We all know of the importance of keeping our makeup brushes and sponges squeaky clean. However, the same can’t be said when it comes to our hairbrushes. Taking good care of your hair isn’t limited to using the best hair care products, going for regular trims and getting scalp massages.
Dirt and dead skin cells get accumulated in the hairbrush over a period of time and using the same brush on clean hair will damage and ruin the texture of your beautiful tresses… yikes! But now that you have enough time on hand to clean pretty much everything, how about giving your hairbrushes a quick clean too? Here’s how to go about it.
Step 01: Remove the hair
Using a pencil or the end of a rat tail comb, start by loosening the hair from the base of the brush and work your way upwards. Be gentle and make sure you don’t end up popping the little plastic balls at the tip of the bristles. Once the hair loosens up, take a pair of scissors and snip at the centre. This will make sure you don’t have to put in a lot of efforts to pull those strands out. It will also prevent the brush bristles from getting damaged.
Step 02: Wash the brush
In a cup of water, add a teaspoon each of shampoo and baking soda. Mix and apply to the base and bristles and brush gently. You can use an old toothbrush to cleanse it thoroughly; start at the base and brush upwards.
If you use a wooden brush, replace the cleansing solution with a mixture of water and tea tree oil. Lightly spray water on the brush and wipe gently using a dry cloth. Do not soak your wooden brush in water as that can cause the wood to absorb water and make the comb expand and crack.
Step 03: Dry it
Gently wipe with a soft cotton towel to get rid of excess water. Let it air dry, bristles down. Keep cleaning your hairbrushes every one to two weeks. Toss the brush out once you start noticing the bristles bend or find it hard to clean.