When it comes to natural hair, I think it’s safe to say that we can all agree that above length, healthy hair is what we all want to achieve most. But let’s be honest for a second here, when you think healthy hair, the last thing on your mind is clean hair tools. Yet those are the very things that contribute to the health of your hair and scalp. Truth is, going natural probably comes with a truckload of hair tools you never thought you’d use in your lifetime, so to keep you on your sought after healthy hair journey, here are a few tips on cleaning those hair tools you probably never give a second thought to.
Spritz and applicator bottles
Because 99% of what you put in your spritz or applicator bottle is most probably water, this makes these tools prone to mould…especially if you plan on storing the contents for long. I recently learned that it’s best to always store your spritz bottle in the fridge. Secondly, spritz bottles need to be cleaned every time the contents are finished, before you refill it with a new batch. Cleaning can be done using a toothbrush (to reach areas inside the bottle that are unreachable using an ordinary sponge), warm to hot water and dishwashing liquid or shampoo. Applicator bottles can be washed using the same method after every use. Keep in mind that you’ll need to throw away and purchase new spritz and applicator bottles after every 3-4 months.
Brushes and combs
With all the dirt and grime that builds up on the surface of brushes and combs due to products used as well as hair that gets stuck in between the bristles, it goes without saying that brushes and combs need to be washed after every use or on wash day if that’s the only time you make use of them. The last thing you want is to use dirty brushes or combs on freshly washed hair. Gross. To clean them, fill your bathroom sink with warm or hot water and soak your brushes and combs for a few minutes with shampoo. You can also make use of a nail brush to scrub the gunk on the pad of your brush along with bicarbonate of soda. Once clean, leave them on a towel in the sun to dry.
Satin bonnets, scarves or pillowcases
How many times have you gone weeks without washing your much-loved satin headgears? Be honest now, I see you. Satin bonnets, scarves, and pillowcases need to be cleaned on a weekly basis, preferably every wash day. Without forgetting possible sweating at night, and although not to the same extreme as cotton, satin still absorbs whatever you put in your hair, not to mention the fact that your skin is in close contact with your protective gear while you sleep makes it even more important to keep these items clean as frequently as you possibly can. Depending on the quality of the material, you can either throw your satin items into the washing machine or hand wash them in hot or warm soapy water using your shampoo.
Hairdryers and hair straighteners
Forgive yourself if you’ve been fooled into thinking that you don’t need to clean your hairdryers and hair straighteners just because they happen to be electronics. Think working with oils and hair products that leave some form of a residue, eventually these hair tools will need a good clean. Going without wiping your hair straightener after every use will leave grime to accumulate, same thing with your hairdryer. Using a warm damp cloth, wipe both tools down after every use. Also, don’t forget to clean the filter of your hair dryer – this is where dust gathers and if left uncleaned, all you’ll be doing is blowing dirty air onto clean hair. Not a good idea…
Your hair tools are the second best items you’ll ever have aside from the hair growing on your head. Love and cherish them with the same intensity you do your hair, make it a habit to keep them as squeaky clean as possible so they can aid in your hair growth and not inhibit it.