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Is It OK to Use Hand Soap to Clean Your Hair Brush? We Asked an Expert

When it comes to washing your hair, you wouldn’t dare douse your ‘do with hand soap. But when you’re cleaning a hair brush, do the same rules apply?

According to mane maven Philip Berkovitz, better known as Philip B., using your bathroom counter go-to for this process is A-OK.

“Most hand soaps are just detergent-and-water blends, so they’re fine to use,” he tells Mane Addicts. “They tend to be gentle, and they’re made for straight-up cleansing: no lipids, emulsifiers, or waxes to interfere with the breakdown of oils or product residue on your brush.”

In fact, the use of many traditional hair cleansers is highly discouraged when you’re cleaning a hair brush.

“Avoid using creamy shampoos,” Philip advises. “They contain fats and lipids that will prevent the breakdown of oils on the brush. If it’s creamy, no matter who makes it, it’s not going to cleanse. And don’t use anything with silicone.” 

Now that we have that out of the way, he suggests washing your hair brush at least once a month!

While we’re on the topic of caring for your hair brush, is it really that bad to let someone borrow yours? An expert weighs in HERE!

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