Has your child ever gotten slime in their hair? If so, you know that it can be a real pain to get out. The good news is that there are some tricks and tips that will help!
How To Get Slime Out of Hair: Step-by-Step DIY Guide
Hey, you! The parent with the kid who just got slime in their hair. We feel your pain. Hair and slime don’t mix – we all know that.
Yet, through an odd series of events, slime sometimes makes its way into our hair. Regardless of how slime got in there, what’s important is what you do now to get it out.
In this article, we’ll be diving into several methods you can use to get slime out of your kid’s hair.
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Wash It Out Thoroughly with Warm Water
We’ll start with the most effective slime removal method – washing your hair. No other slime removal method comes close.
You may be tempted to wash your hair like you usually would to remove the slime, but that won’t work very well.
When you have slime in your hair, you’ll need to complete a few extra steps, and we will outline every step for you below:
- Use your hands to remove as much slime from your hair as possible. If you jump in the shower with a ton of slime on your hair, you could clog your pipes. So, with your hands and/or a wet towel, part your hair into sections and remove the excess slime.
- After removing as much slime as you can in the previous step, hop in the shower and turn on the hot water. It’s essential to get the water as hot as you can take it because the heat of the water is what’s going to break down the slime. It also helps to turn the shower on high pressure to blast away some of the gunk as well. Note: Warm water is best for a child’s hair, since burning your child with hot water would be parent’s worst nightmare.
- Now, apply a slippery conditioner to your hair and use it to dislodge the slime. Some people find that they need to use their nails to get the slime out, but that’s not good for the hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to get your hair as detangled as possible, and then use a fine-tooth comb to get the rest of the slime out. Don’t skip the conditioner, because it makes your hair slippery, aiding in the removal of the slime.
- Once you feel that you’ve gotten all the slime out, rinse the conditioner and any leftover slime remnants out of your hair. Use hot water for this step as well.
- Apply shampoo to your hair, paying close attention to your scalp. At the last minute, distribute the shampoo to the ends of your hair and then rinse well.
Note: If you don’t have shampoo, dish soap or baking soda are reasonable alternatives. Also, if you haven’t already, we recommend watching the video above by YouTuber – Girls with Da Curls washing slime out of her kid’s hair.
Use Everyday Oils
If you want to get rid of slime from your hair naturally, oil can help. Oil breaks down slime, making it much easier to remove with a comb or your hands.
Chances are you’ve got some type of oil lying around your house somewhere. You can use just about any oil, including olive oil, coconut oil, baby oil, cooking oil, vegetable oil, and other oil-based products.
Here are the steps to follow for this method:
- Dispense a generous amount of oil into the palms of your hands and apply the oil to your hair and scalp. Massage the oil into your hair, making sure that all your strands are coated in the oil.
- Leave the oil on your hair for about 5 to 10 minutes. Within this time, the slime will begin to break down and loosen up.
- Use a wide-tooth comb to get the slime out of your hair. Depending on how much slime you have in your hair, this step may take the most time. Be extremely gentle while removing the slime from your hair, as you don’t want to cause damage to your hair.
- At this point, you can wet your hair thoroughly, apply your conditioner, and gently comb through your hair. For this step, you can use a fine-tooth comb (only if your hair is thoroughly detangled).
- Following the conditioning session, apply shampoo to get any leftover gunk out of your hair. If there’s any left over after the first shampoo session, feel free to shampoo again.
After completing this process, your hair should be slime-free. However, if it is not, repeat the entire process after a couple of days. Sometimes, it takes several sessions to get all of the slime out.
Wash Hair with Peanut Butter
Break out the peanut butter – and not for your sandwich. You may not have been aware, but peanut butter can be used to remove slime from your hair.
Peanut butter is full of oil, which makes it an excellent option for dislodging and dissolving slime.
But it’s important to use the peanut butter correctly to see the best results. If you’re up for a bit of experimentation, we urge you to give this method a try.
In the below section, we will tell you exactly how to use peanut butter to rid your hair of slime:
- Spread smooth peanut butter, not crunchy, on your slime-covered hair.
- Work the peanut butter into your hair, and then hop into a warm shower and wash it all out with shampoo. You’ll be surprised when you see that the slime is washing out with the peanut butter.
- You may need to shampoo twice after putting peanut butter in your hair.
- Follow up the shampoo session with a moisturizing conditioner.
The peanut butter method should only be used if nothing else works. The peanut butter gets really messy (like a sticky goo). And, if possible, avoid using chunky peanut butter.
Not only could the nuts get stuck in your hair, but they could get caught in your drain as you rinse your hair out.
Use a Diluted Vinegar Rinse
If none of the previous tips sound right for you, consider using diluted vinegar. It dissolves slime on contact.
For this method, all you need is apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and water. Here are the steps to follow to remove slime with vinegar:
- Use your hands to remove as much slime as possible from your dry hair. Focus on removing big globs – you’ll remove the others in the following steps.
- Make a vinegar mixture by combining 2 parts vinegar with 1 part water. Combine it in a large container or pot.
- Get in the shower and pour the vinegar mixture all over the slime-covered parts of your hair. Make sure that it completely saturates your hair. As you pour the mixture, gently massage it in to dislodge the slime.
- Rinse out the vinegar mixture after rubbing it in for a couple of minutes. Then apply conditioner and rub it in the same way you did the vinegar mixture. If needed, use a comb to remove the remaining slime.
Freeze it with Ice Cubes
Ice cubes freeze slime and cause it to crack. So, the ice cube method is worth a shot if none of the previous methods were successful.
Just put an ice cube directly onto the slime to freeze it. You should then be able to comb the slime out of your hair.
If your hair is weak or otherwise damaged, we advise against this method. You don’t want your hair to break when the slime cracks.
NOTE: It’s important to know that the slime may not be completely gone after trying a method just one time. So, don’t be discouraged. Try your chosen method more than once for optimum results. Also, we recommend giving your hair a break before repeating any of these methods. This will help preserve the health of your hair.
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Slime can be notoriously hard to remove, but with the correct information, you can get rid of it with less work than you think. And with the 5 easy methods mentioned in this article, you’re in a good spot. Good luck with your slime-removal efforts!
Kenneth Byrd holds a BS in Accounting and Management Information Systems and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a serial hair blogger that has been writing about hair care since 2008, when he co-founded Curl Centric and Natural Hair Box. Curl Centric is a website operated by a husband and wife team that encourages healthy hair care.