How to Clean a Curling Iron

Like a lot of women, a curling iron is one of the best tools in my arsenal. If I’m feeling a little frumpy, lots of bouncy curls helps me feel like myself again. I use mine alongside other products to make curls that last far longer than a blow dry. The problem, however, is that during its use, it attracts a lot of dirt and develops an unsightly layer of various hair products plus shreds of hair. The mess (hairspray residue, burnt hair smell, and gumminess) eventually becomes an issue that will prevent you from using it. The hair smells burnt, the handle sticks in your arms, and it starts convincing you to replace the curling tool. That why it’s important to learn how to clean a curling iron properly.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to clean a flat iron let alone do the same to a curling iron. For this reason, we’ve sought help from professional hairdressers and cosmetologists who have first-hand experience and expertise with frequent cleaning of beauty tools.

Get the Cleaning Supplies

Don’t worry. You don’t need to invest in special equipment to clean your curling iron. Probably, you already have some of these things around your home. Get rubbing alcohol that will help to disinfect, clean, and remove stains from your curling rod without leaving behind an unwanted smell. Baking soda will do the same thing, but it’s more useful as an abrasive that cleans off hair spray and eliminate the burnt hair smell. Comet is another great alternative.

You’ll also need a brush. The best alternative here is your used toothbrush that will help you reach the nooks and crannies of the tool easily. But ensure it is very clean to be effective. Don’t forget to get a damp rag for wiping away moisture and residues on the curling iron. You might need water and a small bowl as well to create your baking soda paste. After cleaning, you’ll need to dry the tool. So, get a clean napkin plus a towel to wipe the cleaners off your hair curling tool.

Turn the Curling Iron Off

Some people prefer cleaning this tool while it is hot because the chemicals are easier to melt and scrub off. However, that is better left to the experts. You don’t want to sustain burn injuries while cleaning your curling iron. You will still achieve great results when you use the right cleaning supplies – you don’t need a hot curling iron. Just turn it off and allow it to lose its heat for several minutes. Remember to unplug it also to avoid any chances of electrocution as you clean.

Get the Hairspray Off

Submerging the curling iron in a liquid is not part of how to remove hairspray buildup. That can interfere with its electronic system and damage it. Instead, start by wetting your rag with the rubbing alcohol (performs better) or water and use it to wipe down the curling iron. You’ll need to concentrate your scrubbing more in places with more hairspray. Scrub in all directions to eliminate all layers of hairspray residue.

The longer hairspray has been on the tool, the harder it will be to get it off. Lift the clasp and wipe underneath it. Do the same to the clasp as well as the handle. Some curling irons have venting spaces, requiring you to be cautious not to get any liquid in the unit. If your tool does not have a heavy hairspray build up, you won’t need to go past this stage. Just wipe it dry using a clean rag or paper towel, let it dry for a few minutes in open space to get rid of all moisture, and store.

Use Baking Soda Paste for Tough Residue

If you have an old curling iron that has sticky hair and stubborn hairspray residue, you can use a baking powder paste to eliminate it. While rubbing alcohol evaporates fast, this soda paste will stay where you put it as long as you need it. Also, compared to water and rubbing alcohol, this paste creates a thicker lining that adds traction for scrubbing during the cleaning process.

Make this paste in the bowl in the ratio of one measure of water against three measures of baking soda. When ready, insert or dank the toothbrush bristles in the solution and rub the dirty areas on your tool. Apply the necessary pressure while scrubbing to remove all the dirt as far as you can see and reach.

How to clean a sticky iron? Just rub alcohol or baking soda paste on the gummy surface as you scrub with your toothbrush. This is good enough to remove the sticky residue even in the hidden joints.

The paste will stick on your curling iron when you clean. Wash your hands and get a dry napkin to clean and dry off the cleaner. A towel wipe will ensure you don’t leave any water on the tool. Just to be sure your curling iron is dry, leave it in the open for several hours. This move will ensure you don’t use it with bits of water left on the surfaces as it can lead to electrocution.

Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

Once your hair curling tool is clean, wash your bowl, brush, and rags as well for future use. They just saved you from spending a lot of money on a new curling iron and they will do the same in the future – so they deserve it! The goal is to remove all residue they might be holding to be useful next time.

It takes just a few minutes of your time to make your curling iron look like new again. And in the same manner is how to clean a hair straightener and how to clean a flat iron, plus most hair tools out there. Just ensure your safety first, get your tools in place, and work on your curling tool. It takes about ten minutes, and you’ll be through with the process. Do this regularly to avoid stubborn hairspray stains. It is that easy and fast!

9 Valentine’s Day Dinner Party Ideas

Are you bored with the annual fuss of Valentine’s Day? Looking to spice up that yearly Valentine’s Day dinner party? Perhaps you’re new to dating and are looking for tips on how to make your evening special. Well, here are 9 ways you can make your evening a little more interesting. 

Give It A Theme 

It’s easy enough to have a standard Valentine’s Day dinner – a candlelit table for two will do in a pinch, but it’s also a tad boring. Try spicing up your romantic dinner by introducing a theme. It doesn’t have to be too dramatic, just something to add flair to your evening. Do you and your partner have something you both enjoy? Try planning your dinners theme around that. Perhaps you both love the same movie – you could have that serve as the inspiration for your evening. 

Make It A Group Event

As they say, the more the merrier. Do you know other couples who’ll be having their own Valentine’s Day dinners? You should consider inviting them along. If you’ve been in a long-term relationship, this is an easy way to spice up what might now be a routine dinner. If this is a first date, inviting mutual friends can help alleviate any awkward silences. No one wants to be lost for words during the early stages of a relationship – having friends around can really be a helpful ice breaker during those awkward moments.

Play Party Games

If you are having a group dinner, what better way to spice up your evening than by playing games? Obviously, I’m not suggesting you play monopoly, but playing some form of group game can really shake up your evening. For the more reserved amongst you, something simple like (game) might do. For the more adventurous types, how about something spicier, like a saucy dice game? If you’re in a new relationship, a simple drinking game is a fun way to get to know one another. I’d recommend saving the drinking games for after dinner however. 

Try Going Somewhere New

Valentine's Day dinner
Restaurant

If you’re in a long-term relationship, consider using this Valentine’s Day dinner as an excuse to switch things up. Instead of going to your usual date night location, try going somewhere new and exciting. Has a new restaurant opened in your area? Take you and your significant other there. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, doesn’t mean you have to be stuck in the same routines. Even something as simple as going to a whole new restaurant is a fantastic way to refresh your relationship a little.

Make it Personal

If you’ve been together for a long time, it’s very easy to fall into a Valentine’s Day routine. Doing the same thing year after year is boring, so try making this year’s Valentine’s Day dinner a little unique. Maybe you could make your evening a little more DIY? Cook a three-course meal based around your partner’s favourite foods. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture either. If you and your significant other aren’t into the traditional Valentine’s Day dinners, do something that feels more you. Into staying indoors? Stick on a movie and order a takeaway. Are you the outdoorsy type? Instead of dinner, how about a nice Valentine’s Day Picnic. 

Make Dinner Together

Preparing a personalised dinner for your significant other is pretty romantic, but what about doing it together? If you’re in the early stages of a relationship, this is a great way to bond. After all, teamwork makes the dream work. You can get to know each other’s culinary habits while making the perfect dinner for the two of you. For those who are in more long-term situations, this is a great way to rekindle the flame between you. There’s nothing quite like cooking together to make you feel sparks again. 

Make a Healthy Change

Valentine's Day dinner
Healthy Food

Valentine’s Day is a very indulgent holiday – all the adverts are trying to sell you romantic chocolates. It’s definitely not the healthiest day of the year, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Take this opportunity to make a healthy change with you and your partner. Chances are you’ve already tried getting healthy for the new year, so why not carry on now. Swap out the fancy feast for something healthy – perhaps a low fat chicken salad for dinner and a fruit platter for dessert. 

Make a Day of It

It’s Valentine’s Day, not Halloween – you don’t have to restrict yourself to just going out in the evening. Have you and your partner book the day off work and make a day of it. Have breakfast in bed, go for a romantic walk and enjoy your time together. Do something before your evening meal like go to a museum or see a movie. The meal is only one small part of the day. Something as simple as enjoying your day with your partner is a great way to spice up your Valentine’s Day dinner. You’ll appreciate the meal so much more if you’ve had a loving day together.

Indulge

Valentine's Day Dinner
Chocolate Cake

As a counterpoint to my earlier suggestion of doing something healthy, why not go all out? After all, it’s the one day of the year you’re really supposed to go all out in showing your love. Why shouldn’t this extend to your Valentine’s Day dinner? You and your partner can enjoy a giant, guilt-free, chocolate cake or an indulgent banquet of your choice. Seeing as most meals of the year are just a routine affair, why not make a big deal out of this one? It’s only one day of the year so there’s no harm in giving in to a bit of temptation, is there?