How To Properly Clean Your Hair Brush

How To Properly Clean Your Hair Brush

People spend a lot of time styling their hair so they look their best, but most don’t give much thought to maintaining a clean hair brush. Hairbrushes collect dirt, dust and contain the same amount of product buildup that’s you have in your hair. So just think of all the icky stuff that gets trapped in the bristles if you don’t wash it weekly. Maintain a clean hair brush with these simple steps.

  1. Grab any brush that’s gathered a visible amount of hair. Here, we show you how to clean out a flat (paddle) brush but this can be done exactly the same on a round brush.
  2. In the hair world, we have tools to clean out brushes, but when you’re at home, try grabbing a pen or pencil and slide it under the hair in the brush. Now pull up until the hair starts to loosen. (You do this so you don’t end up cutting your bristles with the next step)
  3. Next, go in with your scissors and cut straight down the middle as seen on the photo. TIP: If you’re cleaning out a round brush, flip it over and do the same on the opposite side.
  4. Now “peel” the hair open and remove. You can go back in with your pen or pencil to loosen up any more tight spots.
  5. Discard that gorgeous hairball.


  • Clean the brush once a week to keep your hair looking its best.
  • You can actually shampoo your brushes. To do that, just fill up the sink with warm water and add a tablespoon of cleansing / clarifying shampoo. Wash the brush + bristles thoroughly, rinse well, and let it dry (or blow it dry).

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