Your hair is one of the features that others immediately notice about you, and it likely also receives a considerable amount of your attention each day. If you are like most people, you use a few different styling products and various other items to create the perfect look each day. One of the most important hair grooming items is your hairbrush. While you may do your best to keep your hair clean and styled, you may unwittingly be running a filthy hairbrush through it each day. Cleaning your hairbrush regularly is an essential step, and it may be easier to do than you think.
Why Clean Your Hairbrush Regularly
Each time you brush your hair, your brush will collect loose strands of hair, scalp grease, residue from styling products and even fuzz and other debris. When you run a filthy brush through your hair, you may actually be making your freshly washed hair dirty. In addition, a brush that is loaded with hair strands may not be as effective as possible at styling your hair.
Removing the Hair
Regardless of the type of hairbrush that you use, the first cleaning step involves removing the hair that has gotten trapped in the bristles. If you have a round brush, you may need to use scissors to free the hair so that it can be pulled off more easily. If you have a flat brush, a wide-tooth comb may be used to pull the hair out. It is much easier to remove hair from your brush when you only have a few strands to pull out. If you want to avoid the frustration and mess associated with pulling out dozens or more strands of twisted, tangled hair, you can get in the habit of quickly removing the hair strands after each use. Many people believe that their brush is clean after the hair has been removed, but there are a few additional steps that should be followed to ensure that your brush is truly clean.
Cleaning the Brush
After you have removed the hair from your brush, you will likely see small specks that could include fuzz, product remnants, and other items. The easiest way to remove this filth is with shampoo. Apply a small dab of your regular shampoo on the brush. Work it into a rich lather. There are several alternatives to a shampoo that could be used effectively as well. For example, you can substitute baking soda or white vinegar for shampoo. If you use white vinegar or shampoo, add water to your preferred ingredient in a tall glass. Then, immerse your brush into the mixture for at least 15 minutes. If your brush has natural bristles or a wood handle, these immersive alternatives should not be used. Excessive water exposure can damage the natural brush bristles and wood handle.
Removing Excess Debris
Before rinsing the shampoo, vinegar or baking soda off of the brush, grab an old toothbrush that has been disinfected or sterilized. With the toothbrush, gently scrub all of the bristles and the base area between the bristles. You may need to dab your toothbrush in the shampoo, baking soda or white vinegar periodically if your hairbrush is very dirty. Rinse the brush thoroughly, and inspect it to ensure that all of the debris is gone. If necessary, repeat these cleaning steps until all of the debris has been removed. After the final rinse, allow the brush to air dry. While you are cleaning your brushes, remember to show your hair combs some attention as well.
Repeating as Needed
If you are like most people, you use your bathroom hairbrush at least a few times each day. You may also have other brushes in your purse, gym bag or other areas that are used regularly. With each use, these brushes become increasingly grimy. Cleaning all of your brushes on a weekly basis is the best idea for brushes that are used regularly. While you can let this chore slide for a short period of time, you should never go more than a month between brush cleaning sessions.
Some people toss out their hairbrush once it gets excessively filthy. However, this is unnecessary because cleaning your brush is relatively easy to do and can dramatically extend its life while improving its effectiveness. A smart idea is to get in the habit of cleaning your brushes and combs each time you sanitize your bathroom. This important cleaning task will help you to keep your hair and scalp as clean and as healthy as possible.