How to Make Your Hair Dryer Last Longer

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Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

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So on with our tip ….. This may seem totally obvious to some, but I’m sure it is overlooked by many.  We spend so much money on hair care items each year, but while we’re trying to take care of our hair, are we taking care of our hair tools?  I’m not sure of the average life span of a hair dryer, but I know from past experience, the cheaper you go, the less likely it is to last very long.  I’m not saying you have to go out and buy a $75 salon type hair dryer, but it does pay to get something that’s a bit better than what you might find screwed to a hotel room wall!

Several months back I bought a new hair dryer, this time from Sally Beauty Supply (pictured above).  It’s not top of the line, but it’s definitely better than ones I’ve bought in the past.  So I’ve been determined to help it last as long as possible.  With this one easy tip you’re going to lengthen the life of your dryer.  Even if you have a real cheap dryer, this will help it stick around even longer.

If you’re noticing that your dryer isn’t blowing as strong as it has in the past, if it seems to be blowing hotter than normal, if it smells like something is burning (that’s a way bad sign), or if it’s not sounding like it normally does …. you probably need to clean the back side (or filter) of your hair dryer.  You know – the “meshy” part of the dryer.   Every dryer is a bit different, but they all have them.  Just like us — it’s got to breath!

Items needed:  Hair dryer & a toothbrush.  Optional supplies – tweezers, tooth pick, Q-tips.

Warning:  Unplug your dryer before cleaning it … just to be safe!

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

The end of my dryer looked like this.  Pretty bad, I know.  If you let your dryer get really bad, it could possibly be be a fire hazard.  Let’s not even go there!  This part actually unscrews from the end of my dryer making it easier to clean.

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

Step 1 – In circular motions, brush off the mesh filter

You’ll get the dust/lint/hair off onto your toothbrush.  Brush as much as necessary to clean it off.  If needed, use a Q-tip, or tweezers to help remove all the lint.

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

Then this was what was under the filter I can unscrew:  More junk.  This would have been even worse had I waited longer.

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

As I used my old toothbrush to get the dust off — this is what started coming out of the filter … Ack!  Hair had been sucked into the fan and was underneath the filter.  I used some tweezers to help get it all out.  Not a good thing if hair is getting wrapped around the fan.

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

After I got it all cleaned off:

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

And after I screwed the end back on:

Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

So what are you waiting for?

Go clean your hair dryer filter!  It’s quick & easy!

Your dryer and your hair will thank you! Hair Dryer Tip from BabesInHairland.com

6 Responses

  1. Wendy says:

    Awesome! I really need a new dryer so thanks so much for the tip to make it last longer!!!!

  2. Ohhh great tips!! I definitely need to clean my hair dryer, it’s pretty gross!

  3. Jesseca says:

    Super smart!! I would have never thought to use a toothbrush!

  4. Vivien says:

    Thanks for the useful tip! I just got an amazing new karmin g3 hair dryer and I want it to last so I’m definitely doing this.

  5. Abby says:

    This is pretty useful! It is important to learn how to care for your styling tools to not only stretch the value of your investment but also to ensure that you don’t end up damaging your hair with its use.

  6. Mike says:

    So this will make my hair dryer last longer? The last hair dryer i had just stopped working suddenly. Is it cuz i didn’t clean the back?

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