Glue makes a huge mess when it makes contact with hair. Children, people with long hair and pets can easily get glue in their hair while working on craft projects. It is important to quickly remove the glue before kids start cutting away at their hair, or before pets start licking at their fur. If you've gotten glue in the back of your own hair, you may want to have someone help you get it out.

Wet Glue

Clip back all the hair around the glue to prevent spreading the glue. Dip a comb in a mixture of 25 percent rubbing alcohol and 75 percent water. The rubbing alcohol will help to deactivate the glue's adhesive properties. Promptly comb out the hair and dip the comb into the mixture after each stroke. If you don't have any rubbing alcohol, you can also dissolve two crushed-up aspirins in water. Clean off the comb with a wet towel if it becomes covered with glue. Wring out the hair and rub in some conditioner and continue to comb. Wash the hair with shampoo and conditioner, and then rinse.

Dry Glue

Pull away all the nearby hair. Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, and place it on top of the dried glue. If you are worried about the fumes or getting glue off a child's head, you can use this with witch hazel. When working with a large section of hair, use a small hand towel. Allow the nail polish to saturate. Pull the hair with your fingers so that it is no longer sticking together.

When you have freed up enough of the hair to comb, wet the entire area to eliminate the nail polish remover. Pour 25 percent rubbing alcohol and 75 percent water in a spray bottle, and spray the glue area. Keep combing the hair until the majority of glue is gone. Dry the area with a hair dryer to be sure all the glue has been removed; sometimes it is hard to tell when working with wet hair. Condition the hair and shampoo. Condition the hair again, then dry.


Isolate the pet in one room by closing the door. Have someone help you hold the pet. Depending on the level of the pet's excitability, you may want to wrap you pet in a towel to prevent getting clawed. Dip a comb in vegetable oil, and brush the comb through the glue-covered fur. Make sure you get all the glue. Then shampoo either the localized area or the entire fur. Dry the pet with a towel, and check the spot for any remaining glue.