How To Clean Your Hairbrush?
You may not think about it much, but there’s a good chance you put a lot of time and effort into taking care of your hair. That includes everything from finding the right shampoo for your hair type to blow-drying to nourishing it with DIY hair masks. So why not clean your brush just as often as you do your hair?
It’s likely that you’re familiar with the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, but perhaps not as much attention is paid to cleaning your hairbrushes.
Why should you clean your hairbrush regularly?
Hairbrushes can quickly become dirty. They pick up hair products and bacteria, as well as pollution, sweat, oils and dead skin cells from your scalp. If you regularly use a dirty brush to comb or style your hair, you’ll be transferring dirt back onto your strands and scalp.
But keeping a hairbrush truly clean goes beyond just removing the hair that builds up on it. Have you ever noticed the dusty gray lint or fuzz on your brush? That can be actual dust from the environment, as well as dirt, old product residue, oils and dead skin cells found within your hair and on your scalp.
When you use a dirty brush, you’re not just pushing your hair’s natural oils down the drain–you’re also depositing buildup back onto your strands and scalp.
How often should you clean your hairbrush?
Don’t wait until your hairbrush is loaded with hair and dirt. Instead, aim to clean it every two to four weeks.
However, how much damage is done to your hair varies from person to person. It depends on how much styling product you use and how often you brush your hair. If you shampoo daily and are using a brush mainly on freshly washed hair, you’ll need to wash your brush less often than if you shampoo twice per week and use it on dirtier hair.
How often should you replace your hairbrush?
When your hairbrush bristles begin to snap off, bend or become damaged, or if the body of your brush starts to flake or crack, it’s time to replace it.
What you'll need to clean your hairbrush?
A few simple tools and products can help you clean your brushes the right way:
- Tail comb
- Baking soda
- Hand towel
- Large bowl or a sink with a stopper
How to remove the hair from your brush?
No matter what type of hairbrush you’re cleaning, the first step is to remove the hair from your brush.
It’s a good idea to remove hair from your detangling brush after every use. Old hair stuck in the bristles could tangle with the hair attached to your scalp as you brush it and create extra tension, which could lead to damaged hair.
Use the pointy end of a comb or your fingers to remove any strands of hair from your brush. If you don’t have a pointed-tipped comb, try using the pointy end of an eye makeup brush or chopsticks.
How to clean synthetic brushes?
Here are the steps for cleaning all types of brushes with synthetic bristles and handles, including plastic vent brushes and paddle brushes.
Step 1: To remove hair from a brush, remove all of the hair from the brush first. Then use scissors to cut any tangles that remain within the brush before attempting to clean it out.
Step 2: Mix your regular shampoo with warm water, or two tablespoons of baking soda with two cups of warm water, in a container or your sink.
Step 3: Let your brush soak in water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 4: Using a soft, clean toothbrush, gently scrub between the prongs, being careful not to remove any of the brush’s ceramic coating.
Step 5: Rinse well and shake out excess water.
Step 6: Let your brush dry completely on a hand towel or dish rack. This will take 12 to 24 hours.
How to clean natural brushes?
Cleaning a hairbrush with natural bristles and/or a wooden handle requires a slightly different approach than cleaning synthetic bristles.
Step 1: Remove all hair from your brush, as explained above.
Step 2: Mix a gentle shampoo with warm water, or two tablespoons of baking soda with two cups of warm water, in a container or your sink.
Step 3: Natural brushes should never be left to soak in water. Instead, quickly dip them (bristle side down) into warm soapy water and remove right away. Take special care with wooden handles, though, since soap and water could affect the finish.
Step 4: Using a soft, clean toothbrush, gently scrub between the prongs.
Step 5: Shake off excess water and leave your brush to dry completely on a hand towel or on your dish rack.
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We hope that the information we’ve provided has been helpful. Regular cleaning of your hairbrush not only looks after your hair, but it can also prevent the spreading of scalp and skin infections. It’s a small investment that can make a big difference to how well your hair looks and feels. Your hair will thank you for it!
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