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How To Get Toothpaste Out Of Hair: 5 Quick Steps

A lot of us believe that it is safe to apply toothpaste to our hair and can be used for a variety of purposes such as removing unwanted body hair, helping hair to grow, and helping to color hair, etc.

However, some of these claims actually seem to contradict each other and most don’t fit into the mechanism of most actual toothpaste ingredients.

In this article, we will clarify more about the real effects of toothpaste on hair, with the process of dyeing and lightening hair.

How do you get toothpaste out of hair?

Sometimes toothpaste can get on your hair while you’re brushing your teeth or participating in children’s activities.

However, there is no need to worry because it is relatively easy to remove.

Things you’ll need:

  • Warm water
  • Shampoo
  • A paper towel or cloth
  • A wide-tooth comb


  1. Step 1: Separate the hair covered in toothpaste from the remaining hair.
  2. Step 2: In the case, a sink or shower cannot be available. You can use a paper towel or cloth to blot the toothpaste. Notably, avoid wiping your hair with the paper towel/cloth, as this will make the toothpaste more into more of your hair.
  3. Step 3: Gently rinse the toothpaste off hair with warm water as soon as possible.
  4. Step 4: You can add shampoo to remove the toothpaste.
  5. Step 5: Use a wide-tooth comb to make sure all hair has been completely removed from the toothpaste before rinsing it off.

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Can I wash my hair with toothpaste?

“Toothpaste is a skin irritant – it’s meant for your teeth, not for your skin or hair,” M.D. dermatologist Mona Gohara at Yale University speaks to Cosmopolitan magazine.

That means it’s not only bad for your hair, but it’s also not suitable for your scalp.

Similar to the skin of your face or hands, your scalp needs a specialized product to take care of.

Using a toothbrush to scrub away the particles and debris from eating is how the toothpaste works for our teeth. However, our hair shouldn’t be got clean like that.

Does toothpaste dye your hair?

So far, there have not been any medical researches to prove the effects of toothpaste on hair dying. The individual ingredients in a toothpaste formula may mislead you about its use.

As a general rule, toothpaste is believed to be able to affect your hair’s color and growth. However, you must be especially aware that it won’t necessarily happen in ways that you might hope.

Not to mention the negative effects of toothpaste on the scalp that we mentioned above. Therefore, dyeing hair with toothpaste is absolutely not recommended.

Instead, to grow hair you can use sulfur 8, baby oil, moska oil, shampoos and conditioners,…

To coloring hair, beside the hair dyes you can also use food coloring or even jello.

See also: Hair dye for sensitive scalp

How do you make your hair lighter with toothpaste?

Some certain types of toothpaste contain brightening ingredients like hydrogen peroxide that are thought to lighten the hair.

The hydrogen peroxide in the mixture can make your teeth whiter, which means it can also make your hair look brighter. However, it can make your hair drier so we don’t recommend this a bit.


How does toothpaste remove gum from hair?

As we know, chewing gum is made from synthetic rubbers and resins to give a chewy and sticky texture.

Therefore, the chemical bonds between the molecules in the gum will make it difficult to remove from objects, especially hair.

Often the sticking of gum in the hair tends to end up with tears and getting a haircut.

However, there are easy and inexpensive ways to get rid of that gum while keeping your hair intact! One of them is the use of toothpaste.

Things you’ll need

  • Toothpaste
  • Comb (or toothbrush)


  1. Step 1: Separate the hair with gum and apply toothpaste directly to the gums and hair wad.
  2. Step 2: Use your fingers to smooth the toothpaste into the gums.
  3. Step 3: Let the toothpaste dry.
  4. Step 4: Use your finger, comb, or toothbrush to remove the gum from your hair.

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After all, maybe at this point, you can already know what conditions you can apply toothpaste to your hair.

Especially, to protect your scalp, you should not use toothpaste to wash your hair as well as dye your hair.



I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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