A hairbrush is indispensable for conditioning the cuticle of your hair and maintaining beautiful hair, but do you leave the dirt that accumulates at the root of your hairbrush unattended?
The dirt is composed of sebum, dust, and invisible bacteria. Continued use without washing will cause damage to your hair and scalp, not to mention beautiful hair.
Here, we will introduce how to wash hairbrushes by material (plastic, wood, animal hair) to remove dust, sebum, and other dirt attached to the brush.
We have also compiled a list of gauze tricks that make the troublesome task of hairbrush care easy, so please be sure to refer to it!
Hairbrushes Are Full of Dirt: If You Don’t Wash Them, You’re in Trouble
When you brush your hair with a hairbrush, dust, and dirt from your hair and sebum from your scalp adhere to the brush.
Using a dirty brush may damage your hair and scalp.
If you continue to use it without taking care of it, these stains can accumulate, and bacteria can breed, clogging the scalp and causing inflammation.
Because sebum oxidizes, using an uncleaned brush will also cause unpleasant odors. Brushing wet hair can also cause mold growth.
Daily care is critical to keep your hairbrush clean.
Why do brushes get dust?
When you brush your hair with hair oil, wax, other hair conditioners, or sebum, dust in the air, sebum, and hair conditioners become entangled and accumulate on the brush.
In some cases, dust is attracted by static electricity because brushing hair also generates static electricity.
How to Wash Plastic Hairbrushes
Plastic hairbrushes are durable, easy to clean, and reasonably priced.
Plastic hairbrushes can be soaked in water because the material can be wet. When you have time, soak them in water with detergent. First, remove a certain amount of debris with a toothpick or the like.
Dissolve about three tablespoons of baking soda in a basin of warm water and soak the brush in the water. If you are short on time, use a toothbrush or cotton swab in the baking soda water to remove the stain.
Rinse thoroughly and let dry, and you are done. Plastic hairbrushes are best washed in water about once a week.
How to Wash Wooden Hairbrushes
Wooden hairbrushes are slightly more expensive, but they have a better feel and are less prone to static electricity when brushing hair.
Wooden brushes should not be soaked in water, as they may cause mold and damage the material. Use brush cleaner and dry clean with a cotton swab or cloth.
About once every two weeks, wash in cold water with shampoo. After dry cleaning, place foaming shampoo on the brushes. Meanwhile, pour warm water and rinse the brush face down in the warm water.
Dry it thoroughly with a towel, and you are done.
How to Wash Pig Hair and Other Beast Bristle Hair Brushes
Hairbrushes made of animal hair contain oil, which prevents static electricity and is said to be the most effective in adding luster to hair.
It also stimulates the scalp well and improves blood flow, but it is the most difficult to care for, so do so with care.
Hairbrushes made of animal hair will have problems such as bristles falling out when wet, so dry cleaning is recommended, as is the case with wooden brushes.
Use a toothpick to remove dirt.
First, remove stuck dirt with a toothpick, and then wipe off only hard-to-remove dirt with a wet sheet. You can also use a special brush cleaner. Care for animal hair should be done every 2 to 3 days.
Easy to clean! A backdoor trick to keep your hairbrush free
We know it is important to clean your hairbrush frequently, but many people find it challenging to do so.
Attach a stocking or gauze to your hairbrush.
In such cases, you can attach a stocking or gauze to the hairbrush by pulling it through to the root of the brush.
This technique is recommended for wooden or animal hair that cannot be washed in water. Dirt and dust won’t stick to the root; you can pull the stocking up to remove it.
They can even use elastic bandages! They are cheaper than gauze and are recommended.
We have learned that if a hairbrush is dirty, it cannot fulfill its role in scalp health and hair beauty.
As for how to wash them, plastic is easy to wash, and wood should be dry cleaned as much as possible. If it could be dried thoroughly, washing with water was possible.
Pig and other animal hairs are delicate and should be dry-cleaned with brush cleaner, not water. Please refer to our tips for more accessible brush care and clean your hairbrush!