How to Clean Your Hair Styling Tools

Tues, 18 Feb.

At MyCuts, we know that you want your hair styling tools to function at their best, working continuously to give you a great look. In order for that to happen, however, your hair styling tools have to be well maintained and cleaned. Thoroughly cleaning your hair styling tools will go a long way to keep them functioning at their best for the longest amount of time possible.

Ask yourself when the last time you cleaned your hairbrush was. What about your blow dryer or favorite heat-styling tools? If you can’t remember, it is likely you need to get into the habit of cleaning your hair styling tools regularly. After all, product buildup on your favorite hair styling tools can result in burnt hair and split ends.

Today, MyCuts will be telling you how to clean your hair styling tools properly so you can get the best function possible. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a better hairstyling experience. Let’s get started!

Use a Heat Protectant

The most effective way to avoid heat styling damage without cutting out the use of hair styling tools completely is by using a heat protectant. If you aren’t using a heat protectant each and every time that you use a heat styling tool, you are putting your hair at an unnecessary risk of damage. Get into the habit of thinking of a heat protectant the way you think of sunscreen before spending a day in the sun. A good heat protectant will keep your hair healthy and beautiful while locking in your hair color.

Cleaning Your Hairbrushes and Combs

While you may think that the only thing getting stuck in your hairbrushes and combs is your own hair, there are several different things that can get stuck, causing a nasty mess over time. From dust and germs to oils from your head and hair spray, your hairbrush can become packed with undesirable particles over time. When you don’t clean your hairbrush for weeks at a time, all of these items get stuck in your hairbrush. Think about what you are brushing or combing through your freshly washed hair each time you use them! So what is the proper way to clean your hairbrush and comb?

First, take any long, thin tool, such as a closed pair of scissors, and slide it under the stuck hair in your brush. Next, gently tug upwards to pull the hair away from the brush. If there isn’t much hair in your brush at the time of cleaning, you can simply use your hand to remove the hair. It is best practice to remove hair from your brush each time you use it to eliminate buildup over time.

Next, it is time to wash your hairbrush or comb. Simply fill up your sink with warm water and use a cleansing shampoo on your hair styling tool. Depending on your preference, you can either let the hairstyling tool soak for a while or take a toothbrush and scrub away buildup that way for a more thorough cleaning. It is best to focus on the base of the brush as this is where oils and hair spray tends to cling on and build up the most.

Watch How Frequently You’re Using Heat Styling Tools

How often do you find yourself using heat styling tools? If the answer is frequently, you can protect your hair by cutting down on use. Using hair styling tools too frequently can cause your hair to become damaged and brittle over time. In order to cut back on the frequency at which you are using heat styling tools, experiment with new types of heatless hairstyles. Branching out can be a fun experience and you may find forms of hairstyles that you like even better than your favorite heat styling ‘dos!

Once you have cleaned your brush or comb thoroughly, all that’s left to do is let it dry. You can either let your brush air dry or you can use a blow drier if you’re in a hurry.

Cleaning Flat Irons and Curlers

When sticky hair products build up on your favorite heat styling tools, this opens the door for a chemical reaction that can result in burnt hair and split ends! For this reason, it is crucial that you know how to properly clean your flat irons and curlers. Always make sure your heat styling tools are unplugged before starting as cleaning your tools while they are plugged in can pose an electric shock risk.

Start by using a moist cloth to go over your heat styling tools and remove as much buildup as possible. For extra thorough cleaning, add a little rubbing alcohol or a professional iron cleaner to wipe down your heat styling tools. Make sure to dry your tools thoroughly before using them again as, again, water and electricity don’t mix.

Cleaning Your Blow Dryer

While many of us don’t think to clean our blow dryers, it is vital that you regularly clean this hair styling tool. Take a look at your blow dryer’s vent. Is there lint and dirt buildup? If so, it is far past time to clean your blow dryer. Lint and dirt buildup can severely harm the functioning of your blow dryer so it’s good to maintain a regular cleaning schedule.

Start by removing the back cover of your blow dryer. Once this is done, take out the filter and clean it with a small tool like a Q-tip. Next, rinse it with warm water and let it dry out completely. While the filter is drying, take some time to wipe down the body of the blow dryer itself with a warm, wet cloth. This will remove any hair product buildup found on the dryer. Once this process is complete, reassemble your blow dryer and enjoy maximum airflow!

Get the MyCuts App!

MyCuts hopes these tips were helpful to you and that you will have an easier time properly cleaning your favorite hair styling tools going forward. If you are a hair salon owner, it is likely you already knew about these cleaning practices but have you heard of the MyCuts app? If not, we are here to offer you valuable information that can make scheduling appointments and maintaining your schedule easier than ever!

The MyCuts app is a tool created with salon owners and their customers in mind. Our app features software that includes appointment scheduling and monitoring features that take the chaos out of booking. Feel free to take a look at our demo to see what the MyCuts app can do for your salon!

New Year, New Hair: Choosing the Best New Haircut for You

Tues, 07 Jan.

It’s officially 2020 and with an all new decade comes the perfect time to choose a new hairstyle. If you want to start the year finding a new hairstyle that makes a statement, MyCuts has a list of trendy hairstyles for you to choose from. This hair trends for this new year are based around futuristic and bold styles that highlight your natural beauty. Continue reading this guide to the best new hairstyle trends of 2020 and find the best fresh haircut for yourself!

Futuristic Braid Styles

2019 was full of hairstyle trends that left many people excited to experiment with forming new ways to wear their hair in intricate braids. 2020 will continue this trend but with an extra fun twist: futuristic braid hairstyles.

Those looking to make a bold statement with their hairstyle will enjoy integrating different stylistic pieces into their braiding pattern. Some of our favorite stylistic braid pieces include diamonds, streamers, or pearls. These braids can be worn loosely or as attractive up-dos; the choice is yours! Just be sure that your braided hairstyle is futuristic and fashion-forward, using bold stylistic pieces that draw the eye.

The Spaceball Ponytail

Another of our favorite hairstyle trends for 2020 creates a look reminiscent of a science fiction movie but in the best possible way. The spaceball ponytail involves pulling the hair back into a tight hold, creating one-inch increments. You can create a “spaceball” effect by fastening off each of these increments and creating an orb. Just make sure to hairspray it up when it comes to the spaceball ponytail! This bold, space-inspired hairstyle is jaw-droppingly gorgeous but needs a little extra help to stand strong throughout the day.

Keeping it Slick

For a new hairstyle trend that screams “high fashion”, be sure to try the slicked back look in 2020. The slicked back short hairstyle has been popular among high-class fashion models for the past few years, but it looks like 2020 will be the year that this style hits the mainstream. But what makes the slicked back hairstyle especially fit for the futuristic vibes of 2020?

This year, this slicked back look will be amplified by the use of glitter accents. Simply sprinkle in some glitter accents to mix with your favorite brand of hair gel when creating your slicked back hairstyle. This will create a sparkly, fun hairstyle that will make you the talk of any party or bash. Start the new year with this out-of-this-world hairstyle!

Book an Appointment with Your Local Hairstylist!

Now that you know a few of the biggest hairstyle trends for 2020, it’s time to book an appointment with your local hairstylist! With so many looking to turn over a new leaf and make 2020 their year, hair salons are sure to be booked up for the first few weeks of the new year. If you’re a hair salon owner yourself, you know that business is at an all-time high during the holiday season. Luckily, MyCuts is here to simplify the booking process for both hair salon owners and their customers.

With MyCuts, making a hair salon appointment has never been easier! The MyCuts software comes equipped with appointment scheduling and monitoring features that go a long way in managing the chaos brought on by this particularly busy salon season. If you’re a hair salon owner currently dealing with the stress of hair appointment monitoring and booking, you need MyCuts! Feel free to take a look at our demo to see what MyCuts can do for you and your customers.