Please help me get the lint and grossness out of my hairbrush.
I've had this problem for several years now, my hair brush gets full of what looks like dryer lint. I'm assuming it's a combination of dust, cat hair and lint from my clothing. Actual hair isn't a problem, I can pull that out easily enough, but this stuff wraps around the bristles and gets stuck in there. Please help me clean it out because I'm sick of buying a new brush every six months.
First, some photos so you can see what I'm talking about 1 2 3
. As you can see, the lint warps around the bristle and, because of the knob on the end, it won't come off. I shudder to think what's in my hair to make it build up like that, particularly given my hair itself isn't noticeably linty and is regularly washed.
I've tried cleaning my brushes various ways but it never really works. Washing the brush in water and detergent keeps it hygienic (and is done often) but makes no difference to the build up. I pull the person hair out regularly (like every two days or so), so that's not really an issue. I've tried picking the lint out with tweezers or scissors, nothing happens. If I pull each nub of stuff it will eventually come off, but it takes the knob off with it and then my head gets scratched. The best method is vigorously rubbing my fingers sideways between the bristles (um, finger pointing straight into the bristles towards the flat bit they're attached too, rubbing along the lines between the bristles) but this gives me a sore finger and the bristles get bent, degrading the performance of the brush. Also it only gets some of the stuff out, those photos are taken after a good ten minutes of this treatment. I can't think of anything else to try that won't destroy the brush.
Changing hair brush type isn't an option. I have kind of odd hair (some curly, some straight, some thick, some fuzzy, some just weird) and this brush works really well for me. If I could only keep get it clean. Right now I wait til the build up gets bad (those photos are very close) and throw it out. But they aren't always easy to find and I'm a poor student so resent the cost. In case it matters I brush my hair wet and use styling products, so some of that gets in there too.
Please help me get this brush clean. Failing that, any ideas of how to stop this happening in the first place would be appreciated.
I'm not a generally dirty person, honest.