Blow dryers are one of those tools that we use at least weekly and sometimes daily. For some of us, they’re an extension of our own arm! Oddly enough, cleaning them isn’t always top of mind. But trust us: a gunked-up overheated blow dryer can really damage your hair. Read on to find some important tips and tricks for keeping your blow dryers as hard-working and hygienic as possible.
Our biggest tip? Make sure you’ve got a powerful hairdryer. We have several tools that fit the bill. One of our favorites is the Elite Professional Series Accelerate, which takes the best in motor technology research and uses a brushless DC motor, which is a lightweight, high-performance motor. Your hair will dry faster, and the entire dryer weighs in at less than a pound! Because it is so light, it will save a lot of wear and tear on your arm. Despite the powerful motor, the Accelerate 2200 runs quietly - so you won’t wake up your roommate or partner during your morning dry routine! Infrared heat penetrates the cuticle, drying hair from the inside out, and negative ions preserve moisture and produce shiny, healthier hair.
Another one of our favorite dryers is the Platform Blowout Handle-less Hair Dryer. This handle-less dryer reduces your wrist strain and the tourmaline ceramic heat technology reduces drying time by up to 50%. A large amount of negative ions creates a seal in the cuticle and locks in essential moisture, which serves to reduce frizz and static electricity. With our handle-less dryer, you will be able to more easily direct the heat exactly where you want it.
Not only is a dirty hair dryer an eyesore, but it can also be hard on your hair. If your hair dryer overheats because it is dirty, the extra heat causes breakage and split ends. Also, if your hair dryer is dirty, it will take longer for you to dry your hair. With a dirty dryer, you are damaging your hair with each dry and wasting your own time!
Clean your hair dryer frequently to avoid problems with the functionality of the dryer itself, as well as to prevent that damage. Obviously, you can see if it gets clogged and dirty. Additionally, if it feels hot to your touch or turns off while in the middle of blow-drying, then it is time to unplug it, cool it off, and clean it up!
In order to keep your choice of hair dryers working properly, you need to use the correct tools to clean it correctly. This could not be more simple. All you need is an old toothbrush and a paper towel. With these two items, you will be able to make your hair dryer safer and more hygienic.
There are just a few easy steps to clean your hair dryer:
Step 1: Unplug the hair dryer. This is extremely important for your personal safety!
Step 2: Locate the dryer’s vent, which is generally on the back end. Take the filter off simply by screwing it off, or in rare cases, you might need a screwdriver to help you remove it.
Step 3: Use the toothbrush to wipe out the crud and dust from the filter, wiping the toothbrush on the paper towel as you go. Experiment with the technique, to determine whether circular motions or back and forth motions work best to clean your particular filter.
Extra Step: You may choose to run the filter under running water, but if you do so, you must ensure that you dry it completely so you do not risk anything when you plug it back into the wall.
At the end of the day, a clean hair dryer will work better, dry faster, keep your hair healthier, and last longer in your arsenal of tools. Follow these tips to make the most of your tools, and you will lead to shinier, beautifully-dried locks!