How to Get Silly Putty Out of Hair in 4 Steps

Fortunately, there are several simple tricks on how to get Silly Putty out of hair, and chances are good that you already have more than one of the necessary ingredients.

how to get silly putty out of hair

It’s amazing how often Silly Putty and other goo materials get stuck in the hair. It could be your child’s hair or maybe your own. Before you get to scissors to cut the goo, try a few steps to remove the putty without cutting. This is especially recommended if you have been planning on attending all public occasions without a hat anytime soon.

The manufacturer of Silly Putty recommends using WD-40 to remove silly putty from clothing, furniture, and carpets. WD-40 can do the trick, but it leaves behind a smelly, oily residue and is made from harsh chemicals and aerosol fumes that you probably don’t want to get on your hair or skin.

How to Get Silly Putty Out of Hair

Step 1

Put on old clothes don’t mind getting stained with oil and alcohol, or at least drape an old towel around your neck.

Step 2

Use hand sanitizer and a comb. Silly Putty is made of silicone, which the hand sanitizer will dissolve gently. Massage the hand sanitizer into the putty and surrounding hair and let it sit for five to ten minutes before gently removing it with a fine-toothed comb.

combing hair

Rinse the hand sanitizer out of your hair as soon as possible as it contains alcohol, which can quickly damage your hair.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of baby oil to Silly Putty, another product that will quickly dissolve the silicone in Silly Putty. Massage the oil into the putty and hair and let the baby oil sit for five to ten minutes before applying some hot water and removing the putty with a fine-tooth comb.

applying baby oil on hair

Baby oil should be used sparingly, as it can leave a greasy build-up on your hair. Cold cream or petroleum jelly will work just as well as baby oil.

Step 4

Protect your face and eyes with a towel or handkerchief and spray cooking spray on putty and hair. Massage the cooking spray into the Silly Putty and let it sit on your hair for approximately 15 minutes.

Remove the putty with a fine-tooth comb. Cooking spray is not good for your hair, so shampoo as soon as possible. Those with very fine hair may need more than one deep shampoo to remove any remaining oil residue.

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Step 5

Condition your hair as you remove the putty using mayonnaise or olive oil, two products that will effectively cut through the silicone while nourishing your hair. Massage the mayonnaise or olive oil into the putty and surrounding hair.

Allow the product to set for approximately 15 minutes before wrapping the area in soft terry cloth and gently pulling towards the ends of your hair. Most of the putty should slide out; however, you can use a fine-tooth comb to remove the remaining putty.

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