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How to Get Slime Out of Hair, According to Pros

Have you ever tried to remove slime from your kid’s hair? I’m sure you’ve had that experience at least once. Slime gets everywhere! From the kitchen sink to the car seat, to the couch, to the floor, to the dog, to your kid’s hair, and yours.

So what can you do about it? There are some simple ways to remove slime from hair. Always try to remove as much excess slime first before trying any of these methods.

How to Get Slime Out of Hair Without Cutting Your Hair

#1. A Hot Shower and Hair Conditioner Can Remove Slime from Your Hair

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Jump in the shower and turn the water on as hot as you can take it, or as warm as your child can manage. Hot water will soften the slime and help it to come out of the hair.

How to

Apply a slippery conditioner to damp hair while in the shower and use it to loosen the slime. Some people like to use their fingers to help remove the slime. But that isn’t always effective, as your fingernails can grind the slime further into the hair.

Instead, use a comb to remove as much as you can, and then use a fine-toothed comb to get the rest.  After you’re done, rinse the conditioner out and use hot water to wash away any remaining slime. Then shampoo with very warm water as well.

Expert’s Tip: Fingernail can grind the slime further into the hair. Try a fine-toothed comb instead.

#2. Oil Helps Slide Slime Out of Hair

Oil helps break down slime, making it easy to remove with a comb. You should use an oil that works well with your hair, like olive oil, coconut oil or baby oil.

How to

After you’re done rubbing the oil into your hair, comb through the oil to remove any remaining bits of slime. Then shampoo, but leave the shampoo in your hair for a minute or two so it can remove all the oil.

After you rinse your hair, you can apply conditioner to help add moisture back to your hair and to get any leftover slime out of your hair that you might have missed. Feel free to wash your hair again if you need to. After completing this process, your hair should be slime free.

#3. Peanut Butter Has Slip and Grip to Help Remove Slime

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Peanut butter is full of peanut oil, which is thick and viscous. It makes it an ideal choice for removing slime from your hair. Make sure you use creamy peanut butter, though.

The light grit will give the peanut butter a little extra action when you use it. We don’t need any chunks of nuts, though.

How to

Apply the peanut butter directly to your hair and rub it into the area in a downward motion. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly in a very warm shower, using the same downward motion with your hands to dislodge the slime.

When it’s gone, wash hair with shampoo. Then wash your child and the shower too!

Author’s Note: Slide the peanut butter down your hair in a sliding motion to dislodge the slime.

#4. A Vinegar Solution Can Dissolve Slime Out of Your Hair

If none of the above tips work for you then try using diluted vinegar: two parts vinegar to one part water.

How to

Mix it up, then add it to your hair. Massage the mixture into your hair for about 2 minutes, removing as much slime as you can. Rinse it out thoroughly.

Vinegar dissolves slime, but it can also be drying to the hair. Apply conditioner to rehydrate your hair, and while it’s in your hair, use a fine-toothed comb to remove the finer pieces. Then rinse again.

#5. Ice Cubes Can Freeze the Slime Out of Your Hair

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To get rid of slime, you can also freeze it.

How to

Put an ice cube right on top of the slime. Then wait until it freezes solid. Once it does, gently pull the slime down the hair shaft to remove it.

If you still see slime after pulling the ice cube away, repeat the process. Keep doing this until the slime is gone.

Expert’s Tip: After freezing the area with an ice cube, gently slide the slime off your hair.

#6. Mayonnaise Can Help Remove Slime From Your Hair

To get rid of slime from kids’ hair, apply a handful of mayo directly to the area.

How to

Allow it to sit for five minutes, then comb through the hair using small sections at a time. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. If there is still slime left behind, add more mayonnaise and repeat until all the slime is gone.

Still Couldn’t Remove All the Slime Out of Your Hair?

There is a possibility that all the slime won’t come out the first time. Don’t get frustrated! Wait until the following day and try another method. Eventually, you will get there without having to cut the slime out.


What is slime made of?

Glue, contact solution, and coloring make up homemade formulas. Other formulas include polyvinyl alcohol and guar gum or plant cellulose.

Will shampoo get slime out of hair?

Not by itself. You should try a conditioner first and a very warm shower. Use a fine-toothed comb to remove all the slime. Then shampoo.

How does coconut oil remove slime from hair?

In this scenario, coconut oil is just like any other oil. It provides the necessary lubrication to help the slim slip out of your hair.

Does baking soda get slime out of hair?

You can try baking soda as it gets very slippery once in the hair. It’s also corrosive, so don’t do it more than once.

Mix it in water and pour it into the hair. Rub it into the area in a downward motion. Then use a fine-toothed comb to remove the slime.

Is slime water soluble?

No, it’s made of chemicals that are more oil-soluble than water-soluble.

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