Think for a minute about how many times you have used your current hairbrush over the course of its lifetime. Now compare that to the amount of times you have cleaned it.
If you’re like me then that ratio is probably a little scary. Now think about all of the oil, dry skin, and loose hair that has built up in your unwashed hairbrush that you have been brushing BACK into your clean hair each time you use it. Don’t want to think about that? Ok… I’ll stop.
Instead, let’s all learn how to clean a hairbrush, shall we?
What you need to clean a hairbrush
- Dirty hairbrush
- Comb with a pointed handle
- Gentle shampoo
- Cleaning toothbrush
- Sink or bowl of water
How to clean a hairbrush
- After every daily use, remove loose hairs either with your fingers or by running the pointed edge of a comb through the center of the brush and lifting up the loose hairs. The first time you do this you might have a ton of hair built up around the bristles. If that’s the case then grab some scissors to cut down the middle to loosen it enough to pull all of the hair out!
- Once a month run your brush under hot water, then scrub the bristles and base of the brush with gentle shampoo and a toothbrush.
- Rinse your shampooed brush under warm water, then let dry completely with the bristles facing down before putting away.
Lastly, if you’re interested in purchasing a new hair brush I can’t recommend the Wet Brush highly enough. After it had been passionately recommended to me by 3 (expensive) hair stylists in San Francisco I finally got my act together and purchased one. It’s less than $10, and if you’re a person who brushes your hair while it’s wet out of the shower, then it’s a must-have. Enjoy!
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