Follow these easy tips to help make your beauty tools and appliances last as long as possible.
1. Clean up your hairbrushes-->Maintain them regularly to extend their life.
How often? EVERY TWO WEEKS OR AS NEEDED
* Rake away strands by running a wide-tooth comb through brush bristles to lift out matted hair that clogs the pad and tines. Use a seam ripper to cut through tougher tangles.
* Swirl the brush in warm, soapy water (try baby shampoo) for about a minute. Never soak, which can damage the cushion and body of a wooden brush.
* Scrub off buildup around the base of the bristles with a toothbrush; rinse with water. Let air-dry on a towel overnight with the bristle side facing down.
**Time-Saving Tip: Push a piece of old hosiery down through brush bristles. Lift up swatch, removing hairs in one sweep.
2. Protect your hair appliances-->With TLC, your tools will work better and help your tresses look even more gorgeous.
How often? MONTHLY OR AS NEEDED
* De-lint the dryer filter. Unplug your blow-dryer and remove the grill at the end of the barrel. Use a toothbrush to clean the filter, then rinse and let dry before reassembling. Getting rid of the gunk helps prevent overheating.
* Clean your hot tools. Over time your curling iron and flatiron can accumulate product residue (such as hairspray and thermal protector). To remove grime, unplug the appliance and gently rub a paste of baking soda and water on the heating element with a damp cloth.
* Store your tools properly. Instead of wrapping the cord tightly around the body, loop it loosely and secure with an elastic or twist tie. Tuck your blow-dryer in a drawer or another enclosed space to keep it away from dirt and dust.
3. Wash your makeup brushes-->Treat them to a quick bath to rinse away any debris.
How often? AT LEAST ONCE PER MONTH
* Wet bristles with lukewarm water. Place a drop of gentle soap (such as baby shampoo) in the palm of your hand to create a little lather.
* Swirl the tips in your palms. Make sure the suds and water don't touch the base of brush; this can cause the glue that holds the bristles in place to disintegrate.
* Rinse, squeeze out excess water and reshape the head. Let the brush air-dry overnight with bristles hanging off the edge of a counter.
**In a pinch? Wipe the bristles with an antibacterial towelette, which is also useful for last-minute eye shadow switches.
Now that you know how to take care of your tools, check out these tips for blow-drying your hair like a pro!