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How to Clean Your Hairbrush

Question: how long should your hairbrush last? Answer: years! With the proper cleaning routine, you can keep your favorite tool looking its best for a very long time (which saves you money, we might add). Hairbrushes can collect dirt, dust, and product buildup from your strands. While you probably rid the bristles of hair often, you should also consider doing a deeper clean once a week. We cringe just thinking of all the icky stuff that gets trapped and put back into your hair.

  • Step 1: Before you begin washing your brush, remove as many trapped and tangled strands of hair as possible. The best tool you can use for assistance is a wide-toothed comb. Hold the brush over a trash can, and slide the comb through the bristles.
  • Step 2: Fill up your sink with warm water, and add a couple of drops of shampoo to the water so that it's nice and sudsy. Place your brush in the water, and swish it around for about two or three minutes.
  • Step 3: Washing should loosen any remaining hairs and the dirt on your brush. Now, take the comb and slide it through the bristles one more time.
  • Step 4: Give the brush one final rinse with lukewarm water. Lastly, tap off the excess water, dry the handle and the back of the brush, and lay it bristle side down hanging over the edge of your sink so that the moisture won't get trapped in the base/pad. And here's a tip: it's wise to periodically check your brush for any split bristles, which can catch on your hair and damage the strands. If you see "split ends" on your brush, then it's time for a new one.
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gigill gigill 8 years
I usually just pull out the hair but will try the shampoo tip for next time.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i use tweezers to get out the hair from by brush :) some are really stuck in there.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
This is great. Normally I just boil water with a little soap on the stove and then let hair brush simmer. Your way is much better.
LadyLaurel LadyLaurel 9 years
I have to add a trick for rinsing your hair brush in fabric softener, to help cut down on static cling in the winter months. Add to finale rinse water. And do not rinse off! I use a big gulp cup, 32oz. to wash my brushes and combs. A little butter churn, up and down action works well to clean and then rinse.
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
I thought that's how everybody cleaned them.
NMM911 NMM911 9 years
Good directions...this is the method I use on my Mason Pearson.
EngminT EngminT 9 years
How about wooden brushes?
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I regularly wash my hairbrush but didn't know if I was doing it right. But turns out I have been! Thanks Bella!
apinkpony apinkpony 9 years
Thank you, i should probably clean my brushes before I take them into the public world of college (although they aren't so expensive).
elegance1 elegance1 9 years
Oh good! I never knew the proper way to clean my brish, usually I just pull out the hair stuck in it and rinse under some water, but it makes sense to clean it using shampoo since it probably collects all the product stuck in your hair when you brush it.
mobiluncus mobiluncus 9 years
old toothbrush and baby shampoo cause it's so gentle
Cinnamon-Girl Cinnamon-Girl 9 years
Great tip , thank you :)
hboogie hboogie 9 years
I must be the other person on here who doesn't brush her hair. I comb it after a shower and put product on so I don't look disheveled, but there's never any need to brush it because it doesn't knot. My hair is very fine and it's wavy and looks weird when it's brushed out.
Green Green 9 years
I always struggled with that I can't wait to get home and clean mine out now! Thanks
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
people don't normally clean their hairbrushes?
Justinsbelle Justinsbelle 9 years
wow. great advice!
indreams8318 indreams8318 9 years
great tips! i was just looking at my brush and thinking it looked kinda gross...thanks!
Rubita Rubita 9 years
I agree, how timely. I just bought a "pocket sized" Mason Pearson, TODAY...Buahahaha!! It's awesome, I can tell a difference already. I think the cleaning instructions are a little different for these though... I need to do the research ASAP.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I like the brushes where you can remove the bristles..... I have one of those but mostly I use all natural bristles
juliefischer juliefischer 9 years
Great advice! Thank you!
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