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How to Get Silly Putty Out of Hair?

Kids will be kids, and it’s inevitable that something will get stuck in their hair – whether it be bubble gum or silly putty.

While this normally would call for the use of scissors to cut the gunk out, this can leave your kid looking like they cut their hair themselves. 

This can lead to some pretty embarrassing moments and some teasing at school, especially if it takes a long time for their hair to grow back. (You should use the The Best Shampoos and Conditioners for Hair Growth.)

The good news is, you can save your kid the embarrassment of going to school with an uneven haircut.

There are ways to get the chunks of silly putty out of your child’s hair without them looking like they got a pair of scissors and played hairdresser on themselves.

With that said, here are some helpful tips on “How to Get Silly Putty Out of Hair?” without needing to cut it out.

What is Silly Putty?

Silly Putty is a term used generally for toys made out of silicone polymers that exhibit unusual characteristics. Bouncy and flowy like liquid, this toy is entertaining for children, stimulating their imagination and love for science.

The name Silly Putty is a trademark from the company, Crayola, who is well-known for manufacturing art supplies like the famous crayons.

Other than being used as a toy by children, Silly Putty has found success in other areas such as a right adhesive for removing dirt, pet hair, and lint from surfaces. It’s even been used as an adhesive by astronauts due to its sticky characteristics.

Although it can be useful, the Silly Putty’s sticky nature can prove to be frustrating for many parents who have to deal with the substance getting stuck in their kids’ hair or their own.

How to Get Silly Putty Out of Hair?

Although it has a whimsical name, it can be anything but that when it gets stuck in your hair or your kids’ hair. It can even be more frustrating when it hardens, making it even more challenging to get silly putty out of hair.

Aside from cutting it out, how can you remove this substance from hair?

  • Baby Oil

Baby oil isn’t just for babies – it’s also a handy tool for removing sticky substances like gum or, in this case, Silly Putty, from one’s hair.

To use baby oil for removing Silly Putty from your hair or your child’s, check out the steps below.

Massage the baby oil onto the scalp

Pay more attention to the area wherein the substance is stuck, massaging the area gently but firmly.

After doing so, comb through the hair to gently remove the substance from your hair.

Wash with shampoo

Once you have removed the Silly Putty from your hair, you can now wash it with shampoo and warm water to remove any baby oil residues in your hair.

See also: How To Use Baby Oil For Hair?

  • Conditioner

Conditioners do wonders in making the hair soft and silky smooth, but did you know you can also use this to remove sticky substances like gum and Silly Putty from hair?

Massage a generous amount of conditioner onto the scalp.

Similar to the baby oil, to you need to massage a generous amount of conditioner onto the scalp, gently combing through the strands and paying particular attention to the area where the substance is stuck.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Once you’re done, make sure to thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water to wash out all the conditioner and leftover Silly Putty from your hair.

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a versatile substance that can be used for almost anything.

From cooking to protecting hair before coloring and revitalizing hair, coconut oil is often mixed into substances to help nourish and revive.

However, another use of coconut oil is its ability to remove Silly Putty from hair.

Apply a generous amount of coconut oil to the affected area.

Applying a generous amount and massaging it thoroughly will help dissolve and remove any Silly Putty stuck in hair without cutting it out.

Aside from this, coconut oil can also remove the toy’s stickiness.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water and shampoo to remove residues.

Once you have removed most of the substance from your child’s hair or yours, make sure to rinse thoroughly with warm water and shampoo entirely as well to remove any leftover particles in the hair.

See also: The 16 Best Coconut Shampoos and Conditioners

  • Petroleum Jelly or Peanut Butter

Petroleum jelly is always helpful to have around, especially when you have kids. Not only does it help with wounds and things like rashes, but it’s also a good way to remove sticky substances like Silly Putty. 

If you don’t have petroleum jelly, peanut butter will work just as well for removing substances like Silly Putty and gum from hair. 

Apply the jelly or peanut butter to the affected area.

Massage the area gently to work the substance into the gum or Silly Putty then gently comb it out of the hair.

Shampoo the hair afterward

Wash the hair after working most out of the gunk out, preferably washing it with a shampoo and baking soda combination to remove the rest of the substance from the hair.

See also: How to get flarp – the “noisy putty” out of hair?

Final thoughts

Silly Putty can be a simple yet fun toy for children that helps stimulate their creativity and imagination but it can be a nightmare for parents who have to figure out ways to get silly putty out of hair, particularly when it gets stuck in their kids’ hair. 

While many would take a pair of scissors to cut out the sticky substance, it’s not the only way to remove it and is even often considered the least desirable option.

By using several items found in households such as baby oil, hair conditioners, and others, you can easily remove Silly Putty from hair without having to make an impromptu haircut on your kid or yourself.

It just takes a little oil or conditioner and some old-fashioned elbow grease to remove the sticky substance from hair, returning it to its normal, Silly Putty-free state.

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