how to clean hairbrush and combs? This question never hovered my mind until I came across a study that revealed if you don’t wash your hairbrush quite often, you are likely to catch fungal diseases.
I immediately looked at my brush. To my dismay, it was not as clean as new. Thus, it instantly dawned upon me that I need to clean my brush at least once a week.
Yeah, it may sound like I am going too far with the cleaning strategy. But imagine fungus attacking your hair follicles. I cannot afford the luxury of losing my hair at the speed of light.
This is why I decided to clean my hairbrushes. During the process, I came across different ways and in this post, I would like to share all of them with you. But first, let us see why hairbrush cleaning should be a part of your cleaning strategy too.
The importance of cleaning hairbrush
If you ever go to a shop that has a collection of brushes. You will be stumped for a moment. Because they have a collection of oval, rectangle and square looking brushes.
They are seemingly beautiful and you definitely take a moment before finalizing one. Yes, this is to say you only buy one or a maximum of two combs.
You don’t take a whole box full of combs to your home. So, our first reason is pretty obvious. You will use the same hairbrush for months and with time it will catch dirt and dust. This is why it is vital for you to clean the hairbrush as long as you are using it.
This brings us to our second reason. Hygiene! Clean combs and hairbrushes are a sign of good hair health. Over a certain period of time, it becomes important to get the lint out of the brush. Because it is exposed to the hair scalp, hair residues and a lot of dust and dirt.
But it is noteworthy that the more you ignore to clean a brush, the better chances you have of getting fungal infections. This is because after sometime yeast and bacteria start to form a colony on the brush.
And soon after you are brushing your hair with yeast, bacteria, and fungus. consequent;y it is mandatory to remove all the dirt out of your comb at least twice a month.
How to clean hairbrushes and combs
Whether it is a paddle brush or a brush with thin bristles, start removing hair from it on a regular basis. You can simply pull hair using your hands or with the help of scissors. In addition to this, I recently came across a friend of mine who uses a tool for comb cleaning.
Not a millennial but social media is a great place to learn. I found this video which complements the context perfectly.
I personally feel it is one of the best ways to clean combs. She bought it online and it instantly removes hair and other collected residues from the brush. You can buy one for yourself too and don’t forget to share your views about the cleaning tool in the comment section below.
Moving on, I have a detailed overview of cleaning hairbrushes and combs for you. So, keep reading and follow the steps one by one.
Use the pointed end of a comb
If you use the pointed end of a comb to clean your comb you will find it easier to take hair out of it. This technique works because hair entangled with the brush is often difficult to remove in a go.
Subsequently, a pointed end of another comb can help you get all the hair out. Just make sure you pull the hair in the upward direction after keeping the pointy end in the middle section. Once you have done that pull the hair out and you will be good to go.
Use a toothbrush to clean the bristles
This part of the cleaning process depends on the type of brush you have. It could be plastic, ceramic, paddle or wooden-bodied brushes. Each one of them will have different bristles. But the ones with ceramic and plastic handles have round bristles on the top end.
Consequently, bristle brush cleaning will require you to have two cleaning tools. One is an unused toothbrush and the other is warm water. Now follow the steps carefully. Dip the brush in the water, take a toothbrush and start rubbing it against the bristles. In a fraction of seconds, your hairbrush will be as clean as new.
Add natural methods to your cleaning techniques
Tea tree oil, baking soda, and vinegar. These are the three vital components that I use quite often. Instead, vinegar is one of the best cleaning agents and it is one of the perfect solutions to clean hairbrushes.
Cleaning hair brushes with vinegar and baking soda work quite effectively. You just have to dip them in vinegar water for a few seconds and let it air dry. But in case of thicker bristles, use pointy objects to first take the debris. Then rub it against a vinegar or baking soda. This technique will also help you keep the brush bacteria-free.
Wash your hairbrush
If you are not a big fan of cleaning. You definitely won’t pay attention to a tiny hairbrush. But here’s what you can do to wash your comb. Shampoo your brush once in a month and remove the debris thoroughly. Make sure you clean the inner surface with a hairbrush cleaner or with a new Toothbrush.
Because with time sticky debris starts accumulating inside the brush and on the edges and it can be removed with the help of scrubbing.
Summing it up
Combing is an integral part of our lives. You should not ignore cleaning combs and brushes. It will hardly take you two to three minutes to clean a hairbrush. So, make a pact with your comb today and promise yourself that you will clean your comb or hairbrush at least once a week.
I hope all the cleaning methods mentioned-above will help your hair stay healthy.