It’s one of our desert island must-haves (along with sunscreen and eyeliner), but we’re ashamed to admit that we don’t treat our hairbrush as nicely as we should. Case in point: You’re supposed to wash this trusty tool once a month or so to get rid of dirt, grime and grease, and the last time we did that was, um, well, never. Fortunately, giving your brush some TLC is easy. Here’s how.
What you’ll need: A pair of scissors, a bowl of warm water, some gentle shampoo, a toothbrush and your (icky) hairbrush.
What to do: First, remove any hair that’s trapped on your brush using either your fingers or scissors (you should ideally be doing this weekly). Then, holding the base, gently swirl your brush in the bowl of warm water. Next, put a drop of the shampoo on the toothbrush and use it to carefully scrub the bristles and the base of your brush. Swirl it in the bowl of water one more time to rinse. Finally, let the brush dry (bristles facing down) on a clean towel overnight, and that’s it.
One more thing: Don’t soak the brush in water as this could ruin the cushion or any wooden parts, and take special care with natural bristles (use less shampoo in this case). Now, use your newly-cleaned styling tool to coif your locks into a flattering new look—sans any greasy residue.