Everyone knows how to clean their makeup brushes, but the hairbrush is often overlooked for some reason. However, like all of our beauty tools, it gets dirty with frequent use, especially if we use styling products. Besides clumps of hair, mites, dead skin cells, and oils can also accumulate. All this can serve as a nest for the reproduction of bacteria and yeasts, and, accordingly, the risk of infection. Here’s how to clean a hairbrush and comb for effective maintenance and a healthy man!
A thorough monthly cleaning of most hairbrushes and combs is sufficient. If your hair is very long or you use a lot of styling products, you may need to clean your styling tools every two weeks. It’s a good idea to remove the tangled hair around the bristles regularly, even if you haven’t done a complete cleansing.
What happens if you don’t clean your beauty tools? First of all, a brush is supposed to distribute oils evenly from the scalp to the ends, but if your elbow is full of hair and product buildup, you’ll probably add dirt to your skin.
DIY hair brush and comb cleaner
- 1 tablespoon of dish soap
- 1 tablespoon vinegar (the vinegar kills bacteria on brushes and combs)
1. Put the ingredients in hot water (make sure it is not boiling).
2. Add the brush and combs and leave for an hour.
3. Scrub the accessories together with soapy water.
4. Rinse each comb and brush under running water to remove build-up.
5. Shake off excess water and place on a towel to dry.
Use about a tablespoon of shampoo or soap and put it in a large bowl and fill it with hot water. Hot water helps break down products even more than cold water. Using scissors, run along the base of the brush, snip the bristles and pull them out. You can also use a mouse tail comb and pull all the hair up. Then put the round brush in the water and spin it for 30 seconds. A good trick is to use another round brush and scrub it with warm, soapy water. This technology makes it possible to penetrate the bristles and eliminate product residues that may be stuck there. Then rinse it with water and place the brush on a towel to dry it. Make sure to put it in a cool, dry place to avoid the development of bacteria.
Remove all hair from the combs with your hands and shake it off. Place the combs in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. Then, using an old toothbrush or a brush that you use for your hair, scrub the accessory to remove any dirt or buildup. Rinse it under running water and let it dry.
Weekly brush maintenance
To make brushing less tiring, clean up the buildup after each use.
5 mistakes to avoid when cleaning brushes
1. Skip regular cleanings. Each hairbrush should be cleaned at least once a month, and more frequently if you have long hair, use a lot of hair products, or have dandruff or other scalp problems.
2. Soak a wooden hairbrush. In fact, the wood may split and the hairs may split. Never soak a wooden comb too!
3. Use high temperatures. Do not use very hot water or heat to clean and dry the hairbrush. Synthetic bristles can warp or melt, and high heat destroys natural oils.
4. Clean the natural bristles with alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol can dry out the natural oils in boar bristles.
5. Discard the handle. Don’t forget to clean the handle as well as the brush head. The handle is also vulnerable to all the bacteria on your hands!