners made specifically for straighteners or even rubbing alcohol, let the liquid that you use soak on the surface of the cool iron for a few minutes. You are also cautioned against soaking the iron plate while it is still warm as that may result in evaporation of the soaking liquid even before it completes its’ task.

  1. Step 2

A clean paper towel or cloth can be used to wipe the ceramic plates until their clean, while small grooves on the hair straightener should cleanse with a cotton swab.

  1. Step 3

Stubborn stains such hairspray or even heat protectant found on the ceramic hair straighteners should be cleansed using a toothpick to clean even the smallest crevices, but you can also add a toothbrush that has been dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove troublesome stains.

  1. Step 4

While cleaning, it is essential to always look out for any damage that may be found on your ceramic hair straightener. Damages found on the plates may result in the destruction of hair while the ceramic straightener is still in use.

  1. Step 5

Any other form of buildup such as burnt-on buildup that doesn’t come off while using a toothbrush may be removed by using steel wool gently, taking care to prevent any scratches on it.


While doing the above process, it is warned that you do not attempt to immerse the straightener in any liquid to prevent any other problems that may arise from doing so.

With the above information, we can safely claim that cleaning and maintaining your hair straighteners of whichever brand or type is the best option as it makes the iron plates last longer. It also prevents any damages to your hair resulting from damaged iron plates and hence acts as a cost-saving measure in the long run. I sincerely hope the information that has been relayed to you is helpful and feel free to refer any of your peers to this article who have had difficulty in maintaining their hair straighteners.


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