When to Replace Hair Straightener: 3 Subtle Signs You Need to Watch Out For


Hair straighteners, unfortunately, don’t last forever. And if you’ve been using yours like it’s a family heirloom, you’re making a big mistake.

Ideally, you shouldn’t be using your hair straightener for more than four years. Of course, that will still depend on how often you use your hair tools.

In addition to that, the following signs can also give you an idea of when to replace hair straightener.

Unstable Temperature

Flat irons that are old and not made from ceramic plates don’t heat up evenly. They have less staying power and they can take a longer time to style your hair. And if you have only one heat setting in your tool, you could be doing some serious damage to your hair.

So, in buying a replacement, choose one with an adjustable temperature control. It’s a good idea to use a heat protectant on your hair, too. That’s whether you’re using an old hair styling tool or not.

Presence of Cracks

Cracks on your ceramic plates don’t only cause uneven heating; they can also cause unnecessary friction that can cause damage to your hair strands.¬†As a result, you can end up with dry, damaged, and weak hair.

Strange Odors

If you’ve been smelling any strange odor as you are using your hair straightener, it’s time probably the right time to give it a closer look. That can be a sign that your tool’s internal motor is getting old. It can also signal a faulty electrical wiring which can be dangerous.

In Conclusion

Knowing when to replace hair straightener is important not just for keeping your hair in good condition but for your safety, too. Ideally, like most electrical tools, the life of a hair straightener will depend on how frequent you use it and how you take care of it.

For further information about hair straightener, check out our take on the best hair straightener for thin hair!