Not too long ago, my daughter came to me in her tiny little “I know I’m in trouble” voice and told me her hair was sticky. My mind immediately went to thinking if we had eaten syrup for breakfast and maybe some of it just didn’t get cleaned up.
She held out a piece of her hair to show me a small, tangled mess of gum in the front left section of her beautiful hair. I about cried! It was all I could do to not scream in frustration at her because she knows that if she chews gum, it stays in her mouth. None of this funny business and playing with it in her fingers. UGH!
I immediately jumped on my trusty ‘ol Pinterest and searched for ways to remove chewing gum from hair. I’ll be honest, there are a lot of options here. However, I noticed a trend in most of them and decided to just go with what I had on hand in my kitchen.
Yup, that’s right. Olive oil! Trust me it works!
I know it sounds kind of weird, but I am not even kidding when I say that almost every idea I found had some type of technique with an oil based product.
I drizzled a few tablespoons of it over the gum-tangled-mess, and started to massage it into her locks. At first I got a little frustrated because it seemed like nothing was happening and all I could think about was having to take her to the hair dresser and chop off 6 inches of her hair (Insert sobbing from both Mom and the little lady here).
Well, I was determined to keep working on this. For heaven’s sake there were about 4 dozen other bloggers out there who claimed it works and I was not about to get out some scissors.
So, after what seemed like a good hour (though I know it was only a few minutes), I started coming through the mess with a fine toothed comb. It took some coaxing and a lot of patience, but after a few times of dousing the hair with more oil and a few sad protests from the little one, the gum combed out and I was able to breath again.
Notice she doesn’t look too happy….
Neither was I.
So, if you are ever in a gum emergency situation, grab the oil from your cupboard and comb away! It really truly works!