When was the last time you really cleaned your hair tools? I know for myself, it’s been a about month. Now, don’t act like it’s just me. We have all put in lots of time to learn how to care for our hair by moisturizing, sealing, deep conditioning*, and styling effectively but most of that TLC comes from the hair tools we use.
We all dread this chore and it’s easy to be forget to clean our hair tools, as a matter of fact sometimes it feels easier to just go out and get new ones! But why do that when you can spend a few minutes a week cleaning the ones you already own.
Why is it important to clean our hair tools?
Imagine, you have not cleaned your tools in the past few months and you are planning your next hairstyle, perhaps a perm rod set. You have thoroughly washed and conditioned your hair and you are ready to get the style on.
The Denman brush* you are using to detangle has greasy gunk in the base of the bristles and curly hair sticking out of it. The rat tail comb* you are going to use to part your hair has oily build up on the sides of it.
The perm rods have flakes and brown stuff curled around them…should I give you a barf bag? Yes, that’s absolutely disgusting! But, I’m sure we have all done this. What’s the point of washing your hair when you are gonna use your greasy and oily tools to style it? There’s no point at all.
Using hair tools that have product buildup on them will definitely have trapped hair, dirt, oil, bacteria, old products, and maybe even dust mites on them. So when you use these hair tools that have not been cleaned in a long time, you are re-depositing grease, oils, old products and dead skin cells right back onto your clean scalp and hair.
What about the heat damage you believe is happening because of the heat setting you are using? Let me be the first to tell you, heat damage can also come from the product build up on your hot tools. Something has to be done about this madness so here are a few simple ways to clean your brushes, combs, hot tools, and hair accessories for a few minutes of work each week.