You’ve come to the right place for learning how to clean a boar bristle brush. But first, I want to share my story about when my brush was in major need of a cleaning.
Okay so, one day I felt like doing a little head massage session with my boar bristle brush.
The one I have is a Mixed Pure Boar Bristle & Nylon Brush because I like the mixture of boar bristles and harder nylon bristles. It feels nicer on my scalp and brushes through my hair better than the Pure Boar Bristle Brushes.
Anyways, it had been a while since I used it due to life’s busy-ness. My scalp and roots were feeling oily and this is the best time to use a boar bristle brush because of how amazingly it spreads sebum throughout the rest of your hair, enhancing hair growth, shine, strength…etc.
I grabbed the brush out of my vanity drawer and set it down. The brush looked pretty dirty but I shrugged it off because I never had to clean it before in the past. I brushed through my hair with a regular brush first to remove any tangles and make it easier for the boar bristle brush to work it’s way through my hair. Then I slowly worked my way through my whole head of hair with my boar bristle brush. It felt like an amazing massage and I was so glad to finally use it again.
Afterwards, I went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror. OH MY GOSH. My whole head of hair was covered in lint and dandruff-looking white dots, probably from old hair spray. I couldn’t believe this happened. I tried picking some pieces out but there were way too many –I needed to shower.
When I got out of the shower I knew I had to clean this dang brush before I made that mistake again. I sat down at my computer, went to Google and typed in ‘how to clean a boar bristle brush’. I’m someone who likes to watch videos instead of reading how to do something, so I found this:
How to Clean a Boar Bristle Brush
After watching the video, I wanted to get started right away. It made sense to begin with combing through the brush to get out any hair/dirty debris you could remove that way. When he said to get a bucket and soak the brush for 20-30 minutes, I was thinking that would be too long of a process; It also doesn’t seem good for the brush. I did however like the idea of using hand soap for cleansing.
So what I did was this:
1 – Use a comb to brush through the boar bristle brush and remove hair/dirt until you can’t get anything else out that way.
2 – Run the brush under warm water and apply hand soap to the bristles.
3 – Use your fingers to do some scrubbing; ‘rough it around with your fingers like you’re shampooing your hair‘ as he says in the video.
4 – Rinse the brush with warm water and lay upside down on a towel to let it dry.
I hope this post was helpful. It’s important to know how to clean a boar bristle brush so this doesn’t happen to you.
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