Here’s Why You Should Wash Your Hair Brush, According to TikTok

March 24, 2022
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Washing your beauty tools is essential to keeping your skin (and makeup) looking its best. If you haven’t taken the time to clean your makeup brushes in a while, consider this your reminder. In the same way that you should routinely wash your makeup brushes to remove leftover makeup and excess oil, don’t neglect the other tools you use everyday – like your hair brush


When a TikTok clip that shows what happens when you don’t clean your hairbrush popped up on my For You Page recently, I was both appalled and fascinated. If you, like me, have never washed your hair brush, I suggest you keep scrolling to find out why this habit is one you should incorporate into your routine every two weeks. 


In the video in question, TikTok user Jessica Haizman shared what happened when she gave two of her hair brushes a “bath” in her bathroom sink. She explained that while pulling the hair out of your hair brushes is something we all know to do every once in a while, many of us forget (or simply didn’t even know) to do a more thorough cleanse. “Realistically, you should clean your hairbrushes once every two weeks,” she said. 

While it might not seem necessary at first, I was pretty convinced that I needed to wash my hair brushes ASAP when I saw how dirty the water was after Haizman cleaned hers. Find a step-by-step guide on how to wash your hair brushes, below. 

How to Clean Your Hair Brushes 

Step 1: Remove the Hair

Try to remove all of the hair from your hair brushes by pulling the strands out with your fingers or, like Haizman, using a small fine-toothed comb.

Step 2: Draw a Bath 

Draw a “bath” for your brushes by filling up a sink (or tub) and adding in one part baking soda and one part shampoo (the Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Shampoo works great for this). Place the hair brushes in the water and gently work the mixture through the entire brush, focusing on the bristles. 

Step 3: Let the Brushes Soak

After massaging the mixture through the bristles of the brush, leave the brushes to soak for 30 minutes. It was during this time that Haizman noted that the water started turning brown.

Step 4: Remove and Rinse

Once 30 minutes have passed, remove the brushes from the water and drain the sink. When the dirty water has gone down the drain, rinse the brushes well with water and set them aside to air dry.

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Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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