The $10 Amazon Find That’ll Keep Hair Out of Your Drain for Good

published May 12, 2023
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Cute bathroom with clean glass shower door
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If the hair on your head is longer than a couple of inches, it’s absolutely imperative that you take precautions to prevent a clogged shower drain — and I say this as someone who used to have to clean my own drain out every six months or so. There are plenty of products out there that can help you avoid this tedious chore, most of them in the form of some sort of drain cover. Although these are certainly effective, chances are loose strands tend to complicate your showers long before they make their way to the drain. As you shampoo, condition, and rinse, these pesky stray locks tangle themselves around your fingers, prompting you to interrupt your washing process and partake in the universal hair tornado motion. You know the one: Swirl all the loose hairs into a clump and painstakingly attempt to make them stick onto the shower wall.

Personally, I find myself having to do this motion approximately 20,000 times every time I wash my hair, and it’s incredibly annoying because the wet strands never want to adhere themselves to the slippery, flat tile surface. Recently, though, I saw a product in two different TikTok videos that was designed to solve this irksome issue. The Olatay silicone hair catcher from Amazon is a must-have for fuss-free showers and a clear drain.

Essentially a small adhesive brush, this simple but brilliant tool uses double-sided tape to cling securely to your shower wall. Measuring just 3″ wide and less than 2″ tall, it takes up barely any space but will still manage to streamline your hair-washing sessions. Once you have the hair catcher up, you simply swipe loose hairs through its long silicone bristles, and they’ll actually stay lodged inside until you clean them out! The best part is, this product will only set you back $10 and save you lots of time in the long run. You can purchase the hair catcher on its own or opt for one of the models that comes with an attached bar soap holder or hook storage.

Amazon shoppers say the hair catcher works exactly as described — one swipe through its bristles, and all runaway hair stays put. “This product was super easy to install, and it is durable!!” one reviewer wrote. “I’ve had this product for a few months now, constantly getting wet, and it does not budge!! You do have to wait for the enclosed hair to dry to make the removal of the hair from the product easy.” The only downside some customers cite is that the wall adhesive doesn’t look exceptionally cute, but because it’s so small, it’s hardly a noticeable obstruction. In any case, it’s a small price to pay to keep your drain clear and to prevent your showers from needlessly running overtime.

Buy: Olatay Silicone Hair Catcher, $9.99 (normally $14.99)