A hair splinter is a condition that occurs when you shake your head or brush your hair too hard and a broken, torn, or pulled-out strand of your hair gets caught in the follicle on their scalp. The pulling and tearing can cause pain and is commonly associated to something like getting a kidney stone.
A small piece of the membrane that covers the shaft comes away with that small section of hairs’ root sheath. This leaves possibly 10% to 90% (depending on how big the injury was) of it’s original length of hairs still connected underground as well as creates a pathway for bacteria or yeast from deeper within the skin such disrupted area could escape into healthier parts of tissue whick may leads to infection around this area.
What does a hair splinter look like?
A hair splinter appears to be a small piece of the inner root sheath that has been broken off and either has or hasn’t has some hairs growing out of it (depending on how far down the strand was broken). Occasionally, if the pulling is significant enough, part of the outer root sheath can also be pulled away.