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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!
By Charla from Colorado Springs, CO
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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?
This is just a suggestion, please let us know if it works. How about taking a sharp pair of scissors and cutting through the hair going row by row?
And then save the hair for the birds to make their nests- put hair strands inside the orange mesh bag that onions come in and hang outside in the spring. Add the short pieces of sewing thread that are leftovers.
Put a knee-high or nylon over the brush push the tines though. Slip off to remove hair.
Just use a comb--use the teeth of the comb to "scratch" the brush all the way to the bottom and loosen the hair until it is high enough up on the brush bristles that you can just pull it oout with your fingerstips.
I soak my brushes in ammonia and water, too, in the bathroom sink. I just use a comb that I'm also cleaning at the time (!) and pass it thru the brush to get out the hair.
I just put them into the dishwasher & works for me!
I use my hair PICK & run it down through the rows of bristles. It works beautifully. Also, you can buy a crystal-like product at a beauty supply store that will take care of it, too. I have tried both & I prefer the PICK method & it's free!
i just use scissors and cut through the hair. Or i get a sharp knife
I use the little seam ripper gadgets that I use when sewing.
In the dishwasher? Where does the hair go ? Seems that you will eventually have a plugged drain.
I have a short haired dog. I purchased a silicone deshedding brush. It works well but I find removing the hair is impossible, any suggestions?
By Sarah from Maryland
May need to change to a wire brush. They can be found even at the $1 store. The hair sticks to the silicone ones making them very hard to clean.
I had a stainless steel comb that worked well on long fine hair on my dog.