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best ways to clean a hairbrush

What are the best ways to clean a hairbrush? Our guide outlines the top ways for each type of brush and how to avoid damaging them.

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When used regularly, not only do brushes look after hair, but also lots of fine skin scales, fat and residues of styling products. Without cleaning, you can quickly comb these deposits back into the freshly washed hair.

Can I clean each hairbrush in the same way? Basically, most tips are suitable for almost all brushes. However, you should be particularly careful when using natural materials.

Can I put my hairbrush in the dishwasher? This is possible, but there are several methods that are more appropriate and gentler.

There is no morning when the hairbrush is not used. Despite the enormous importance in everyday life, however, the brush is usually neglected and looks quite old over time. So it’s time to clean the hairbrush. You can find out in our article how best to do this and which tips you should consider with different brushes.

1. Clean the hairbrush – only in this way you can care for your hair

It’s not just hair that accumulates in a brush. Plenty of dust, skin scales as well as residues of gels and sprays also settle down.
If you have washed your hair fresh and rinsed the hairspray residues as well as pollen with water and shampoo, it makes little sense to reach for the hairbrush if it is not properly clean.
Otherwise, comb a lot of dust and fat back into your hair, which should actually look nice and well-groomed for a long time to come.

Tip: It is best to clean a hairbrush at least once a month. However, if you regularly use styling products such as gel, foam or hairspray, you can clean them on a weekly basis.

2. How to clean your hairbrush

The way you clean your hairbrush depends mainly on the material comb or brush made of.

However, the first step is the same for all variants. First, remove loose hair by hand.Once you find that you can’t get any further in this way, grab the nail scissors and make some targeted cuts In the tangle to loosen it.

In this way, you can remove most of all hair. At the same time, you can already remove a lot of fine skin scales as well as a lot of dust.

2.1 How to clean plastic hairbrushes

Good to know: Interestingly, 98% of all people worldwide have dark or black hair.  

As a rule, plastic brushes react relatively insensitively to common home remedies. You can therefore try the following cleaning variants:

  • Shaving foam: Spray plenty of shaving foam on the brush and rub it coarsely so that all areas of the hairbrush are covered if possible. Now let the foam act overnight and wash off the residues of the shaving foam the next morning.
    In this way, you can easily rinse off fat and skin scales.
  • Baking powder or soda: Mix a tsp baking powder or soda with a little water to form a viscous mass. Now brush or pour them over the hairbrush.
    The classic home remedy takes some time to work. Therefore, wash the brush under running water after about two hours.
  • Dishwasher: The classic plastic round brush is also in good hands in the dishwasher. Note, however, that the temperature is below 60 °C. In addition, the material suffers gradually with frequent use and can become brittle.
  • Dishwashing liquid: Put a few drops of detergent in a tank filled with hot water. Foam the whole thing nicely and put the brush in for a few minutes.
    Afterwards, most residues can be easily rinsed off.
  • Shampoo or shower gel: As an alternative to detergent, you can also use shampoo or shower gel for cleaning.

Tip: If you have already cleaned the hairbrush roughly, you can also take it with you into the shower and slide through the shampooed hair a few times.

2.2. Gently clean natural hair brushes – this is how

best ways to clean a hairbrush

Depending on the brush, cleaning is very easy.

If you have a hairbrush made of wood or the brush has bristles made of natural hair, you need to act a little more carefully.
When cleaning with aggressive cleaners as well as too long water contact, you otherwise cause irreparable damage.

However, there is no objection to a mild shampoo or shower gel for cleaning. However, make sure that the brush only has contact with the water for a few minutes.

After cleaning, an intensive drying time is required. Rotate the brush onto the bristles so that the water can flow out of the brush and bristles. It is best to place a towel underneath. In this way, the moisture is absorbed directly. After one day, you can use the brush as usual.

Attention: If you have an electric hairbrush, always pull the plug before cleaning. In addition, you need to be extremely careful when using water, as many models are not waterproof.

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