Green Monday Reminder: Follow this Beauty Commandment!
I have got a confession. I don’t clean my hair brushes or combs as frequently as I should. My hair stylist believes these tools should be cleaned at least every other week. Normally, I am a pretty good client and do whatever she says. But, I was horrified to realize a simple hard truth.
I am way out of compliance with this beauty commandment. How is it that I use my brushes and combs even more often than my most beloved and sacred beauty products, yet treat them this way? I am half expecting the beauty police to arrive and charge me with abuse and neglect and relocate my tools to protective services.
The fact is hair brushes and combs collect a lot of gunk and debris over time. Bristles gather dust, dirt and chemicals from hairstyling products, like gels, mousses, pomades and heat protectants. Let me put this into perspective, what if you ran your hands through your hair multiple times a day and never washed them? YUCK!
I have a silver lining to this story. Cleaning your brushes is painlessly easy, eco-friendly and practically free. Clean tools will help your hair look better and stay fresh longer by helping to avoid oily buildup at roots. Plus well-cared for tools last longer. Don’t set them up for failure and avoid a bad hair day by following these simple steps to clean hair tools.
Step 1: Remove all of the hair from your brush
Tip: If you need some extra help, use a wide tooth comb.
Caution: Proceed with carefully with wood handled brushes, natural boar bristle and anything else you have that could be considered special or delicate. Wooden handles can swell when immersed in water. Boar Bristle is natural hair that can be delicate after immersed in water.
Step 3: Add 1 cup of vinegar
Bonus: For more vinegar-based beauty tips and treatments check out The Kitchen Cosmetician explores Vinegar.
Step 4: Let hair tools soak for 20 minutes
Step 5: Rinse
Step 6: Let tools air dry on a towel
Step 7: If there is any residue build up between bristles left, remove it with cotton ball or Q-tip
That’s it – now enjoy the little luxury of a clean brush and comb collection!
Readers – Do you regularly wash your combs and brushes? And are you guilty of breaking any beauty commandments?
Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.
1: Vintage Art Deco Brush via Etsy shop The Clay Penguin
2: RickyCare Heat Brush via we heart this
3: Vintage Vinegar Booklet via Etsy shop superimposium