all hair types The Proper Way to Clean a Hairbrush

Yes, you should really be cleaning it.

March 04, 2022
How To Clean Hair Brushes


We’ll be the first ones to say that cleaning can be kind of a drag. From cleaning your makeup brushes to cleaning your heat-styling tools, it seems like there’s a never-ending list of things that need to be soaped up and scrubbed down. And while adding an item to your to-do list is less than ideal, you may want to add your hairbrush to that memo. 


If you’ve been going about life not knowing how to clean a hairbrush — or thinking it’s unnecessary — it’s time to change that. Below, we’re sharing what you need to know about how to clean a hairbrush, plus an easy three-step tutorial that will leave your hairbrush looking almost as new as the day you bought it.  


How To Clean A Hairbrush 

So, how does one deep clean a hairbrush? It’s actually pretty easy. Follow these simple steps to rid your hairbrush of unwanted buildup.


1. Remove Excess Hair

Of course, you’ll want to remove any hair that has built up on your hairbrush. You can begin to do this by simply pulling the hair away with your fingers or a comb. You can also use a pair of scissors to cut out any strands that seem to have latched on and are a little more difficult to remove. 

You’ll want to do this about once a week, or when you notice hair starting to build up on your brush. As with most cleaning, the more often you do it, the less rigorous it’ll be next time.


2. Make A Cleaning Mixture

Once you’ve removed all excess hair from the brush, make a cleaning mixture that’s equal parts shampoo and water. We recommend using the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Simply Clean Shampoo as it’s free of sulfates, parabens, dyes and other harmful ingredients that aren’t harsh on your skin. You can throw a bit of baking soda into the mix as well. Stir your creation in a bowl when you’re ready to clean.


3. Scrub Away 

Reach for a clean toothbrush — one that you aren’t using to brush your teeth with, of course. This will allow you to gently scrub away any buildup without being too harsh. Dip the toothbrush in your soapy water mixture, then gently scrub between the bristles of your hairbrush. After you’ve given your brush a thorough cleaning, rinse the bristles with water and place your brush in a cool, dry place to air dry.

Alternatively, you can also fill a sink with the mixture and submerge your hairbrush into it, allowing all the gunk, particles and unwanted product residue to lift off. Then, follow with the toothbrush to scrub away.


Editor’s tip: If you’re working with a wooden brush, make a mixture that remains as dry as possible. Keep water to a minimum. This will help avoid over-saturating the brush and prevent damage to it.


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Edited and photographed by: Sophie Dweck