A Clean Hairbrush

How often do you clean your brushes?

When it comes to makeup brushes, the answer is simple: once a week for my main brushes (powder, blush, bronzer) and after each use for eyeshadow/eyeliners. I probably should do it more often for my main brushes, but I’m relatively satisfied with the schedule.

But – how often do you clean your hairbrush/comb? I’m not going to tell you how long it had been for mine because I kept forgetting to wash them. Let’s just say you would think I’m disgusting if you saw the before/after (so don’t expect some pictures to compare…eeek).

Just like makeup brushes, hairbrushes collect gunk and grime over time. Dirt, hairspray, and other hair products gather on the brush (as well as hair). Just like you probably wouldn’t want to put a dirty makeup brush on your face, you probably don’t want to run a dirty brush through your hair.

Thankfully, there is a really simple solution to get your brush de-gunked. I use this method only for hard brushes (like the ones pictured on the page). If you have a pad brush, I’d suggest looking up how to clean those specifically, as this submerging method might get water under the pad and hurt the brush somehow. Anyway…here is what I do:

  1. Remove any excess hair from your hairbrush by running a comb up and down the bristles.
  2. Fill a bowl in your sink basin with warm water and a few tablespoons of baking soda (no need to measure specifically). Make sure the bowl is deep enough to fully submerge the brush head.
  3. Submerge the brush head in the solution, swirling around for a few seconds.
  4. Allow brush to soak for about 20 minutes; swirl the brush around every few minutes during the process.
  5. Remove brush from solution; shake off excess water in the sink. Use a Q-Tip to rub between bristles to remove “gunk.” Place brush back into solution for an additional 5 minutes.
  6. Allow brush to dry on a towel.

Brush buildup, be gone! Also – I just noticed that my blue brush is missing a few heads on the bristles (bad bad bad for the hair); time for me to get a new brush I think!

Do you have a method for cleaning your hair brushes/combs?


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