My rotten children have a bad habit of knocking my hairbrush into the bathroom sink and then leaving it there as they wash their hands, brush their teeth (GAG!), and do whatever else it is that they do in there, despite all of my yelling, and recently I'd noticed that my hair smells a little like...mildew. All together now:
OH HELL NAW!
First I blamed the towels, and therefore Hotter, who does the laundry, but the towels all smelled okay. I then went around sniffing my shampoo, conditioner, organic Argan oil, and purple hair dye. Nope. Yesterday I went to brush my hair and...GAH! It was my hairbrush. This wouldn't be such a big deal, except my hairbrush? Was super-expensive.
Mason Pearson hairbrushes are handmade in England out of boar bristles and pure magic by virgins (or something), and as such the one my rotten children destroyed (I attempted to salvage it by cleaning it with bleach-water, but it fell apart) retails for $250. This doesn't bother me because a) I LIKE MY HAIR, OKAY? This is the only brush that's ever effectively detangled my naturally curly Jew-fro without breaking strands left and right, and when your hair is three feet long that is a big deal and 2) these brushes last forever, unless you marry poorly and/or have children (I had my first one for twenty-one years until The XY threw it out because "it looked old" and my second one for nearly fifteen years--if you go to websites that sell them you'll see people, presumably old maids, raving about them who have owned theirs for longer than I have been alive).
I scoured the innernet, and ended up purchasing an "EUC" replacement brush from Canada via eBay. Yes, that stands for Excellent Used Condition. Yes, that is gross. HOWEVER it was either that or chop my hair off, because no way do I have $250 to spend on a hairbrush right now. I'm just catching up on the game of past-due-bill whack-a-mole I've been playing since the second round of pneumonia hit Casa MFA, and desperate times, etc. There were photos of the brush taken from all angles, and it looks brand-new; not a single hair or bit of lint was present in the bristles and the seller still had all of the original packaging, so I don't know, maybe it was a gift they didn't want or something. I'll clean it with white vinegar when it arrives.
Meanwhile I have scrubbed the HELL out of my hair, and rinsed IT in vinegar, and I swear I can still smell the mildew. Does anyone have any ideas as far as what to do about that?