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This Is How Often You Should Really Be Replacing Your Hair Brush

Not replacing your hair brush often enough can contribute to both hair and health problems, experts warn.

Before March, you probably spent a lot of time on your hair, washing it, brushing it, and styling it before you headed out for the day. And while you may have put your hair wax and curling iron away amid the pandemic, the one tool you're likely still using on the daily is your hair brush. Sure, you probably do your due diligence by removing that tangled-up dead hair from the bristles every now and then, but when was the last time you replaced your hair brush itself? If it was pre-COVID-19, it's likely been too long. Read on to find out how often you should be replacing your brush and for more hygiene help, find out How Often You Should Really Be Changing Your Sheets, Experts Say.

Anna H. Chacon, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with a focus on hair care and a medical expert for ZELEN Life, says if you have a plastic or rubber hair brush "replacing it every six to 12 months is a good benchmark." And boar-bristle brushes should be replaced every six months as well, according to Michael Sparks, a celebrity hairstylist and co-owner of Tabb & Sparks Salon.

If you're not sure what kind of brush you have, Chacon says there are some noticeable signs that indicate you need to give your hair brush the boot, like if your brush's bristles are bending or separating. And if the bed or base of your brush is cracked, you also should start looking for a replacement or risk your physical well-being.

"Keeping a brush that is not in appropriate condition may harbor bacteria and mold," Chacon warns. In addition to health concerns, however, an old brush can also hurt your hair.

Chacon says a hair brush that doesn't work because it's too old can "cause an excess amount of hair breakage and contribute more towards split ends." And Sparks adds that a "lower brush performance" may also cause you to use more heat on your hair to achieve your ideal style, which can also do more damage to your hair.

Plus, if your brush has build-up of dead hair and dried product in-between the bristles—which happens over time, Sparks says—it can also make your clean hair "look dirty, greasy, and weighed down."

Overall, while six to 12 months is a good baseline for most brushes, you should also consider your hair type when it comes to how often you need to replace your brush. Chacon says you may notice typical signs of wear earlier than six months if you have thick or curly hair because it takes more force to brush it, which may wear it out quicker.

Of course, your hair brush is not the only household item you need to make sure you're replacing from time to time. Read on to learn when you should replace more common items and for more hair care tips, find out How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Hair.

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Dentist Poonam Jain, BDS, previously told Best Life she recommends changing out your toothbrush every six to eight weeks. But if you exert greater pressure while brushing or notice your bristles fraying, you may want to make the swap sooner. And for more dental care, discover how You May Be Ruining Your Teeth Without Even Realizing It.

Bath towels

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Leanne Stapf, chief operating officer at The Cleaning Authority, previous told Best Life that bath towels have a shelf life of about two years, as this is when they typically lose their absorbency. So while you should clean them after every two to three uses, you should also replace them completely every couple of years. And for more washing tips, find out The Grossest Thing You're Definitely Doing After the Shower.


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Your pillows should also be replaced every two years, Natalie Barret, cleaning supervisor and expert at Nifty Cleaning Services, previously told Best Life. Some signs your pillows need replacing include when they're misshapen, have permanent stains, or emanate stubborn odors. And for more up-to-date tips and trick to navigate your everyday life, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Bath mats

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Add bath mats to your two-year replacement plan. Justin Carpenter, owner of Dallas-based house cleaning service Modern Maids, previously told Best Life that bath mats should be replaced every two years since they are typically kept in moist environments, which can create mold and mildew. And before you start your cleaning, discover How Often You Should Replace Your Cleaning Supplies.

Kali Coleman
Kali Coleman is a Senior Editor at Best Life. Her primary focus is covering news, where she often keeps readers informed on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and up-to-date on the latest retail closures. Read more
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