Why should you clean your hair straightener?
From a hygiene standpoint, a lot of dirt and bacteria lurk on our hair tools.
Besides being unhygienic, that built-up grime can interfere with the heat level of your straightener.
Plus, the gunk can slide off and stick to your strands, making your freshly washed hair suddenly look like third-day hair. Not super-helpful when all you want is a good hair day.
If you’re now thinking, ‘Right, I need to learn about how to clean hair straighteners,’ you’re in the right place.
We’re also happy to report that cleaning ghd straighteners is incredibly straightforward once you know what you’re doing.
How to clean hair straighteners
Curious about how to clean ghd hair straighteners? Let’s get into it.
1. Gather your supplies
Choose a damp cloth or some gentle makeup wipes, and grab your hair straightener. When cleaning ghd ceramic plates, be sure whatever you’re using is nice and soft to prevent scratches. An old towel or T-shirt is a great option.
If, on inspection, your hair straightener looks seriously overdue for a clean (BTW, no judgement here), a couple drops of shampoo on your damp cloth will effectively remove any grimy residue.
2. Heat up your hair straightener
Just like wiping down a stovetop when it’s still slightly toasty, cleaning ghd straighteners when they’re slightly warm will get that muck to slip right off. Just be careful to let your straightener cool properly first so you don’t burn your fingers.
Switch your device on and wait for it to heat. Go ahead and use it if you’re styling your hair; otherwise, just switch it off once it reaches max temp. Then leave it to cool for 15 minutes or so. Now, this safety bit is important: switch off and unplug your hair straightener before getting to work!
3. Wipe the straightener plates
If you’re not sure how to clean ghd straightener plates, we’ve got you. This is the fun part!
If you’re working with a damp cloth, wring it out firmly so no excess water will drip onto your hair straightener. We’re probably stating the obvious here, but water can damage your hair straightener if any droplets find their way inside the device.
Take your cloth or makeup wipe and gently rub it across the straightener’s plates as you watch all evidence of previous days’ styling melt away.
Isn’t that satisfying?
4. Wipe the straightener body
Pay particular attention to the grooves on either side of the plates as well as the areas around the buttons and where the cord attaches.
Dirt tends to gather in these little cracks and crevices, so you might need to use your fingernails to really push the cloth into them.
You’ll also want to give the rest of the body of your straightener a good go with your cloth.
5. Do it all again (if needed)
Time for the moment of truth: look closely and see if any areas need some extra attention. If you notice quite a bit of dirt on your cloth or wipe, get yourself a fresh one and give your hair straightener another swipe.
And, before you know it, voilà! You’ve got yourself one seriously clean ghd hair straightener