Admittedly, even we don’t clean our makeup brushes as often as we should. But what about hairbrushes? Once, maybe twice a year?
You too? Great. But guess what? According to Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City, you should be throughly cleaning your hairbrush at least once a month. And you should be spray-cleaning your hairbrush once a week. “The less you shampoo, the more you use dry shampoo, the more you have dandruff, the more styling products you use, then the more frequently you should clean your brush,” says Fusco. “Residue, dead skin cells, and oil colonize the brush and can be a nidus for bacteria and yeast, which in general is not good and can smell unpleasant.” Seriously gross, right?
Sally Hershberger stylist Matt Fugate agrees with Fusco’s recommendation. “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,” says Fugate. “The best way to clean it is to simply use a fine-tooth comb and rake it through the brush. It should easily catch all the hair and pull it free. Then, run it under the sink and use your hands to massage the bristles to break up product that may be stuck in it. Then use your blow-dryer and dry it up.” If you’re feeling lazy, Fusco says cleaning your brush weekly with a spray cleaner, like Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, will do the trick.
And if you think buying a new brush is easier than cleaning your old one, look into this new hairbrush researchers at Ohio State University created as a way to tweak everyday objects and make them easier to clean so people won’t throw them away and fill up landfills. According to researchers Scott Shim and Morris Koo, a usual hairbrush only lasts about six months to a year before the person gets fed up with its dirtiness and tosses it in the trash. So he and his colleague created the Maze brush. The brush contains two rows that pull apart for easy hair removal.
While this helps, you still have to wash the bristles in water and soap as Fusco and Fugate recommend. Moral of the story? Don’t be gross anymore.
[ RENEE JACQUES – Allure]