EVER felt as though your hair straightener isn't doing its job as well as it used to?

That's because it has an expiry date – and you could actually be damaging your locks by using an old one.

If your straightener's plates are scratched or have worn thin in one part, it's probably time to throw it out.

As expert hair stylist Fabio Scalia tells Marie Claire, damaged plates can expose your tresses to extreme heat.

This can cause burning and breakage, as well as strip your hair of its natural oils.

There are also a couple of other signs that your styler is past its best.

The Fabulous Beauty Awards 2019: Winner of Best Beauty Gadget

The winner: Ghd Platinum+ Styler, £175 – buy now

Say sayonara to singed hair, as this tool never goes over 185°C, and the temp is monitored 250 times per second.

Highly commended: Oral-B Genius 9000 Electric Toothbrush, £300

  • Ghd Platinum+ Styler, £175, Ghd – buy now

If you have to go over the same patch a few times, it definitely isn't in peak condition.

And a dodgy heat indicator light can be a giveaway.

Fabio says: "A good flat iron has a blinking light that tells you when the ideal temperature is reached.

"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."

Think you may need a new straightener? Here are some of our favourites…

  • GHD Original Styler, £83.99 from Look Fantastic – buy now

  • Lee Stafford Play It straightener, £19.99 from Feel Unique – buy now

  • The Touch, £95 from Cloud Nine – buy now

  • Toni & Guy Fluid Metal styler, £47.93 from Amazon – buy now

The Fabulous Beauty Awards 2019: Winner of Best Cult Buy

The winner: Tangle Teezer, £11 – buy now

This beauty classic is your go-to for getting through tangled tresses without causing breakage or damage.

Highly commended: Batiste Dry Shampoo Original, £2.99

  • Tangle Teezer, £11, Tangle Teezer – buy now

most read in fabulous


Harry 'miserable' as new life in US 'far from what he hoped for' says expert


The Queen will NOT help Prince Harry in his demand for Met Police bodyguards


Harry behaving like a hypocrite is wearisomely inevitable, says Piers Morgan


Harry slammed as ‘beyond appalling’ for ‘hurting’ Queen amid security row

If you want your straighteners to last as long as possible, this is how you should store them.

In more beauty news, a dermatologist says a £4.25 The Ordinary exfoliant will banish stubborn blackheads.

And Amazon is selling a set of white and gold make-up brushes for £12.99 – that looks JUST like Spectrum's £44.99 version.

Source: Read Full Article