Healthy red hair starts with good hair choices, and one tip most people tend to skip out on is cleaning their hair brushes. Did you know you should actually clean your brush at least once a week? Here’s why and how to really get your brushes clean:
Let’s hit it now: why do you really need to clean your hairbrush?
The main reasons are simple. You wouldn’t put on dirty clothes after you’ve taken a shower, so don’t run a dirty brush through clean hair, Dirty hairbrushes can be the culprit of a number of hair problems including excess buildup, dandruff, and an oily scalp.
How to clean your brushes:
Step 1: Remove the hair from the brush
No matter what kind of brush you have, it’s important to remove the hair that builds on the brush.
- For things like wide-tooth combs, you can typically just pull them out with your fingers.
- For both plastic and boar bristle paddle brushes, you can use a wide-tooth comb or the end of a teasing comb to loosen the hair and pull it off.
- For round brushes and dryer brushes, you may need to use a combination of using your hands, using other brushes, and potentially using scissors to gently snip out any matted hair.
Step 2: Clean build-up and residue
Getting the hair off is key, but now it’s time to actually get the dirty and grossness off the brush.
- For combs and brushes that are completely plastic and have no cushion, you can soak them in warm water with a little soap or even shampoo. Swirl them around in the water, and give them a quick rub down. You can also scrub them a bit with an unused toothbrush.
- For brushes made of wood, boar bristle brushes, and brushes with cushions you don’t want to submerge them in water, because the water cause damage and mold. Instead, use a washcloth or paper towel and some warm water to wipe between the bristles and loosen any build-up. You can also scrub between the bristles with a dry toothbrush. Wipe the brush dry and leave it to dry.
- For electric dryer brushes, you will want to avoid water completely. Instead, remove the hair and then wipe down the bristles and body with a microfiber cloth.
Step 3: Keep your brushes clean
It’s good to do a full clean about once a week, but to keep your hair happy and healthy you really should remove excess hair every time you use the brush.
Creating a cleaning routine will help you keep in the habit and keep your brushes nicer for longer.
Rock it like a Redhead!