Most people are so focused on doing the most common tasks when it comes to hair care. Yet, there’s one thing I’m willing to bet many folks skip. Cleaning you hair tools!
The focus is so much on actual “hair care.” We tend to spend our time on 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 our hair’s porosity level
- Finding the right hair products for our hair type
There’s nothing wrong with those things. In fact, you should be doing every single one of them.
Yet, while all of that is great, that one little but impactful action of cleaning your hair tools should not be overlooked!
Yes, it’s that simple but that big of a deal as well. When is the last time you cleaned those items? Tools like:
Common Hair Tools to Clean
- Hair rollers
- Hair shears
- Head scarves
- Satin bonnets
- Satin pillowcases (silk too!)
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 a bit of alcohol.
Many scalp infections and stinky heads can be prevented by simply cleaning the items you use to care for your hair.
Cleaning Satin Bonnets & Pillowcases
Let’s start with a video on how to clean your satin bonnet & pillowcases:
Cleaning Your Hair Tools & Accessories – links
Moving right along, you’ll find links to other useful sources around the web on cleaning the rest of your hair tools:
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:
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 and accessories, you may be wondering how often you should clean them?
The 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 prevents 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 or oil 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?