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You may have many hairbrushes, but how many times have you cleaned them? Most of us end up picking the hair out of the brush and using it, although we know that it is important to clean our brushes. The hairbrush gets soaked up with all the dirt, oil, and hair products. So how to clean a hairbrush, and get rid of all the dirt? 

Before knowing about it, what is the need of cleaning the hairbrush? What if you use it as it is? Each time you brush with an unclean hairbrush, you are putting back all the dirt, oil, dead skin cells, products, and grease into your hair. Moreover, the brush smells and loses effectiveness when it gets clogged up. So let’s see them in depth to know the importance of cleaning a hairbrush and how to clean a hairbrush? 

Why do you need to clean your hairbrush? 

Why do you need to clean your hairbrush? 

Similar to all your beauty products, hairbrushes would also get dirty when you use them repeatedly, especially if you use styling products like hairsprays, gels, and conditioners on your hair regularly. 

Particles like dust, soot, and other grime settle on your brush and build up over time. And if the bristles are already coated in oil or sticky hair products, it can make it even easier for them to your hairbrush. 

When you don’t clean your hairbrush regularly, these get deposited in your hair each time you use your hairbrush. It may have a much harder time doing its job and helping your hair look good, where detangling your hair will become harder. 

How often should you clean the brush?

There is no exact rule on how often you should clean a hairbrush. But it depends on the type of products and how often you use them on the hair. 

If you are not using many products in your hair, then make it a habit to clean your hairbrush every 2 to 3 weeks. But if you are using styling products like creams, gels, and hairsprays regularly, it is better to clean your hairbrush once a week. Try to remove the hair that is stuck in the bristles every two days to make cleaning easier. 

How to clean a hairbrush?

How to clean a hairbrush?

Once you know how to clean a hairbrush, then it will be easier for you to do it. And it doesn’t take much time. You need to have,

There will only be a few variations in the cleaning method for different types of brushes.  

1st step

Use the end of the rat tail comb to remove hair from the base of the hairbrush. You can even use any other pointed object like a pencil, pen, or toothpicks to remove them. Use the scissors to cut away the hair that’s tangled in the bristles. 

2nd step

Take a bowl with warm water. And add a few drops of gentle shampoo and swish it around. If you wish to make it easier, you can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of baking soda and stir the water well. Apply the solution together and apply it to the base of the bristle, by brushing thoroughly as well as gently. Clean the outer edge of the brush as well as the bristle, and start at the bottom and brush in an upward motion. Use the old toothbrush to tackle any remaining hairs. 

3rd step

Give your brush a quick rinse and lay it flat, bristles down to dry. 

How to clean wooden brushes?

Wooden brushes need to be kept pretty dry. Do the first step as mentioned above. And in the second step, make a cleaning solution with one cup of water and five drops of tea tree oil. Mix it and apply the solution. 

Then lightly mist water onto the brush base and bristles to rinse the tree tea oil off. Wipe it using a towel and lay flat, bristles down to dry. 

How to clean a lice comb?

How to clean a lice comb?

1st step 

After each swipe through the hair, use a paper towel to wipe the lice or nits from the comb. Place the paper towel in a sealed plastic bag and throw it away. 

2nd step

Take a pot of hot water and place the comb which is 54.4°C to kill the remaining lice or nits. Let it soak for 10 minutes. 

3rd step

Dry the comb and pour rubbing alcohol over it. And let the comb air dry. 

How to clean a hairbrush if you have dandruff? 

How to clean a hairbrush if you have dandruff?

When you have dandruff, you need to give a lit bit more attention to your hairbrush.  Dandruff is a skin condition where the skin on your scalp flakes off, leaving flakes visible on your hair and clothes. These can leave your hairbrush looking unpleasant. 

Clean your hairbrush weekly to prevent the skin flakes from getting redeposited into your hair. Remove the hair traps after each brushing. Disinfect the accessories regularly using alcohol, men’s cologne, or other chemicals. 

Add a few drops of essential oil like orange, lemon oil, or rose oil to the cleaning solution. 

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