How to Remove a Hair Splinter?
1. First thing you need to do is make sure your nails are clean and free from any dirt or other foreign matter.
You don’t want to have any of these things on them when you try to get rid of the hair splinter.
2. Next, wash off all the dirt and dead skin cells on your hands with soap and water (don’t use alcohol based).
Then, dry your hands thoroughly before applying some of the following products:
3. If you’re using a nail polish remover, apply it directly onto the hair splinter.
Don’t rub it into the nail because that might cause more damage than just removing the hair splinter itself. Apply it so that there’s no white residue left behind on your hand.
4. If you’re using a product like Goo Gone, follow its instructions carefully.
5. Finally, if you’re not feeling up to doing anything else, then you can try rubbing some alcohol on the hair splinter until it dissolves completely.
If the hair splinter doesn’t dissolve within 30 minutes after applying any of the above mentioned methods, then it’s probably best to take it out immediately and seek medical attention.
6. You’ll need to soak a cotton ball in some strong alcohol, or better yet, Listerine.
This works wonders because it also kills any bacteria that may have been induced by the hair splinter.
7. Place the soaked cotton ball over the affected area and secure it in place with a Band-Aid.
Keep this on for at least an hour, but you can keep it on overnight as well.
8. After the Band-Aid has had enough time to work its magic, you should be able to easily remove the softened splinter.
9. If you find that the splinter is still embedded deep under the skin, then it’s best to go see a doctor immediately.
These steps won’t work for deep hair splinters. A hair follicle may have become infected too deeply for over-the-counter products to dissolve it. In this case, you may need antibiotics and perhaps even surgery to completely get rid of the hair splinter.
Hair splinters are generally not a serious issue, but If you don’t address them quickly they can become infected. It can be difficult to tell how deep the hair splinter goes into the skin. For this reason it’s best to seek medical attention after trying the methods above.
10. The best way to avoid getting hair splinters is to make sure that the hairstylist is using fresh disposable tools while cutting, styling and coloring your hair.
You can ask them if they use new tools for each customer or if they share them between clients. If they’re being honest they’ll tell you the truth. Even though it may seem tempting, never try to save money by going to a less than reputable salon because you could get a serious infection or disease.
Sources & references used in this article:
Splinter remover by JE Towns – US Patent 2,451,994, 1948 – freepatentsonline.com
Splinter puller by HW Stokes – US Patent 4,020,846, 1977 – Google Patents
Tweezers by FJ Dowling – US Patent 1,714,593, 1929 – Google Patents
Tweezers by B Harold – US Patent 3,280,665, 1966 – Google Patents
Tweezers. by CJ Prankard Jr – US Patent 979,697, 1910 – Google Patents