Don’t Forget To Clean Your Brush

That round cylinder or rectangle paddle with tiny little spikes (aka bristles) that you store in your bathroom actually plays a pretty important role in determining whether you'll have a good or bad hair day.

Go take a look at your hairbrush, or brushes. I'll wait. Okay, you probably noticed a bunch of hair in there, which is fine. But you also might have seen small gray clumps clinging to the bristles. Those clumps are what we really need to talk about. They're formed from dead scalp, hair product build-up, the oils that occur naturally in your hair, and ambient dust. Kind of gross, right? Right. The biggest reason to clean a hairbrush is it’s a hygiene issue. Any brush or tool that you use on your skin or hair needs to be cleaned regularly! Not only does hair and product build up on your hairbrush over time, but it also accumulates dust mites, lint, dust, and the natural oils from your hair. That buildup can turn your hairbrush into a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, and that is no good! No one wants to brush bacteria, yeast, and other nastiness into their hair.

Another reason to clean your hairbrush regularly is to keep your hair looking fabulous! If you use a hairbrush that’s covered in hair, product, and other oily gunk, you’ll be brushing those oils into your clean hair. So instead of leaving your hair looking silky soft, brushing your hair with a dirty brush can actually leave your hair looking less clean than when you started.

The biggest reason to clean a hairbrush: It's super easy. The first thing to do is to relieve the brush of all that dead hair, which you can do either by using a comb to sort of scrape it up and off the brush, or by using your hands to pull it out. If there are clumps of hair that are too tangled around the bristles to remove with a comb, grab a pair of small scissors and snip in between the bristles; then grab the hair, which will come up out of the brush in sort of a sheet.

Once the brush has been relieved of loose hair, it's ready to be washed. If it's a plastic hairbrush it can go right in the dishwasher, on the top rack. That also goes for combs, which can also be cleaned in the dishwasher.

When it comes to non-plastic brushes, skip the dishwasher (too hot) and fill a bowl or the basin of a sink with warm water and a drop or two of shampoo. Yep, shampoo! Makes sense, right? Any other clear liquid soap; like dish or hand soap is also fine. Then, put the bristle end of the brush into the solution and, holding it by the handle, swish it around a few times.

After, let it soak in the solution for 5-10 minutes, being careful not to submerge the handle. Drain the solution and rinse the brush very well under warm running water. Shake out as much water as possible, then lay the brush bristle-side down on a towel to dry.

the average person should clean their brush every one to two weeks. For those with longer hair, however, we recommend doing this more frequently. Cleaning your hairbrush every week keeps it from building up a ton of hair and old product and will make the brush actually do its job, which is to grip the hair and smooth out the cuticle.

At OrganiGrowHairCo we do our part with providing you with the best products the market has to offer. Now it’s time to do yours, keep your styling utensils clean as you will see and feel better results.