Tips On How To Get Putty Out Of Hair


We know children very well when they are playing and it’s inevitable that something gets stuck in their hair, whether it’s chewing gum or putty. While this would normally require the use of scissors to cut through the mess, it can make your child look like they’ve cut their hair.

This can lead to some pretty awkward moments and teasing at school, especially when hair takes a long time to grow back. The good news is that you can spare your child the embarrassment of going to school with a ragged haircut. There are ways to get rid of those silly putty clumps in your child’s hair without making it look like he has scissors and is styling himself. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips on how to get putty out of hair without cutting it.

What is silly putty?

Silly putty, also called noise putty, is owned and manufactured by the Crayola Crayons brand and is marketed to children after failing to market it to adults. It is one of the most popular toys that you can find in any home these days.

You can stretch, flex and mold it into any shape without damaging it. It keeps kids calm and busy when they’re high on energy, but putting it in your hair is a nightmare. This item, on the other hand, will make it easy for you to remove it from any hair, be it yourself, your pets, or your children.

How do you get rid of putty from your hair?

Although it has a whimsical name, it can be anything but if it gets stuck in your hair or your children’s hair. It can be even more frustrating when it hardens, making it even harder to get the putty out of your hair.

Apart from cutting it, how can this substance be removed from the hair?

Baby oil

Baby oil isn’t just for babies, it’s also a useful tool for removing sticky substances like chewing gum, or in this case, play dough, from hair. To use baby oil to remove putty from your or your child’s hair, see the steps below.

  • Massage baby oil into the scalp.
  • Pay more attention to the area where the substance adheres and massage the area gently but firmly.
  • After that, comb your hair to gently remove the substance from your hair.

Kitchen remedies

Cooking spray, such as Pam or Mazola, can be conveniently sprayed on the putty and hair. First, protect your child’s face from inhaling cooking spray. Spray the area generously and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Or spray a paper towel with the spray oil, then rub it into the hair and putty. Use a comb to get the putty out of the hair.

Different food products that also work are mayonnaise, vegetable shortening, lard, peanut butter, or any type of cooking oil, such as vegetable oil or olive oil. Lather the area and leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Most will come off, but if necessary, apply a second time and then work through with a comb, removing all of the hair. Rinsing under running water while combing is another way to make removal easier.

If there is a lot of putty, you can use a dry towel or rag and wrap the strands of hair, putty, and lubricant. Then pull down to enclose the putty in the towel. Repeat this process until you have get rid of as much as possible.

Hair conditioner

Using hair conditioner to remove silly putty from your hair is the easiest way to do it. When you put conditioner on your hands, it feels a bit oily. This is because the conditioner was made to return moisture and oil to the hair after the shampoo has removed the sweat and oil from the hair. So now you understand why silly putty breaks down. For oily gradients silly putty.

Steps to follow:

  • Get into the normal position in which you normally wash your hair or your child’s hair. Pour a generous amount of conditioner into the area with the putty and massage until the stupid putty starts to break up into smaller pieces.
  • Once the putty has broken down sufficiently. Take it out and then wash your hair normally with shampoo and then conditioner.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a multipurpose substance that can be used for practically anything. From cooking to protecting hair from coloring to revitalizing hair, coconut oil is often mixed into substances to nourish and revitalize hair. Yet another use for coconut oil is its ability to remove putty from hair.

  • Apply a large amount of coconut oil into the affected area.
  • Applying a generous amount and massaging thoroughly will help dissolve and remove the putty stuck to your hair without cutting it. Aside from that, coconut oil can also remove the stickiness of the toy.
  • Rinse well with warm water and shampoo to remove residue. 
  • When you have removed most of the substance from your child or your child’s hair, rinse well with warm water and also shampoo to remove any remaining particles from the hair.

Vaseline or peanut butter

Vaseline is always helpful, especially if you have children. Not only does it help with wounds and things like rashes, but it’s also a great way to remove sticky substances like putty.

If you don’t have petroleum jelly, peanut butter works just as well for removing substances like putty and gum from your hair.

  • Apply the jam or peanut butter on the affected area.
  • Gently massage the area so that the substance penetrates the gums or putty, then gently comb it out of the hair.

Washing the hair afterwards

After most of the dirt has been removed from the hair, wash it, preferably with a combination of shampoo and baking soda, to remove the rest of the substance from the hair.

Free-putty hair

After removing the putty from the hair, a good washing of the hair is required. At least a double application of shampoo is likely to be required. Just keep washing and rinsing until all the lubricant or oil is removed from the hair.

If the odors don’t go away, dissolve some baking soda in water and apply it to your hair. Massage into hair for a few minutes, then rinse.

Since repeated shampooing strips hair of all its natural oils, be sure to apply plenty of moisturizing conditioner afterward.


Silly Putty can be a simple yet fun toy for kids that stimulates their creativity and imagination, but it can be a nightmare for parents who need to find ways to get rid of hair putty, especially if it’s in their hair. 

While many would use scissors to cut the putty, this is not the only way to remove it and is often considered the least desirable option.

By using various household items like baby oil, hair conditioners and others, you can easily remove putty from hair without having to cut your child’s or yourself’s hair.

All it takes is a bit of oil or conditioner and a little effort to get the putty out of your hair and return it to its normal, putty-free state.

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