Gum, candy in your kids' hair? Great Clips explains how to get it out

Amber Cepkauskis, a stylist at Great Clips, stopped by to help us prevent and/or solve those Halloween hair dilemmas:

Dilemma #1: Gum and candy in hair
Several types of solvents are known to help break a wad of gum's sticky grip from a child's hair.  You might want to try peanut butter or olive oil, which are probably in your kitchen cupboard. If you'd prefer not to use a food product, anything silicone-based also will work.
 
Whatever you use, apply it to the area where the gum is attached to the hair and saturate. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the oils to penetrate through the sticky surface. Working small sections at a time, comb through the gum. Little by little, the gum will release from the hair shaft.

Dilemma #2: Unforgiving snarls and rat's nests
It may be tempting to simply reach for the scissors, but a better solution is to reach for a quality leave-in conditioner that will let you tackle almost any snarl. Apply the conditioner to the snarl. Working from the bottom of the snarl, gently comb the hair to release the knots.

To prevent snarls from happening in the first place, invest in a leave-in conditioner to apply to your hair on a daily basis or every time the hair is shampooed. Daily conditioning and combing the hair immediately after conditioning will help to keep knots away. The leave-in conditioner will help keep the hair tangle-free. Additionally, for young ladies, long hair can be braided in a simple three-strand plait at night to keep the hair from knotting.

Dilemma #3: Your child cut his/her own hair
You may be raising a budding hair stylist, but these first results aren't exactly worthy of capturing in school pictures... Get to the stylist right away!

Print this article Back to Top

Comments