How to Clean Hairbrushes and Combs Properly
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How to Clean Hairbrushes and Combs Properly

Do you know that one of the keys to keeping your hair healthy and bouncing is a properly maintained and cleaned comb?

We don’t blame you if cleaning your hairbrush isn’t always at the top of your list of things to do. But here’s the thing: It’s actually a beautiful task that’s worth doing regularly.

Cleaning your brush removes all the dirt, oil, and product residue that has accumulated all throughout the days or even months that you have been using it.

Plus, cleaning your brush and combs don’t require too much effort and time, so do it for the sake of healthy scalp and hair!

There might not be a lot of tutorials on how to properly clean brushes and combs, so we will be guiding you through the entire process of cleaning them.

How often should I clean my brushes and combs?

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Most combs and hairbrushes only need intensive cleaning once a month. You might need to clean them every two weeks if you have really long hair or if you use a lot of hair products. 

Even if you don’t have the time to do a thorough cleaning, it’s a good idea to frequently remove the tangled hair around the bristles of your brushes and combs.

How should I clean my hair brush?

Cleaning your combs and hair brushes don’t need you to be a real expert on the job. All you need to worry about is the type of hair brushes and combs that you would be dealing with.

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To give you a heads up, hair brushes and combs with plastic handles and bristles are the easiest ones to clean. On the other hand, brushes with natural bristles and wooden handles might be a tougher one to deal with.

Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the step by step process of how to clean both types of brushes for an efficient cleaning.

How to Clean Hair Brushes with Natural Bristles

Do you have one of those expensive natural-bristle brushes? Then you really have to spend more time and care to clean and maintain them. These brushes are usually manufactured with a wooden handle which makes it more durable than plastic ones.

Here’s how you can effectively and efficiently clean your brushes with natural bristles:

  1. Remove all the tangled hair that has accumulated on the bristles. You can do it by using your hands or removing the deep seated hair strands using a tweezer. 
  2. Grab a bowl that is wide and shallow enough for you to submerge your hair brush.
  3. Put warm water with 1 tsp of shampoo in your bowl. Make sure that the brushes are submerged in the water and not the wooden handle. 
  4. Soak the bristles for about 10 minutes.
  5. Make a lather using your hands to clean off all the debris and oil from the brush. 
  6. Rinse the brush under running water.
  7. Place the brush on a towel and let it dry.
  8. You can also sanitize the brush to ensure that all bacteria and viruses are killed off before you use it. Spray some rubbing alcohol on the bristles and let them dry once more.
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How to Clean Synthetic Brushes

Synthetic brushes are made with synthetic bristles and usually plastic handles. Here are the best ways to clean them off thoroughly:

  1. Remove all the tangled hair that has accumulated on the bristles. You can do it by using your hands or removing the deep seated hair strands using a tweezer. 
  2. Grab a large bowl large enough to hold the entire brush. Add some warm water and shampoo into the bowl.
  3. Create a lather inside the bowl and let the brush soak for about 10 minutes.
  4. Get a clean toothbrush or a small brush and scrub the brush entirely to remove any  grime and dirt.
  5. If you have been using a lot of hair products, it is highly recommended to use some baking soda while you scrub your hair brush. 
  6. Shake off any excess water after thoroughly rinsing the brush in warm water. To dry, lay it down on a towel with the bristles facing down.
  7. You can also sanitize the brush to ensure that all bacteria and viruses are killed off before you use it. Spray some rubbing alcohol on the bristles and let them dry once more.
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How to Clean a Comb

We already mentioned how to clean two common types of hair brushes, so now let’s move forward on how to clean a comb.

How to Clean a Synthetic Comb

  1. When cleaning a synthetic comb, get a bowl and fill it with warm water and some shampoo. 
  2. Put the comb inside the bowl and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
  3. Get a clean toothbrush and brush the comb to remove all the dirt and hair styling product residue.
  4. Add some baking soda as you brush off the comb.
  5. You can now rinse the combs under running warm water or in a bowl of warm water.
  6. Place the combs on a towel and let them dry off.
  7. Sanitize the combs by rubbing off some isopropyl alcohol. Let the comb air dry once more.

How to Clean a Wooden Comb

For wooden combs, you have to take extra care not to damage the wood. Follow these steps to clean your wooden combs safely:

  1. Never submerge your wooden combs on water. 
  2. Get a tooth brush dipped in soapy warm water and scrub it to your comb. 
  3. Wipe the comb with a towel and let it air dry,

Key Takeaways

As mentioned before, keeping your brushes and combs clean can make your hair healthy and shiny. Do not ever underestimate the power of using clean hair tools, especially brushes and combs. 

I hope this article has helped you learn more about the importance of cleaning and sanitizing your combs and brushes! Following all these tips, I know that you’ll always have a great hair day, everyday!

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So now go and slay the day with your gorgeous hair all thanks to your clean combs and brushes!

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