How to clean a boar bristle hairbrush

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How to clean a boar bristle hairbrush
Boar bristles are commonly used for natural-bristle hairbrushes. (MayerKleinostheim/iStock/Getty Images)

A boar bristle hairbrush is a natural bristle brush that absorbs oil from the hair and retains dirt. Dirt and natural oils left on the hairbrush go right back into the hair and on the scalp whenever the hair is brushed. Boar bristle hairbrushes last longer and keep your scalp and hair healthier when they are cleaned and maintained regularly.

Things you need

  • Comb
  • Shampoo for oily hair
  • Clean towel

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  1. 1

    Comb the boar hair bristles to remove any loose dirt and hair from the brush. Both are much more easily removed while the brush is still dry, rather than when it's wet.

  2. 2

    Pour warm water into the sink and add a capful of shampoo for oily hair. Shampoo formulated for oily hair will remove all traces of natural oils from boar bristle hairbrushes. Stir the shampoo and water to mix.

  3. 3

    Put the hair brush in the sink, bristles facing down so loosened dirt can more easily float out of the bristles. Allow the brush to sit in the shampoo solution for half an hour. Scrub the brush with the palm and heel of your hand and swish the brush around in the shampoo solution to remove loosened dirt and oil.

  4. 4

    Flush the brush with warm water to rinse. Wick moisture from the boar bristles by pressing a clean towel into the bristles. Place the brush on a dry towel, with the boar bristles facing down, and leave it until fully dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid the accumulation of dirt and oils by washing a boar bristle hairbrush at least once per week.

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