How to clean wooden hair brushes

Updated February 21, 2017

Hairbrushes come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials. They are typically made from plastic or wood, with boar bristles, nylon bristles, plastic bristles or metal bristles. The type of brush you should use varies based on your hair type and desired hair style. Brushes should be cleaned weekly to remove hair from the brush and deep cleaned as needed to remove build-up, which is caused by hair oil and styling products. If build-up accumulates on the brush, it can be transferred to your hair, making your hair greasy or oily.

Remove hair from the wooden hairbrush. Place a comb at the sides of the brush and lift the hair upward. Use your fingers to lift and pull away the hairs.

Fill a cup or a sink with a squirt of shampoo and warm water.

Dip a clean toothbrush in the soapy water.

Rub the toothbrush against the hairbrush bristles. This will remove oil and build up.

Lightly rub the toothbrush against the pad that holds the bristles. If this is pad is wood, only clean it as needed to remove oils and build up with as little soapy water as needed. The water can seep into the wood, which, over time, can cause the wood to rot.

Rinse the toothbrush. Rub the clean toothbrush on the bristles and pad to remove soap residue.

Dampen a soft cloth. Wring the cloth to remove excess water. Wipe down the handle and backside of the brush.

Allow the brush to air dry before using. Do not use the brush while the bristles are wet, as it can damage the bristles.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
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