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Stop What You're Doing And Clean Your Hair Brush

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21 May 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

21 May 2019

Much like washing your makeup brushes, cleaning your hair brushes is an essential task that often gets overlooked. If we’re being honest, it wasn’t very high up on our to-do list—until now. Your brush collects the product buildup and oil your strands accumulate every day and going too long without cleaning the tool can affect how well it performs on your hair.

If you’re wondering how to clean your hair brush the right way, we’ve got you covered! Whether you have dark brown hair or ash blonde strands, we scoured the web for the best brush cleaning tips. Keep scrolling for five hair brush cleaning methods suitable for all brush types. 


The Best Hair Brush Cleaning Methods To Try Now

How To Clean Your Hair Brush Every Day

You’ll need to clean your hairbrush daily to keep it as clean (and useful) as possible. To do this, simply remove the hair from your bristles after each use. If you’re struggling to get rid of all the hair in a brush, try using the tail end of a comb or any object with a pointy end to loosen the strands before removing them.

How To Clean Your Hair Brush With Shampoo

We finally settled the age-old debate over how often you should shampoo your hair. Now, it’s time to move on to how frequently you need to shampoo your brush. We recommend shampooing your hair brushes once a month to remove any residue, product buildup, or hair oils that may be lurking.

To begin, fill a large mixing bowl with warm water and a few drops of a gentle or clarifying shampoo then swirl your brush around in the water for a few minutes. If you think your brush needs a deeper cleaning, apply the shampoo directly to the brush, scrub, and thoroughly rinse the remaining product off. Allow your brush to air dry by placing it face-down on a clean, dry towel.

How To Clean Your Hair Brush With Vinegar

Vinegar isn’t just an affordable cleaning agent you use to scrub your counters. It can also be used to kill bacteria, get rid of buildup, and even help to neutralize any smell coming from your hair brush.

All you’ll need is a mixing bowl, warm water, and white vinegar. Add a cup of water and a cup of vinegar to the bowl and mix the ingredients before soaking the brush. After about a half hour, rinse the brush and allow it to dry on a clean, dry towel.

How To Clean Your Hair Brush With Baking Soda

Speaking of handy household products, using baking soda is another easy and quick way to bring your hairbrush back to life! After you’ve removed any hair from the bristles, simply submerge the brush in a solution of a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda. Let the brush soak for about half an hour before rinsing it thoroughly and letting it air dry on a clean, dry towel.

How To Clean Your Hair Brush With Dryer Sheets

If we had a list of our favorite smells of all time, dryer sheets would be at the very top. What if we told you the fabric-softening product could also do wonders for your hair brush? Dryer sheets can help to collect any dust or residue from your brush. Not to mention, using them to clean your hairbrush requires little to no effort (the best kind!).

Fill your sink or a large mixing bowl with warm water, then add three to four dryer sheets to the water and submerge the brush. Let the brush soak for half an hour before rinsing it and letting it air dry.

Now that you have these tips and tricks, cleaning your hairbrush will be easier (and faster) than ever.

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