How to remove gum without cutting hair

Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.



There is no need to worry if chewing gum gets stuck in your child’s hair. Simply follow these steps from dermatologists:

  • Find a jar of creamy style peanut butter or vegetable oil, such as olive oil.
  • Cover the gum completely with peanut butter or oil using your fingers or an old toothbrush. With peanut butter, the oils in the product make the chewing gum base stiffer and less sticky.
  • Wait a few minutes to allow the product to work.
  • Remove the gum from the hair. Vegetable oil is especially useful when removing gum from eyebrows or eyelashes.
  • Wash your child’s hair as normal so your child does not smell like lunch.

If you have questions or concerns about caring for your hair, you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

© American Academy of Dermatology. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication strictly prohibited without prior written permission. Use of these materials is subject to the legal notice and terms of use located at https://www.aad.org/about/legal