Beware of Cutting Your Hair Over the Sink

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Think Twice Before Picking Up the Trimmers

Let's say you haven't had time to schedule an appointment with your local hairdresser or you like to maintain your mane yourself. It can be tempting to head to the bathroom for fast hair refresh, and we're all guilty of reaching for the trimmers and scissors for a quick at-home hair trim. However, your drains may suffer afterward.

Hair and Drain Clogs

Unless your drain is closed and you can collect every fallen strand of hair, we urge you to reconsider cutting your hair or shaving over the sink. If hair is left in the sink and washes down the drain, the risk of significant hair clogs is increased. Even a tad of hair clippings can guarantee a clogged sink drain.

Snip, Snip!

We understand standing in front of the sink may seem like the ideal location for DIY haircuts, as this setup typically provides a large mirror and a sink bowl for catching clippings. If you can't seem to part ways with your sink stylist booth, we strongly recommend following these precautionary steps:

  • Cover the sink with a towel
  • Shake clippings off into a trash can


  • Ensure the sink is completely dry and vacuum up clippings

Remember: you should never rinse hair down the sink drain!

The Aftermath

Unfortunately, hair can set up camp in your drains and stay rent-free if ignored for extended periods. When soap, grease, toothpaste, and other substances are flushed down the drain, the combination can be challenging to remove through plungers and DIY solutions. If your sink has been clogged by hair, our drain cleaning experts at Before & After Plumbing and Drain can get your drain system back up and running.

If your sink has already been clogged thanks to DIY haircuts, your team at Before & After Plumbing and Drain can help restore the life of your drains. When you choose our premier plumbing team, you can trust that your drains will be clean and clear in no time. Give us a call at (623) 335-0000 or complete our online contact form today.