5 Signs Your Curling Iron Needs To Be Changed

by Anjelina Tongco

No matter how well you take care of your things, they’re still going to wear and tear or simply need replacing. Think back to the last time you bought a curling iron. How long has it been? If you can’t remember or if you’re not sure and you’re wondering if it’s time to hit the stores for a new one, we’ve got you covered. Here are some signs that your curling iron needs to be replaced. 

  1. It’s been three years - most hair tools like your curling iron, straightening iron, hair wavers, and heated rollers have a shelf life of around 2 to 3 years. Depending on how much you use your hair styling tool, it may start working less efficiently after this period. If it’s been a while since you got your hair wand and you notice it’s starting to take longer to do your hair in the morning, it might be a sign that it’s time to get a new one. Your curling iron’s longevity can also depend on the brand and how well they make its products. 
  2. There’s gunk on the body and you can’t take it off - it’s pretty common for hair products to build up on your curling wand. If you’re starting to see more gunk that’s been caked on the barrel of your curling wand, though, and you can no longer get it off with a quick wipe-down, it’s time to move on to a new one. 
  3. The cord is starting to fray - maybe it’s wear and tear, maybe your furry little friend gave it a little nibble, maybe it's from all that traveling and getting packed from one luggage to the other -- whatever the reason may be, if you see the cord on your curling iron starting to fray, stop using it and get yourself a new one. The risks associated with frayed cables are never worth the few dollars you’ll save by not buying a new one. 
  4. The barrel has faded/discolored spots - most curling irons these days will have the barrel coated with a material to help protect hair and distribute heat evenly. If your curling iron has a certain type of coating when you bought it and you’re now seeing spots where the coating has faded or disappeared altogether, stop using it and buy a new one instead. Without the coating, the heat could damage your hair or, worse, burn it off. 
  5. It’s taking longer (or faster) to do your hair on the same setting - noticing a difference in the amount of time it takes for you to do your hair despite the fact that your curling iron is on the same heat setting it’s always been in the past few years? Give it up and treat yourself to a new one. A change in performance means your hair curling iron is no longer working as efficiently which is why you need to change it ASAP. 

While no hair styling tool is meant to last forever, you can prolong the life of yours by taking good care of it. Still looking for the perfect one to add to your arsenal? Visit Hairsense.ca to find your perfect curling iron today!