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How to Clean your Hair Brush

You know that weird, dusty gunk that builds up in your hairbrush over time? I used to think I literally had dandruff. Well, that is not a sign to toss your brush in the trash. It just means it's due for a thorough cleaning (something I never bothered to do—seriously, not even once). And no, I'm not just talking about grabbing all the loose hairs out of your brush. I'm talking about giving your brush a proper shampoo, soak, and scrub until it's practically good as new. 

I mean you clean your makeup brushes and sponges every week or so to remove bacteria and dirt (hopefully..please do it...), so why neglect your hairbrushes? When you skip cleaning them, you're basically redepositing a bunch of product buildup and oil back into your hair. No bueno, right? So, let's make a pact: Don't follow in my footsteps—make it a habit to wash your brushes every month. Every 2 weeks if you really want to commit.

To help you get started we gave you a step by step guide telling you everything you need for one of the easiest methods on cleaning your hair brush!

Tools You’ll Need

  1. Scissors or Comb: To remove hair strands tangled in the bristles.

  2. Shallow Bowl: To soak the brushes.

  3. Mild Shampoo or like a Dawn Soap: To cleanse the bristles.

  4. Warm Water: For rinsing.

  5. Towel: To dry the brushes.

  6. Antibacterial Spray or Solution: Optional, for additional disinfection.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

  1. Remove Hair: Use scissors or a comb to gently loosen and remove any hair trapped in the bristles. Start from the base and work your way up to prevent damage to the bristles.

  2. Soak in Soapy Water: Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and add a small amount of mild shampoo or soap. Submerge the brushes in the soapy water and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. This helps to soften any stubborn residues.

  3. Scrub and Rinse: After soaking, use your fingers or a soft brush to gently scrub the bristles, focusing on areas with buildup. Rinse the brushes thoroughly under running water to remove soap residue and debris.

  4. Dry Properly: Shake off excess water from the brushes and pat them dry with a clean towel. Allow them to air dry completely before using them again. Avoid using a hairdryer as excessive heat can damage the bristles.

Maintenance Tips

  1. Clean them regularly, ideally every 1-2 weeks, at least once a month.

  2. Store them in a clean, dry place away from dust and humidity.

  3. Avoid sharing brushes without proper cleaning.

  4. Replace brushes if the bristles start to fray or if cleaning doesn’t restore their cleanliness.

If it's time for a new brush stop by Genesis to get your replacement!


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