How To Remove Chewing Gum From Hair

Instructions on the easiest way for removing bubblegum from hair. Ideas of the best techniques included.

When you think about it, it's pretty easy to get chewing gum in one's hair. Especially if one happens to be a child. Young children have a tendency to do everything with gum but its intended purpose. This can lead to minor mishaps, such as getting chewing gum in the hair. As most people know, it's easy enough to get gum in the hair; it's not so easy to get it out. If you're the victim of a chewing gum mishap, don't reach for the scissors. There are ways to remove gum without having to take drastic measures.

Sometimes, it seems the more you try to remove gum from your hair, the more tangled it gets. That's why it's best to be as gentle as possible, not only to save wear and tear on your scalp, but also to keep the gum from becoming further embedded. The least messy gum removal option is the ice cube method. Place several ice cubes in an ice pack or plastic bag and hold this on the gum. The gum should freeze and harden making it easy to break off and remove from hair.

If this doesn't work or if there's any gum left behind, there are other methods, but these are definitely messier. Warm a few tablespoons of vinegar and massage into hair all around the chewing gum. With luck, the chewing gum will dissolve. Once the gum is removed, shampoo hair (or run the risk of walking around with your hair smelling like vinegar). Mayonnaise is said to remove gum from hair, and it makes a great conditioner too! Put a dollop of mayonnaise on and around the chewing gum, rub it in and, hopefully, it'll slide right off. Wash your hair immediately afterwards; otherwise, it will be a greasy mess.



Cooking, mineral or baby oil work in much the same manner as mayonnaise. Massage the oil in and around the gum until it works its way out. Shampoo hair after gum is completely removed.

Egg whites also work. Place the egg white on the affected spot and massage until the gum is removed. Shampoo as usual. Chocolate is said to counteract chewing gum's stickiness. Melt chocolate and massage into the hair. Gum should be easy to remove. One of the best chewing gum removal methods is peanut butter. Apply a spoonful of peanut butter to the chewing gum and work into the hair. The chewing gum will come right out. Shampoo as usual.

A lubricant such as WD40 also works as an aid in the removal of chewing gum. Apply to the gum and work into hair. You'll definitely need a good shampooing once the gum is removed. Do your best not to use any kind of harsh chemicals on your hair, however. If none of these methods work, call your hairdresser. She may be able to recommend some gum removals methods of her own, and she may even have a solvent specifically for this purpose.

The last resort, of course, is to reach for the scissors and cut the gum out of your hair. You may want to leave this to a professional, however. If it's not time for a haircut, try one of the above methods first. The last thing you want is to walk around with a bad haircut just because of a little chewing gum mishap.

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