To remove the gunk that builds up between the teeth of your comb, press a strip of adhesive tape along the comb’s length, and lift it off. Then dip the comb in a solution of alcohol and water, or ammonia and water, to sanitize it. Let dry.
Freshen up your combs and hairbrushes by soaking them in a solution of 3 cups warm water and 2 teaspoons baking soda. Swirl them around in the water to loosen up all the debris caught between the teeth, then let them soak for about half an hour. Rinse well and dry before using.
If you dread the prospect of cleaning out your hairbrush, here’s a way to make the job much easier. Cut a 2-inch (5-centimeter) strip from the leg section of a pair of pantyhose, and stretch it over and around the bristles of your new (or newly cleaned) hairbrush. If necessary, use a bobby pin or a comb to push the hose down over the bristles. The next time your brush needs cleaning, simply lift up and remove the pantyhose layer—along with all the dead hair, lint, etc. on top—and replace it with a fresh strip.
A pencil can help give lift to curly hair if you don’t have a pick. Two pencils crossed in an X also can stabilize and decorate a hair bun, plus provide you a new writing tool if you lose yours during the day.
Skin oils can build up on your combs and brushes faster than you realize. And if you’re tucking them into your purse or pocket, they’re accumulating dust and dirt as well. Give them a fresh start in a shampoo bath. First comb any loose hair out of the brush, then rub a little shampoo around the bristles or along the teeth of the comb. Put a small squirt of shampoo in a tall glass of water, let the comb and brush sit for a few minutes, swish, and rinse clean.