This post contains some affiliate links, which help support Brighter Sides! See footer for full disclosure.When was the last time you cleaned the air vent on your blow dryer? Did you know that it’s absolutely essential to keep your dryer working properly?
Filters in the air vent catch dust, and debris to keep the motor clean, thus extending the life of your blow dryer. If the filter gets too clogged, the motor can overheat, which is not only bad for your blow dryer, it’s dangerous! The idea is the same as cleaning out the lint filter in your dryer after doing a load of laundry.
I clean my blow dryer once a week in the salon, but at home, you may only need to do it once every month or two, depending on how often you use it. I’m demonstrating to you here on my blow dryer at home, which is the same as the one I use in the salon, but needs to be cleaned much less often. Text instructions can be found below the image.
- Most blow dryers have a vent in back though some have vents on the sides instead. As you can see, mine has a vent in the back. I use and recommend the Express Ion Dry by Paul Mitchell (available here).
- Make sure your blow dryer is unplugged. Turn the vent in the direction indicated to open it and gently pull it off. You shouldn’t need to force it at all.
- Eww! Product, dust and hair get trapped in the vent; if you let it keep building up it will get covered entirely and your poor blow dryer is going to have no airflow!
- Use a towel, washcloth or unused toothbrush to remove debris. If there is a lot of buildup, dampen the towel to help remove dried product. You don’t want the towel sopping wet, just damp. Some vents have a little spongy mesh filter in here too. If you have one (mine doesn’t), take it out, remove the debris, and then wash it and let it air dry completely before putting it back in. If there seems to be product built up on the body of your blow dryer, this is also a good time to wipe it down with a damp cloth.
- Put the outside vent on and twist it back in place so it locks. You’re done!
I realize some of you may have never cleaned out your blow dryer before, hopefully you’ll notice a big difference once you do. Remember to do it regularly to keep your motor from overheating. Once it burns itself up (which can also be a fire risk), you have to get a whole new blow dryer.
As a professional hairstylist, I use and recommend Paul Mitchell products in and outside of the salon. You can purchase PM products online at Loxa Beauty. Loxa Beauty is the only website approved by Paul Mitchell to sell their products online.
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By Kelsi Eldredge