Clean hair brushes and combs keep your hair clean longer by ensuring you're not adding lint or fluff to your hair after washing it.
The bristles have a nasty habit of grabbing and holding dust, dirt, and hair styling products.
The good news: Weekly cleanings are both quick and easy. All you need is shampoo, running water, and a toothpick (for really settled-in hairbrush hair). Here's how the cleaning program shakes out:
You can remove the hair by pulling it from the bristles with your fingers, and toss it in the trash. Really tightly bound hair can be loosened and removed with a toothpick.
Soak in a sink filled with warm water, with a squirt of shampoo added to help break up any lingering oils, grease, or hair styling products. The shampoo will also clean the bristles quite nicely at the same time.
Gently scrub the base of the hair brush with your fingers after the 15 minute soak. Then move on to the bristles.
Continue gently removing debris until all the hair and visible buildup on the base and on the bristles disappear.
Rinse with clean water. Lay on a towel to dry.
If your hair brush still doesn't seem clean, submerge it in a coffee mug filled with equal parts warm water and vinegar. Let soak for 15 minutes.
Rinse, and then dry flat on a clean towel.
If your brush has a wood base, rubber padding, or has natural boar bristles, clean it under running warm water with shampoo - without submerging it in the water.
Water can go through the vent holes on cushioned brushes, and will erode the cushioning.
On wood brushes, sustained exposure to water can cause the wood to weaken and break.
Natural boar bristles can twist or curl if submerged in water.
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