Questions about kind of gross long-hair issues

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  • 1 Post By curlisue1
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I have spent years trying to grow my hair long AND healthy. When I was in my 20's it would get just past shoulder length and then turn dry with split ends, frizz, etc. At that point I found a longhair message board, started using more natural products and treating it more kindly. I finally managed to get to healthy BSL hair a few years ago. However, as my hair has gotten longer I've run into some annoying and gross housekeeping issues. Specifically, clogged drains and vacuum cleaners and rogue hair balls behind bathroom doors and under the bed.

So, my question, how do others deal with these issues. My Mom grew up with a maid, she never learned to clean and didn't teach me. I never even had chores as a kid. I vacuum but its such a chore to cut the hair off the roller thingy that I admit its hard to make myself do it. I use Drano when the drains get slow but it seems like a stop gap rather then a cure.

How often do 'normal' people vacuum? Is there some trick to dealing with longhair and the roller thing?
Has anyone found a really great drain cleaner? I've found Drano works better then liquidplummer but neither is stellar.
Anyone have any other tips or tricks for dealing with all this hair!?

Thanks and sorry for the grossness.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
I try to catch a lot of my hair before it goes down the drain as I'm detangling. This helps but when the drain slows down the best product I've found is Thrift. I can't find it at a store like target or Walmart. I go to a local store that sells plumbing supplies to get it. I've also seen it on amazon.
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I too try to catch a lot of my hair before it gets to the drain. When I wash, detangle, etc in the shower, I take the shed hairs and stick them all to the shower wall in a clump. Gross, I know, but then I just throw that in the garbage as I get out of the shower rather than let it all go down the drain. I live in a building that was built in the 1800s, and the plumbing gets backed up pretty easily, so I'm wary of this.

Depending on what kind of shower drain you have, you could also get a shower drain hair trap: Amazon.com: shower drain hair trap

I looked into them but never bought one, so I can't offer any advice!

As for vacuuming, I personally do a full vacuuming once every weekend. Is there one place in particular where you shed a lot of hair? I diffuse by my bedroom door, so I get hairballs galore there. I just use a little DustBuster to vacuum that area if it gets ridiculously hairy or if I have company coming over before I get a chance to do a full force vacuuming.
misbehave likes this.
2b/c, high density
fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
loves protein, hates polyquats
still searching for HGs
I shed quite a bit of hair so I feel your pain! We vacuum once a week and but I think our cat sheds more than me, ha. We also will sweep and mop every weekend which helps the bathroom hair issue. DH is a saint for putting up with the amount of hair we clean up!

I have a hair catcher that I bought at Wal-Mart that helps catch a lot of hair so it won't go down the drain. Every now and then we just have to pull at/cut the hair that gets wrapped around the bottom part of the vacuum but not very often.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Omg, I love this thread!! Thanks for asking this Q and thanks to the ladies who answered for the product recommendations for slow/clogged drains. I have a mesh drain strainer thingy but it's just not cutting it. Can't wait to try the Thrift!

I had wondered if switching over to CG would help some of the build up in my shower drain (by eliminating heavy conditioners/silicones) but there's still always going to be the long hair issue even that's somehow magically true. Happy to have a plan now!
CG since 3/1/13
3B; Low porosity, Coarse, & Extremely Protein Sensitive
Very high density, waist length

Co wash: Suave Clarifying or Sun Ripened Strawberry
RO: Sun Ripened Strawberry, TN, or TN w/ veg glycerin
Sealer: apricot oil
Styler: 4 Naturals Spring Back Custard, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, or BB "Mudd"
Using a hard water filter, microfiber towel, & silk head scarves & pillowcases

Avoiding: protein, coconut, & parabens

Last edited by misbehave; 03-11-2013 at 02:25 PM.
We changed the drains in our sink and tub to mesh drains (looks like a strainer) so the hair gets stuck there and doesn't make it down. I love not having to worry about hair getting stuck and it was like a 4 dollar upgrade. It also allows me to properly obsess about my shed hair by making sure it all has little white tips
I too try to catch a lot of my hair before it gets to the drain. When I wash, detangle, etc in the shower, I take the shed hairs and stick them all to the shower wall in a clump. Gross, I know, but then I just throw that in the garbage as I get out of the shower rather than let it all go down the drain.
Originally Posted by flippacious
Hahahahahaha this is hilarious. I do this as well and usually don't forget my hairball in the shower but sometimes my boyfriend will find it and throw it out for me. He loves me
I agree with the previous posters. Get a drain catcher. Thats the best way to maintain drain issues.
Also, dont forget to run HOT HOT water and some dawn down the drain at least once a month. Conditioner can get stuck on debris down the drains and the hot water will break that up and keep it moving, boiling water and dumping it down would work, too.
Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
I agree with the drain catcher, in addition I pour baking soda, vinegar followed by boiling water down the drain once a month.
I addition I dumped my old vaccum because I spend way too much time cleaning the spin brush and bought one that does not a have one.
2c/3a cg 01/10/13

Hair Properties: low( first 4 inches) / high porosity, medium density, fine/medium texture Climate : hot humid summer, coastal GA

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut / Everlasting Sunshine, V05
Rinse out :Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, VO5 ocean refresh
LI: SMCHM ,SMCS, JCRR,
Gel: La Looks sport, Volumax mega gel,Biosilk Rock Hard gel my HG

Love ACV , pedaheh's gelatin treatment
My hair hates everything Deva curl and Curl Keeper,
I agree with the drain catcher, in addition I pour baking soda, vinegar followed by boiling water down the drain once a month.
I addition I dumped my old vaccum because I spend way too much time cleaning the spin brush and bought one that does not a have one.
Originally Posted by turquoisecurls
I also use a hair catcher over the drain in the shower
The vacuum problem is coming up more frequently now. I ask DH to fix and he does his magic on it.
What kind of vacuum did you get? Do the bagless (Shark Navigator, Dyson) ones work differently?
I have an older canister vacuum that I'm thinking of replacing.
I have a simple Bissell canister bagless vacuum, only our bedrooms have carpet and its low pile so it works great and let's me do the rest our our floors at the same time.
I think for a high pile carpet one would need a vacuum with the rotating brush or a higher priced one like the Dyson.
2c/3a cg 01/10/13

Hair Properties: low( first 4 inches) / high porosity, medium density, fine/medium texture Climate : hot humid summer, coastal GA

Co-wash: Suave Naturals Coconut / Everlasting Sunshine, V05
Rinse out :Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, VO5 ocean refresh
LI: SMCHM ,SMCS, JCRR,
Gel: La Looks sport, Volumax mega gel,Biosilk Rock Hard gel my HG

Love ACV , pedaheh's gelatin treatment
My hair hates everything Deva curl and Curl Keeper,
Wow, thanks for all the responses!

I went to Home Depot last week and was shown a hair and grease clog remover (black bottle, no brand name). It's serious stuff, I was told to wear gloves and eye protection. I was a little scared but I used it and it worked great. I will work on getting a drain catcher thing too.

As for vacuums, a tried taking the beater bar out of an old Oreck that I had but it just ended up pushing the hair around the floor. Ended up getting a Shark Navigator, its a bit easier to clean the roller than the others I've tried. So far so good. I will also make a point of going around with the wand along the walls and behind doors first so it doesn't have to pick up so much.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
I'm reviving this thread because I found a tip on this blog about a rubber broom for removing hair from carpets and furniture. I haven't gotten one yet but the reviews on Amazon for this one are pretty good. I'm gonna get one regardless but just wondering if anyone else has tried this. I have a Bissel hand-held vac that has a rubber attachment similar to this and it is great at picking up hair, but its too small to do large areas
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!

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