Children manage to get just about everything in their hair at some point in their lives, whether it’s dirt as they play in the sandpit, remnants of their last meal that did not make it as far as their mouths, or even a piece of gum. How can you remove gum from your child’s hair?
Isolate the Gum
If your daughter has long hair, start off by placing a towel around her shoulders and then isolating the gum. Gently part her hair and isolate the gum from the rest of her hair, to reduce the possibility of the gum sticking to the rest of her hair. If the gum sticks to other parts of her hair, it will be even harder to remove and you will have to work even harder to isolate the gum.
The reason for the towel is to collect drips of water, as you apply an ice cube to the gum and the ice starts to melt. Make sure that the ice does not touch the back of your child’s head. Press the ice cube down firmly on the gum as you lift it away from your child’s head and hold it in place for a few minutes.
Comb Out Frozen Gum
After a few minutes, the gum will be frozen. This will make it much easier to remove from your child’s hair than it was before you started out. Gently hold onto the roots of the hair as you comb the remnants of gum out of your child’s hair, to avoid unnecessary pain from tugging at the lodged piece of gum. The gum should fall apart and come out easily.
Wash Your Child’s Hair
Once you have removed the gum from your child’s hair, give your son or daughter a hair wash with shampoo, followed up with a good conditioner. If there are many leftover pieces of gum stuck in your child’s hair, the shampoo and conditioner should help to remove any leftover pieces.
Some parents remove gum from their child’s hair by automatically reaching for the scissors. But this is not necessary. Use ice cubes to freeze and dislodge the gum. Follow this up with a thorough hair wash to remove any leftover pieces of gum.
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