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How To Clean Hair Brushes

It doesn’t matter how good your hairbrush is – it needs regular maintenance to keep your looks luscious! Learn how to clean a hairbrush quickly and easily.


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Hairbrushes tend to stay in two places: at home, ready for a quick morning brush-through before you’re off to work or school, or in your bag for touch-ups during the day. There are few times when you have a moment to think about the maintenance of your hairbrush until you suddenly realise it’s so full of hair, you don’t really want to use it. Time to get that hairbrush nice and clean – we’ll teach you how to clean your hairbrush in a way that’s so quick and easy, it definitely deserves a slot in your busy schedule!

Gently pull out loose hair from your hairbrush every time you’ve brushed your hair to keep the brush in good condition between washes. You can also use tweezers (if you’re careful) to pull out fluff that’s stuck to the bristles.

How to clean a hairbrush

Cleaning a hairbrush is one of those little personal care maintenance jobs that get forgotten amid the other chores on your mind, but it requires very little work and really pays off. You won’t just feel better looking at and using your hairbrush; you’ll also see a difference in your hair, which will look cleaner and glossier. Here’s how to clean hair brushes quickly and efficiently:

  1. Gently pull loose hair out of the brush. Use a brush or a brush cleaner (a small pad of bristles) to brush out the hair and fluff you can’t pull out with your fingers. You may want to use tweezers for bits that have stuck to the bristles, but be careful so you don’t injure yourself while doing this.

  2. Use a small amount of either specially formulated hairbrush shampoo or a very gentle product like baby shampoo and rub the product into the brush pad and bristles. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

  3. Pat your hairbrush dry as much as you can and then leave it to dry in a warm (but not hot), well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight (especially if it’s made from plastic).

As you can see, cleaning a hairbrush isn’t that difficult, and regular maintenance will mean you have less hair to pull out and less fluff build-up on the bristles and the pad. You may be amazed at how glossy your hair suddenly looks after you’ve brushed it with the same old hairbrush you always use, but without the fluff, dust, and stray hairs!

  • Gently pull hair and fluff out of the hairbrush using fingers, a bristle pad, or a bristle brush and possibly a pair of tweezers.

  • Wash the brush with brush shampoo or baby shampoo and lukewarm water.

  • Make sure you rinse the brush well to avoid product build-up (which can lead to itching).

  • Pat the brush dry and let it dry completely in a warm, well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight.