How to Clean Hairbrushes and Combs Properly

Dirty hairbrush
Clean hairbrushes and combs are a lot better for your hair than dirty brushes and combs. Hairbrushes and combs collect debris and the transmitted buildup is not good for your tresses. Also, combs and brushes get run down after not having been cleaned right. Regular cleaning will help these hairstyling tools last longer.
At least once a week or more if needed, be sure to remove all hair that gathered onto your brush or comb and dispose of those tresses in the garbage. There is no need to worry about locks falling out, because it is normal to lose so much hair per the amount of strands that each individual person has.
I have a lot of locks on my head and being that it is so thick, large amounts of hair come out on the comb or hairbrush with each use of these hairstyling tools and it is normal. Therefore, I focus on removing all tresses that stick to combs or hairbrushes about three times a week. Everyone should focus on getting clean hairstyling tools, which is not difficult.
It is easy and quick to get a clean hairbrush or comb in many ways. Get either one hairbrush and one comb together, two combs together, or two hairbrushes together before shampooing your tresses. Wet the (aim for bristles and not bodies of tools) brushes, combs, or brush and comb under warm running water. Then, place a small dab of shampoo onto the bristles of one of the brushes or combs.
Carefully rub the brush's bristles together when cleaning two brushes at a time. However, take one brush and rub with the comb when cleaning a comb and brush combination or when cleaning two combs. Keep rubbing gently (so that irreplaceable bristles do not fall out) under running water until all suds are gone. Then, dry the brush(es) and/or comb(s) on a towel. If there is still leftover grime on hairstyling tools, use a cotton swab to get the junk out from in between bristles and repeat the just mentioned process.
Brush's and comb's bristles gather dust, dirt, and chemicals from hairstyling products, such as gels, mousses, and hair pomades used daily. I use hair gels, shine serums, and moisturizing lotions and my styling tools show that. The small junk from products is visible in bristles. Using baking soda to get rid of product's chemicals remaining in hair tools is okay.
Start with what was mentioned earlier and take all of unwanted tresses out of hairbrush or comb and dispose of them into garbage. Then, soak hairbrushes and combs in the bathroom sink with about one half cup of baking soda and warm water for about fifteen minutes. The final step is to let the hairstyling tools air dry on towel.
An exception to the baking-soda process is to remember not to immerse certain types of brushes or combs in the water. These types are the following: the rubber- cushioned brush, the wooden bodied brushes or combs, and natural boar bristle brushes. Permitting water to get through the vent hole on cushioned brushes will erode the cushioning of the brush faster than the cushioning would be disturbed in it's possible shelf life without being immersed in water.
A wooden bodied brush or comb may cause wood to absorb water and may cause damage to the finish or make the body swell and break. Natural boar bristle brushes contain natural hair that would take in moisture as would other types of natural hair. The bristles on boar bristle brushes would twist or curl if dampened. Hair care products must be cleaned with care, or they will be destroyed and not work well.
Normally, hairstyling tools work best when not in bad shape, which is full of grime and debris. Benefits of using a good and clean hairbrush or comb are the following: hair and scalp will feel better, hair and scalp will stay fresh longer, and avoid oily buildup at roots.
After shampooing and conditioning locks, be sure to brush locks with a clean hairbrush and comb. Placing an uncleanly hairstyling utensil through your freshly shampooed locks can leave them feeling greasy, which defeats the purpose of getting tresses clean in the first place.
by Jenine Fernandez        ©
Photo: Piotr Wawrzyniuk/Shutterstock
See also:
How to choose a good hairbrush
How to comb and brush your hair properly