All us beauty addicts will religiously wash our makeup brushes each week (always a Sunday night for me!) but do we ever wash our hair brushes, or if so is it often enough? I have to admit, it’s months since I’ve even touched mine but if like me you use a lot of styling products while you blow-dry or straighten your hair, it all builds up on the barrel or paddle of your brush.
When you use heat protector spray, mousse, oils, hairspray or any other styling product, the heat from the dryer literally bakes it onto your brush. Mix this with dead hair and skin cells and you have some right nasties lurking in there! A test done on a standard hairbrush found it some traces of MRSA and while not enough research has been done to see if this is a way of spreading it (if you share your hairbrushes) it’s still a good reason to keep them clean!
Washing them is a lot easier than our makeup brushes and they only need to be done once a month. You will also find that you will get better results from your brush as you try and do that salon perfect blow-dry. One of the brushes that I use has a ceramic coating on the barrel to speed up heat on the hair and get volume, but if its covered in hair and product, it’s not going to perform.
Here’s what I do:
1. Remove any hair thats caught on the bristles with with a stiff brush or ideally a comb. When you remove all the hair you will see the baked on product on the brush barrel.
2. Fill up your sink with good hot water. They are more resilient than your makeup brushes and you will need hot water to give them a good clean.
3. Use a clarifying shampoo so that it won’t leave any residue behind. I was out of some at the time, so I find this liquid soap by Dr. Bronner just as good. I also use it to clean my makeup brushes and done a separate post on that here. You can add some anti-bacterial hand wash too if you like.
4. Leave your brushes to soak for about 10 minutes or so (while you have a shower!) and before taking them out use an old tooth brush if you have one, to really deep clean around the bristles. If they are natural hairs it’s best just to massage around the bristles as to not cause any damage to them.
5. You can leave out to dry or just give a quick blast of the hairdryer and hey presto, sparkling clean brushes!
Thanks for reading, much love