We use the best care products and do everything we can to ensure that our hair looks well-groomed and, above all, is healthy.
What most people completely ignore in their beauty routine is cleaning the hairbrush.
There are two kinds of style to clean your hairbrush, dry cleaning, and wet cleaning.
It is definitely worth taking a look between the bristles.
In addition to a lot of hair, there is often also deposits, grease and flakes of hair that have accumulated over time.
Of course, it’s not particularly hygienic.
And it’s not healthy for your hair either. We’ll tell you how to get your hairbrush clean quickly.
Why Should I Clean My Hairbrush?
Before cleaning the hairbrush, let me explain why it’s so important in the first place.
As mentioned before, over time, quite a bit of dirt builds up in the hairbrush. So that you get an overview: In addition to hair, dandruff and grease, dust, lime and sticky residues from care products romp around between the bristles.
The problem is not only that this dirt is not particularly appetizing
(Anyway, who wants to comb their freshly washed hair with a dirty brush?)
But also that all of these deposits weigh down your hair in the long run.
The result: hair that greases quickly, is flat and weak.
How Often Should I Clean My Hairbrush?
How often you should clean your hairbrush?
we cannot give a general answer, as every brush and every hair is of course different.
The loose hair should be removed from the brush regularly, preferably even after each combing.
Proper cleaning is necessary if you feel like there are greasy residues and deposits between the bristles.
This can usually be seen quite clearly. The more styling products you use, the more often you should clean your brush. It is usually enough to thoroughly clean the hairbrush once a month.
Cleaning the Hairbrush: This Is How It Works!
When cleaning your brush, you should definitely pay attention to the material it is made of.
In general: a brush made of plastic, aluminium or a comb is much easier to clean than a round brush, a wooden brush, a variant with natural or wild boar bristles.
In general, you should always be very careful when cleaning so as not to damage your hairbrush.
The following method is suitable for almost all brush types.
Step 1: Dry Cleaning
The first step is to remove any loose hair (if possible) by hand.
If a few hairs get tangled in the bristles, you can very carefully cut them with scissors.
Then place the scissors under the hair directly on the brush cushion and pry the layer of hair up.
Alternatively, you can use tweezers to help. Be careful not to damage the bristles of your brush.
If despite all your efforts, you cannot get all of the hair and residue away, you can do it with a special brush and comb cleaner (here on Amazon) to attempt.
This has many fine metal sticks with which you can remove hair and residue very well. Here, too, the following applies: proceed very carefully so as not to damage your brush with the pointed metal rods.
Tip: If you remove the loose hair immediately after brushing, such a stubborn layer will not even form and you will be spared a lot of work!
Step 2: Wet Cleaning
Once you have removed all of your hair, wet cleaning can begin.
First, hold your brush under lukewarm water and then put some baby shampoo on the bristles and the brush cushion.
Gently work it in with your hands until the shampoo lathers nicely.
If the dirt is very stubborn, you can use a toothbrush or other small brush to help.
This will take you to the hard-to-reach places.
Again, you should be gentle here and not scrub too hard.
Do it on the bristles and the brush pad. Gently work it in with your hands until the shampoo foams up.
Step 3: Drying
When you’ve finished cleaning, rinse everything off with lukewarm water.
Depending on how wet your brush is now, you can get rid of excess water by shaking it first.
Then, place the brush on a clean towel to dry. Please let it air-dry and do not use a hairdryer or heating to help.
This can damage the glue inside and ruin your brush.
Cleaning The Hairbrush With Shaving Foam
If you search the internet for methods to clean your hairbrush, you come across the craziest methods.
One of them is to clean the hairbrush with shaving cream.
But does it really work? The answer is: yes, partially.
Plastic brush: A plastic brush can actually be cleaned very well with shaving foam.
Simply spray the brush with the foam, leave it on for 10 minutes and then work in with a soft brush or toothbrush.
Finally, rinse everything off with clean water.
In particular, residues from styling products such as hairspray should be very easy to remove.
Wooden brush / natural bristles: Cleaning with shaving foam is not suitable for a wooden brush or brushes made of other sensitive materials, as the product could attack the material.
It’s better to use a different method for cleaning.
Can You Clean your Hairbrush in The Dishwasher?
Another “hack” one comes across when looking for hairbrush cleaning methods is simply to throw it in the dishwasher or washing machine.
That sounds super easy, of course, as it saves you the hassle of hand washing. But does that also work?
Plastic brush: In general, plastic brushes are quite insensitive. Therefore, many of them are actually “dishwasher safe”.
You can just put them in the cutlery basket.
However, you should definitely depilate your brush beforehand and only put it in the dishwasher if it is not too hot.
We advise you not to clean your brush in the washing machine.
The brush material and bristles can be damaged by the spin cycle.
A wooden brush or a brush with natural bristles should not be cleaned in the dishwasher or in the washing machine.
Due to a large amount of water and the long soaking time, there is a risk that the wooden brush will swell and then break.
Wooden brushes, in particular, do not go well with the dishwasher or washing machine.
Cleaning Hairbrush with Home Remedies
You can also use home remedies to clean your hairbrush.
Baking powder is particularly popular.
To do this, fill a bowl with lukewarm water, add a few drops of mild shampoo and mix in 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
Let everything soak for an hour and then rinse with clean water.
The mixture is said to be very suitable for removing dirt from the bust.
Unfortunately, this method is only suitable for plastic brushes and models made of insensitive materials.