7 Techniques to Remove Gum from Your Hair Without Tools

Vinegar Solution

Vinegar helps dissolve gum due to its acidity, making it easier to remove, though it can leave a strong odor. Apply a vinegar solution to your hair, let it sit for 15 minutes, then slide the gum out.

Ice Cubes

Using an ice cube hardens the gum, making it easier to break and remove. Hold an ice cube to the gum until it hardens, then gently break and remove it piece by piece.

Natural Oils

Oils like coconut or olive oil break down gum's stickiness. Apply oil to the gum, let it sit for a few minutes, then gently work the gum out with your fingers or a comb.

Peanut Butter

The oils in peanut butter help remove gum from hair. Apply smooth peanut butter to the gum, work it in with your fingertips, and gently slide the gum down the hair shafts.

Hair Conditioner

Conditioner lubricates hair, making it easier to remove gum without damage. Apply conditioner to the gum, let it sit, then massage the area and work the gum out with your fingers.

Baking Soda

Baking soda neutralizes gum’s stickiness. Create a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the gum, let it sit for a few minutes, then work the gum out of the hair.

Commercial Adhesive Remover

Like Goo Gone, adhesive removers can remove hair gum. To remove gum, carefully massage the gum with the remover, avoiding the scalp.

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