Don’t Use That Gunky Brush! Tips For Cleaning Your Hair Tools

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Cleaning your brushes

After you detangle with your Denman brush or define your curls with your defining brush, hairs will more than likely end up in them. Here are some tips to clean them:

1. Pick out the hairs with a comb, a bobby pin, or your fingers. The more hair you pull out, the easier it will be to clean your brush.

2. Fill the sink with warm water and shampoo. Since you use shampoo to cleanse your scalp, using shampoo to clean your brush will be safe.

3. Soak your brush in the water for 15 minutes to get the product build up to soften and ready to scrub with an old toothbrush or a cloth. If you use a toothbrush, make sure you don’t put it back in the cabinet with your dental hygiene tools!

4. Once the 15 minutes are up, scrub the remaining product build up with your old toothbrush or cloth until your hair brush is thoroughly clean.


5. Set your brush out on a clean towel to air dry.

Cleaning your combs/picks

Combs and picks are a bit more tricky because the teeth are closer and the product build up stays between the teeth. However, cleaning them is still quite simple:

1. Pull all the loose hair out from the teeth of the comb using your fingers and/or bobby pin.

2. Fill the sink with warm water and shampoo.

3. Completely submerge your comb in the water and soak for 15 minutes.

4. Once the 15 minutes are up, use your old toothbrush or a clean cloth to wipe the softened product buildup off the comb. You may also opt to use a specialized tool like the denman cleaning brush to help get between the smaller bristles.

5. Make sure there is no product buildup between the teeth. If there is, re-soak the comb in the water again.

6. Set your comb out on a clean towel to air dry.

About Christina J


Hey there! My name is Christina J. I am a healthy hair advocate and have been natural since October 2012. In June 2014, I decided to start my blog, Desire My Natural! to document my hair journey and other fun topics (family, health, inspiration, more). As I share, help, encourage, and support others in their healthy hair journey, I am continuing my own.

About Christina J


Hey there! My name is Christina J. I am a healthy hair advocate and have been natural since October 2012. In June 2014, I decided to start my blog, Desire My Natural! to document my hair journey and other fun topics (family, health, inspiration, more). As I share, help, encourage, and support others in their healthy hair journey, I am continuing my own.

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