This Is Why You Should Wash Your Hairbrush (And It's Gross)

10 January 2017, 15:56


By Hollie Borland

We all know that we need to brush our teeth and showering once a day is second nature. But cleaning our hairbrush? After reading this we'll be doing it every day.

Despite using the de-tangler everyday, cleaning our hairbrush is not really something we've ever really thought about it but according to experts it could be damaging our hair and our skin. 

A buildup of hair on our brushes attracts all kinds of nasties, such as dust mites, dead skin cells and oils. And what's more, every time we use a dirty hairbrush, we're simply, "redepositing all that buildup back onto the strands and scalp, making your hair look greasier," according to Good Housekeeping.

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"Like all your beauty tools, hairbrushes get dirty with repeated use, especially if you're using styling products on your hair," dermatologic surgeon and RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, M.D. told Good Housekeeping. "The buildup on your hairbrush can serve as nidus for bacteria and yeast overgrowth, so there is an infection risk."

So, depending on what type of hairbrush you use, this is what you need to do to keep it clean. 

Plastic brushes

These brushes can cope with being deep cleaned on a monthly basis. FDr. Shah says to fill up a sink with warm water and add a small amount of gentle shampoo and "thoroughly wash your brushes." Once they've been cleaned, leave them out to air dry. 

Paddle brushes

The squishy base on these types of brushes mean that you need to take extra care to make sure that the water doesn't get trapped under the base and grow mould.

These can be cleaned the same way as plastic brushes, or Birnur Aral, Ph.D., Director of the Beauty Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute USA advises you follow the instructions that come with the brush. 

These can be washed every other month. 

Wooden brushes

"The finish on the wood may get ruined with soap and water," says Dr Aral, so they don't need a deep clean. Instead, subject the brushes to a "quick wash".