How to Get Slime Out of Hair

Kids are messy and often will get slime stuck in their hair. When kids get slime on their hands then touch their face and head it usually results in a sticky mess of slime and hair. 

Many kids will panic when they notice a blob of slime stuck to their head. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to get it out it without resorting to cutting it out with scissors – usually using shampoo!

Some kinds of slime are easier to get out than others. Let’s review the best ways to clean hair without causing any long term damage.

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How to Remove from Hair

The best way to remove slime or silly putty from your hair is by taking a shower and using conditioner and shampoo. A long shower with hot water and a scalp massage should remove all of the slime particles as well as any oil and residue from your hair. Try to use some hot water, white vinegar and dish soap if normal shampoo and hair conditioner is not effective enough. If that does not work don’t worry – there are still more extreme steps that don’t involve a hair cut to remove excess slime.

First, start a hot shower and let your hair soak. Try to use a hard setting to blast off as much of the slime as possible. If there is a lot of slime you may want to get some off before getting in the tub so you don’t clog the pipes.

Second, scrape the slime from your hair and scalp using your nails. Do a few strands of the time, starting at the root of your hair. Make sure to clean out under your fingernails as the slime builds up.

Third, clean your hair and scalp with shampoo. Most brands of shampoo will work well but you may have a scrub to get it all out. Try leaving it in for a few minutes in order to loosen the stickiest particles.

Next, apply conditioner to remove and finish cleaning your hair. Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. If there is still slime stuck in your hair do another round of shampoo in order to the rest out.

Still having trouble getting all the slime out your hair?

Slime can be tough to remove, especially if it has hardened in multiple spots. For quick removal without hair loss I like to use a detachable spray wand shower head like the AquaDance High Pressure Shower Head, instead of the one attached to my home when we bought the house. It is much more powerful and can blast away every bit of slime!

Tips & Tricks

If the above steps did not get the slime ball out of your hair don’t worry, there are a few more things you can do before shaving your head. Some of these tips may sound unconventional and a little silly but they work on super sticky slime recipes.  

Peanut Butter

Jif Peanut Butter

Peanut butter sounds like it belongs on a sandwich but it can also be used to remove sticky goo from your hair. This tasty treat is usually found in sandwiches but is a quick and easy way to get gooey messes out of your hair.

Start by spreading the peanut butter all over your head and then working it into your hair and massaging your scalp. make sure to take a shower once you get the slime out or you will smell like peanut butter all day and have brown hair. We recommend using smooth peanut butter but crunchy will also do the trick.

Olive or Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Olive or coconut oil are another at homes slime removal trick. Most families will have at least one of these oil‘s in their kitchen so you should be in luck.

Start by pouring one cup of oil directly onto the top of your head then massage it into your hair and scalp, you might need a friend or parent if it is really stuck in there. After you have removed 90% of the slime from your head take a hot shower and shampoo at least twice.

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