Before the screaming begins or you get out the scissors, investigate alternative ways to get gum out of hair. This is a guide about removing gum from hair.
To get bubble gum out of hair, just dab a little baby oil on your finger tips (depending on the size of the wad) and rub on the gum. It should just slide right off the hair with minimal mess!
By Beth B. from Lee, FL
What a marvellous idea!. Marg from England
Creamy Peanut Butter works just as well (if not better?)
If you are in a pinch and have no baby oil or peanut butter you can also use WD 40, make sure you hold the can right up to the hair and gum mess and spray directly on the mess, rub it in a little making sure as to not get other loose hair in the gum. Pull off what you can and repeat if needed. Ice will also help as a "pre-treatment" prior to the WD 40, hold it on the gum with an old rag as you will throw it in the trash when finished.
It does not smell to good but it does work. Make sure you shampoo afterwards until the smell of the WD is gone.
If your child gets chewing gum stuck in their hair use peanut butter to get it out. Using your thumb and forefinger rub the peanut butter on the hair and the gum miraculously disappears! Use a little at a time until the gum is gone. Works every time! Of course, you then have to wash the peanut butter out of their hair.
By dusty6788 from Silver Spring, MD
Actually any oil will also remove the gum. It's the oil in the peanutbutter that loosens the gum.
Ok everyone is gonna say peanut butter! But that may not work, using butter, put butter in the microwave and have it melted. Sip your fingers in it when its not hot, and put the melted butter on your fingers and run it through the gum. It will loosen and loosen till it comes out.
Hope you get the gum out!
Tips for removing gum from hair. Post your ideas.
To get out chewing gum stuck or attached to hair, rub the chewing gum with oil or butter. Rinse or wash the hair normally.
I am looking for tips on how to get gum out of hair.
By Spike01 from Canada
Slop a glob of peanut butter on it, massage it around, and then rinse-shampoo if necessary.
Yep, a third vote for peanut butter. You can also freeze the gum with ice and then just break off the hardened gum. It comes out really easily at that point. Good luck!
Another vote for peanut butter. The ice is nice, but why bother? The peanut butter takes a minute, give or take, and you don't have to hold the frozen melting ice cube on the gum. LOL
When I think of gum in hair the smell of peanut butter always hits me :) I guess I never learned my lesson growing up, I had the peanut butter on my head quite a few times, and it worked like a charm!
Gum in hair. no problem. Rub a teaspoon of peanut butter in the gum. Rub a few minutes and it dissolves it completely. Then just wash peanut butter out of hair. All moms have freaked out over a hunk of gum in kids hair. No cutting of beautiful hair with this solution.
My daughter had gum in her very long hair, only answer to that was to cut off very long hair very short. From now on my daughter is not allowed to have very long hair, she will have very short hair. (03/21/2008)
This actually works. My daughter got chewing gum in her hair. I thought we would need to cut it out. I googled it and got your solution. May daughter says 'thanks' she didn't need to get her hair cut - and I'm still her favourite Mum:) (12/06/2008)
How to get bubble gum out of hair. Apply peanut butter to the gummed area and rub and voila, the gum will release and remove easily.
By Diana from La Cygne, KS
Maybe this is what we can use all that recalled peanut butter for. (02/16/2007)
Thank you so much, I used peanut butter and it came straight out in no time. (03/17/2007)
Peanut Butter is amazing! Rub it in and keep working through the gum until it disappears before your eyes. Unbelievable! (04/06/2007)
My 4 yr old got Bazooka gum all over her eyes and eye lashes. We removed some with warm water before reading this. The peanut butter worked great! (05/19/2007)
The peanut butter worked like a charm! Thanks for the advice! (06/04/2007)
My sister in law used a little bit of olive oil in my niece's hair to remove the gum. Worked like a charm. (05/06/2008)
We just removed gum from our granddaughter's hair using Avon's Skin So Soft. It smells much better, and works like a charm. (06/30/2008)
With my wife being out of town at a convention, I was horrified to see that my daughter had accidentally gotten a "large amount of chewing gum in her long brown hair. After googling "gum in hair removal" I came across this and 15 minutes later the gum was gone and her hair washed. Thanks so much. (07/14/2008)
I got a huge chunk of chewing gum in my long hair and used ice cubes on either side of gum and brushed with a comb and worked perfectly without that sticky peanut butter mess! Good luck! (08/05/2008)
I came across a better solution. Just take hair mousse and use it on the gum. In a couple of minutes just comb out the gum. You should probably wash the hair afterward. I got it completely wrapped inside and it worked. (11/07/2008)
Remove chewing gum from your child's hair by rubbing a spoonful of peanut butter into the gum, leave on for a bit and then wipe the mess out with a paper towel. Shampoo. You might have to do the peanut butter thing twice if the gum is a really huge chunk. Beats cutting out a chunk of hair like my mom did to me!
I am a hairdresser and we use mayonnaise. It works great and conditions too.
By Stacy from El Paso
Try ice cubes. It will freeze the gum and when its hard you can break it away. Works for gum in the carpet too.
Rub the chewing gum with peanut butter, mayonnaise or oil.
If your child has gum stuck in his or her hair, simply use an ice cube on the area. It takes a little work, but it works like a charm!
Peanut butter always worked best for me. I have two girls with very long hair;and when they were small I used the peanut butter.
Rub perfume into the gum and it comes right out.
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By cheryl H.
Mom had given up! I searched the internet and found the peanut butter suggestion for removing the chewing gum from hair. It worked just great, a bit messy but so worth the effort.
By a grateful Grandma
I really did think that the suggestion of peanut butter or mayonnaise to remove chewing gum from hair was a joke but we tried the mayonnaise in my 9 year old's hair and it really did work. Thanks for the tip!
Thank you very much for a million dollar tip. Peanut butter worked like magic for me. Cheers.
My wife just used this method on my 6 yr old daughter, who rolled over some sticky stringy gum. IT WORKED! No cutting of the hair (that was above the ear). Fabulous
By Steven Rapp
Thank you so much - I put chewing gum in my boyfriends hair during a play fight and the mayonnaise worked well!
We are friends again!