I was having problems removing the hair that gets tangled in my hairbrush. I looked around for something small enough to cut through the tangled mess and found a extra pair of cuticle trimmers (the kind you get at the dollar store nail set ). I just ripped down the length of the brush and pulled out the hair. Seam rippers work great too.
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I have one of those wide-apart brushes for extra-curly hair, so cleaning it is relatively easy. My fingers fit between the rows, so I can work through to dislodge the hair. Once I've de-haired, I get a couple of drops of shampoo on my fingers and wipe through the rows of bristles. (Actually, they're more like semi-soft plastic teeth.) The way my mom used to clean her brushes designed for finer hair was to use a comb. She'd get the teeth of the comb under hair at the base of the bristles and work out toward the ends until she'd de-haired. Then she'd soak the brush in a sink full of hot water with a drop of shampoo in it. She'd swish the brush through the water to work up suds, then let it soak awhile. She'd rinse, then slap the brush, bristles first, into a bath towel before air drying. Hope this helps!