How to clean hair brushes? Why it’s important and how to do it easily at home!

Written by Anjelina Ivanov

Every woman wants healthy, full and shiny hair. Apart from the daily care we take of it, such as washing and using different cosmetics, we should not miss cleaning the brush with which our hair makes the most direct contact. In our detailed article you will find out why this is so important, and also we’ll take a look at how to clean hair brushes easily, so you never skip doing it again!

How to clean hair brushes and why is it so important?

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A clean hair brush is the key to nice and healthy hair! Before you find out how to clean it, we’ll tell you why you should do it. It’s not just hair that stays on the brush after each combing, but other fine particles like scalp hair, sebum, and sometimes dandruff (if you have that problem) also collect. Besides these, if you use styling products or dry shampoo all the time, they also make your brush dirty. Last but not least, we can’t help but mention that while the brush stays there “waiting” for you to use it again, dust also accumulates on it. All this nasty combination will transfer to your hair unless you clean your brush regularly. As a result, your hair will need more and more frequent washing, precisely due to the fact that it gets dirty very quickly. Well, you’ve probably already figured out why it’s so important to keep your brush clean!

How often should I wash my hair brush?

To avoid dirty hair and itchy scalp, clean your hair brushes regularly, no matter their type. If you frequently use styling products (gel, hairspray), it’s a good idea to clean your brush at least once a week. However, if you don’t use a lot of styling products, you can clean your brush every 2 to 3 weeks.

A guide to cleaning hair brushes

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We offer you a very easy and quite popular method of cleaning hair brushes. Make sure you follow the steps carefully. Now, let’s first see what you need:

What you need:

  • a bowl of warm water
  • a toothbrush you no longer use
  • liquid soap or shampoo (free of sulfates for brushes of natural materials like wood)
  • a towel
  • a pen/pencil
  • scissors

Remove hair from the brush

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The first thing to do is clean the hair brush. Using a pen or other tool, remove the most visible dirt from the brush – hairs and dust. If the hair is tangled in the bristles, cut it with scissors and pull it out. In fact, it’s a good idea to do this after every use to prevent a clogged brush.

Prepare the cleaning solution and clean the brush

how often should you clean your hair brush in a water solution

When the hair and large dirt particles have been removed, you should add a small amount of liquid soap or shampoo to the bowl of warm water, stir well, and dip the brush into the solution. Plastic brushes can be completely submerged and left in the solution for a few minutes (5-10). With wooden and metal brushes, you need to be more careful – dip only their bristles into the water.

Take the brush out of the water solution and use your hand to remove any loose and easily reachable dirt particles. Then, using an old toothbrush, clean the remaining dirt by periodically dipping the toothbrush into the solution and scrubbing between the bristles. Be sure to treat not only the massage elements, but also the cushion on which they are placed.

Rinse and dry

rinse and dry hair brush with a soft towel after washing

Rinse the brush under running water and then immediately absorb the moisture with a towel. Leave the brush to dry completely in a well-ventilated area, e.g. a half-open window, and for a quicker effect you can use a hairdryer, being careful not to get it too close to the brush – dry from a distance.

More tips and tricks

cleaning hair brushes is important for healthy shiny hair

We’ve prepared a few more useful tips and recommendations that are worth following to enjoy beautiful and clean hair (and brush). Here they are:

1. Remember, cleanliness is the key to beauty and health. Make sure to clean your hairbrush as regularly as you wash your hair and body, and you’ll soon be rewarded with well-maintained and healthy locks.
2. Remove loose hairs from the brush after each combing. After all, it only takes a second or two!
3. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the container of cleaning solution to make it more pleasant.
4. It’s a good idea to periodically replace your brush with a new one. After excessive use, the product becomes too dirty, and even the most effective cleaners cannot remove the dirt.
5. Keep an eye on the condition of your hairbrush. If it is broken or bent, it is better to replace the product immediately. The recommended frequency of hair brush replacement is once a year.

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