As you pay close attention to thorough skin and hair care, does this care include your various make-up products or even your hairbrushes?
Do you love beautiful makeup and doing your eyeshadow? Bet you have plenty of brushes, just like a real pro. But do you maintain them in the same way as a professional? You must clean them regularly to keep them in perfect condition for as long as possible, and to prevent various bacteria from settling on them, which in turn might transfer onto your skin.
When you are done with doing your makeup, spray the brushes with a special cleaning liquid. It’ll only take a couple of seconds for it to dry, so you can use them again almost immediately.
Wash your favorite makeup brushes at least once every two weeks. To do this, mix a dollop of hair shampoo with two cups of water and wash the brushes with it as if it were real hair.
After washing your brushes, lay them flat on a paper towel and allow them to dry like that. Only put them away after they’re completely dry. This is important because if you put it away immediately, then the water might drip down into the brush, causing the hairs to fall out. But if you want to be extra professional and also have expensive tools, you might want to get a drying rack, that’ll make your job easier.
In a previous article, we mentioned the importance of choosing a hairbrush according to your hair’s length and hair type. But it’s just as important that you clean them regularly because when you comb your hair, dead epithelial cells and the natural from your hair transfer to the brush. This means the next time you use the comb or brush again, you’re essentially putting that back into your hair and scalp, making it greasy faster. In the worst-case scenario, fungi or bacteria can develop.
Goodbye, loose hair!
Usually, after combing, you take fallen-out hair out of your hairbrush, but that’s not enough! You also need a thorough cleaning once a week. As a first step, you can use a fishtail comb to take all those hairs out, if you don’t have one any toothpick type of tool works just as well.
Simple plastic brushes, combs
This is the easiest one to take care of because once you’ve gotten rid of the hairs it’s enough to rub it down with a little shampoo under lukewarm or warm water and you’re done. But if you want to be very thorough, soak it in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda, the same amount of shampoo, and a little extra water for a longer amount of time.
Soft-headed plastic brushes
With this kind of brush, the situation is no longer as simple, because if the plastic part can’t dry completely it can start to stink or grow mold. For this reason, either dry it thoroughly after rinsing it, or dip a clean toothbrush into the above-mentioned baking soda-shampoo mixture and brush the bristles out.
Wooden or metal brushes, combs
Don’t even think about soaking your wooden brushes or combs, as that can damage it. Instead, try the clean toothbrush method and make sure to dry it properly.
Natural bristle brush
Under no circumstances should you use shampoo for cleaning this brush, because it does not do the bristles any good. You can use soap however, liquid ones work too. Don’t do this in the sink, place clean water in a separate small container instead. Soap very carefully through the top of the bristles and rinse, then dry with the bristles facing down. It does not need to be placed on a radiator, just a plain towel or paper towel.