Once I've pulled out as much of the trapped hair from the brush with my fingers as possible, I take an envelope opener and run the pointed end through the brush's "lanes", pulling the embedded hair up to the top of the bristles. I do this until I get a good amount then pull it off, and repeat those steps until the brush is virtually hair-free. It works like a charm! This also makes washing the brushes much easier. (This technique works on all brushes, but better on vent and dog brushes than regular bristled brushes).
Source: I "accidentally" discovered this technique when I was desperately trying to remove my dog's hair from her brush without poking my fingers on the needle-like bristles. I figured if I could find something long and skinny enough that could slide through and pull up the hairs in the center that I couldn't get to, I'd be able to utilize more of the brush. I looked on my computer desk, saw the envelope opener, and "voila"! A tip is born!
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I'd like to know how to remove hair from hairbrushes with plastic bristles, like the kind used for blow-drying. I soak my brushes in a ammonia solution but getting all the hair off is tedious. Any suggestions?