How long does a hairbrush really last, and how often should you be cleaning it?
Hairbrushes are one of the most important tools you have to keep your hair in top form, yet so many of us seem to hang on to that 10 year old hair brush, because well why should you replace it?
Your hairbrush is a staple that not only styles and detangles your hair, but stimulates your scalp and distributes natural oils to keep your hair looking healthy. Many modern hair brushes now offer several types of professional technologies to get the very best from your hair! Choosing a brush that feels comfortable and suits your hair type is very important if you want your hair to look as good as possible. But you can’t just find that one brush and stick with it for years and years, your brush ages and your hair changes!
So when should you replace your hairbrush? We would recommend every 6-12 months, depending on how often you use it.
If you’re wondering whether your brush is ready for replacement take a close look at it. If the bristles are looking a bit worn or discoloured, are missing some of the protective tips or bent out of shape it is definitely time for a new brush. Old, worn
bristles can damage your hair cuticle, resulting in lifeless, damaged hair. Even if your hairbrush looks fairly ok, chances are that after 12-18 months general wear and tear will mean your brush needs to retire. If you blow dry your hair with a brush you need to be extra vigilant as the lifespan of those tends to be even shorter. Keep in mind that if your hair is very thick a brush will probably wear out faster than if you’ve got thinner hair.
The good news is that taking good care of your brush can really extend its lifetime! Product, natural oils and bacteria builds up on your brush if you don’t clean it, so every time you brush you are essentially distributing dirt through your hair. Dirty brushes can make clean hair look oily, dirty and weighed down. Your hair can even snag on bits of dry product, causing breakage.
So how do you keep your brush in top shape? If hair starts to build up on the brush, gently remove it with a wide toothed comb. This should ideally be done after each use, but at the very least weekly. How often you properly clean your brush depends on how much you use it. A good rule of thumb is once a month, but if you use a large amount of products and dry shampoo or tend to wash your hair less often, then washing your hairbrush every other week is recommended . The best way to clean your brush is dipping it into soapy, lukewarm water and gently scrubbing the bristles without bending them. A small children’s toothbrush can be helpful to properly, but gently clean large amounts of build-up. Don’t soak the brush, simply dip, scrub, shake and leave to air dry.