Here's how to clean your hair supplies, from brushes to blow dryers


You probably wash your hair at least three times a week, but when's the last time you washed your hairbrush? They might seem clean, but tress tools like combs, straighteners and ponytail holders can get pretty grimy...and take your 'do to a 'dont really quick. Read on to clean up your act.

Combs and brushes

Start by removing hair lodged between the teeth of your comb or bristles of your brush. Can't clear 'em out? Gently root out strands with tweezers or a toothpick. (If the hair is too tough, you can even use some scissors.) Then soak your supplies in a mixture of warm water and shampoo, rinse and air dry.

Blow dryer

It may come to a surprise that tons of germs, bacteria and lint tend to hide in the back vent of your dryer. Most newer blow dryers have a convenient back panel which can be twisted off and cleaned with a cloth, but if your cap won’t come off, try using a vacuum nozzle to suction out the lint. A cotton swab or toothpick can help with stubborn debris.

Flat Irons and curling irons

Before you begin, please make sure that all devices have been turned off. (Might seem obvious, but better safe than sorry!). Dampen a washcloth with warm water and rub it over the surface of your iron to remove product residue. For those tricky niches, use an old toothbrush, cotton swab, or paper towel dabbed in a little rubbing alcohol. Remember to let everything dry completely before plugging it in again.

Hair accessories

Prepare a warm water-shampoo mixture, then let hair ties, hairbands, bobby pins and other accessories soak for 5-10 minutes. Scrub gently between your fingers, then rinse in cool water and let dry.

Do you wash your hair tools regularly? What other beauty basics are you sure to keep clean? Let us know!  


by Samantha Subin | 2/1/2016
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