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Angelique Serrano
Jul 05, 2017 @ 8:00 am

When was the last time you cleaned your hairbrush? Like, really cleaned it? No judgment, but it’s a daily habit we should all get into now. “Eliminate the accumulation of hair after each use,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Juan Carlos Maciques. You can run a sturdy comb through bristles to pull up strands from the bed. The hairs are much more difficult to loosen after they’ve been allowed to sit and accumulate, Maciques says.

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Wait, we’re not done: Take a look at your brush while you’re detangling. Do you see any residue or powdery flecks falling from the bristles? That’s a sign your brush can use a serious cleaning. “Never immerse the brush in water, as this weakens the bristles,” Maciques says. “Instead wipe down the bristles with a damp, soapy scrubbing brush.” When you’re done, give the scrubber a rinse then use it again to clean and rinse your brush bristles. Let it air dry before using it again.

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As with most chores, the more fun you make cleaning your brush, the more you’ll actually do it. To that end, check out the Philip B Hairbrush Cleaner ($15, net-a-porter.com). Just drag the metal rake (gently!) through your brush bristles and watch how easy (not to mention insanely satisfying) it is to remove hair from your tool. If you’re a daily dry shampoo user, this item is a serious must-have to keep residue from building up in your brush.

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