Hairdressing Tools: Care and Maintenance Tips

Hair dresser fixing the hair of artist

As a hairdresser, you have the responsibility to make sure all your tools are in good shape so you can give your customers the quality service they deserve. Using an old hair dryer or dull hair cutting shears or scissors is unacceptable if you want to have and keep a good reputation with your clients.

Here are some tips on how to keep your tools in tip-top shape.

Hair Irons

If hair irons are not clean, it can cause a lot of damage to your customer’s hair. The residue of hair products can be left stuck to the heat plates and sometimes may go unnoticed until you see the damage it causes your customer’s hair.

Tip: Dampen a clean cloth with a water and vinegar solution and wipe the plates with a tight grip. Use a clean, dry cloth for your last wipe down. Cleaning frequency will depend on how often you use it.


The dirt that collects on a brush can easily transfer to your client’s hair. If left unclean, you’ll never know what kind of dirt you’ll be moving from customer to customer.

Tip: Clean and disinfect your brushes weekly. Soak them in a solution of water and vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse them well and air-dry.


If your most important tool bends, folds, or pushes hair when you use it, it’s in bad shape. This kind of performance will affect the quality of your haircutting techniques.

Tip: Use a chamois leather cloth to wipe down your blades either at the start of your day or after your last customer. Then oil and adjust the tension as you see fit.

Hair Dryers

Dirt that collects in the filters can easily be transferred to your customer’s hair, and into their face as well.

Tip: Brush out dust from the filters at least twice in a week and keep them in drawers to prevent them from accumulating dust.


Your customers should be your top priority at all times. So, keep your tools clean always to show them that your service is of the highest quality.