In the cases like epilepsy, fainting spells and sleep disorders, an EEG, or electroencephalogram, is used to measure brain wave activity. Before the test, a number of electrodes are glued to the patient’s head. After the test, it can be difficult to remove with regular shampoo and shampooing techniques, but several home remedies exist to rid the hair of the gel-like substance. The test often is given to children, so the gentler procedures should be used on them.

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Wash the patient’s hair with shampoo before an EEG; no conditioner or cream rinse should be used. Don’t apply hair spray, oil or other products to the hair. Don’t style it with braids or ponytails.

Use warm water or a solution to remove the electrodes and as much of the glue as possible following the test. If this does not rid the hair of all the adhesive, wash it immediately after returning home.

Use acetone nail polish remover, collodion remover (a solvent gentler than acetone available at theatrical supply stores to remove skin adhesives), isopropyl myristate (head lice treatment) or tea tree oil to wash additional get out of hair. Acetone, which can be harsh to the skin, should be used with cotton swabs as sparingly as possible. Pure tea-tree oil can also cause a burning sensation, but it can be bought in diluted forms or in creams and hair conditioners and treatments.

Mix five to seven aspirin, crushed and dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water, with two squirts of shampoo and 4 tbsp. witch hazel or Seabreeze astringent. Massage the solution into wet hair and let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes. Avoid any contact with the eyes. Comb the hair and shampoo and condition. Repeat if necessary. This approach isn’t recommended for children younger than 10.