How To Remove Gum from Hair

Every mother has a child that won’t listen from time to time.  It’s what kids do.  This is especially true when you add chewing gum into the equation.  It doesn’t matter how well you watch them, your kid will eventually get that gum into his or her hair.  If the problem isn’t too severe, go ahead and grab the scissors.  If it’s bad, before you head to the barber, try some of these ideas on how to remove gum from hair.

First, try using ice.  Either put the ice in a small plastic bag, or place it directly onto the chunk of hair that is covered with gum.  Keep the ice on the hair until the hair begins to freeze.  When the hair is stiff enough, start pulling the chewing gum out of the hair, piece by piece if necessary.  This may take several pieces of ice, and quite some time.  Be patient.  After the gum is removed, use some shampoo to get any of the remaining residue out.

If this doesn’t do the trick, try peanut butter.  Take a large dollop of peanut butter and place it onto the affected area.  Grab a smaller toothed comb, and begin pulling the comb downward to the tip of the hair, gently working the peanut butter through the hair in the process.  The oils in the peanut butter will break down the gum, and cause it to liquefy. This can also be a very long process.  Once again, take your time, and be patient.  After you’ve gotten the majority of gum out, wash your child’s hair.

There are several other substances that can be used in place of the peanut butter to remove gum from hair.  All will basically do the same job.  Use could try cooking oil, petroleum jelly, alcohol, or even WD-40.  Be careful with the WD-40.  Don’t spray it directly onto the hair.  Put some on your palms and rub into the gum instead.  Once again, wash the child’s hair thoroughly after applying any of these products.  It may take several washing before any of them become completely removed.

One last tip you can try is baking soda.  Make a paste with baking soda and plain water.  Put the paste onto the gum covered hair, and leave it for about twenty minutes.  This works best if you wrap your child’s hair in a towel.  Rinse and repeat, if needed. Hopefully, these tips will help you remove gum from your child’s hair.


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