Your makeup brushes get a regular washing. Your toothbrush gets replaced often. But when was the last time you considered giving your hairbrush a good cleaning? Not only does your brush get grimy with product buildup, oils from your scalp, and lint, a dirty brush can also lead to limp, oily hair and worse. Here’s how to clean a hairbrush easily and keep your mane looking marvelous.
Why a Clean Brush Is Important
If your locks have been looking a little on the limp side, it’s time to learn how to wash combs and brushes. Brushing your hair (with a clean brush) helps to evenly distribute natural oils from your scalp throughout strands. But if your brush is chock full of hair, lint, and product and sebum buildup, it’s not only way less effective at this oil distribution, it is probably distributing that dirt and buildup all over your fresh hair, leaving locks limp and greasy looking. Worse still, dirty hairbrushes, like other types of cosmetic brushes, can harbor bacteria which can leave an unwanted smell on your hair and even lead to feelings of scalp irritation.
How Often To Clean Your Hairbrush
Your hairbrush may not get dirty as quickly if you skip the styling products or your scalp doesn’t produce much oil. Still, it’s a good idea to clean your brush weekly to ensure they are working properly and caring for your hair in the best possible way.
How to Clean a Hairbrush
First off, let’s just say that the time and effort it takes to rid your hairbrush of dirt and grime are so minimal you won’t believe you’ve been skipping this important beauty step.
Start by removing strands and lint with a hairbrush cleaning tool, like Olivia Garden's Brush Cleaner, or a comb (Warning: Combs can ruin your hair brush, so we highly suggest a brush cleaner). Wondering how to clean lint out of hairbrush that has become thick? If lint and strands have become deeply embedded in the bristles, use scissors to carefully cut into the debris, making sure not to damage your brush, which will make it easier to remove.
Now, here’s how to use clarifying shampoo to clean your hairbrush. In a large bowl, create a cleansing mixture by mixing four cups of hot water with one tablespoon of Davines Solu Clarifying Shampoo, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Allow brushes to soak for 20-30 minutes. Then, using a toothbrush, scrub the base of the brush and around the bristles to thoroughly clean away any gunky buildup. Rinse the hairbrush thoroughly and allow it to air dry.
Why is My Hair So Oily? How To Deal With Thick Sebum Buildup on Scalp
If your hair tends to look greasy even with a regular brush cleaning, you may need to address the issue of thick sebum buildup on scalp. Using a clarifying or rebalancing shampoo, like Oway Purifying Hair Bath Shampoo for Oily Scalps, helps to cleanse away excess oil and buildup. Changing your pillowcase weekly and washing your hair less often to avoid triggering oil overproduction are more ways to ward off sebum buildup on scalp and your hairbrush.
Best Brushes for Your Hair
Now that you know how to clean a hairbrush, are you sure you’re using the best brush for your hair?
The Wet Brush Pro Detangler or Pro Detangler is perfect for keeping strands smooth and breakage free while blow drying.
Try Olivia Garden Round Brushes when you are looking for smoothness, shine, and volume. Love a good natural bristle brush?
The Wet Brush Epic Round Brush with boar bristles is ideal for thick and coarse hair.
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