It’s time to clean up your act! Hairbrushes are a mess of oil, dust, scalp flakes, and old product. Not only do they get gross, but they can also destroy your style.
In an ideal world, you'd clean your hairbrushes once a week. When it comes to a real-life cleaning schedule, though, anything is definitely better than nothing. Even if you can only get around to it once a month, it's well worth the effort to clean your hairbrushes.
How to Clean Synthetic Hairbrushes
- If you're using a classic plastic paddle such as the Denman Paddle Brush, use a rat-tail comb (or you can substitute a pen) to loosen the hair stuck at the base. Scrape against the brush pad to pull up as much hair as you can. Be careful not to pull too hard at the ball tips on the bristles, or you could yank them off.
- Now that you've loosened the embedded hairs, use scissors to snip into the hair above the centre of the brush. You don’t need to be too strategic; just give it a few snips. If you're cleaning a round brush, spin it a couple times and keep trimming. This breaks up the snarls and makes it easy to pull out the rest of the hair.
- Once your brush is hair-free, grab a big bowl. Pour in one cup of warm water, a teaspoon of shampoo, and a teaspoon of baking soda. Blend it all together. Swirl your brush around in the water and massage the bristles to wash away any remaining dirt. If any hairs remain on your brush, use a toothpick to pull them out.
- Rinse your brush under running water, and then lay it down flat to dry. Your brush will be ready to go again in no time.
How to Clean Natural or Combination Brushes
If you're using a brush:
- With a wooden base
- Made from natural bristles, such as the Evo Bruce 38 Natural Boar Bristle Brush
- Like the Shu Uemura Round Brush, a natural round brush
You'll want to be careful not to get it too wet. You can follow the steps below, which are similar to the basic cleaning steps above, but with a few tweaks:
- Instead of using shampoo and baking soda, add five drops of tea tree oil to one cup of water.
- Transfer this solution to a spray bottle.
- Mist the oil-and-water solution onto the brush. Be careful not to get the brush too wet.
- Wipe the brush with a clean cloth and lay it flat to dry.
And that’s it! Your brushes are all as good as new.