What is the secret to healthier hair? One of them is using clean combs and brushes. Learn how to clean hairbrushes and combs effectively, removing dirt, oils, and bacteria buildup.
When was the last time you cleaned your hair brush or comb? If your answer is “not lately,” you might want to reconsider. Hair brushes and combs can harbour dirt, oils, and even bacteria, built up from products, dandruff, dirt and the skin, which can lead to skin irritations and other health issues. Fortunately, cleaning and disinfecting your hair tools is a simple process that won’t take up too much of your time. Follow the steps below to clean and disinfect your hair brush and combs properly.
Step 1: Remove hair.
Before you start to clean a hairbrush or comb, remove the hair that has accumulated on them. Use a comb, mini cleaning brush, or old toothbrush to gently remove the hair from the bristles or teeth of your hair brush and comb. This is much easier to do when dry.
Step 2: Soak.
Fill a dish with warm water and add one teaspoon of shampoo or dish soap and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Place your hair brush and combs in the water and let them soak for at least 1 hour or overnight. This will help to loosen any dirt or oils that may have accumulated on your hair tools.
Step 3: Scrub.
After soaking your hair brush and combs in warm soapy water, use a mini cleaning brush or old toothbrush to scrub them thoroughly. Be sure to scrub between the bristles or teeth of your hair brush and comb to remove any dirt or hair that may still be stuck.
Step 4: Rinse.
Once you have finished scrubbing your hair brush and comb, rinse them thoroughly with warm water. Make sure to remove all of the shampoo or dish soap, as leaving residue on the brush or comb can cause build-up and make them less effective.
Step 5: Dry.
Shake your hairbrushes and combs to remove excess water, place on a towel to airdry.
Cleaning and disinfecting your hair brush and combs is an important part of maintaining healthy hair and scalp. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your hair tools are free of bacteria and dirt, which will be much nicer when running them through your hair. Please remember to clean your hair brush and combs regularly, your hair (and scalp) will thank you!