How to clean wave brush? – [Full Guide]

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Wave brushes are necessary to create textured and wavy hairstyles, however, over time they accumulate a lot of dirt and debris. This not only reduces the overall effectiveness but also transfers germs and bacteria to your hair, potentially causing skin irritation or illness. This leads us to a question – How to clean your wave brush?

Quick Answer:

To clean your wave brush, start by running cold water over the bristles. Do not submerge the brush completely under water, as it can cause permanent damage. Apply antibacterial soap to the bristles and run your fingers through them, trying to go deep into the base of the brush. Rinse off the wave brush with water and place it on the towel (bristles down) to dry. You can also use a blow dryer on the bristles to speed up the process.

While this is a preferred cleaning method, you can also try refreshing your wave brush with a tooth comb and a blow dryer. To remove the surface dirt, scrub the debris from between the bristles with a tooth comb to loosen it up. Now turn on a blow dryer and blow away the dirt accumulated on the bottom of the wave brush.

Why should you clean your wave brush?

Let’s start our guide by saying why you actually need to clean your wave brush regularly. There are several reasons to take care of your brush, some of which are:

  • Effectiveness. A wave brush that is not cleaned regularly accumulates a lot of dirt and oils that significantly reduce its effectiveness.
  • Skin health. Germs and bacteria will spread from dirty wave brush onto your scalp, and potentially cause skin irritation, rash, or even skin disease. Keep your brush hygienic to prevent all of this from happening.
  • Durability. If you want to extend the life of your wave brush, regular cleaning is essential. Dirt and debris contribute to the wear of your brush, weakening the bristles.

Those are only some of the reasons why you should regularly take care of your wave brush. Keep in mind that the health of your hair and scalp will likely depend on the products and tools you use.

How to clean a wave brush? – [Step-by-step guide]

There are two popular ways to clean a wave brush, you can either use antibacterial soap and a blow dryer, or a tooth comb and a blow dryer. That being said, we highly recommend going with the soap method, as you will get out very little dirt using only a tooth comb. 

Antibacterial soap and blow dryer

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To thoroughly clean your wave brush, prepare a blow dryer and antibacterial soap. Alternatively, you can also use a shampoo or a gentle dish soap. A blow dryer will be used for removing the moisture from the bristles, so a towel is enough if you don’t mind waiting.

  1. Run water over your wave brush bristles. Do not submerge your brush under water, as it can cause damage to the base and bristles of the brush. This step should remove most of the loose hair.
  2. Apply soap. Apply antibacterial soap directly to the bristles, alternatively, you can use regular soap, dish soap, or shampoo. 
  3. Clean the bristles. Run your fingers through the bristles, getting deep into the base of the brush. Take your time, as there can be a lot of deeply embedded dirt and debris.
  4. Rinse off with water. Rinse off any soap that is left with lukewarm water. Once again, run water over your brush, and do not submerge it completely for more than a couple of seconds.
  5. Place the brush on the towel. Place the brush (bristles down) on the towel for it to dry. You can tap the brush gently with the towel from all sides and blow dry the bristles to speed up the process. When using the blow dryer, alternate between hot and cold to not cause any damage from the temperature.

Tooth comb and blow dryer

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The tooth comb method can be good for cleaning the surface dirt from your wave brush. However, we wouldn’t recommend using only this method, as it fails to get out the deeply embedded dirt and debris. This may also be a good solution for cleaning your wave brush from loose hair.

  1. Run tooth comb through the bristles. Preferably, do this above a sink, and try to get most of the loose hair and debris out. When you are done, try to gently run the comb through the base of the wave brush.
  2. Blow dry the wave brush. Blow drying should remove most of the loosened dirt and hair. If that wasn’t enough, you can also run some water through the bristles of the brush and dry them with a blow dryer.

Once again, this cleaning method isn’t the most effective and can be used when you are short on time. For the best results, try to use some kind of soap on top of those steps.

How often should you clean your wave brush?

This will depend on what type of product you use on your hair, and how often you use them. If you apply creams, gels, and such regularly, you should clean your wave brush at least once a week.

If you don’t put too much product in your hair, you can get away with cleaning your wave brush every 2 or 3 weeks.

When we are talking about cleaning, this relates to deep cleaning using antibacterial soap and water. Brushing the bristles with a comb won’t be enough most of the time.

FAQ

How do you clean a royalty wave brush?

A royalty wave brush can be cleaned the same way as every other wave brush. Run the bristles under tap water to remove the surface dirt and grime. Apply some kind of soap, preferably antibacterial soap, and run your thingers through the bristles, going deep into the base of the brush. Now rinse off the soap, and place your royalty wave brush on the towel (bristles down). To speed up the process, use a blow dryer on the bristles.

How to clean dandruff from a wave brush?

To clean dandruff from a wave brush, fill a sink or a basin with water and some kind of soap. Dip the bristles of the brush in the water and shake off the water. Repeat this process until most of the dandruff is gone. You can use your fingers to get deep into the bristles and loosen up stuck dandruff. When you are done, run water over the bristles to rinse off the soap and dead skin cells.

How to clean a Torino Pro brush?

Torino Pro brush can be cleaned with antibacterial soap, gentle dishwashing liquid, or shampoo. 

Start by running water over the bristles of the Torino Pro brush (do not submerge the brush completely under water). Now apply soap, or other cleaning agents, directly to the bristles and run your fingers through them. Get deep into the base of the brush to remove stuck dandruff and dirt. Finally, place the brush on a towel (bristles down) and tap dry, you can also use a blow dryer on the bristles to speed up the process.

Conclusion

In conclusion, to clean your wave brush, start by running cold water over the bristles. Stray away from submerging the brush completely under water, as it can lead to damage. Apply some kind of soap, preferably antibacterial soap, directly to the bristles, and run your fingers through them. Get deep into the base of your wave brush to remove stuck hair, dirt, and oils. Rinse off with water and place the brush on the towel (bristles down). To speed up the drying process, you can use a blow dryer on the bristles.

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