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  • Writer's pictureSophie Hare

How clean is your hair brush...?

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

We all know the importance of keeping ourselves clean... If anything, this pandemic has reinforced that!!

So we wouldn't think twice about showering everyday or washing our clothes or bed sheets regularly... But when was the last time you cleaned your hair brush??!… Is it just used quickly and then pushed back into the drawer never really getting a proper look at? Hands up, I admit to doing that, life gets busy and there's always tomorrow to do it. But na-uh, it definitely needs to be done today!

Now, I'm not just talking about grabbing all that hair tangled up in the brush and pulling it out. Yes, that's part of the process but it's all the dirt and bacteria that we don't see that needs to be got rid of!

Did you know...

  • Dirt, oil, dust, dead skin cells and dandruff (sorry if you suffer from this ) can all build up on your hair brush creating a lovely place for bacteria and yeast to grow and it welcomes dust mites.

So imagine this - you've had a lovely calming shower and washed your hair (2 shampoos with your favourite Moroccanoil shampoo, even had time for an intense moisturising mask - your stylist would be proud of you!). You reach for your much loved Tangle Teezer ready to gently detangle your mane... but all of the built up sebum, dirt and dust from your dirty brush gets deposited straight back onto your freshly washed hair. Anyone feeling fresh now?

GROSS! I hear you shout. Yes, it's absolutely gross!!

An unclean brush can result in...

  • greasy hair (for all of you whose hair gets greasy quick... TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR HAIR BRUSH)

  • heavy and lank hair

  • itchy scalp

  • higher risk of contamination of bacteria and infections

No one wants that!

How to clean your brush

It is always best to refer to the manufacturers cleaning instructions for your particular brush, but here are some simple steps you can follow for most brushes.

  1. Remove hair. I use a comb to brush through the bristles of my brush to collect all of the hair. This makes it easy to lift out the old hair from deep within the brush.

  2. Fill a sink (or bowl) with warm soapy water.

  3. Dip and swirl brush in the water. Swirling the brush around in the water will lather up the soap, ensure all of the bristles have been soaked and will help to lift off the dirt.

  4. Leave to soak for about 5 mins. However, don't fully submerge a wooden brush in the water as this may affect the wood and its finish.

  5. Rinse and leave to dry. Rinse with fresh running water and leave to dry on a towel with bristles facing down.

If you regularly use stylings products on your hair such as wax, creams and hairsprays, then it is better to wash your brush weekly. It will be easier for the dirt to stick to the bristles if left unwashed.

If you don't use that many products on your hair, consider washing your brush on alternate weeks, or sooner if you notice a build up.

So there you have it. Wash your hair brush guys - make it part of your routine. Keep your hair cleaner for longer.

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