Your Hairbrush May Be the Grossest Thing in Your Bathroom

 dirty hairbrushYou probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about your hairbrush. You use it, it gets out your tangles, end of story. But no offense, your dirty, dirty hairbrush is almost definitely in need of a serious cleaning.

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Researchers at The Ohio State University have invented the "MAZE hairbrush." It's a hairbrush with bristles that sit on rows of curving, maze-like supports. And those rows pull apart for easy cleaning.

So what, you ask? Well, it's the WHY that's most interesting.

Researchers at OSU found that the average lifetime of a hairbrush is six months to a year (!!!). Not because the bristles stop being effective, but because they get SO gunked up.

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Apparently, your hairbrush is similar to a sponge or carpet. It traps a whole bunch of goop every time you run it through your hair. And we don't mean Gwyneth Paltrow–like goop, but old hair product. Hair. Oil from your scalp. Dirt. Dust. And even (gulp) dust mites.

So each time that nasty unwashed brush makes contact with your hair, you're actually putting all that gross stuff -- dust mites, oil, old hair product, etc. -- back on your head.

If you're not skeeved out yet, then how about this: Over time your hairbrush starts to smell.

We're guessing (hoping?) that you're stepping away from your screen to clean (or toss!) that nasty thing. Once a week is optimum, but aim for at LEAST once a month.

Pick or cut out the trapped hair; then, using a toothbrush, scrub the bristles with a cup of water mixed with 1 teaspoon each of gentle shampoo and baking powder.

Let air dry, and you're finally ready to brush your hair.

 

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