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The Really Quick Hair Hygiene Task You’re Probably Skipping

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Most people are so focused on doing the most common tasks when it comes to hair care. Things such as:

  • Washing and conditioning weekly or at some other set interval of time.
  • Getting trims at a set time of year (or reactively, when the ends look split and frayed)
  • Figuring out their hair’s porosity level
  • Finding the right hair products for their hair type

There’s nothing wrong with those things. In fact, you shoud be doing every single one of them.

Yet, while all of that is great, there’s one little but impactful action that you should be doing as well.

Cleaning your hair tools!

Yes, it’s that simple but that big of a deal as well. When is the last time you cleaned those items? Tools like:

  • Hair rollers
  • Hair shears
  • Head scarves
  • Satin bonnets
  • Satin pillowcases (silk too!)
  • Combs
  • Brushes

And, I’m not talking about a rinse to remove residual dirt and oil. We’re talking about cleaning them thoroughly with soap, water, and maybe even bit of alcohol.

Many scalp infections and stinky heads can be prevented by simply cleaning your hair tools. Below you’ll find links to some pretty useful articles for cleaning your hair tools.

Let’s start with a video on how to clean your satin bonnet & pillowcases:

Cleaning Your Hair Tools & Accessories – links

How to Clean Hair Brushes & Combs: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/hair/advice/a40904/how-to-clean-hair-brushes/

How to Clean Your Hair Tools:
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-clean-hair-tools

Quick and Dirty Tips: Cleaning Your Hair Tools
https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/quick-and-dirty-tips-cleaning-your-hair-tools

How Often to Clean Hair Tools

Now that you have some pretty great resources for providing instruction on cleaning your hair tools accessories, you may be wondering how often you should clean them?

That answer is it depends.

How often you clean your hair tools depends solely on how often you use them. For example, if you only pull out your hair rollers for special occasions you can clean them less frequently. Just make sure you are storing them in a manner that prevent dust from accumulating on them.

For hair accessories you use more often like combs, you should aim to clean them at least weekly. If you use a lot of oils and products in your hair, you may need to clean them multiple times per week.

A good rule of thumb is if you can see, feel (or smell) dirt on your hair tools, it’s probably time to clean them….and thoroughly.

How do you pair your hair hygiene with cleaning your hair tools?

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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