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3 Tips for Maintaining the Life of Your Flat Iron

Shayla Vance

Wed, Sep 25, 2019

Investing in quality tools is one of the best things you can do for your hair! But if you aren’t properly using and maintaining your iron, it can hurt the lifespan of your Styling Iron. So, let’s take a look at a couple easy steps you can take to get your money’s worth out of your iron.



Unwrap Your Cord

We know. It can be tempting to wrap your cord around your tool to make it easier to store. But what you may not realize is this can actually ruin your tool’s heating system. The constant wrapping and unwrapping damages the electrical cord, and then your iron can’t heat up properly. Instead, fold the cord the same way it comes in the box and wrap the Velcro attachment around it.



Regularly Get Rid of the Gunk

Have you ever noticed a coat of brown gunk on your iron mid-styling? It’s gross, right? That’s product build-up, and it’s from styling every day with over-the-counter products in your hair. Your iron won’t run smoothly over your hair with all that goop on there, which makes styling a lot harder. Taking the time to wipe off your tools will keep things running nice and smooth.


How to clean:

  1. Let your iron cool so that it’s still slightly warm (not hot)

  2. Pour a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol onto a soft cloth. DO NOT USE WATER.

  3. Gently wipe off the plates of your Styling Iron

  4. Clean after every use to prevent build-up


You might be thinking, “I don’t have time to clean my iron every morning. I barely have enough time to get out the door.” Well, there’s a couple ways you can minimize the amount of gunk that winds up on your iron in the first place. The biggest one is upgrading your styling products. usmooth’s hair care line is formulated without those heavy ingredients you find in over-the-counter products, which means less product residue being left behind on your Styling Iron.


Styling on super dirty hair can also lead to a lot of build-up. So, make sure you’re regularly washing your hair.



Easy on the Pressure

Because our Styling Irons are built with an advanced infrared heating system, you don’t need to apply a ton of pressure when using them. Squeezing the handle super hard not only damages your hair more, but it can also put strain on the iron itself. Gently close the iron on each hair section and maintain that light pressure as you slide the iron down.


Making these small changes will dramatically increase the life of your favorite tools and make styling a breeze. For extra protection, be sure to register your tool on our website and get your warranty.

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