Are you replacing your hairbrush often enough?
You know when it’s time to replace your beauty blender or loofah, but when it comes to your hairbrush, things aren’t so simple.
Unbeknown to many of us, hairbrushes can transform freshly shampooed locks into a dirty disaster. Thanks to matted hair and old product residue, brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, dust and yeast - gross, right?
That’s why we’ve created a quick ‘n’ simple guide for cleaning, protecting and ditching your trusty brush:
1) CLEAN IT
To remove all that old ‘n’ skanky product residue, start by mixing a tsp of baking soda with warm water. Now grab yourself an old toothbrush, dip it in your mixture and get scrubbing your hairbrush.
Once you’ve dislodged some of the nastiness, lather some shampoo in the palm of your hand and using the toothbrush, give the whole brush a further scrub.
Last (but not least), rinse the bristles with warm water and leave to air dry (lay the brush on its bristles so the water can drain properly).
VOILA, good as new!
2) PROTECT IT
To protect those bristles from drying out and cracking, grab yourself some argan oil and get to work. All you’ll need to do is place a small portion in the palm of your hand before lightly running the tips of the bristles back and forth over it.
3) DITCH IT
There are several warning signs that your hairbrush is past the point of repair. For example, if you use your hairdryer on the daily, the bristles of your brush are likely to have melted, or in some cases, many will be missing. Once roughly 10-20% of the bristles have melted/departed, it’s time to #treatyourself to a new brush – we’d recommend Mark Hill’s Paddle Brush with Moroccan Argan Oil!
Another warning sign? If the bed of your brush has started to crack or the bristles have begun to separate, it’s probably time to wave goodbye to that ancient brush. If you ignore these signs, you’ll be tugging your locks and causing breakage … ain’t nobody got time for that!
So, there you have it! The ins and outs of hairbrushes!