No matter how much you love your hot tools, and all that you’ve been through with them, you can’t keep them forever. Many of us wait until it gives up on us before we do it. Keeping a curling iron, blow dryer or flat iron until it burns out is a huge risk - and not just for your hair health.
If you’re keeping a flat iron past its prime, not only can it overheat and damage your ends, but it can also remove the natural oils in your hair. Not to mention the fire hazard it can cause!
We know not everyone knows the telltale signs of when it’s time to give up old faithful, but we do. Here’s when to say goodbye if your hot tools are showing these signs.
Do you use it daily? Hot tools shelf life typically lasts between 5-7 years, this also depends on the quality of your tool. Inexpensive tools often burn hotter which will result in burning your hair. It’s always a good idea to invest in a professional hot tool that you will be using regularly.
Does your hair catch on the plates? Scratches and scuff marks and even loose plates can lead to a number of problems. Uneven heat distribution will have you going over the same section multiple times, burning your locks which will eventually give you “crunchy ends”. Your hair can get caught causing breakage and split ends.
Are you maintaining its integrity? Upkeep is crucial to the longevity of your tools. Blow dryers need a weekly vent cleaning for proper air flow. Flat irons and curling wands tend to have a buildup of product baked on.
Is the light on your tools flashing? If you’ve noticed the ‘on’ power button light flickering this is an indicator that the wiring inside may be frayed or broken.
There are ways to make sure your tools last longer, investing in a salon worthy brand is a start. Taking care and storing your tools properly will also help in the long run.Don't forget, we know good hair and can help you choose the right tools for your hair.