Are you guilty of buying a new hairbrush every time the old one gets too dirty? Don't worry, I am too. Did you know how often we should be cleaning our hairbrushes to help them last longer and for healthier hair?
According to Healthline, we should be cleaning our brushes once every 3 weeks!
This, however, is dependent on what kind of products you use in your hair. If you use a lot of gel and cream-based hair styling products then you should be cleaning your brush ideally once a week.
If you don't use a lot of product in your hair then you can get away with cleaning your brush every 2-3 weeks.
So that means if you have curly hair like myself and need to use a lot of product then, unfortunately, you have another task to add to your weekly to-do list.
Why is it important to clean your hairbrush?
Hairbrushes can trap a lot of dirt, bacteria, residue and dead skin cells in their bristles.
Hairstyling products can stick to the bristles of your hairbrush making it less effective but also enabling more dirt from the environment to get onto the bristles.
As well this your brush also collects dead skin cells.
So if you don't clean your brush regularly, every time you use your hairbrush you're wiping all of this dirt and bacteria onto your hair, which honestly sounds disgusting.
Therefore cleaning your brush will help keep your hair healthier and cleaner and help your hairbrush to work better as there isn't any product or hair build-up preventing it from working as effectively.
How to clean your hairbrush
In order to make cleaning your hairbrush easier for you, ensure you take out all of the loose hair from the brush after you use it.
This means you won't have a big build-up of hair to remove when you go to clean it.
When it comes to cleaning it the best way to do this is to use some gentle shampoo, like baby shampoo.
- Fill up your sink with warm water.
- Mix in some baby shampoo, remember a little goes a long way.
- Use clean hands to clean all of the bristles.
- Leave the bristles to soak for a few minutes before rinsing with fresh warm water.
There you have it, a freshly cleaned hairbrush that's as good as new.