How to Get Gum Out of Hair

Gum can be such a sticky mess when it ends up in your child’s hair. Learn how to get gum out of hair without any scissors.

How to get gum out of hair

How to get Gum out of hair

There are many debates as to which way is the best way to get gum out of hair, but I am pretty sure I have found it and this way does not include any CUTTING of the hair! ; )

This is one of those situations where a mom says “I’ll make sure that never happens to my kid”. But kids will be kids and let’s be honest; there are some things we parents just don’t have any control over.

Recently my daughter fell asleep with gum in her mouth which ended up in her hair. She has long, beautiful hair and this wad of gum was right in the middle of her hair behind her neck. AHH, panic definitely sets in during this situation.

Options Used for Removing Gum

I’ve seen a lot of options to get gum out of hair and they include peanut butter, vegetable oil, toothpaste and even shampoo. As a child my mom always used peanut butter, but that is so messy.

I wanted to think of something I already had that would work. Right next to the peanut butter in my pantry, I found my answer: Coconut Oil!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has such a subtle smell and it can be used for so many different things. I often use coconut oil in my hair as a mask to soften it up and give it hydration. It will boost the overall health of your hair and scalp.

Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a lot of clever and practical uses. There are also a lot of health benefits using coconut oil. Here are a few I found:

  • Relieves Skin Irritation and eczema.
  • Moisturize your Skin.
  • Gets rid of stains on carpet and furniture.
  • Offers some protection from UV Rays.
  • Make Sugar Free Dark Chocolate…Yum!
  • Natural Deodorant.
  • Quick energy source.
  • Reduce Inflammation throughout your body.
  • Shine your Wood Furniture
  • Gently removes eye Makeup.
  • Soothes chapped lips.

The list really could go on and on about this amazing oil!

Steps for how to get gum out of hair

Coconut oil is the way to go to remove gum! So if you find yourself in a “sticky situation” give coconut oil a try, I think you’ll be happy you did.

  1. Find the coconut oil.
  2. For long hair, isolate the gum/hair by putting the rest of the hair in a pony tail.
  3. Completely cover the gum stuck in the hair with coconut oil.
  4. Wait a few minutes for the oil to work.
  5. Using your fingers, rub the gum and it will break apart into small pieces.
  6. Easily slide gum out of hair.

Once all the gum is removed from the hair, you can wash with shampoo if it feels too oily or just leave it alone until the next bath or shower.

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