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30 December 2008 @ 01:31 am
I have HAD it  
I would have been to bed a half hour earlier, but I lost some time doing something I hate to do.  It takes me half an hour to clean out my beloved hair brush.

Er.  Okay.  This hairbrush is special; Ouidad makes it for curly hair, and it's wonderful, it's possibly the only brush on earth (I know, I've looked, for YEARS) that doesn't pull my hair out.  I love the brush.  And I fought for this brush.  I actually went around for weeks with Ouidad, attempting to order one of these things and get it delivered to me.  They kept missing my door somehow (no other online retailer has ever had any trouble finding me).

But I don't love the fact that it takes me so long to clean the darn thing out.  The brush gets full of hair, I cut the mass of hair in half and pull it off the brush, and inevitably, there is this strange red gunky stuff trapped on the bristles by the wee knoblets at the ends.  The gunk is a combination of hair, fuzz, oil, and some mystery ingredient that makes it red.  It's always red.  What makes it red?  I don't know.

I have to go in with baby scissors and cut each gunky clump off each plastic bristle to get the stuff off.  Nothing else, so far, works.  And this isn't ignorable, either, these are HUGE gunkies.  (And why are they red?)

Does ANYBODY else have this problem, and if so, what do you do?  Put the damn thing in the dishwasher?  Scrub it with a citrus peeler?  Hire a maid?  AAAAAAAAAARGH!
Current Mood: irateirate
Lupalupaloo on December 30th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
If the brush is plastic and wouldn't be harmed by water, I would soak it in a solution of vinegar and water for a few minutes then take a scrub brush to it. The vinegar would loosen the dirt and oils that bind the fuzzies to the brush. No idea why they're red. :)
Wiseacreewin on December 31st, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Quite plastic. I'll definitely give this a try.
Myxostrazsa:  Standard Dragon Rules Applyclockworktomato on December 30th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Put the damn thing in the dishwasher?

This, actually, yes! If it's not too gunky I'll just soak it in the sink for a bit, but I've tossed it in the dishwasher several times on "bathroom cleaning day" when I clean all the soap dishes and candle holders in there, too. That said, my brush is rubber and plastic. If there's some wood on there, the dishwasher method probably isn't the best.

The red is interesting, though! My brush is always greyish and looks a little like dust.
Wiseacreewin on December 31st, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I've always been a fan of "If you possibly can get away with it, toss it in the dishwasher." :)

The brush is pure plastic, so I'll give this a try as well. (It really looks very dinky for such an awesome implement.)
Harfafnorharfafnor on December 30th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
No clues on the reddish gunk. I use a comb on mine, just rake it through and then run it under very hot water. Sometimes another brush works too. I need a new and better brush.
Wiseacreewin on December 31st, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
I sort of stopped buying combs because I can only use one brush, and that only under specific circumstances. Maybe I should pick one up.
Desparately Seeking Catnipornjkitty on January 2nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
during my brief stint using Flylady's website for cleaning, one of their "daily challenges" was to take all the hair implements (brushes, combs, etc.) from your bathroom and pitch them into a pot of boiled water (removed from heat) for about 15 minutes. Supposedly guaranteed to get them squeaky-clean and un-gunk-ified. Worked pretty good for me. Apparently this process is supposed to be performed once a month. Who knew?

As for the red gunk, has me stumped as well. Something in your shampoo perhaps?
Wiseacreewin on January 2nd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Maybe? Maybe it's the dandruff stuff. Which is... green. :) But who knows what's really happening when it hits the jojoba oil on my brush?