Hair splinters are one of those annoying occupational hazards that all hairstylists and barbers are faced with daily. If you have ever had one you personally know the pain that one tiny little hair can cause. Hair splinters are exactly what they sound like: it’s when a sliver of hair penetrates the skin much like any other type of splinter. Typically, they are found on fingers, feet, under toe nails and yes, other delicate areas of the body.
Removing these pesky hair splinters can be quite tricky, as they are so tiny to the naked eye. Be certain to examine your hands and feet by pressing on them for a tell-tale pain. They can often be removed with tweezers, however, some hair splinters that get so embedded may need to be surgically removed. One of the most effective ways to remove them is while your skin is soft and wet. The key is to remove them before they become infected.
One of the most effective ways to avoid hair splinters is to minimize your exposure to them. Now, I know that this is easier said than done. After all, in the salon, we’re surrounded by hair. The most effective precautions are to keep the falling hair off your skin. Here are some ways to prevent getting a hair splinter:
Even taking these precautions you still may experience a hair sliver from time to time. Take these pesky hair splinters seriously: I'm not joking when I say they can develop into a serious infection. If you suspect you have one and you cannot remove it yourself, I suggest you consult your physician. Have any tips for removing hair splinters? Share them with us in the comments below.
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Patti Wanamaker currently serves as an Academic Trainer for Milady. She is responsible for developing and delivering academic and business programs for the Cosmetology Industry. Her intimate understanding of the salon/school/beauty industry comes from 21 years of hands-on experience, includes 8 years of salon/spa ownership, co-owner and co-manager of three salon locations with an annual sales of $5 million. She has 13 years’ experience as a multi-faceted, training specialist within the industry. Her experience in all three areas of the beauty and wellness industry allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative trainings that are not only inspirational, but that get down to business, the business of empowering industry professionals to a new levels of success.