Headset cleaning and maintenance

Discussion in 'Audio' started by FailsWithTails, Feb 17, 2017.

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  1. FailsWithTails

    FailsWithTails New Member

    I have a new Razer Blackshark, and I've been thoroughly enjoying it (besides hair occasionally getting pinched in its works when I take off the headset). Problem is, I noticed the ear cups and headband getting oily after almost every session.

    I haven't found any solutions to keeping my hair from getting oily. Even if I washed my hair in the morning, the headset wasn't necessarily safe that night. I've got straight hair, around 6 inches at the moment, and cutting it is not an option. No hair gel. Planning on highlights later, but not for a while.

    So far, I've just been wiping the headset down every time I finish using it. Does anyone else here happen to have oily hair? Any tips or solutions on how to maintain or reduce the need for super-frequent headset cleaning?
  2. chic4

    chic4 Member

    Wash your hair every 1 hour when you play or cut your hair.
  3. Burgz

    Burgz Well-Known Member

    Might as well wear a beanie when you game. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2017
  4. 9l_xcelr8

    9l_xcelr8 Active Member

    Does oil hurt the headsets? If not just ignore it.
  5. ETitus

    ETitus Active Member

    The pulling out of hair by the smaller/larger mechanism is indeed nasty. It surprises me everytime. Though I haven't experienced your problem with oily ear cups. If anything I'd say its good for the leather :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
    But just wiping it of with a damp cloth should be fine. You can get a leather treatment product, but I wouldn't ;)
  6. Eiolei

    Eiolei Active Member

    I don't think that head oils can damage your ear cups. You'll just just need it to clean them every time you use the headset.
  7. Quettan

    Quettan New Member

    Yeah a beanie is my solution
  8. FailsWithTails

    FailsWithTails New Member

    I hope I don't come across as offensive, but @chic4 clearly didn't read the post. As I'd said, cutting it isn't an option. In addition, daily hair washes are already bad for hair health, let alone more than once per day.

    @Burgz @Quettan Besides a brief stint a few years ago, I haven't had much success trying to get used to wearing hats. Not sure why. They were comfortable for about a year or two, and then when my ex broke up with me, I went through a small change in style, boxed up my favorite hats from that time period, and haven't really worn one since. That said, most of my hats also cover up the ears, too, so that's a bit iffy.

    @Xcelr8 I've got no clue whether or not the oil has any effect on the leathery stuff, which is why I've been wiping it down just in case, until I learn more about it.

    @ETitus I think I've finally learned a trick for taking off the headset. I usually only use my thumbs and middle fingers, feel around the hard plastic surface to avoid hair, and then slide my fingertips in position above and below the ear cups before lifting the headset off. Slightly tedious at times, but I'm more confident about not pulling any hair.

    It seems that now I've had longer hair for over a month, and I've retreated from hair-washing daily to once every two or three days, my scalp has acclimated and isn't trying to frantically re-oil. I still find new oil on the headset after each use, but far less than before, and I give it a ten-second wipe-down after use.
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  9. kajira

    kajira Mother of Gaming

    @FailsWithTails - when not washing daily with harsh soaps another option that works really well for a lot of folks is to pick up a decent dry shampoo. Basically, it's a powder that you comb through your hair that soaks up excess oils then combs out. My daughters both use this since they wanted to minimize their hair washing for both hair health and to help keep their color more vibrant for longer time periods. Maybe check that out and use as needed to help with the oils. :)
  10. FailsWithTails

    FailsWithTails New Member

    @kajira Oh, cool, I'd heard of the phrase "dry shampoo" before, but didn't know the first thing about what it was. I'll be sure to check it out!
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