Hands up who takes their hair for granted? Dyeing, straightening, curling, blow drying, toning… I’m guilty of all the above. Sometimes all in the same day. I’m lucky my hair is still intact as truth be told, I know I don’t take the best care of it. I do however, clean my hairbrush out every time I use it. That probably sounds a bit strange, but it’s actually the first step in keeping your hair healthy. We all know we should clean our makeup brushes every week to prevent bacteria and dirt building up in them. We know we shouldn’t ideally use face wipes, as all that essentially does is move makeup around our face (although I am guilty of grabbing one of these before collapsing into bed after a heavy night out, so I won’t judge too much). What about your hair tools though? Why are you never told to clean your hairbrush?
Hairbrushes harbour just as much bacteria, dead skin and oil as our makeup brushes and should receive the same care. Every time you run a full hairbrush back through your locks, you’re running all of that dirt back through it, making it greasy and limp. You wouldn’t wipe used cotton wool pads back over your face after removing your makeup, so why would you treat your hair the same? You’ll soon notice that your hair doesn’t quite have the same volume, and your roots are getting greasier much quicker. You’ll probably think that you’ve used too much conditioner, or not rinsed it out properly. Maybe you’ve used too much hair product and it’s built up in your hair. It might be a mixture of these, but it’s also likely that if you’re using a full hairbrush then that’s contributing to your hairlemma. This is the reason you need to clean your hairbrush on a regular basis.
“You wouldn’t wipe used cotton wool pads back over your face after removing your makeup, so why would you treat your hair the same?”
Not only however should we you just clean out the hair, you should also wash your brush with soap and water. Plastic brushes and combs should be treated to a monthly bath with a gentle baby shampoo and rinsed off. Paddle brushes need extra care and should be pumped several times to ensure no water is trapped underneath the cushion. This can lead to mould which will eventually make your brush fall apart. Wooden brushes can get easily damaged, so it’s best to rinse these very lightly instead of soaking them. You’d probably think that brushing your hair wet may clean your hairbrush (and you’d be forgiven for thinking so), but that just deposits product onto the brush which will eventually be brushed back through causing build up. After combing through freshly washed hair, rinse out your brush again.
Not only will your hair remain cleaner and healthier after following the above, your hairbrush will also last longer. It’s worth investing in a quality brand such as a Tangle Teezer, an Aveda Paddle Brush or a Denman Stylish Brush. All of these frequented my hair kit when I worked as a makeup artist and stood the test of time in the toughest circumstances (circa London Fashion Week 2015!) Invest in a high quality hairbrush, rinse it often and feel the difference in your hair.