How to Clean a Ceramic Hair Straightener

When using a ceramic hair straightener, you can prevent damage to your tresses not only by applying a heat-protective serum prior to straightening your hair, but also by cleaning your flat iron after every use. Serum and hairspray that stick to the flat iron pull on your hair shaft, causing split ends. Do not allow styling products to build up on the plates of your hair straightener if you want to keep the surface of your hair smooth and shiny. Instead, clean your ceramic hair straightener after each use to prolong its life while maintaining the health of your hair.

Turn off and unplug your ceramic hair straightener. Lay it down on a heat-safe mat to avoid singeing your countertop as you allow the hairstyling tool to cool off. Wait at least 5 minutes before proceeding. The iron should be lukewarm instead of hot so that you do not burn yourself. Cleaning the flat iron while it is slightly warm makes removing the residue that has not yet solidified a more effortless task.

Spray the flat iron with a cleaning solution especially manufactured for ceramic hairstyling tools. If you can't find any at the places you normally shop, try looking in beauty supply stores or online. Use a soft towel to wipe down the hair straightener, making sure you clean off the body and not just the plates. Moisten the towel with warm water to go over any stubborn spots.

Use a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol if you have yet to buy the cleaning solution for ceramic thermal hairstyling tools or if you are out of it at the moment. Alcohol can break down even hardened hairstyling product residue, so it is an effective cleaning substitute when you want to remove goo from your ceramic hair straightener.


Be careful with what you use to clean your ceramic hair straightener. Other solvents--like ammonia and nail polish remover--have been recommended to clean ceramic hairstyling tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Heat-safe mat
  • Cleaning solution
  • Soft towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
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Lea WhiteFeather writes to share her colorful experiences with all who can benefit. She enjoys traveling as well, and has worked and resided in New York, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Philippines, where she received her undergraduate education in art history.