How To Get Gum Out Of Your Hair: We Tried 6 Common Methods To Find The Best One

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

If you have ever chewed gum, chances are you’ve been afraid of getting it caught in your locks. Frankly, it’s a common fear.

What if you can’t get it out? Will you be left with a bald patch?

You know that any attempt to get it out must be painful.

And while we’ve all probably heard that we’re supposed to use peanut butter to remove gum from our hair, doesn’t that just seem like an old wives’ tale? Not to mention — getting peanut butter out of your hair is a challenge in its own right.

As it turns out, there are a number of other suggested methods for getting gum out of hair. Of course, not all are equally effective. So, we decided to try six of the more commonly touted methods to see what works the best.

The peanut butter method is actually recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, and it is the first thing we tried in the video below. Up second, we tried to use the slippery power of petroleum jelly to free hair from a sticky wad of gum. Following that is a combination of baking soda and water that is supposedly useful in loosening gum. After that, we put cooking oil, an ice cube, and rubbing alcohol all to the test to see how they fare against a stubborn clump of gum.

Discover the winner by watching the video below. Spoiler alert: You’ll never have to worry about how to get gum out of hair again.

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