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