So Fresh & So Clean Combs & Brushes | How To

Combs and brushes are really useful tools in removing not only shed hairs, but also dust, dirt, oils, old product and even dust mites; therefore, cleaning your tools is critical to having a healthy hair regimen.

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Each time you use an unclean hairbrush or comb, you redeposit grease, product, dust and dead skin cells back into your hair. If your hair is cut short or faded in certain areas, the dirt is more apparent as you can plainly see it sitting on top of your strands. Disgusting, right?

I think a good rule of thumb is to clean your combs and brushes on wash day. This way you can ensure that you aren’t transmitting buildup from previous weeks to your clean strands.

For those wondering which combs and brushes I own, and what I use them for:

CombsBrushesIntroA. Pick Comb | I use this comb to hide parts and fluff my roots when I am wearing a braid or twist out

B. Denman Brush | I use the Denman to evenly distribute product before I style my hair. It’s how I ensure that my entire strand is moisturized and my hair has a uniform look and feel.

C. Rat Tail Comb | I use this comb to assist in achieving smooth ends when doing twists or braids. Once I’ve twisted or braided about 95% of the way down, I break out this comb and glide it through my ends and twirl the hair around my fingers to achieve a coil. You could also use this same technique if you are adding a roller to the ends of your braid or twist

D. Brush | Now that my sides are faded, it’s sometimes necessary to brush the hair downward in the shaved areas.

E. Wide Tooth Comb | I use this comb to lightly detangle my hair. This normally takes place after I’ve pre-pooed, with conditioner in my hair under running water.

F. Perm/Relaxer/Dye Brush | Traditionally this brush is used to apply relaxers, perms, or dye to the hair but I use it to apply my rhassoul and bentonite clay treatments

Basic Cleansing Instructions

  1. Discard any visible hair strands from combs and brushes.
  2. Soak in cleansing solution (below, you’ll find three recipes) for a minimum of 30 minutes
  3. After they’ve soaked, under running water, use the comb to rake through the bristles of the brush to remove any left over particles. Repeat the same technique by using the brush to rake through the teeth of the comb.
  4. Rinse and allow to dry.
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Keep It Simple Sistas!

There are several low cost options to choose from when looking for a  cleansing solution:

Vinegar is a natural antiseptic,  kills bacteria, and loosens residue caused by styling products, thus making it ideal for cleansing.

    • Add 1/2 cup vinegar to
    • 2 tbsp Shampoo
    • 1/2 cup of  hot water

Soak your combs/brushes in solution. Wait until stray hair and dirt are loose. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Rinse and dry on a towel or wipe clean with a microfiber cloth .

Shampoo will gently cleanse your combs and/or brushes by loosening dirt and product build up

  • Add 1/2 C White Vinegar to
  • 2 tbsp Shampoo

Soak your combs/brushes in it. Wait until stray hair and dirt are loose. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Rinse well and dry on a towel or wipe clean with a microfiber cloth .

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Baking Soda

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and
  • 1 teaspoon of shampoo or vegetable soap
  • 1 cup soap

Grab a tall container (such as a tall vase or glass),  wide enough to hold all the combs and brushes you want to clean. Add combs and brushes downward, handle facing up and fill the container.

Soak your combs/brushes in it. Wait until stray hair and dirt are loose. It will take about 15-20 minutes. Rinse well and dry on a towel or wipe clean with a microfiber cloth .

A caveat to the baking-soda process is to remember not to immerse these types of combs and/or brushes in the water:

Rubber- Padded/Cushioned Brush (Ex. Denman) | Padded or Cushioned brushes will erode shorten it’s possible shelf life

Wooden Bodied Brushes or Combs | There is a possibility that the wood will absorb water, causing damage to the finish or make the handle swell and break.

Natural Boar Bristle Brushes | This brush contains natural hairs that would absorb moisture. The bristles on boar bristle brushes would twist or curl if dampened.

This particular time I used the vinegar-based solution, minus the baking soda since I was washing my denman (which has a rubber pad) and a brush with a wooden handle.

I hope you find these tips useful and implement a cleaning regimen, if you don’t already have one!

If your brush has a wood base, rubber padding, or has natural boar bristles, clean it under running warm water with shampoo – without submerging it in the water.Water can go through the vent holes on cushioned brushes, and will erode the cushioning. On wood brushes, sustained exposure to water can cause the wood to weaken and break.And natural boar bristles can twist or curl if submerged in water.- See more at: http://www.clean-organized-family-home.com/combs-brushes-clean.html#sthash.7ZcfFwLf.dpuf

If your brush has a wood base, rubber padding, or has natural boar bristles, clean it under running warm water with shampoo – without submerging it in the water.

Water can go through the vent holes on cushioned brushes, and will erode the cushioning. On wood brushes, sustained exposure to water can cause the wood to weaken and break.

And natural boar bristles can twist or curl if submerged in water.

– See more at: http://www.clean-organized-family-home.com/combs-brushes-clean.html#sthash.7ZcfFwLf.dpuf

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  1. Thanks for telling the different uses of different combs in detail and also the information about comb cleaning. very few people take care about these deeply aspects because they think that it is not a necessary to be cared about. you have provided very cleared information about these to raise people’s knowledge.

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