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How to get super glue out of your hair: Secrets of success

Don’t let a bit of glue spoil your (hair) day. Learn how to get super glue out of hair quickly and easily with this guide. Then get back to your project in no time.

How to get super glue out of hair—supplies needed

It sounds like a challenge, but getting super glue out of your hair is really no big deal. All you need are a few common items. Here is a handy list: 

  • nail polish remover or acetone
  • cotton balls or swabs
  • tissues or paper towels
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • cloth towel

Once you have collected these things, go to the next section.

How to remove super glue from hair—step by step

Here are the simple steps to getting super glue off hair:

  1. Dip a cotton ball in acetone and press it against the glue patch. The acetone will need to stay in contact for a few minutes to soften the super glue.
  2. For small spots or drips, use a cotton swab dipped in acetone. Dab the area with the acetone or, if more convenient, pull the strands of hair taught and rub the swab over the glue patch.
  3. Once the glue is soft, you should be able to grab the bulk of it with a tissue and remove it. Sometimes a clump of glue will slide off the strand of hair lengthwise.
  4. Repeat the process if some glue remains.
  5. Shampoo and condition your hair to remove the acetone.
  6. Dry with a clean towel.

Always work safely. When working with super glue, wearing disposable gloves is a good idea. Wear safety glasses and a painter’s cap if you are working overhead or on a project that might cause the glue to splash. This should prevent the glue from getting in your hair or eyes. Also, always ensure adequate ventilation. It’s smart to work safely!

No need to remove super glue from hair with these glues

Although by now you have learned that super glue can be removed from your hair, a better alternative is not getting it in your hair in the first place. 

Using super glue with a precision dispenser is a definite help. Loctite Super Glue Control offers several solutions. This versatile, fast-drying adhesive comes in a range of applicators to suit your project. The easy-grip squeeze bottle provides a long nozzle for tight places, and it even has a brush-on applicator. It’s the same great formula in each dispenser: fast drying, super strong, and transparent when dry.

Another way to keep super glue out of your hair is to use a gel formula rather than a liquid. Loctite Super Glue Power Gel Control is a great choice. The rubber-infused gel formula won’t drip or run, so it’s perfect for vertical or overhead repairs. It also has the easy-grip squeeze bottle. The gel will dry transparent for nearly invisible bonds and is weather and shock resistant.