If you have noticed that your hair straightener is not as effective as it used to be you are not imagining things. It turns out that hair straighteners have an expiry date but you won’t find that date printed on the pack! A rough estimate would tell you …or show you… that hair straighteners will stop being effective after about four years of usage. What makes matters worse is the fact that you would soon start noticing undesirable side effects of using an expired straightener and these are the best indicators to watch out for if you feel your tool has expired.
Of course this all depends on how often you use your straightener, but as a general rule of the thumb hair straighteners last about four years. IF you’re unsure as to how long you’ve been using yours just pay attention. Is your hair drier than usual? Are you suddenly struggling with split ends? Is your hair looking lacklustre and drab? Using an expired hair straightener, explains GHD Education Manager, can damage your hair; causing dryness, split ends, and making the hair generally duller.
You can also tell that your straightener is losing its edge if your hairstyle is taking forever to achieve, or if your hair suddenly falls through in less hours than it used to. If you’re unsure how long you’ve had your hair straightener but still want to avoid getting to a point where it starts causing damage look out for the signs below:
- Plates heating up unevenly
- Cracked plates
Any of the above signs indicates that your straightener is out of sorts and going into expiry mode so you might want to consider replacing it before any serious damages occurs. Otherwise, to prolong the lifetime of your hair straighteners you should clean your tool once a week using cotton wool and nail polish remover. Another tip is to fold the cord in half before wrapping it back around your device to keep it in a top-notch condition.