Most of the hacks that we learn on TikTok aren’t new learnt. We have a variety of beauty hacks over the years, from generating bouncy blow-out curls with a dressing gown robe to a volume-boosting hair dryer trick. And the most recent weird hair hack making the rounds includes a piece of kitchenware – a pasta strainer.
The popular hack involves people tilting their heads over and inserting their wet hair into a pasta strainer while holding the item on the crown. Then, using a blow dryer, apply heat to the hair to dry it and create abundant and even curls.
People on TikTok may be raving about it – but what do experts say?
‘It is most effective on curly hair types, as the technique replicates the effect of a diffuser attachment, with the strainer acting as a conductor to evenly distribute heat to create a consistent curl pattern,’ explains Nicole Petty, a hair expert at Milk + Blush.
‘Users with wavy and straight hair will not be able to replicate the curly results – but may instead see plenty of volume and loose, beachy waves instead.’
Nicole also adds that while the trend is not necessarily dangerous, it can cause damage to your hair if you don’t take precautions.
She says: ‘If you cannot resist trying this yourself, make sure you thoroughly clean your strainer before use, or buy a new one, to protect your hair from any food residue or chemicals.
‘Secondly, strainers are often made of metal, which is a conductor of heat, which means that when you apply heat through a hairdryer, they will get hotter and subsequently cause further damage to your hair.
‘Before carrying out this hack, apply plenty of heat protectant to your tresses and only use your hairdryer on a low to medium setting. This will ensure your hair doesn’t get fried and you don’t burn your scalp.’
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Laura Elliot, head of education at hair brand Neal & Wolf, adds that plastic strainers are no better either.
She explains: ‘Equally, these heated up could cause damage leading to split ends and dryness, the plastic could also melt into your hair or release toxic fumes.
‘For the best curls I would recommend sticking to a diffuser and using a good finishing spray to lock those curls in place.’
Nicole adds that DIY TikTok hacks can come with a whole host of safety issues.
She adds: ‘It is always best to use professional hair tools to style your hair, as companies are expected to meet strict standards and their products are tested thoroughly before they can be sold.’
Overall, Nicole says while the hack is a fun idea, it’s best to leave the strainer in the kitchen cupboard and use alternative – and safer – techniques instead.