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This Is How Often You Need to Replace Your Hairbrush

This is how often you need to replace your hairbrush.

A hairbrush contains bacteria and dust that builds up on a daily basis. This bacteria and dust sticks to your hairbrush and becomes hard to remove. Also, if you have dandruff, every single time you swipe that brush through your hair, you’re putting the dandruff back into your scalp.

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If you have a round hairbrush and the bristles have gone bad, then you’re not able to get the style you want as easily as you used to. Now you are using more heat, doing it over and over to achieve the style. That’s damaging to your hair as it will make the hair strands brittle. Bent bristles on any type of hairbrush can cause breakage as well.

If you have curly, thick or you use a lot of product before brushing, your hairbrush will likely need to be replaced more often.

Cleaning your hairbrush – you probably already pulled the hair out of your brush when it builds up; however, you should also be doing a deep cleanse once a month. Remove all the hair from the bristles, then rinse the brush with warm water and a few drops of shampoo. Shake it a few times and leave it to dry. If you have a wooden hairbrush, make sure not to submerge it all the way under water. For plastic hairbrushes can be left in a bowl of water for up to 20 minutes to really get a good soak.

Signs you need a new hairbrush – the most obvious sign is when your hairbrush is already missing bristles or spokes, or when it’s too dirty to get cleaned. Missing bristles or prongs in a hairbrush requires more work like it’s designed to. In a worst-case scenario, the hairbrush could catch your hair and cause hair breakage. If your hairbrush is so filthy you can’t just remove the hair strands and lint, it’s better to have your hairbrush replaced.

When the cushion or pad of your hairbrush is too squishy or when it’s already cracked, the hairbrush is likely causing more damage to your hair than good.

Replace your hairbrush every six or 12 months, especially if it’s a plastic or rubber hairbrush. Also, if you own a boar bristle hairbrush, it must be replaced every six months. How long your hairbrush lasts depends on the quality of the hairbrush, the type and texture of your hair, and the treatments and products you apply.

Although there isn’t a strict rule because of the varying factors to consider. Therefore, make sure to watch for the above signs or simply replace it annually if you are unsure. It’s a good hygienic practice if you think of it.

High quality hairbrushes are usually engineered to last longer. This kind of hairbrushes tend to have heat-resistant bristles, so not only will there be less chance of damage to your hair but the hairbrushes will also last longer.

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