Tricks for getting gum and candy out of hair

It’s trick-or-treat night tonight, but what if your child comes home with gum or candy stuck in their hair? What if their hair is all matted and tangled? Are there some general tips for keeping kids hair healthy in general?

Anybody who has a child knows what a nightmare their hair can be, and this Halloween things can really get scary.  A child can have anything from gum and candy in their hair, snarls, or the worst thing of all they cut their own hair!!

Michelle Davis, Great Clips Stylist, says she can help with parents’ worst hair gripes. Today, she shows us how to get gum out with products you probably already have in your pantry!

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.

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