They say that the hair is one’s crowning glory. No wonder why people spend a lot for hair maintenance and grooming. What people almost always set aside is that the tools that help them keep their crowning glory also needs maintenance. Your hair brush is among them. Besides, what is the sense of cleaning and fixing your hair if you’ll only make it dirty with a dirty hair brush?
Fortunately, you won’t run out of cleaning techniques for hair brush. Try the following cleaning methods and see which one will work best for your favorite hair grooming tool:
- Copy the hair. To clean your hair, you use the hair brush and shampoo, right? Your hair brush can use the same things. Another hair brush can be used to easily remove hair strands trapped in the hair brush. Washing it with shampoo will remedy the brush’s oiliness. However, this cleaning technique is useful for everyday hair brush cleaning only. This technique won’t take off dirt build-up on the brush strands.
- Soapy water and toothbrush. Mix water with some soap. Liquid bath, dishwashing liquid, and shampoo are the most ideal choices. Soak the hair brushes in this solution for about 30 minutes. Brush the strands using the toothbrush. Light colored hair brushes are easier to clean because you can see the dirt on it. Dark colored, on the other hand, will be more difficult to clean up. Keep on brushing until the brush looks brand new. Take note, this cleaning technique should not be used for wooden hair brushes.
- Dishwasher. You don’t have to bother about brushing if the hair brush is made up of sturdy plastic. It can be washed along with other kitchen utensils in the dishwasher. Again, make sure the brush is made of sturdy plastic or it might not withstand the high temperature inside the machine, which could result to melting.
- Boiling water. This is not as hot as the dishwasher’s temperature. To use this cleaning technique, remove the hair first from the comb. Cutting the hair with scissors and pulling them out using toothpick will do the trick. And then, boil some water. Turn off the heat and put the hair brush in the hot water. Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse the brush with tap water.
- Bleach. Mix this liquid in equal amount of water. Soak the hair brush in this solution overnight. Rinse the hair brush with tap water. Trapped hair strands in the brush will be removed by soaking it in this solution. No brushing is required, only rinsing.
- Ammonia. For hair brushes that are used with gel and hairspray, ammonia cleaning will give a better result. Mix a quarter cup of ammonia and one cup of water. Soak the hair brush in this mixture for about 15 minutes. Rinse the brush with clean water.
Wiping the hair brush with paper towel or clean cloth should always be done whatever cleaning technique you will choose. Please be reminded also that not all of the methods above can be used for cleaning all types of hair brushes. Consider the brush’s materials when choosing a cleaning solution.