6/17/09 6/11/09 5 Tips For Taking Your Flat Iron to Go June 11, 2009 by Beauty 6 Summer vacay, are you ready? If you want sleek locks for your next trip — but cherish your ceramic plates — check out these five ways to take better care of the flat iron so it lasts 'til you get home again. Hot Pocket What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! It's a good idea to have a heat-safe case like this one. Not only will it protect your iron — and clothing — from heat, it also doubles as a resting spot so you don't burn the counter top at your hotel. Don't Pull the Cord What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Wrapping the cord around a flat iron — or any electrical device for that matter — can stress the connection points and damage the cord rending the hot tool cool forever. Prevent frayed ends by bundling it loosely alongside, not tying it tight. Cushion Any Blows What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Not your nose, of course. Put protective material between the plates to prevent scratches and cracks if they clack together. I saved the pad that came in the original packaging for this purpose, but you can add in a small stack of tissues (and rubber band the outside) to cushion it yourself — when it's cool only, of course. Image Source: Getty Hot Pad For a Cooling Iron What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! You may recognize silicone pads and cookware from YumSugar, but did you know this pink pad can protect a flat iron, too? It's meant for high temperatures, so you can roll a flat iron inside it and secure the outside with a rubber band. Icky Sticky No-Nos What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! Just like you soaked perfume in cotton balls for safe carry-on travel, do the same with styling iron cleaner. Product buildup can pull and snag your hair since gummy plates can't slip and slide down your tresses smoothly.