Beauty,  Hair

Why You Should Clean Out Your Hairbrush

You’d be surprised how many women actually don’t clean their hairbrushes. It is a necessity if you want to keep your hair beautiful.

It seems like the most obvious thing to do but many of us just don’t. Sure, you may yank out the clumps of hair on the brush from time to time, but it is also important that you give your brushes a good rinse.


After months of usage, your brush is actually home to lots of nasty things like product build-up, dead skin cells, germs, dust and all that unpleasant things.

A dirty hairbrush can also affect your ability to style your hair to the way you want it. Chances are the dirt and oil could weigh hair down and become unmanageable. You’ll have to face limp locks, frizzy mane, greasy roots and even split ends. In other words, say hello to bad hair day!

Now make a mental note to clean out those hairbrushes at least once a month. It’s easy, you just have to make a habit out of it. Think of it this way, you wouldn’t want to get your freshly cleaned hair dirty again by running a not-so-clean hairbrush through it, right?

Gather all the brushes or comb you use and rake through the bristles with your fingers or a toothpick to remove as much trapped hair as you can. If your brush has collected a substantial amount of hair, take a scissors and cut the hair down the middle. Careful not to cut any of the bristle.

Fill your sink or a cup with warm water and add a few drops of shampoo or baking soda.

For wooden hairbrush: Use as little water as possible so that the solution won’t seep into the wood. Using a toothbrush, dip it in the soapy water and lightly scrub the bristle and the pad that holds the bristles. Rinse the toothbrush and rub it against the bristles and pad to remove soapy residue. Dampen a cloth and wipe down the handle. Leave the hairbrush to air dry before using.

For plastic hairbrush: Soak the hairbrush in the said solution for about 15 minutes before scrubbing with toothbrush. Do not submerge if the brush has a fabric cushion head as moisture could build up in the fibres and cause mildew. After rinsing, lay your brush with the bristles down so that water can drip down and there’ll be no trapped moisture in the base.

Sources: The Beauty Department, Michelle Phan, Voices/Yahoo, eHow

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