Remove Gum From Hair - Tips And Video Instructions

Be Careful That Bubble Doesn't Pop!

Be Careful That Bubble Doesn't Pop!

Learn how to remove gum from hair with the video below.

You know that it's happened to you -- you blow a bubble, and pop! It gets all in your hair.

Or, you accidentally fall asleep while chewing gum and you wake up with a big gob of it embedded in your hair.

Here are some tips below for how to remove chewing gum from hair without having to cut it out, which is of course only a last resort.

First, try to get the gum as cold as possible so it will get hard and won't be as sticky, and also so it won't spread further in your hair.

To do this put some ice in a plastic baggy and hold that next to the gum.

Be careful not to smash the gum deeper into your hair during this process though!

Then, try to gently pull the hardened gum out of your hair.

If you feel like you still need to rip out your hair or break it off to get the gum out, try the next step instead.

The next tactic is to get the gum loosened up with oil. Two common ways to do this, both suggested in the video below, are to use olive oil (any type of cooking oil should work equally well) and peanut butter (which contains oil).

Pour or smear the oil or peanut butter onto the chewing gum, and really work it into the gum to get it nice and loose.

Next, using a wide tooth comb or your fingers gently pull at the now loosened up gum until you remove the pieces.

(You can get more ideas for the uses of olive oil around your home here.)

7 uses of olive oil for cleaning and other household tasks

You will then, of course, have to wash your hair (probably a couple of times) to get out the oil and peanut butter.

Watch the video for full details, and a demonstration of the process:

Tell me in the comments below how these tips for removing gum from your hair worked for you, or if you have had success or failure with other methods.

If you, in the process of removing the gum, get stains from either the olive oil, or peanut butter, on clothes or other items, you can learn how to remove the stains with these stain removal guide articles.

Olive oil stain removal guide

Peanut butter stain removal guide

In addition, you can find even more chewing gum removal tips here for hair, or any other surface in and around your home.

Chewing gum stain removal tips

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