How to Clean Your Hairbrushes

Brushing the hair is an essential step to looking put together. Like scrubbing the teeth or washing the face, running the hairbrush through your strands is a part of every day life. Yet, toothbrushes and face-clothes are given a different treatment. The paste is rinsed out of the bristles and the cloth is tossed into the wash-basket. They are kept clean, as it would be unhygienic to use anything else on our mouths and faces. However, for some reason cleaning the hairbrush has been overlooked in the past. In fact, it’s not often taught how to give your hairbrush that same care and maintenance.

This is how to clean your hairbrushes.

Do I need to clean my hairbrush?

A quick brush of the ends instantly achieves a polished look, which is why hairbrushes are relied upon so heavily. They’re shoved into bags, carried around all day, and used on repeat. Now consider the amount of dust and dirt that the hairbrush can pick up throughout it’s travels. According to Glamour UK, a report carried out by the University of Arizona found that “hairbrushes are the worst breeding ground for bacteria, housing even more than a plughole or a dog bowl.” So why is it that how to clean hairbrushes is rarely discussed?

On those dry-shampoo days, the hairbrush runs from the root to the tips, collecting the excess oil plus the product being used to conceal it. Now, skip forward to the wash day. After cleansing the scalp with a Purifying Scrub and nourishing the strands with a Purifying Shampoo with Thermal Mud, re-using the same brush will only deposit the bacteria collected previously back into the refreshed, detoxified hair.

Are you still wondering if you need to clean your hairbrush?

What is the best way to clean hairbrushes?

Many pull out the excess hairs from the bristles and consider their brush good as new. However, this is only the first step how to clean your hairbrush. For that illustrious shine and silky finish, there’s a few more additional steps to take. The aim is to completely cleanse the bristles of residue. The less residue on the hairbrush, the less build up you will create on your hair’s strands and in the scalp.

woman looking at ends of hair

  1. The best way to clean hairbrushes is to first discard of hairs that have accumulated, then fill a sink with warm water.
  2. When using a high quality hairbrush such as the Christophe Robin Detangling Hairbrush, there’s no need to soak the boar bristles and wooden handle in the water. Simply use a toothbrush to cleanse between the bristles.
  3. Apply a pea-size amount of Purifying Shampoo with Thermal Mud on to a toothbrush and lightly brush between the bristles.
  4. To make sure the brush is fully free of shampoo, keep rising the toothbrush and scrubbing until no soapy water remains.
  5. Lay the brush down on a towel with its bristles facing down and the handle slightly elevated. This will allow the water to drain properly rather than getting trapped in the brush and the elevated handle helps the hairbrush dry out more evenly.

How often should I clean my hairbrush?

Once you know how to clean your hairbrushes properly, you should be doing so once a month. However, according to Healthline, “if you regularly use styling creams, gels, or hairspray, a good rule of thumb is to clean your hairbrush once a week.”

Another thing to consider is how often you carry it around with you. At the bottom of a handbag, the hairbrush can pick up dust and dirt which could potentially cause irritation to the scalp. The more build up collected, the more often you should clean your hairbrush.


How to store hairbrushes

Now that the best way to clean hairbrushes has been established, how to store them? Ideally, like makeup and wash products, the hairbrush should have it’s own separate bag to be stored in if being brought on travels. This will prevent the need to clean the hairbrush so often.

At home, the aim is to have a set location for storing your hairbrush. Once there is a space where it can be stored, it’s less likely to be tossed around, perhaps ending up down the side, or worse, under the couch.

After the efforts spent renewing the brushes bristles, you want to maintain its condition for as long as possible. Take a look at this DIY guide to combine a weekend activity and creating a hygienic space for your hairbrush.

hair brushes on tray

Irresistible skin is difficult to achieve if washing with an unclean face-cloth and the same applies to the scalp and hair. An unclean face-cloth can clog pores similar to how an unclean hairbrush can clog the scalp. Whether it’s for blow-dries or de-tangling, it’s essential to know how to clean your hairbrush.

A clean, gentle hairbrush is a step in the right direction to silky smooth strands. To understand what kind of brush is for you, take a look at how to use a Boar Bristle Hairbrush.

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.