The other day, a fellow Sugar editor asked me how long your hair brush should last. When I told her that a good one can last years if cleaned regularly, she just kind of cocked her head and make a funny sound. I realized then that it hadn't even occurred to her to that you can clean a hairbrush!
For those of you out there who aren't quite sure what I mean either, it's okay not to totally get it. Hairbrushes collect dirt, dust and contain the same amount of product buildup that's you have in your hair. So just think of all the icky stuff that gets trapped in the bristles if you don't wash it weekly.
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- STEP 1: Before you begin washing your brush, remove as many trapped and tangled strands of hair as possible. The best tool you can use for assistance is a wide-toothed comb. Hold the brush over a trash can and slide the comb through the bristles.
- STEP 2: Fill up your sink with warm water and add a couple of drops of shampoo to the water so that it's nice and sudsy. Place your brush in the water and swish it around for about two or three minutes.
- STEP 3: Washing should loosen any remaining hairs and the dirt on your brush. Now, take the comb and slide it through the bristles one more time.
- STEP 4: Give the brush one final rinse with lukewarm water. Lastly, tap off the excess water, dry the handle and the back of the brush and lay it bristle-down hanging over the edge of your sink so that the moisture won't get trapped in the base/pad. And here's a tip: It's wise to periodically check your brush for any split bristles. These can catch on your hair and damage the strands. If you see 'split ends' on your brush, it's time for a new one.