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Look after your brush or comb

Look after your brush or comb

Brushing or combing your hair is vital if you want to keep your tresses knot-free and shiny. What's just as important is making sure whatever tool you use is in good condition before running it through your locks. Never washed your hair brush? Well, here's why you should and the best way to do it.

A dirty brush or comb is covered in hair, oil and product build-up among other nasty things, making it a breeding ground for bacteria. It also means your tool won't do its job properly and it will leave clean hair grubby - even if you can't actually spot anything with the naked eye.

It may seem like a quick job cleaning it, however if you want to do it right you must make it a thorough process.

To clean it, first pull out all the excess strands from the bristles/teeth - get as much as you can with your fingers, but for those pesky strands which you can't reach, use a pair of tweezers or nail scissors. Pull, tug or cut the strays out, flipping the brush or comb over several times to help loosen things up along the way.

Next you need to begin the clean. For this task, the humble toothbrush is your perfect tool. A good cleansing solution can easily be made with a teaspoon of baking soda and shampoo mixed in a cup of water. Then, dip the toothbrush into the solution and gently scrub at the base of your brush or between the teeth of the comb. Brush upwards so the dirt can easily be rinsed off after - you may even find more hairs you missed being pulled up.

Lastly run it under a tap, using the toothbrush again as you do so, and watch the dirt disappear down the plughole. Obviously brushes and combs aren't easy to dry using a towel or tissue, so simply leave the clean hair tool on the side and allow it to air dry. If you need it ASAP, put it under a low heat/cold hair dryer blow - just don't point the dryer too close.

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