Hair splinter removal is often tricky because they're so tiny to the naked eye. A proper inspection of the area and a magnifying glass is important to locate the splinter. After inspecting, a soak is helpful to soften the object and possibly cause it to come up naturally 1. Soaking may be especially necessary with children.
After a soak, try using tweezers to grab the splinter and pull it out in the direction it entered the skin. Sterilizing the tip of the tweezers with rubbing alcohol can make them more effective. If tweezers don't work, other objects such as needles or pins (once sterilized) may be used to poke under the splinter and lift it up. However, be careful not to break the splinter when using this method.
A razor blade or a sharp knife can also be used to get rid of a stubborn hair splinter. First, sterilize the knife by swabbing it with rubbing alcohol. Then, place the knife under the splinter and slowly lift it out. A poultice of warm bread or bran may also be used to help dislodge a stubborn hair splinter 2.
If the splinter is close to the surface, covering it with a thin layer of honey may draw it out naturally over time. After removing the splinter, wash the area with soap and water and apply petroleum jelly to prevent infection. If the wound becomes irritated or infected, see your doctor for medical assistance.