How to Clean Hair Brushes in Salon

Do you want to know the professional way of cleaning the brushes? Then, this article is the right thing for you.

There are lots of techniques that you can do, but if you want to know the exact way of cleaning  the brushes and how the salon professionals do it then keep reading the further descriptions.

First, have a look at the methods to know the details of it.

Method of cleaning hair brushes

If we talk about cleaning the hair brushes and combs in a professional style, then we must say, there’s a big difference between cleaning in a professional way and cleaning by applying some homemade DIY.

But that doesn’t mean salon brushes cannot be cleaned by using DIY solutions. Of course, you can do it. But if you want to know the details of cleaning brushes just like the professionals do, then keep your eye on the further reading.

Well, for doing it, the things you will need are:

  • Dirty brushes and combs
  • Scissors
  • Gloves
  • Some large boxes
  • Measurement cups
  • Pedicure brush
  • Dish soap
  • Clean towels
  • Brush Cleaner (use another comb instead)
  • Cleaning solution

Step 1: Take all the hair out from the brush

The first step should be the cleaning of all the hair out from the brushes. The reason is that it will make the entire process easier. You cannot clean the brushes properly if the hair is stuck into the bristles of the brushes.

Moreover, old hair that is stuck into the brushes can spread infections. Though in a salon, a brush is used for different purposes and interacts with different hair of different people, that’s why cleaning every hair from all the brushes is important.

And to clean the brushes and the combs, take the brushes and untie all the hair. You can use a brush cleaner that can be found online. Or else, you can take another comb to remove the hair easily.

And if you find the hair being much stubborn and it’s being hard to take them off, then you can use scissors. Cut the hair off with the scissors and take all the hair away and throw it in the bin.

Step 2: scrubbing

The next step is scrubbing. After getting rid of all the hair from the brushes, now it’s time to scrub them well. You can use any kind of ready-made scrubber to clean them nicely. The reason for scrubbing is, it will dust off almost all dirt that is present in the corners of the bristles.

Besides, cleaning it in that way will make the entire process easy for you. To clean the hair brushes professionally, this step is necessary for deep cleaning.

If you want a deeper cleaning finish, you can use a toothbrush. Yes, it’s a DIY solution that we are suggesting but it’s totally up to you whether you want to apply the technique or not. Otherwise, you can take any kind of scrubber or stiff brush in order to do the same thing.

Further, make sure you won’t push the scrubber too hard on the brushes. It might damage or break the bristles of it. Be gentle and allow the scrubber to clean the area properly.

Step 3: Pre-wash

Now, it’s time to pre-wash it. Pre-washing means you need to get all the brushes together and make these ready for cleaning.

And for cleaning it, you need to take a bucket or a large box so that the bushes can be soaked well. Put all the brushes into the box and add water.

Make sure you pour a lot of water that it can totally cover the brushes. The box should be full with water. After that, add any kind of liquid cleanser into it. You can also use dish washing liquid soap. The results will be the same. And then, let the brushes into the mixture for about 7-10 minutes. That will be enough for getting done with the pre-wash.

The other thing that you should be careful of is the timing. You need to be particular about it. 10 minutes for soaking is enough. And if you will keep it longer, then it might bring different results. And if you soak it for a shorter time then it will be tough to clean easily and quickly. So, you need to follow all the steps in the same way we are describing.

Step 4: soaking for disinfecting and clean

The previous step informs you about the preparation of cleaning. Now, it’s time to do the actual cleaning. After soaking into a dish soap solution, now, take all the brushes out from the submerged water and put those into another box.

Make sure you rinse it a little bit with plain water and then put those brushes and combs into another box.

Now, we are going to start the disinfection process. Pour lots of cleaning and disinfecting solutions that you can find easily at the shop. After that, submerge the entire brushes well. There is a product that people generally call QUARTS.

While you are using this, one thing that you must be careful about is the formula of it. This is a poison and that’s why you have to keep it away from children.

Well, after submerging the brushes for another 10 minutes, now you can consider the brushes as the sanitized ones. Follow these steps and sanitize them while cleaning.

Step 5: Drying process

Once you are done with the cleaning, then you need to dry all the brushes and combs well. Drying is as important as cleaning. It has because if you don’t dry it out then you won’t be able to finish the entire process perfectly. And that’s why you might won’t get the perfect result. So, maintain the process as described.

And for doing it, you will need two towels. Yes, the drying process should be done by using a towel. So, take all the brushes out from the liquid solution. Now, take a towel and put all the brushes on it. Make sure you do all the processes with your gloves on.

Now, take another towel and cover the brushes well. Let the brushes for at least a couple of hours. It would be best if you let them be there for drying overnight. In the next morning, uncover the towel and you will see the perfectly cleaned brushes that will look like new. Now, it’s ready for use.

Is disinfecting the brushes important?

Yes, disinfecting the brushes is important. If you don’t want to clean your brushes and sanitize it, then it might spread bacterias and viruses that won’t totally be a healthy thing.

Besides, it’s important to clean your entire hair brush collection regularly. That will keep the brushes away from dirt, bacteria and infection. Moreover, the excess product that is used in the salon should also be cleaned.

There are lots of hair, hair products, dandruff, skin particles, and all the dirt that are stuck in the corners of the bristles. So, all the dirt should be cleaned properly. And those diets contain lots of bacteria that can cause infection if you use it for a long time.

That’s why sanitizing is as important as cleaning the brushes perfectly. So, make sure the brushes should properly be cleaned. And then the disinfecting procedure should be considered.

Can you use the same method on every brush and comb?

Not exactly, you cannot decide and apply the same method to clean all your brushes. And in the salon, there are lots of different brushes that are of different varieties. And they should know the material of those brushes and then apply the suitable method for cleaning it.

And for that reason, you need to be patient and know the details of the brushes before going into the execution procedures.

There are several kinds of hair brushes such as plastic combs, large brushes, thin comb, wooden comb, rounded ones and lots more. You need to know what kind of brushes you are planning to wash. Then make partitions of them according to their material. Make sure the brushes you are putting together are of the same kind so that it will be easier to clean them.

That’s why we are not going to support the fact that every type of brushes should be cleaned in the same way. So, first, know the techniques and then start cleaning the brushes in the correct way.


  1. Don’t push the hair dryer real hard. It can damage the structure of the bristles.
  2. Quarts is a poison. So try to get it away from children.
  3. Get all the ingredients done and prepare it before starting the procedure.
  4. Must put your hand gloves on for better security.

Wrap Up

As you can see, we have described some important steps and the entire method to make you clear about the hair brush cleaning. It’s not necessary to apply those methods that professionals do.

But if you want to do it in a professional way, then you can surely apply it. It totally depends on you and how you want to handle the entire process.

So, don’t waste your time and start cleaning your dirty brushes so that you can reuse it without getting infected.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is passionate about home improvement and design. As a child, she grew up helping her dad renovate their childhood home. Many of her skills came from this experience. Jessica loves DIY projects and sharing her passion for home design with others since she lives in Los Angeles.

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