When was the last time you used your hairbrush? This morning? And when was the last time you washed it….?
A shocking report by the University of Arizona unearthed that hairbrushes are the worst breeding ground for bacteria, housing even more than a plughole or dog bowl (gulp).
“People often underestimate how important it is to keep your hairbrush clean, but it is incredibly important,” says Neil Barton, Goldwell Ambassador and Owner of Neil Barton Hair.
“Not cleaning your hairbrush can lead to germs and bacteria being passed onto your hair and scalp from the residue on the brush, which can leave your hair looking not only greasy, but also limp and lifeless.
“Think about it this way: if you’ve just cleaned your hair and then you go over it with a brush you haven’t cleaned in a while, you are just basically making your hair dirty all over again.”
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Right, that’s enough to inspire us to dash to the sink. So how do you thoroughly clean your hairbrush to ensure the best damn hair of your life?
“My advice would be to try to remove loose hair from your hairbrush at least three times a week and give your brush a good deep clean in warm water with mild shampoo every one to two weeks, or more often if you have longer hair.
“Simply soak the hairbrush in some warm water and mixing with some gentle shampoo in order to break down product build up in the hairbrush and give it a good deep clean.”