Hands up, who cleans their hair brushes regularly? Ummm, I think we can all be guilty of that if we are being completely honest.
Like all your beauty tools, hairbrushes get dirty with repeated use, especially if you’re regularly using styling products on your hair.
Along with clumps of broken hair and product residue, dust mites, dead skin cells and oils can build up. This rather gross sounding concoction of hair and skin nastiness can serve as a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria and yeast overgrowth. Risk of infection is high – which can cause a dry and itchy scalp as well as making your hair greasy quicker.
Skipping regular cleaning also prevents your hairbrush from working properly, as each stroke of a dirty brush redeposits build-up back onto your strands and scalp. This’ll make detangling your hair that much harder too. So why do that to yourself?
So, with this in mind here’s what you should be doing to make sure that your brushes stay in perfect condition;
- Pull out any stray hair that are stuck in the brush, this was you can clean the bristles properly.
- Soak your brushes and combs in a clarifying shampoo for about 10 mins, this will give the shampoo time to soften any product residue that may be on the bristles.
- Gentle rub the brush bristles to remove the dirt and then rinse thoroughly in cold water.
- Leave to air dry or to speed this up you could give them a quick blast with the hairdryer.
How often should you clean your brush?
If you regularly use styling creams, gels, or hairspray, a good rule of thumb is to clean your hairbrush once a week.
If you don't use much product in your hair, try to make a habit of cleaning your brush every 2 to 3 weeks.
Remember, the cleaner your tools are the more efficient they'll be on making your hair look it's best.