How To Remove Hair Clogs From Your Bathroom Drains

Hair is a primary culprit in clogged bathroom drains. While individual hairs are easily broken, collected hair can have tensile strength that requires removing it from drains in pieces. Like the visible tip of an iceberg, the hairs that you see draped across your sink or tub drain strainer may be holding a mass of hair and soap just beneath the surface.

Removing a mass of hair from your bathroom drain is not for the faint of heart. It is a slime coated, smelly mess that must be pulled and cut gradually so pieces of the mass don't fall farther into the drain pipe.

What you will need:


They will be used to cut the hair mass into pieces.Smaller scissors are best for this job, because they need to fit inside the sink drain strainer.


As you cut the long hairs that are draped across the sink strainer, you will pull them and wrap them around the screwdriver.

Plastic gloves

Thin plastic surgical type gloves will be more effective than thick rubber gloves, because you will need to grasp and hold wet, slippery hair clogs.

Removing the hair clogs from your sink strainer

If your drain is running slowly, allow the water to run out before you begin. Start by cutting the hairs that are stretched across your sink strainer. Grasp and pull them as much as possible, then wrap them around  your screwdriver. This will give you additional leverage and a better grip.

As you attempt to pull the hair mass through the spokes of the strainer, make small cuts with your scissors around the sides of the mass. Don't cut the hairs that are wrapped around your screwdriver. 

As you trim and reshape the hair mass, grasp it with your fingertips and pull it through the spokes of the strainer. You will need to alternate between cutting and pulling on the mass, while still keeping it secured to your screwdriver so it doesn't fall into the drain pipe. Eventually, you will be able to pull the balance of the mass through the spokes of the strainer.

Preventing hair clogs

You can buy hair strainers that are designed to fit over your existing drain strainer. Because they are simple round plastic discs, they may be displaced by being stepped upon in a shower or tub, or removed voluntarily from a sink strainer after being covered with expelled toothpaste.

The best way to be sure that the hair strainers are kept in place is to assign hair clog removal duty to offending family members. This is one "hair-raising" experience that no one will want to perform a second time.

For professional help with a drain clog, contact a professional like Doctor Fix-It.