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Hair stylist’s little-known tip to see if your straighteners have passed ‘Expiry date’

A hair stylist has claimed our beloved straighteners have an ‘Expiry date’ and that continuing to use them after this time could do more damage than good to our Locks

Many people don’t know that their beloved straighteners actually have a shelf-life (stock photo)

We’ve got some bad news for those of you who own and love hair straighteners.

That’s because it turns out that they actually have a shelf life, just like your favorite cosmetic products do.

Now people have no idea about the fact that their days with their trusty hair styling tool are limited, but sadly, it’s really important to take note of it.

If you don’t and you continue to use your straighteners once they’re ‘past their best’, you could be seriously damaging your tresses – and it won’t just be the overall look of your hair that’s compromised, it will also be the health of your hair.

Make sure you check that your straighteners are still in date (stock photo)

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Unfortunately, it’s not as clear cut as having a ‘use-by’ date on them – but there are several things you can do to check whether your straighteners may need replacing.

A tell-tale sign that it’s time to retire your current straighteners is if the plates have worn, or if they’re scratched in parts.

Expert hairstylist Fabio Scalia previously explained to Marie Claire that damaged plates can expose your hair to extreme heat.

This can burn, break and strip your hair of the natural oils it needs – definitely not what you want when you’re trying to look your best.

Some retailers actually offer plate replacement which is cheaper than replacing the whole straighteners if you can’t justify waving goodbye to your trusty model.

If you’ve checked and all is good with your plates, then it’s well worth taking a look at the heat indicator light, because that’s another giveaway sign that your straighteners have passed their use-by date.

He said: “The indicator will also tell you when it’s time to start hunting for a new one.

“If the light blinks often while in use, your iron has stopped holding heat and is on its way out.”

Another way to tell it could be time to part with your cash for a new set of straighteners is if you’re finding yourself going over the same section of hair again and again and it’s not really doing anything.

If you have repeatedly go over the same strands, then it’s sad to say that your straighteners probably aren’t going to last much longer and it could well be time for some retail therapy.

Speaking to FEMAIL Pierre Haddad stylist Jackie Dove claimed that straighteners need to be replaced every two to three years.

She also said: “Store yours in a heatproof zip-up case for maximum use.”

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