How to Clean Your Tools

It’s like second nature to us, here at the salon to clean brushes, combs, and other tools after each guest. But we know that at home it’s a different story for you! At Sisters Salon & Day Spa, we believe that education is so important. So let’s get cleaning!

Hair Brushes & Combs

At the salon, a clean comb or brush is required for each guest. You’ve even seen us drop one and pull a clean one out as its replacement! At home, it’s your brush – what would you have to clean it for? Believe it or not, your brushes or combs at home should be cleaned every couple of months to maintain the quality of your tool and health of your hair. Between the product build up, loose hair, and environmental particles landing on your tools it’s important to clean them regularly. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Remove all the hair and dust/product buildup from the bristles.
  2. Soak the brush/comb in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes. Wooden brushes- bristles should only be dipped in the soapy water, not submerged.
  3. Let air dry (bristles down) on a clean towel.

Makeup Brushes


These are super important to clean on a regular basis (monthly), as your skin can carry a lot of bacteria. We don’t want to continue putting bacteria on our skin with a dirty brush – this will cause acne, skin irritation, and the breakdown of your brushes. This is also an easy process but can take a little more elbow grease.

  1. Wet bristles, use a mild shampoo (like baby shampoo) and massage into bristles. Make sure to get into the middle of the bristles. Rinse.
  2. Repeat until the water runs clean. For ease, use a cleaning mat. The raised textures of the cleaning mat allow for a good deep cleaning.
  3. Let air dry, brush side down/handle up. This ensures that the water doesn’t settle into the handle of the brush.

Hot Tools

Blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons need to be cleaned about every 6 months. Dust, dirt, and product buildup can all affect how well the tool works as well as how it works on your hair. All blow dryers have vent on the back – gently remove the cover and use an old toothbrush to remove all the dust, replace the cover and use as normal. Curling irons and flat irons can be wiped down using a soft towel and rubbing alcohol to remove the buildup. This can be done on the metal part of the tool as well as the handle. Safety tip – be sure to unplug the tools before cleaning them.


We want to make sure you know how to clean these items at home so you can get the most out of your tools. They will last longer and will help ensure you get the most bang for your buck with your color and makeup products. If you have questions about how to do clean your tools – just ask one of our providers, we are always willing to help!

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