Hey! You’re reading this because you need to remove gum from your hair. I can’t really blame you for being in that situation, it happens to the best of us.
But how do you get chewing gum out of your hair? What’s the best way to remove a wad of gum stuck on your head? And how do you cover up the grossness so it doesn’t spread?
I’m not the best at following directions—especially when it comes to how to remove gum from my hair. So, I figured out how to get chewing gum out of my hair on my own. And I thought I should share how you can do it too!
In this blog post, I am going to walk you through 7 solutions for how to solve this problem. On top of that, I guarantee there will be at least one solution here that works like magic!
Right. Let’s get into it…!
How does gum gets stuck in hair?
You may ask yourself, “How does gum get stuck in my hair?”
Well, chewing gum is always a sticky affair. It gets on everything and sticks really well. The problem with this layer of gluey goodness is when it attaches onto things like the bristles of a brush or clothes. These are very good surfaces for chewing gum to stick to.
If you brush your wet hair with the affected bristles, you can transfer some of the stray gum into your wet strands. And worse, you may remain oblivious and move about with all that mess on top of your head!
“There are so many things I don’t want to goop near my head,” you might say. Thankfully there are plenty of DIY hair care remedies for removing gum.
In the past, people used Vaseline to remove gum from their hair. This is because of its greasy consistency and ability to form a protective barrier over the chewy mess. The issue with this is that your hair becomes coated in grease. Which really doesn’t make much sense if you’re trying to get rid of something sticky!
The Vaseline remedy works though, and I’ll highlight it later on too.
How to prevent chewing gum in your hair from spreading
Once the damage happens, you must take the necessary precautions to stop the gum. You have to prevent it from spreading to your other unaffected locks.
Otherwise, you’ll end up looking like you walked head-first through a giant spider’s web.
You should definitely NOT try to remove the gum using your fingers. Ensure that you fight this impulse at all costs. Going commando here will only massage the mess onto your other strands!
So, your first line of defense should be to cover the affected area first. For this purpose, you can either use aluminum foil or other non-stick wrappers.
Ensure that you separate the locks of hair affected and hold them apart. Then, wrap the aluminum around the separated lock and secure it with a rubber band. Use one rubber band on top and the other just below where the gum mess ends.
After you do this successfully, you would have prevented the gum from spreading. You are now ready for the next step which is to remove chewing gum from your hair.
How to avoid getting chewing gum on your hair
Is there anything you can do to avoid getting gum guck all over your hair?
The best way is by prevention.
Ensure that you tuck your clothes in whenever you’re near someone who’s chewing. That always helps reduce the odds of having something stick to your clothing. In the long run, it cuts the chance of chewing gum ending up on your hair.
You should also consider taking up a habit of tying up your hair when you go out. This helps prevent any stray goo from sticking on as you go about your business.
Remember: There is a high chance you’ll get gum on you when you’re near somebody chewing gum. So, it’s best that you just stay alert and avoid those up-close encounters.
7 solutions for removing chewing gum from hair
Here are some home remedies that can help you remove gum from your hair without cutting.
1. Using Peanut Butter
Peanut butter contains proteins, oils, and high quantities of fats and carbohydrates. It also contains vitamins A, B6, D, E, and protein.
The oils in the peanut butter can reduce friction. The protein can also cause foam when it combines with water.
These chemicals are all important for removing the gum from your hair.
When using peanut butter:
- Apply a small amount of peanut butter to the gum.
- Cover the entire length that’s affected by the gum.
- Let it sit for a while. This allows it to work on the gum and helps reduce its grip on your hair.
- After the gum becomes stiff, try to remove the gum with your fingers.
The sugar in peanuts can dissolve most gums on contact and may leave you with less sticky hair. However, there is a risk of a food allergy linked to peanut butter. So, make sure you stay very cautious if you fall under this category.
2. Using Cooking Oil
The lipids found in cooking oils can trap the gum and free your hair from any potential mess. If you have a lot of hair gum, then it might take more than one try to get the job done.
You can also use:
- Coconut oil
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
Here is how you can do it:
- First, ensure that you get all of the tangles out. This will make removing any remaining pieces much easier. It’s important not to use scissors as they could damage individual strands of hair.
- Next, pour some cooking oil over the area covered with the gum. Start by pouring just enough oil on your hair until it’s fully saturated but not dripping.
- Using one hand or two hands, use your fingers to rub the oil firmly into the affected hair. Make sure no excess cooking oil gets left behind. If it happens, first wipe off the oil away before trying to get any more gum.
- Use your fingers and strip out the wads with gum in them. Try not to rip at your hair too hard during these motions. If some strands come off just let them go without putting too much pressure on yourself.
- Finally, rinse with some shampoo. This ensures any cooking oil residue or smell left behind by the process is also washed away.
3. Using Vinegar
You can also get gum out of your hair using vinegar. The acid in the vinegar helps to dissolve the gum. The acid also removes any residual oils, leaving your hair feeling clean and fresh afterward.
To use vinegar:
- Untangle your hair without pulling or ripping.
- Next, pour white distilled vinegar onto a dish towel and put it over the top of your head. Tie your ends together in the back for support if necessary.
- Wait 20 minutes before removing the fabric carefully so you don’t rip any strands.
- Finally, rinse with water until all traces are gone.
This has no guarantees that it’ll work on everyone’s hair type. But, at this point, what do you have to lose? These instructions use one part vinegar to two parts water but you can adjust the proportions as necessary.
4. Using Ice Cubes
Ice cubes can alter the stickiness of gum by making it hard and rigid. Thus, you can use this small science to your advantage in this case.
Here is how:
- Keep the affected locks in separate sections that you can access easily.
- Grab an ice pack from the freezer and place them directly onto the gum stuck in your hair.
- Leave them for about 5 to 15 minutes if necessary. The coldness should make it less stiff so you’ll be able to remove it more easily.
- Finally, rinse off thoroughly in cold water. Hot water will make your hair softer and stickier, so avoid it if possible!
It may take some time to get rid of every last bit of residue on your head using ice cubes. Also, this step is only best suited when trying to remove a little amount of gum.
5. How to Use Toothpaste
You can use toothpaste to also remove gum from your hair. All you need is a little bit of paste, some water, and a comb!
Here’s how to do it:
- Start by wetting the area messed with gum using water. You can place the affected strands under running water for 30 seconds before starting. The water will help the paste expand and soften up.
- Put a little bit of toothpaste on the gum to start breaking it down.
- Use gentle rubbing motions, just like you would if you were brushing your teeth.
- Use more or less as needed until all of the pieces are gone. This usually takes about a few minutes per inch of gum.
- Once you’ve removed all the gum, wash away any excess toothpaste with water.
- You may find that there is a small amount of paste left on your hands or inside the comb. Just use some more water to rinse it off!
- If the area where you used toothpaste still feels sticky, try adding a little bit more water and rubbing again.
- Use an oil-free moisturizing shampoo to wash your hair as usual afterward. Don’t forget to brush!
6. How to Use Vaseline (As promised)
Vaseline became every lady’s basic part of the cosmetic pack. And as such, it has gotten several new uses as time elapsed. And yes, one of the many uses in 2021 is to remove gum from your hair.
How can you do it while avoiding the stickiness altogether?
- Separate the messed-up hair and keep them neatly away from the rest. Doing this will prevent the spreading of the greasy jelly onto other strands.
- Use a piece of cloth to collect the Vaseline and apply it to your hair
- Be careful you don’t get too close to your scalp because it can cause you discomfort. You don’t want unwanted greasy strands in your way while trying to remove gum from your hair!
- Apply enough Vaseline needed for removing the gum stuck on your hair. Do not use so much that it creates an excess mess.
- It’s better if you can avoid using paper towels or such things. These items may absorb all the oils. They’ll create even more work for you later down the line when the hair needs washing.
- Gently get a hold of the gum and start stretching it out while using your other hand to help pull.
- Repeat this process until all of the gum gets removed from your hair!
The key here is patience before starting any pulling motions with your fingers.
7. How to use Baking Soda
The first thing that probably comes to your mind when thinking of baking soda is some recipe for delicious cookies. Did you know that you can also use it to remove gum from your hair?
The next time someone sticks gum in your hair and leaves without saying anything, here’s what to do:
- Start by brushing off all excess dirt from where the gum was stuck.
- Next, you need to make a paste of baking soda and water. Use enough o just combine the ingredients into a loose dough-like consistency. (This works more slowly than if they were just mixed together)
- Apply this mixture to the affected area in small circles. Let it stay for a few minutes to make the gum easily removable.
- Use your fingers or fingernails to strip off the gum until you remove it all from your hair.
- This last step’s optional. Wash out the cloth you used for cleaning with cold water before washing it normally. This prevents stains!
If these steps don’t remove the whole thing, try again or grab something else like vinegar.
The only thing worse than finding chewing gum in your hair is getting more of it stuck in there. Hopefully, I’ve helped you save some time next time you find yourself in such a mess.
You’ve seen the different ways to prevent chewing gum from sticking in your hair. You could also use a few of our 7 solutions for removing the sticky chewing gum.
Also, there may be some difficulty when trying to remove sticky gum from your hair. Still, we hope that my tips will help make things easier for you!
Have you tried any of the tricks I’ve mentioned above? Let me know what other helpful tricks you’ve found along the way! Let me also know how they worked out for you in the Comments Section below!