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Removing Tangled Hair from Jewelry

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When your hair gets tangled up in your necklace or earrings, it can be difficult to remove. This is a guide about removing tangled hair from jewelry.


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December 9, 2013

I had a mangled mess of hair ALL around my necklace. I tried burning it but that stained my necklace. I didn't want to try the hair removal cream. I finally tried a pumice stone and lightly rubbed it over the hair, and it took it off quick! No damage

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July 29, 20055 found this helpful

I keep a small bottle of the cream hair remover, like Nair around to place my necklaces in when they have tangled hair balled up around them. Take the cap off filled with the cream. Soak the necklace for about five minuets and the hair just falls off. I mention this to my jeweler and he thought it was a wonderful idea. Does not hurt the jewelry and leaves them nice and shiny.

By Carol

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January 31, 2010

I wear a gold chain around my neck all the time and it often gets a lot of hair in it. Anyone know an easier way to get the hair out than trying to pick/pull it out with my fingers? Thanks in advance.


By Deb from Alberta, Canada


February 1, 20100 found this helpful

Use tweezers.

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

Is it the chain clasp (the kind you pinch to open) your hair is getting stuck in? If so just have a jeweler replace the clasp with a 'barrel clasp' and you'll have no more problems ;-)

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

I hold mine over a flame for 2 seconds.

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February 6, 20100 found this helpful

I use a small pair of scissors and/or a straight pin to carefully remove the hair tangle.

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February 8, 20102 found this helpful

Use the flame of a lighter or candle for one or two seconds and then wipe it down with a soft cloth. If it's sooty, a little toothpaste rubbed on and then rinsed with water will shine it up. Good luck.

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September 13, 20160 found this helpful

BE CAREFUL with the match method. I had the same problem with hair in my 14 carat gold chain.


I used the match method and it burned my chain in HALF. Don't try it!!!

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

Pumice stone. Lightly rub over area where the hair is and it comes off quickly. Another thing is to soak it in Nair hair removal cream for about 5 minutes.

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September 25, 20170 found this helpful

Most likely your gold chain was not entirely gold or merely gold plated. Gold has a high melting point. My 14k Gold Chain handles flame without a problem because it is 100% gold through and through.

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April 19, 20180 found this helpful

What is punish stone?

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April 20, 20180 found this helpful

That should be a pumice stone, which can be used as a light abrasive.

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July 20, 2009

My hair keeps getting tangled in my necklace on the back of my neck. Any tips on how to keep this from happening?

By Sharon from Troy, MT


July 22, 20090 found this helpful

I am assuming you mean your hair tangles in the clasp? If that's the case all you have to do is have a jeweler replace it with a barrel clasp :-)

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

You are correct about my hair getting caught in the clasp. This barrel clasp sounds great. I'll give it a try.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

You'll enjoy how easy it is to open and close too, tallblondenurse ;-)

Deeli :-)

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July 22, 20091 found this helpful

You can even try putting on a bit of tape-it won't hurt real gold!

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

How do you clean a gold necklace that has hair tangled in it. Gold chains get hair wrapped and twisted around them when you have long hair. Sitting there pulling it out is tedious. Is there a better way, perhaps soaking it in something?


KATHY from Philadelphia, PA


Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

Take a lighter or match and burn the hair off. It really stinks, but the hair will be off in no time and if it is 14karat gold, the fire will not affect it. (01/27/2007)

By Kathy

Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

One idea that I have not tried myself is to get some cornstarch, keep it dry and gently twist the necklace in the cornstarch, I may be wrong but I think I have heard about this idea, to get kinks out of chains and jewelry. Another idea, is to use regular toothpaste and a soft brush or cloth, it will clean the jewelry and should take the hair away as well.

I am not sure how to prevent the problem, but if you think the necklace is rough in any way and catching your hair, you could take clear nail polish, tack it on a hook as you apply the clear polish and it should smooth out rough spots.The clear polish is also one way a person can wear earrings that are not expensive, just put the clear polish on the posts. I have seen a similar product at a jewelry counter at a store. (01/29/2007)


By Kersti

Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

Take a single edge razor blade and scrape it against the chain. It will cut the hair into tiny pieces that you will be able to pull off easily (03/09/2007)

Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

Wow. The cornstarch idea works. It takes a small amount of elbow grease to rub the hair out after the necklace is covered, but it is nothing compared to the time I have spent trying to pull it out with safety pins, etc. Thank you.

As for the match idea, be very careful with this. I have a Tiffany silver necklace that I tried this on (on the recommendation of a Tiffany staff person) and I ended up burning the chain (it actually caught on fire). I was finally able to clean it with silver polish. Go with the cornstarch. (03/23/2007)

By Kate

Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

Thank you. I got out the lighter, and in just a few minutes all that twisted hair was gone from my favorite chain. You are brilliant. I had tried everything. (04/04/2007)


By Gi-Gi

Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

I have always used a lighter to remove hair from my gold chains. Today though, the necklace briefly caught fire and is now blackened in some spots. It is 18k gold and I can not seem to get it clean. Be very careful with this approach. (09/21/2007)

By Kristine

Removing Hair From a Gold Chain

Try using a hair removal product i.e. Nair. Just soak the chain for about 5 minutes and the hair will dissolve. (03/23/2008)

By Francesca

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