Brushing your hair is essential for keeping it clean and healthy, no matter how long it is. A well-maintained hairbrush will untangle, smooth, and style on command, but what if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while? You may find poor results when you brush your hair, perhaps even making your hair dirtier.
To avoid this, we have outlined how to clean your hairbrush in three easy steps, including options for every kind of hairbrush and comb you may use.
How to clean a bristle hairbrush and combs
Combs and bristled brushes may need a little extra care from time to time. You may even find that you can use one to clean the other! From wide and fine-toothed combs, to roller brushes and teasers, read on for more specific advice:
- If you use a comb with teeth. Take note of the material it is made from as the more delicate the comb, the more care you should take when cleaning it. Immersing your comb in a shampoo bath and swishing it back and forth to lift oils should be sufficient to keep it clean but for a deeper clean, try using an old toothbrush to scrub between the teeth of the comb. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- If you use any shape brush with bristles. Try the general cleaning techniques first but if these don’t clean your brush as well as you had hoped then you can take it one step further by using a long, thin tool to remove any remaining hair or dirt.
- If you use a fine-toothed comb. Use a long, thin tool to remove any remaining hair or dirt. You can use your fine-toothed comb to clean the bristles of other brushes too. If you don’t have a fine-toothed comb then try a chopstick or even a fork.
- If your brush is made entirely of plastic. Submerging plastic brushes and combs into a shampoo bath is completely safe but you can also scrub with more authority and deep clean your hairbrush. The same applies to any combs or brushes made of other non-porous materials.
We encourage you to try out the various techniques above to figure out what works best for you. Simply refer to this article next time you have any questions about how to clean a hairbrush! Remember: the cleaner the brush, the cleaner your hair.