Monday, 8 April 2013

The Hair Commandments - Clean Brushes

You don't want dirty brushes on your face, so you shouldn't want dirty brushes on your head and running through your hair. I'm a bit of a stickler for making sure my brushes are clean, and by keeping on top of it, you'll be giving your hair the best treatment possible.
I have a mixture of brushes I use on a regular basis, all of which I try and keep as clean as possible. The best way I've found to clean brushes is to remove any hair you can by hand, then run some warm water over the brush, add a little fairy liquid which will cut through any grease or product. Use a toothpick to clean around prongs and bristles of the brush, and make sure you use warm water again to rinse any bits of fluff and dirt away.
If you find it hard to get hair off round bristle brushes, grab a pair of exfoliating gloves and run your hands firmly down the brush. The 'grip' on the gloves helps pick up hair. Just be gentle with the bristles, broken bristles and teeth can snag and break hair.
Leave to dry on a towel. I sometimes add a light mist of a tea-tree and water mix when I've finished cleaning, just to help the anti-bacterial side of things.
And the combs? Don't forget to clean fine tooth combs, product build up can be a breeding ground for bacteria and nasty things. I usually mix a very weak bleach solution with hot water and pop them in for a few minutes. An old toothbrush is brilliant at getting between the teeth of the comb. Soaking in white wine vinegar also helps remove built up oils, leaving a squeaky clean styling tool.

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