Let's do a little housekeeping; just like your makeup brushes and sponges, your hairbrush needs a deep clean too, maybe sooner rather than later TBH. It's time to take stock of your tools!
You might get a gold star for keeping your makeup kit clean but what about your hairbrush? Yep, include that too. Your trusty companion, helping to keep your scalp healthy and hair in check, works hard but it is also a collector of shampoo, skin cells, loose hair and product residue. With all that build-up, it can get pretty grimy without some regular TLC.
If you can see fluff, dust, hair and grime - it's time to give your hairbrush a bath. Aside from frequently removing hair from your brush, a full service every 2/3 weeks will keep it in great condition. Here's how it's done:
What You Need
Shampoo or liquid soap
For synthetic brushes, just about any soap will work: dish soap, shampoo, or body wash.
For brushes made with natural materials like boar bristle or wood, use mild shampoo.
A clean toothbrush
A bowl or sink
Step 1: Pre Cleanse
Start by removing all tangly strands that have entwined themselves within the bristles of the brush. Get in there with your fingers or a comb to gently lift and pull out the hair strands until all the hair is removed.
Step 2: Wash or Soak Your Brush
Fill a bowl or sink with warm water and add a small amount of shampoo or liquid soap and stir it up. Then bathe your hairbrush for about 10 minutes to loosen the residue and dirt.
Take note: If your brush has a wooden handle, it shouldn't be soaked. Give it a wash but just dip the bristles in the water and continue to follow steps 3 and 4.
Step 3: The Clean
Now the deep clean begins, using a clean toothbrush or small cleaning brush, gently scrub the brush clean of any remaining hair, oils or product residue - paying close attention to the base of the bristles where dirt builds up.
Step 4: Rinse and Air Dry
Give your freshly cleaned brush a rinse in warm water, ensuring the soap is washed away.
Optional: If you want to go next level and disinfect your brush, soak in equal parts water to vinegar to kill bacteria and remove any odours, then rinse clean.
Shake and pat the brush dry with a towel then let it air dry with the bristles facing down. Avoid using your hair dryer to speed things up as this might damage your brush.