Remember all those chunks of hair your mother had to chop when you got gum stuck in it? Before you resort to such drastic measures, try the methods below.

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Put ice cubes in a plastic bag.

Apply ice cubes to gum until gum freezes and hardens.

Gently break gum away from the hair.

If the freezing method fails, apply a small amount of nontoxic oil, such as canola or olive oil, to hair around gum and to gum itself.

Massage oil into hair and gum; leave for 20 minutes.

Gently comb out gum. It should slide out easily. If it doesn’t, repeat the process.


  • You may want to wrap the ice in a washcloth if it becomes too cold to hold comfortably.