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Less frequent hair washing is great for curls, color, and saving money on shampoo, but it does mean that your hair is, well, dirtier. The oils and styling product residue that aren’t getting shampooed away hang out on your strands and they get transferred to your accessories, your styling tools, and brushes. The same oils that give your hair shine and volume can cause all sorts of problems once they leave your head. Dirty clips and headbands can slip or cause breakouts; grimy heat tools don’t work as well and leave an unpleasant residue; soiled brushes can flake or cause static. Learn how and when to clean your hair implements in the notes. –– Laura Martin

Clips and Headbands: These accessories should be washed when they begin to look dull or discolor, at least every 3 months. Wash clips in warm soapy water and scrub at any gunk with an old toothbrush; dry completely before storing. Hand wash cloth headbands in mild detergent and dry flat on a towel.

Brushes and Combs: These tools should be cleaned every week or two. Rub the brushes together or comb the bristles to remove loose hairs and other debris. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of clarifying shampoo and soak for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Heat Tools: Clean these at least once a month. After using the tool, unplug and allow to cool until warm, but not hot. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, mist onto metal plates or rod, and wipe away with a clean cloth. You can also wipe tools with a cotton pad or clean towel soaked in rubbing alcohol.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle 



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