Have you ever experienced Sticky gum on your hair, ever? It feels disgusting, right? Chewing gums is very beneficial for health and according to some studies it is said that chewing gum helps in improving memory, losing weight, reducing stress, etc. But when used in the wrong way, the gum is extremely sticky.
Gum is generally made from resins and synthetic rubbers which create it’s sticky and chewy texture. You can notice that gums are stretchable if you pull on the gum. According to research, there are some chemical bonds between molecules in gums, which create a sticky texture, and because of this, it is very difficult to remove gums from objects, especially hair.
The above-mentioned properties create difficulty in removing gums from clothes, hair, shoes. Try not to resort to scissors, as it may ruin your belongings. You should try some household products to remove chewing gum from your hair without cutting it. Here we will know about 7 easy ways to remove chewing gum from hair. If you experience such a situation in the future, then these tricks will help you, surely.
But firstly, let’s know what to do or what not to do when you get gum in your hair. Some methods may ruin your hair more and create trouble. So it’s better to avoid doing those. If you force to remove the gum, then it will be more difficult for you to get it out.
1) What not to do
Don’t pull it forcefully: Firstly, when you realize that the gum is stuck in your hair, don’t panic. Relax!!! Don’t try to pull the gum out of your hair forcefully with your hands as the gum may spread even more.
2) What to do
Isolate the affected area: The first thing that you should do is to isolate the affected area. Wrap or cover the area immediately as it will help in not spreading the problem further. You can use aluminium foil, it is easy to use, it will not stick to the gum.
7 Ways to Get Gum Out Of Hair
The following are the 7 easy ways to get chewing gum out of hair. Let’s have a look.
*You need to apply toothpaste gently to the gum and the hair area.
*Spread the toothpaste into the gum by using your fingers.
*Then wait for few minutes. The toothpaste will dry.
*After it has dried, try to draw the gum out of your hair by using a toothbrush or a comb or just your fingers.
2) Peanut Butter
The peanut butter remedy will surely help you in removing the chewing gum out of your hair. It is one of the most popular home remedies.
*Scoop a small amount of peanut butter with your fingers.
*Spread the peanut butter into the gum and the hair clump. Coat the gum completely. In this method, fingers work the best. But you can use a toothbrush also.
*Wait for a few minutes to let the peanut butter stiffen the gum and make it less sticky.
*Remove the chewing gum from your hair very carefully. You can pull it out by using your hand or you can use a comb or toothbrush.
Oil is also one of the best methods. You can use any type of oil, such as cooking oil, coconut oil, olive oil (it is good for the health of your hair also), sesame oil or whatever you like. Oil neutralizes the stickiness of the gum, and by using this method, you can prevent your hair from damage also.
*Firstly, wet your fingers well with some amount of oil, pour some on the affected area directly.
*Spread the oil into the gum and the hair, coat the area completely.
*Let the oil neutralize the stickiness of the gum.
*Try to remove the gum gently by using your hands or a comb or toothbrush.
As we all know that the plain white vinegar is slightly acidic. It is a quite available household product that can be used in removing chewing gum from your hair.
*Firstly, pour some amount of white vinegar into a cup, and soak the affected area thoroughly for a few minutes.
*After a time, you will notice that the gum is loosened enough to draw it out from the hair easily by using hands or toothbrush or a comb.
5) Ice Cubes
*Firstly, take an ice cube and rub it on the gum thoroughly. Run it over and the entire affected area.
*The ice will harden the gum slowly and you can break it off into pieces. It will solve your problem entirely.
*After the gum is hardened, which will take around 10 to 15 minutes, it will be simple for you to break the gum off in pieces and remove it off.
This is the easiest way among all.
*Spread a medium amount of conditioner into the affected area by using your fingers.
*The conditioner will make a slick surface between the gum and your hair.
*After that, try to comb your hair to remove the gum out of your hair or just draw the gum out by using your fingers.
7) Baking Soda
This method is also successful in some ways.
*Firstly, make a paste of a small amount of baking soda and water. Take some amount of the paste in your fingers and spread it into the gum and the affected area.
*The mentioned baking soda paste will stiffen the gum and neutralize the stickiness of the gum very fast. And it will help you in removing the chewing gum out of your hair easily.
in conclusion, after you remove the gum from your hair, wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo. Repeatedly rinse your hair with warm water to get the scent or the oil out of your hair. But if you are concerned about your hair after removing the gum, then you should contact a dermatologist for further help. They will look at the health of your hair and scalp. We hope that these above-mentioned methods will help you in such a sticky situation, if you experience one.