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Brush Care Guide

If you follow the "Daily Brush Care" directions, typically, your brushes should only need to be washed with warm water once every one to six months. You may also wash your brushes if the brush hairs are sticking together or if there is a noticeable difference in texture when the brush is applied to your skin. Please be advised that excessive washing of your brushes may result in damage to brush hairs.

Natural gray squirrel and Kazan squirrel hair provide numerous benefits to the cosmetic experience:
an ultra-soft touch that cradles the skin, maximal pickup power for ideal coverage,
nonirritating bristles appropriate for dry or sensitive skin--but like many high-grade materials,
gray squirrel and Kazan squirrel hair are delicate and require proper use and care.

In order to prolong the life of your brush, please adhere to the following:

  • Gently press the brush head against your skin when applying product. Avoid damaging hair by vigorously pressing or rubbing the brush head into pressed powder or on cheeks.
  • Cheek and powder brushes made from gray squirrel hair are suitable for the application of loose powder or for the application of pressed powder that is only lightly pressed. Avoid using these brushes in the application of compacted pressed powders.
  • Brushes that are made from a blend of gray squirrel and goat hair or brushes made from goat hair alone are suitable for use with more compacted pressed powders.

Because Silver Fox hair is thin, rarely some hairs may break and fall out of the brush head. Please use brush gently.

After using powder foundation, gently dab the brush onto a tissue to release any remaining powder.

After using liquid foundation, gently wipe the brush onto a tissue to remove any remaining makeup oils.

After using a lip brush, gently wipe lipstick or lip gloss onto a tissue.

Wash your brushes with water as needed, but no more than once a month if you use powder foundation and no more than twice a month if you use liquid foundation.

1. Washing

Dissolve a mild soap into a bowl of warm water and gently squeeze the bristles. We recommend using one pump of shampoo for brushes used with powder foundation and one pump of facial cleanser for brushes used with liquid foundation.


2. Rinse

Gently rinse brushes in warm water until all shampoo or cleanser is completely removed.
As the water gets dirty during the rinse, change it. Make sure to change the water multiple times during the rinse.


3. Dry

Wipe excess water from the brush, and gently squeeze brush hairs back into their original position.
Dry the brush in a shady place. Please avoid using a hair dryer to dry brushes.


4. Comb

As needed, if your brush is shedding hairs or has lost volume, we recommend using a wide-toothed comb. After washing your brush, gently comb the hairs once or twice before drying them.

The life of CHIKUHODO brushes ranges from a couple of months to years depending on frequency of use and brush care. More frequent use or a lack of brush care may result in greater wear on your brush. If your brush is shedding hairs or has lost volume, we recommend using a wide-toothed comb. After washing your brush, gently comb the hairs once or twice before drying them. The condition of your brush may improve, but if it does not, we recommend replacing it.

  • Excessive washing of your brush may result in damage to brush hairs.
  • Exposing the stem or ferrule to water too frequently may result in damage.
  • Dry your brushes in a shady place to avoid damage from sunlight.
  • Washing your brush when it is new or relatively clean may increase the likelihood of causing hair loss or other damage to the brush.
  • Please be advised that stray brush hair may shed from your brush, especially after the first wash or during the first month of regular use. Such hairs typically are not part of the constructed brush head, but, rather, are extra hairs that have not been fluffed out of the brush head. Brush hair loss of this nature does not necessarily indicate a defective brush; however, significant brush hair loss should not persist throughout the lifetime of your brush.
  • Avoid dropping your brush on a hard surface (i.e., on the floor, in the sink, etc.). If your portable brush hits a hard surface, the force of the impact may cause the glue inside of the brush to weaken and, consequently, loosen either immediately or with continued use.
  • Use only mild soap to clean your brush. As explained in the general brush care guide, CHIKUHODO brushes should be cleaned with mild soap or cleansers, such as neutral detergents. Soaps containing harsh cleaning agents or strongly acidic/basic agents such as ammonia, bleach, and alkalis should not be used. Alcohol and thinning agents, especially, should be avoided. If such agents, or non-mild soaps in general, are used, even in minimal amounts, the glue in your brush may be weakened.