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How to Clean Combs and Hair Brushes - Easy Tutorial

July 12, 2020

Using a dirty and gunky comb or hairbrush is never a pleasant experience. With the amount of tangled hair and dust present in the material, using it can sometimes do more harm than good.

That’s why it’s very important to make sure your combs and hairbrushes are clean and free from any deep-seated dirt. 

Sounds difficult? Not quite.

In this article, we’ll discuss the different steps of how to clean a comb and how to clean a hairbrush — including a detailed comparison to help you decide which one is better for you.

Combs vs. Hairbrushes: Which One Should You Choose?

set of combs and hairbrushes

Make no mistake about it: combs and hairbrushes are both perfect choices to style and tidy your hair. Whether you want a quick fix or a more styled look, choosing either of the two can leave you with no wrong choice.

Having a bad hair day? Hairbrushes are the ideal choice to help you smooth through almost any type of hair. Whether you have a thick, curly or tangled hair, this grooming item will help you achieve volume — and even shine — with every brush.

However, if you have short or thin hair, then you’re better off using a hair comb. This extra lightweight hair tool is usually used by men and women wanting to comb through their hair with little effort as possible. Not only that, a comb is also the perfect choice for men wanting to tidy up their beards, mustaches and even goatees.

While there is no reigning hair accessory between the two, it’s always best to have one of each in your dresser to help you achieve whatever look or style you’re going for. After all, mixing things up does have its benefits from time to time.

How to Clean Combs and Hairbrushes

removing hair from comb

1. Remove hair

Most of the dirt found in a comb or hairbrush comes in the form of tangled and lumpy hair. It doesn’t matter if you have straight, curly or wavy hair; these hair strands will always find their way into every corner of the brush.

So before you even get to cleaning, make sure to remove every hair strand from the comb or hairbrush first. Do this by yanking away every hair strand by hand.

Once done, you will find that you’re already more than halfway into the cleaning process.

2. Soak comb or hairbrush into a gentle cleaning solution

Fill a large container with warm water and add a few drops of white vinegar and shampoo. 

Dip the comb or hairbrush into the mixture and let it soak for a few minutes. This will help any deep-seated dirt soften and disintegrate into the solution.

Once you start noticing the dirt or gunk has gone away, pick up the comb or hairbrush and place it on a dry and clean cloth.

3. Scrub the comb or hairbrush clean

Almost immediately after you set aside the brush on the side, scrub it with an old clean toothbrush to further loosen down the dirty particles.

Go through each tooth or bristle to make sure everything gets squeaky clean. Think about it like brushing your teeth — you wouldn’t want to leave a single dirt that can only cause more irritation in the long run.

4. Rinse and wipe clean

After giving the comb or hairbrush a good scrub, it’s time to give it another rinse to wash away the gunk.

Simply place the item under a running faucet and wipe at it the way you would when you’re cleaning your hands. 

Once you’re done rinsing, use a soft cloth or a dry paper towel to wipe out every corner off the brush. Leave it to fully air dry before you start using it again.

Keep Your Hair Extra Clean with Germ-Free Combs and Hairbrushes

Cleaning your combs and hairbrushes is an easy process that should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. By keeping them extra clean and neat, you’re not only putting a stop to germs and bacteria but also the risk of contracting hair diseases.

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