We all know makeup brushes need to be cleaned, right? So why shouldn’t hair brushes?
A hairbrush is also a beauty tool just like your makeup brushes. It also gets dirty with repeated use, especially if you’re using styling products on your hair.
There’s hair clumps and product residue, dead skin cells, dust mites, and oils accumulating. The buildup on your hairbrush can also be breeding ground for bacteria and yeast overgrowth, creating a risk for infection. Not cleaning your brushes regularly also prevents your brush from doing its job properly, since you’re redepositing building back onto your scalp and strands with each stroke of a dirty brush, making your hair look greasier.
But before anything else, you have to find out what kind of hairbrushes are in your collection before cleaning them. Then, remove built-up hair once a week and follow these instructions for an occasional wash.
Plastic or ceramic brushes
These brushes and combs can are okay with a monthly bath since they can dry completely. Just fill up the sink or bowl with warm water, add a small amount of clarifying or gentle shampoo, and thoroughly wash your brushes. Rinse them off well and then let them air dry.
Tools with squishy or spongy bases are a bit trickier. Paddle brushes might trap water underneath or within the squishy layer itself, which may be hard to get out. The lingering moisture is a good place for bacteria to grow and can result in unpleasant smells or worse, mold. I would recommend washing them every other month or consulting the manufacturer’s care instructions.
And I’m talking about real wood here. Take caution with wooden handles too. Real wooden brushes may get ruined if washed with soap and water. It’s best to check the care instructions and avoid intense scrubbing. I also wouldn’t want to soak my brushes with any wooden handles. Just a quick swish around some water will do.
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