How to Clean Your Hairbrushes

Everyone brushes their hair, but using the proper hairbrush for your hair styling will make a big difference in the health and appearance of your hair. If you want to have good-looking hair, choosing the right hairbrush is not enough. 

Due to regular use, any brush will get dirty sooner or later. Dirt, oil and grime can go back into your hair if you use a dirty comb or hairbrush. It is necessary to clean your hairbrushes at least once a month if you want it to do its function effectively without leaving any undesirable residue.

Causes of Hairbrush Contamination

The scalp can get a little dirt, oil or dandruff sometimes. Dirt accumulates between the hairbrush teeth with an unpleasant grey lint residue. If you see residue that looks like a grey lint is your dead skin cells with old and matted hair. Equally, hair styling products, such as hair wax, gel, spray and more, stick to the teeth of hairbrushes. And all of these residues gradually make your hairbrush contaminated. And this is not the worst. You can easily get a skin disease. However, using a dirty hairbrush will damage your hair creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. As a result, a contaminated hairbrush will take more time to clean and help your hair look fine.

How Often Should You Clean Your Hairbrush?

Contaminated hairbrushes cause many hair challenges. Cleaning hairbrushes depend on how often and what type of product you use daily. If you want to keep your skin and hairbrushes free of bacteria, you should clean them every two or three weeks. If you often use styling gels, creams or hairspray, it is a good idea to clean your hairbrush once a week. To make the process easier, every time after combing your hair, you can remove the things accumulated in the brush.

Steps to Clean Your Hairbrushes

It is necessary to keep in mind that proper hygiene is essential for your health and well-being. The statement is also about hairbrushes. You don’t need to get rid of your old brushes or to buy a new one. Cleaning your hairbrushes should be one of the top cleaning checklists. The process doesn’t take much time. If you already know how to do it, next time it will be quicker and easier. Before starting the process, make sure you have a tower, shampoo and tweezers or scissors at your hand. 

Here are some helpful ideas for keeping your hairbrushes and combs clean and in good working order.

Step #1 Remove the Hair

First, remove all the hair from the hairbrush as much as you can. It doesn’t matter the type of hairbrushes, the process is the same. To dig out the hair from the base of the brush, use your fingers, a toothpick, tweezers, the end of a rat tail comb or any other sharp things. To make the process easier, you can wet the hairbrush or comb it underwater. You may also use scissors to cut or remove any hair that is tangled in the bristles. Likewise, it is better to do this process once a week to have less work to do. 

Step #2 Wash out Hairbrushes

Now that hairbrush bristles are free of hairs, it is time to move to the next level of cleaning.  The best cleaning mixture is a combination of water and shampoo (instead of shampoo, you can use liquid soap, baby shampoo or other types of clarifying shampoo). So anyway, we recommend reading the care instructions from the manufacturer’s guidelines. 

 Fill the clean sink or a bowl with warm water. Next, add a drop of shampoo to warm water and drop your hairbrushes. Water should face them. Let hairbrushes soak for about 5 minutes. Then, take an unused toothbrush and gently scrub the brushes. But at this phase, the type of hairbrush you use matters. For plastic brushes, you need to soak the hairbrushes for 3 minutes as they are solid. Therefore, it will be easy to clean them. Paddle brushes are the ones that are somehow tricky to clean. You don’t need to submerge the padding. Be careful with natural and wooden hairbrushes. Thus, avoid submerging these kinds of hairbrushes because they will damage the material and the base.  So, just a few amounts of shampoo and hand-wash is enough to do the work.

Finally, after all of the mentioned steps, rinse the hairbrushes under warm water. 

Step #3 Dry the Hairbrushes

It is preferred to use a cotton towel to wipe the hairbrushes and shake them over the sink to get rid of the extra water. Keep them in a clean and dry place, as wet brushes easily get dirt and dust particles. Face them down on a towel and let them air-dry overnight. If there is humidity, use a hairdryer on a low setting.


It is easy to get rid of hairbrushes and buy a new one but, on the other hand, it will cost a lot of money. Instead of it, you can just efficiently clean the hairbrushes to have a hairbrush without any dirt, oils or product residue. What you need is a deep cleaning of hairbrushes once a month. 

Now, it’s your turn to have a clean hairbrush.

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