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TikToker reveals close-up of what’s living in dirty hairbrushes: ‘So gross’

Katie Mather
·2-min read

You could be using the most expensive products on the market — but if you don’t know how to clean your hairbrush, is your hair actually healthy?

When left unattended, hairbrushes can accumulate a lot of buildup and residue that essentially goes back into your hair. Brushes soak up all the dirt, oil, dust and products in your hair — basically acting like a sponge — and can redeposit all the filth back onto your scalp.

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On average, people shed around 50 to 100 hairs per day. A lot of them are collected in hairbrush bristles, which can then catch particles from the surrounding environment. If you keep your hairbrush in your bathroom, this means you could be unknowingly exposing your hair to all sorts of germs.

TikToker Jessica Haizman shares all sorts of home and cleaning tips on her account, which has almost 900,000 followers. In one video, she filmed a close-up on her hairbrush before cleaning it.

“It was so gross,” she wrote over the footage.

To clean the brush, Haizman first used a fine-toothed comb to pull out all the hair stuck in its bristles. After that, she put her brushes in the sink and started running the water. Then she added 1 cup of baking soda into the sink — and a little bit of shampoo.

Haizman let the brushes sit in the concoction for 30 minutes. After taking out the brushes, the water is visibly brown and dirty — even though Haizman had pulled out all of the hair.

“I don’t dye my hair or use much product,” Haizman added.

Finally, Haizman rinsed the brushes and let them air dry on a towel until they’re completely dry. She recommends repeating this process every two to three weeks.

Commenters shared that apple cider vinegar (instead of baking soda) also works. Others suggested taking the brush into the shower and cleaning it with shampoo.

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