Spring Cleaning: How To Clean Your Hairbrush

Mar 22, 2012 | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Hairbrushes are one of those items we often forget to clean but should. The average person brushes or combs their hair at least once a day. And with every brush, bristles can come in contact with greasy hair follicles, dust particles and residue hair product. Prevent hair and gunk buildup and clean your brush or comb with our simple tips. Repeat these steps every two to three weeks, and you can stretch out the quality and usefulness of your styling tools for years.

Remove hair strands. Man or woman, you're bound to have hair wrapped around the bristles. Simply use a comb to rake through the hairbrush bristles. You can also use the pointed end of a comb or a toothpick to pry stubborn hairs off the surface.

Clean the bristles. Add a few drops of shampoo on a toothbrush and gently scrub the hairbrush's bristles or comb's teeth.

Rinse. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Dip the brush or comb around in the water a few times to rinse. However, do not submerge if you're brush has a fabric cushion head; moisture could build up in the fibers and cause mold. If your brush or comb is plastic, you can let it soak for 30 minutes to an hour.

Leave to dry overnight. Lay your brush, bristles down, so that the head can air dry over the sink. Water will be able to drip down the drain and there'll be no trapped moisture under your brush as it dries.

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