Cleaning your Brushes

A quick, easy and non-toxic way to clean your hair brushes is by using organic tea tree oil! I always have some on hand since there are so many uses and benefits, and this is another great one. The antibacterial properties are perfect for this job.

Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial properties

I know after a photo shoot, my brushes and combs are loaded with hair product, debris and other elements. In order to properly cleanse and sterilize them between uses, I seek out options that will not add to the toxic load.

Soak brushes face-down
Soak your brushes face-down in the sink

Rake any leftover hair out of the brushes first with a comb. In a clean sink, add warm water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Soak your brushes, bristles down, in the solution. You will see the oils and residue rise to the surface. For added cleaning benefits, you can add a non-toxic dish detergent if brushes are in need.

Add tea tree oil to warm water, include non-toxic detergent for a boost
Add tea tree oil to warm water, include non-toxic detergent for a boost

After they have been cleansed, empty the drain and rinse each brush thoroughly to remove any excess remnants. Don’t soak them for more than 30 minutes to avoid damaging the brushes. You may need to apply friction by scrubbing with¬†another brush if more extensive cleaning is needed.

Before cleaning, use your combs to remove hair from brushes
Before cleaning, use your combs to remove hair from brushes

Allow them to air dry – I like to place them on the window sill overnight. Once they are dry, give them a once-over to make sure there is no remaining hair in the bristles.

Dry your brushes overnight
Dry your brushes overnight

Now your brushes are good to go for the next round!

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