Tips For Hair Dryer Cleaning and Care

by Anjelina Tongco

A hair dryer is an essential tool in our beauty routine, helping us achieve the perfect hairstyle quickly and efficiently. However, to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your hair-drying tool, proper maintenance is crucial. In fact, proper cleaning and maintenance are necessary for all your hair styling tools, from brushes to curling irons, flat irons, and hot rollers! Regular cleaning and care not only enhance its longevity but also promote hygienic hair drying. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to clean and care for your hair dryer, ensuring it remains in excellent condition.

Cleaning Your Hair Dryer

Unplug and Cool Down: Before starting any cleaning procedure, ensure that the hair dryer is unplugged and has completely cooled down to avoid the risk of electric shock or burns.

Remove Dust and Debris: Use a soft, dry cloth or a small brush to gently remove any visible dust or debris from the exterior of the hair dryer, including the handle, body, and cord.

Clean the Air Intake Vents: The air intake vents on the back of the hair dryer can accumulate dust and lint over time, affecting its performance. Use a small brush, such as a toothbrush, to carefully remove any buildup from these vents. Alternatively, you can use a can of compressed air to blow away the debris.

Wipe the Nozzle: If your hair dryer has a removable nozzle attachment, detach it and wipe it clean using a soft cloth or a damp cloth if necessary. Pay attention to any product buildup or residue that may have accumulated on the nozzle.

Clean the Filter: Some hair dryers have a removable filter at the rear end, responsible for preventing debris from entering the device. Check your hair dryer's manual to locate the filter and remove it. Rinse it under running water to remove any trapped hair or dust. Allow it to dry completely before reattaching it to the hair dryer.

Check for Internal Dust: While it may not be possible to clean the internal components of your hair dryer without professional assistance, you can try using a can of compressed air to blow air into the nozzle or other openings. This can help remove any trapped dust or debris.

Caring for Your Hair Dryer

Store Properly: After each use, allow the hair dryer to cool down completely before storing it. Avoid wrapping the cord tightly around the dryer, as it can damage the cord or strain the internal wiring. Instead, loosely coil the cord and secure it with a twist tie or use a cord wrap specifically designed for hair dryers.

Avoid Excessive Heat: While hair dryers are designed to produce heat, excessive exposure to high temperatures can lead to overheating or damage. Avoid using the highest heat setting unnecessarily, and allow the hair dryer to cool down between uses to prevent overheating. This is especially important if you’re using attachments too like a hair diffuser or a hair dryer brush. Too much heat could melt the plastic off, making the attachment permanently glued onto your hair dryer. 

Protect from Moisture: Keep your hair dryer away from water or excessive moisture. Avoid using it near the shower or sink to prevent accidental water damage. If the hair dryer does get wet, allow it to dry completely before plugging it in.

Handle with Care: Treat your hair dryer gently to prevent any accidental drops or impacts that can damage the internal components. Avoid pulling or tugging on the cord forcefully, as this can cause cord damage or internal wire fraying.

Regular Maintenance Checks: Periodically inspect the cord and plug for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any fraying, exposed wires, or loose connections, discontinue using the hair dryer and have it repaired or replaced. 

Proper maintenance is essential for keeping your hair dryer in optimal condition and ensuring safe and effective hair drying. Regular cleaning, handling with care, and following the manufacturer's guidelines are key to prolonging the lifespan of your hair-drying tool. By implementing these maintenance practices into your hair care routine, you can enjoy efficient and hygienic hair drying for years to come.