How to remove gum from hair
December 16, 2015
This is kind of a silly post, but because of personal experience, I think this is a very important topic especially if you have kids. This happened before with my daughter and I was able to remove most of the gum without having to cut out a chunk of hair.
Peanut Butter Works!
I was a little skeptical when I read that you should use peanut butter to remove gum in hair, but I tried it and it worked. The key is that you will need to use a lot of peanut butter.
Start with a small clump and massage it into the gum. The oils in the peanut butter will help to release the gum from the hair strands. Keep adding peanut butter as needed until the gum is gone. You will then need to shampoo the peanut butter out of the hair.
What About Peanut Allergies?
Obviously, peanut butter is not an option if the person with the gum in the hair has a peanut allergy. Another household item that you can try is mayonnaise. You use the same technique as you would with peanut butter. Mayonnaise may get a little more messy because it’s not as thick as peanut butter, but the oils in mayo should also do the trick of releasing the strands from the gum.
What About Ice?
The next option that you should try before cutting it out would be ice. If you can’t quite get all of the gum out with peanut butter or mayonnaise, then use an ice cube to help freeze the gum. You can then try to break it off or pull it away from the hair. This is not the best option because it will pull out hair if your’e not careful.
If you still have some gum remaining, you will need to use scissors to cut it out, but these methods above should remove most of the gum so that you will only need to cut out a little bit of hair. Good luck, and I hope this helps.