By Leah Fletcher
If you want to maintain healthy hair, clean hairbrushes and combs are a requirement. With frequent use of these hair tools, dirt, dust, chemicals from styling products, dead scalp skin cells, shed hair and oils collect in your hair. To keep oily residue, dirt and grime from transferring back to your hair, your hairbrushes and combs should be thoroughly cleaned weekly. You hair and scalp will thank you because they will feel and look fresh.
Best way to clean your hairbrushes and combs
Use a wide-tooth comb or another brush to lift and remove all hair from the bristles of your hairbrushes and discard them. For your combs, rub the brush bristles against the comb to remove build-up in one direction only for best results. Fill a bowl with hot water and add a little shampoo, Using shampoo is an effective way to clean hairbrushes and combs because it is formulated to remove product build-up and hair residue. Shampoo will also leave the brushes and combs smelling good after cleaning.
Let the brushes and combs soak for about 15 minutes to allow the hot water and the shampoo to loosen any remaining dirt or hair. For brushes use a comb to remove any remaining hair. If cleaning two hair brushes, rub the bristles of each together to agitate and remove the dirt. Rub gently in one direction only to prevent damage to the bristles.
Fighting product build up
For stubborn areas of dirt and grime, use a cotton swab or an old toothbrush to work in and around the hairbrush bristles or the teeth of the combs to remove the dirt. Once your brushes and combs are clean, rinse them with clean, cool water. Shake off the excess water gently and allow them to air dry on a clean towel.
If this method does not successfully remove all the grime from your brushes and combs, try a ½ of cup of white vinegar instead. This is an alternative to using shampoo. It will clean your brushes and combs and will get rid of any stubborn oily deposits.
Exercising some caution
Submerging some hairbrushes sin water may cause damage. Hairbrushes made of wood will swell and crack when soaked in water. Rubber-cushioned brushes may erode if water penetrates the vent of the cushion. Brushes made of natural boar hair absorb water like natural hair and may twist and curl, if they get wet. For these types of brushes, just comb through to remove hair.