We think it’s safe to say that cleaning is not everyone’s favorite chore, especially when it comes to hair because it gets all tangled up. A men’s hair brush is a great accessory to have around the house because it makes it easy to smooth strands and detangle hair, but if you don’t clean it regularly, it can get messy quickly.
The bristles will soak up the oil, dust, and all other products from your hair. On the bright side of things, regular maintenance will make sure that never happens.
If you always forget to clean your hairbrush and you are looking for the best way to do it, then you have arrived at the right place. Today we are going to show you everything there is to know about cleaning a men’s hair brush starting with how to remove hair strands and ending with tips and tricks to do it faster.
Without any further ado, here are the best ways to clean a men’s hair brush.
Do I Need to Clean My Hair Brush Regularly?
The question that is probably on your mind is, why do you need to clean your hairbrush regularly? First off, this is a hygiene problem. The golden rule of using hairbrushes and all other hair care products is that anything that touches your skin needs to be cleaned regularly.
If you don’t this, then the oil, dust, and hair products will build up over time and turn your hairbrush into something that can irritate your skin. No one wants that!
How Do I Clean My Hair Brush?
Now that we have covered how important it is to clean your hair brush regularly, the question that remains is, what is the best way to do it? Here is where we come in. Follow the steps below, and your hairbrush will be sparkling clean in no time!
Here is what you need to clean your hairbrush:
- Baking soda (optional);
- A bowl of warm water (you can also use the sink).
#1 Remove the Excess Hair
The first thing that you need to when you start cleaning your men’s hairbrush is to pull all loose hairs. You can do this with your hand because it’s much easier to get all the loose hairs at once. The best thing that you can do here is to make it a habit to pull out the excess hair after every time that you use the brush.
This might take some time to get used to, but it’s worth it.
After you pull all the loose hair, its time to use a comb to get all the smaller ones that are stuck. All that you need to do is start at the base of the brush with a comb and move it upwards. This will remove all the small hair. We highly advise using a comb that has closely-spaced teeth so that it does a better job of removing hair.
#2 Wash the Brush and Comb
The next step is to fill a bowl with warm water. You can also use the sink if you have a plug around. Put a couple of drops from your favorite shampoo in the warm water. The reason why you need shampoo is that it helps remove all the oily buildup from the excess hair. Now, you can go ahead and submerge the men’s hair brush and comb into the water.
If you have baking soda in your kitchen, then you should add about a tablespoon into the warm water to make sure that the oily residue is removed. Another essential piece of advice that you need to follow is never to boil the water. Make sure it’s lukewarm because otherwise, the high temperature might break down the material on your tools.
For example, a plastic handle will quickly melt in boiling water.
#3 Use a Toothbrush
The warm water and baking soda are enough to completely clean the greasy residue that usually sticks to the base of the brush’s teeth. Here is where the toothbrush comes in and saves the day. You can use an old toothbrush or a cheap one that you can find at the local supermarket. Drop some shampoo on the toothbrush and scrub the base and bristles. You should try and dip the toothbrush into the soapy water every 30 seconds.
In order to make sure that your hair brush is cleaned correctly, you should use your fingers to do some additional scrubbing. You can add some more shampoo on the base. We want to warn you that if your hair brush features nylon bristles, then you should make sure to scrub very slowly.
Otherwise, you will end up scratching or poking your finger.
#4 Rinse and Dry
The hard work is over! The last thing left to do is to place your comb and brush on a towel or washcloth and wait for them to air dry. This is going to take a while. You should try and place the brush with the bristles down so that the water drains faster. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wait, then you can always use a paper towel to dry your tools off.
When Should I Replace My Hair Brush?
If you have been using your hair brush for a while and the bristles are still intact, then you don’t have any reasons to replace it. If you do regular maintenance, then a men’s hair brush will last for years.
Here are some useful tips that will make it easier to clean your men’s hair brush and also make the tool work better:
- Throw away all pieces of hairs that are stuck in the brush because they can build up and will be harder to remove;
- Always remove your hair from the hairbrush after each use;
- Clean your hairbrush regularly to avoid oily buildups;
- When cleaning the bristles with your fingers, do it very slowly because getting pinned in the finger will hurt;
- It’s easy to neglect a hairbrush, but regular maintenance will ensure that your hair is always looking fresh.