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How to get glue out of hair: A step-by-step guide

Got super glue in your hair? Avoid unsightly and unnecessary haircuts by learning how to get glue out of hair safely using common household products.

Super glue: The DIYer’s best friend

Super glue can be the DIYer’s best friend. Broken your favourite coffee mug? A little super glue will make it good as new. Cracked a wine glass? No need to bin it, just apply some super glue for a near-invisible repair. Need to fix a fractured floor tile? You guessed it – a little super glue’s all you need.

How to get glue out of your hair

While super glue’s powerful formula and quick drying time makes it the most popular adhesive on the market, the fast bonding, super-strong formula can be a nightmare when you get it in your hair. But you can remove glue from hair safely without unsightly haircuts with a couple of common household products – here’s how.

The acetone method:

  1. Soak a cotton pad or ball in acetone-based nail polish remover.
  2. Hold it onto the affected hair strands for a few minutes.
  3. Once the glue bonds break, gently comb through the hair strands.
  4. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and conditioner.

Don’t have any acetone on hand? Try the oil method instead:

  1. Soak the hair strands affected by super glue in a little olive or coconut oil. This might take a little longer than acetone, but it’s easy, safe and eco-friendly.
  2. Once the bonds start to loosen, gently comb through the hair strands.
  3. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and conditioner.

Preventing sticky situations with super glue

Now you know how to get glue out of hair – but isn’t it better to prevent it from happening in the first place? Before you start your next DIY project or repair, consider your needs and whether you need a non-drip gel or special applicator when choosing the right super glue for the job.

For example, Loctite Super Glue Power Flex Control Gel is a rubber-toughened instant adhesive that is weather and shock-resistant making it perfect for fixing repairs in and around the house. Also, the gel formula doesn’t drip or run, reducing the likelihood of any sticky accidents!

For trickier repairs requiring pin-point applications, try Loctite Super Glue Precision. The versatile super glue product features a variety of applicators such as anti-spill, easy-grip, brush-on, and an extra-long nozzle that’ll get the job done quickly and safely even in hard-to-reach places.