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How to Fix a Broken Paddle Hair Brush

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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

Have a broken hair brush? Not for long!

Have a broken hair brush? Not for long!

How to Fix a Broken Paddle Hair Brush

My hair is long and thick. Most days, I love it, but there are times when I seriously consider chopping it all off. It's prone to tangling, and brushing it out can be a real chore. I used a pic for many years, and then I upgraded to a wide-toothed comb meant for curly hair. The comb is amazing for wet hair, but I needed a brush. Last year, I found this paddle brush. It cut detangling time in half and worked well. That is until my hair declared war. Over the past few months, my hair managed to dislodge the bristles, and the brush started coming apart. I didn't want to purchase a new one, so I set out to fix this one.

Using my trusty hot glue gun, I managed to get it back together. Three months later, it's still working great! Because of this, I decided to share my process just in case you encounter the same issue.

Repair Instructions

  1. The first thing to do is completely remove the rubber with bristles from the plastic backing and handle.
  2. Remove all hair and debris from the bristles. Run this piece under warm water and use a toothbrush to clean in between the bristles.
  3. Lay flat on a paper towel and allow the rubber to completely dry.
  4. Remove all the glue from the plastic and make sure the inside of the backing is as clean as possible. I used a Phillips head screwdriver and a can of compressed air to get as much of the old glue out as possible.
  5. Using a hot glue gun and Gorilla Hot Glue Sticks, run a thin line of glue around the plastic on the inside of the backing. Start at the top and quickly work your way around.
  6. Gently, but quickly, push the rubber back into the plastic.
  7. Moving the bristles gently out of the way, run another thin line of hot glue around the seam where the rubber and plastic meet.
  8. Allow the glue to completely dry before using your brush.

© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 16, 2021:

It's so frustrating, isn't it? I hope this helps in the future. Have a wonderful weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 16, 2021:

Isn't it annoying Denise? Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 16, 2021:

Aren't hot glue guns amazing? I have two now and feel unstoppable haha! Thanks Peggy! Have a wonderful weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 16, 2021:

Thank you Pamela!

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Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 16, 2021:

hahaha! Thanks Bill!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 15, 2021:

Ugh! I hate it when your brush breaks & you are in the middle of using it.

My hair is long also. Not as long as yours though..since mine has curls.

Great job telling us how to fix it.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 15, 2021:

Very practical advice. I've had this happen to me many times when my hair was longer.



Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2021:

Hot glue guns are an amazing tool, and it is good to know that the Gorilla hot glue sticks have kept your brush intact. Thanks, Alyssa.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 15, 2021:

This is a practical article that will probably help someone who has a problem with their paddle brush. I don't have a brush like that one, but it is always good to know how to repair things. Thank you Alyssa.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 15, 2021:

Well there we go! I now know infinitely more about paddle brushes than I did in the past, thanks to you. :) Happy Wednesday, Alyssa!

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