Debunk the Gunk - How to Clean Your Hairbrush

Do you remember the last time you cleaned your hairbrush? Whether it was a long time ago or never, you’re not alone. Most people overlook the fact that cleaning their hairbrushes is actually a thing that they should do more often than they think! Read on to learn more about how to and why you should clean your hairbrushes.
Hair brushes

Why is it important to clean hairbrushes?

After several uses, your hairbrush is most likely to be covered with dust particles, lint, remnants of oil, dead skin, hair strands, and residues of the hair products that you use. All these buildups make your hairbrush dirty, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. Yikes!
So, if you think that using shampoos and conditioners on a daily basis is enough to thoroughly clean your scalp and hair, then that’s where you are mistaken. Chances are you are only bringing back the dirt onto your locks when you don’t regularly wash the hairbrushes that you use.

How can you wash your hairbrushes? 

Cleaning your hairbrushes may seem like a time-consuming task, but it is actually quick and easy! So long as you clean your hairbrushes, you can get a healthier scalp and hair. Now, watch the video below to get a visual of how simple it is to clean your hairbrushes:

1. Remove excess hair from the brush

First, you will need to remove and throw out the hair strands that are lingering on your hairbrush. You can use a pen, a rat tail comb, or your fingers to do so!

2. Fill up your sink with water and shampoo

The next step is to fill up your sink (or a tub) with warm to hot water and add a few pumps of shampoo or gentle soap. Make sure to mix it thoroughly so that the shampoo or soap is evenly distributed! 

3. Leave your hairbrush to soak for 30 to 60 minutes

Soaking up the hairbrush for this long will loosen up and break down the oils and residues in the cracks and crevices of your hairbrush.

4. Scrub the cushion of your hairbrush

Look for an old toothbrush or a different hairbrush that you can use to scrub your hairbrush. This will deeply cleanse your hairbrush as you scrub away any stubborn dirty residues. 

5. Rinse and dry

Thoroughly rinse the hairbrush with lukewarm water to wash out any excess shampoo and dirt. You can either pat it dry or leave it out to air dry – and you’re done!

How often should you clean your hairbrushes?

You should clean your hairbrushes at least once a month, but, of course, it would be better if you do it more than once. Keep in mind that the more hair styling products you use, the more often you should clean your hairbrushes.
However, if you can’t find the time to properly clean your hairbrushes, then the least you could do is remove any hair strands from the brush after every use. This will prevent or slow down the buildup of dirt, and it only takes a minute or less to do so!

When should you replace your hairbrush?

If your brush’s bristles are worn out and it’s difficult to wash away the dirt buildup on it, then it’s about time to invest in a new brush. As the saying goes, a good brush can last for years! So, here are a couple of quality hairbrushes that you may like to try:
AVEDA Wooden Paddle Brush
This brush has extended bristles for easy detangling and reduces stress to hair and scalp during styling. It has one bristle missing to create a hole that provides ventilation and prevents bacterial growth.
TIGI Pro Vent Brush
The TIGI Pro Vent Brush has nylon bristles and a rubberized handle that provides excellent control while blow-drying your hair. It also has open vents which allow heat to flow through and help the hair dry faster.
AVEDA Pramāsana™ Exfoliating Scalp Brush
This brush helps loosen build-up and impurities from the scalp and increases microcirculation, which creates an optimal foundation for beautiful hair. Its looped bristles massage the scalp without tangling the hair.
Now you know that having clean hairbrushes will lessen your chances of having greasy, lifeless hair and an irritated scalp! After all, your hairbrushes need to be cleansed as much as your hair and scalp do.
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