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Do You Clean Your Hairbrush? You Should — Here’s How and How Often

Cleaning your hairbrush is probably one of those things you rarely think about or remember to do. If you’re being honest, there’s probably a chance you’ve actually never cleaned it. After all, your hairbrush serves one purpose, right? It’s to make sure you walk out the door having a good hair day.

But if you’re a heavy product user, think about all of the residue your hair brush is holding onto when you put it back in the drawer. Hair spray, gel, smoothing and styling creams, leave-in conditioner — the list goes on. Even if you prefer to go aunaturel, the oils from your scalp can still get trapped in hair brush bristles. Every time you brush your hair with a “dirty” hairbrush, the residues from these oils and products (not to mention dead skin cells) end up right back in your clean hair, making it not-so-clean after all.

So how often are you supposed to clean your hair brush? And, how are you supposed to clean it?

It’s recommend that you clean your brush about every two weeks. If you have long hair, it should be cleaned more frequently. And if you’re a frequent product-user, well, you should probably work a hairbrush cleaning into your normal routine. For a thorough cleansing, here’s what you’ll need:

A large bowl

A rat tail comb

A towel

Mild shampoo


To clean your hairbrush:

  1. Pull the hair out of the brush using a rat tail comb. Use the scissors if needed.
  2. Fill a large bowl with shampoo and warm water.
  3. Swish the brush around in the water to soak and clean.
  4. Place the brush on a clean towel to dry, bristle side down.

Cleaning your hairbrush regularly can help promote healthy hair and even help preserve the life of your favorite hairbrush. When your brush stops scrubbing clean as easily, or you notice missing, bent or broken bristles, it’s a surefire sign it’s time to get a new one. For an added health boost, try mineral oil, sunflower oil and coconut oil to help nurture and condition your hair. These natural products are great for reducing protein loss and helping to bring dry and damaged hair back to life. Here’s to a great hair day, today and every day!

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