The use of a flat iron, also called a hair straightener, is a good way to give your hair an elegant and finished look and remove any waves or curls that you do not want. If you put hairspray on your hair before running an iron through it, however, you may notice the buildup of the flat iron that may interfere with its effectiveness. Keeping your iron clean improves its effectiveness, prolongs your life and can make your hair look better.
Turn off your iron. Do not try to clean when it is hot, or you may end up with a burn. Allow the iron to cool completely before cleaning.
Wet a paper towel or cloth until it is damp. Do not get wet until it drips, or you can end up with a big mess. Use warm water, which does a better job of dissolving the sticky hair spray from the plates of your iron.
Scrub the flat iron plates gently. Do not rub too hard, or you may scratch the surface of the heating plates. Rub back and forth a couple of times, to release hairspray and then rinse the paper towel or rag and rub again. Repeat until you have released all the hair spray.
Rub your iron flat plates with alcohol. A cotton ball with alcohol in it can effectively loosen stubborn and sticky hair lacquer that you are having trouble removing.
Clean the plates. Once you have lifted all the cocky hair spray, run a warm clean cloth or paper towel over the surface of the heating plates to remove any remaining residue. Allow the iron to dry completely before connecting and using it.
Tips and warnings
- To maintain your iron cleaner, consider straightening your hair and then applying hair spray. You will probably get the same results, and you will not have to clean your iron so often.
- Never clean your iron without disconnecting first. Cleaning it while it is plugged in could result in electrocution.
- Never immerse your iron in water to soak in the hairspray. This can damage the product, and if all the water does not drain out, you can receive a discharge the next time you connect it.