Many parents have faced situations of having to remove chewing gum stuck on fabric, furniture, and also their child's hair. And when it comes to gum stuck in the hair, let's just say that it is extremely difficult to remove. The more you try to take it out, the deeper it sets in. Given below are some options to safely and effectively remove chewing gum stuck in hair.
Gum Removal Options
The first option most parents consider is shampoo, while some resort to chopping the hair off. However, shampooing causes the gum to spread, thus worsening the problem. Cutting the hair is not a preferred choice either. Instead, try the following options.
Use Ice Cubes
The gum can be removed by using the freezing method. For this technique, you will need some ice cubes filled in a small plastic bag. Place the bag over the gum until it freezes or hardens. The solidified gum can be removed gently from the hair. This method also works for removing gum stuck on clothes.
Treat with Vinegar
Dissolving the gum with warm vinegar proves to be effective. Heat some white vinegar till it turns lukewarm (not very hot, or it will harm the hair), and apply it over the gum. Massage it well and the gum will slowly dissolve. You may have to repeat the process a second time to remove it completely.
Apply Peanut Butter
Take a spoonful of peanut butter and apply it in and around the gum. Rub it for 2-3 minutes. If required, you can apply it for a second time. In case you do not have peanut butter, liquid chocolate also works well.
Rub with Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is also a good conditioner for hair. Similar to peanut butter, it effectively removes gum from hair strands. Put some over the gum and rub gently until the gum gets separated from the hair.
Use Cooking Oil
Choose any cooking oil (preferably canola oil, olive oil, or any other thick oil). Put some on the gum, and let it penetrate into the hair. Most of the gum will come off in the first try with this method. You can also substitute cooking oil with mineral oil or baby oil.
Next time you encounter this problem, try the above methods. You will most likely succeed in the first go. If not, repeat them a few times. After you successfully get the gum out, shampoo your hair to get rid of the vinegar or oil smell.