A flatiron can quickly become coated with layers of hairspray, especially when they are used in conjunction to achieve straight hair. In time it can make the hair feel dirty, and the appliance no longer seems to perform as it should. Why use a sticky, gummy appliance that is covered in a chemical product? It is not necessary to throw it away and buy a new one. Use one of these easy ways to remove hairspray from a flatiron, and get rid of the build up – at least temporarily. I occasionally use a flatiron to straighten my naturally wavy hair, and I used a few different methods to remove hairspray and other sticky products that adhere to the metal.
Always unplug your flatiron before attempting to remove hairspray or other products before using any method of removal. When in doubt about a particular cleaning technique, try it on a small corner before using it extensively. Use commonsense and do not over wet it no matter your method of choice.
Use Rubbing Alcohol on the Metal Parts of a Flatiron
I keep alcohol wipes on hand and use them for a number of cleaning jobs throughout the home. I most often use them to clean my laptop screen and to remove hairspray from my flatiron. It might take three or four wipes to do the job, but the alcohol will work to break down and remove the hairspray.
Try Baking Soda and Water to Remove the Hairspray
I know someone else with a flat iron, and she uses baking soda to remove dried hairspray. My son’s girlfriend mixes sodium bicarbonate with just enough water to make a thick paste. She uses a damp rag and gently cleans the metal in a circular motion before using another damp rag to rinse it. The baking soda provides just the right amount of abrasiveness, and it does not scratch the metal.
Unplug the Appliance and Use a Damp Rag
I recently spoke to my hair stylist about cleaning her professional flatiron, and she has been using a damp towel since beauty school began. She always unplugs the flatiron first. While it is still warm, she runs a damp towel through the blades. It sizzles and steams while it works to remove hairspray and other styling products.
Use Nail Polish Remover to Remove Dried Hairspray
If you do not have rubbing alcohol on hand, use acetone to remove dried hairspray. It works to dissolve and remove nail polish, and it will work to clean away hair products. Allow the metal to cool completely, and use an old rag or paper towel to apply the nail polish remover. Work on a small area at a time to remove the build up of hairspray and other styling products. When cleaned with care, it will look as good as new.
Sources: Personal Flatiron Cleaning Experience
Allison J. Crane, Hair Stylist
Dawn H. Martin, Valparaiso Indiana