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How to remove Silly Putty from hair

Submitted by Sukie

I discovered this when my son put silly putty in his hair, trying to look like a rockstar!...

To remove Silly Putty from hair simply rub in some baby oil and watch the silly putty dissolve, when it gets to a thin consistency simply run a comb thru the hair...a warm water shampoo will help remove smaller particles

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It worked for us! Comments By: Anon on 2005-01-18
Thank you for posting this tip. We had to use it today and it worked.
Awesome Silly Putty Advice! Comments By: Anon on 2005-03-02
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this tip! Were it not for this advice, I would have had to cut out a large portion of my daughter's hair!
Rub it in, it slides right out! Comments By: Julie on 2005-03-04
Thanks! It works!
It works great!!! Comments By: Anon on 2005-05-25
This advice was a life saver for me and my 3 year old daughter. Thanks for your help.
thank you Comments By: magnoliamom on 2005-12-15
When my daughter woke me @ 5am telling me her head hurt I had no idea what I was in store for....turns out it was a whole thing of silly putty in her hair and so close to her head I thought I was going to have to shave her head...she apparently fell asleep with it :( ...the baby oil worked amazing and surprisingly with not much pain. THANK YOU
Thank you, thank you Comments By: Anon on 2005-12-22
I thought for sure I was going to have to shave my daughters hair. It took a little while but the silly putty all came out. Whew!!
Baby Oil to the Rescue! Comments By: Tigerkobenibbles on 2005-12-29
My sis has been obsessinng over her silly putty since Christmas! She put it down on the table, slipped and landed right in it. Thankyou so much for this useful tip-my mom's last resort was the barber. I have to keep this tip handy!
Remove Silly Putty From Hair Comments By: Amy on 2006-02-05
Wow! The Baby Oil really works! My daughter had a whole container of Silly Putty in her hair. I thought that we were going to have to cut her hair off! After reading this, the baby oil just dissolved it away! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
SHABAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Comments By: Anon on 2006-02-15
Took a while but works!!! Comments By: EAR on 2006-04-17
In my case, my daugther put in her hair a huge ball of "Silly P". I put on her baby oil and vinegar and works like 30 minutes later, dissolving that stuff. Be patience because will take a while and painful for the other part. Take little portions at a time combing her hair. Good Luck!!!
Easter Crisis Comments By: Lillian on 2006-04-16
Well today in my sister's easter basket, she got a thing of silly putty. we were all having alot of fun playing with the silly putty until my other sister stuck it on her face (she was trying to be silly) so my littest sister copied her and resulted in getting a huge chunk of it stuck in her hair! we tried the oil based products, but they didnt seem to work too well, so we tried vinegar. the vinegar started to work instantly! vinegar definately is the best! thanks for the advice though! good luck! and keep your hair tied up when playing with silly putty! :-P
Thank you , thank you, thank you!!!!! Comments By: jen on 2006-05-11
My four year old daughter decided to sleep with two balls of silly putty last night with disasterous results. After initially cutting the largest culprit from her head, I decided to look online to see how to remove the rest, and leave some hair remaining. This remedy was awesome!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!
It really works! Comments By: Janet on 2006-06-05
My son experimented by putting a big ball of blue silly putty in his hair. We tried many remedies posted on various web sites (white vinegar, petroleum jelly and rubbing alchol). The baby oil worked the best -- work it in with a comb. The petroleum jelly a little. The white vinegar and rubbing alcohol didn't do anything. After using the baby oil, just wash the hair with shampoo -- voila, back to normal!
It reallly did the trick!!! Comments By: Anon on 2006-06-21
The baby oil worked right away! The silly putty slid right out!! Thank you very much!!
olive oil Comments By: John on 2006-06-30
I used olive oil and had Silly Putty out of my daughter's hair in no time. Thanks.
wonder works Comments By: Kim's trio on 2006-10-19
Please use this tip if you ever have a silly putty hair problem. It Really Really Works just ask my son and he will sing you his high praises of baby oil.
THANK YOU... Comments By: Eric on 2006-12-22
Thank you for the advice. My little brother got it in his hair and we got it out with canola oil before our parents got home...was a little nervous, but it came out
It worked... Comments By: Bill S. Thomasville, NC on 2007-04-02
Thank u so much, really worked, saved my daughters hair too ...lol
Worked Wonderfully! Comments By: Anon on 2007-04-09
Even after my son had tried to take it out himself (being on the back of his head he only mashed it worse) and we had only creamy baby oil. Patience & working the oil mainly on the putty, in conjunction with slow steady pulling
also in eyelashes :) Comments By: Rosemary on 2007-04-19
Wow, you can't imagine our panic when our son wakes up with silly putty in his eyelashes. He wanted to make a night mask. We used Baby Oil (burts bees apricot baby oil) and a flea comb. THANK YOU!!!
Thank Goodness Comments By: Kim on 2007-05-30
My daughter decided to cut her bangs 6 months ago, they finally grew out and last night got silly putty stuck in them. I thought we were going to have to cut them again until I read online about the baby oil. Super simple! Thanks
Olive oil works also Comments By: RMG on 2007-06-11
Olive oil also works, as I just found out. My son decided he wanted to make a hair impression in his silly putty. I thought he was going to end up with a buzz cut.
bionic putty in eyelashes Comments By: Sarah on 2007-08-14
My son made a face mask with bionic putty including over his eyes. We thought we would have to go to hospital to get his eyes open properly again. The baby oil (with cotton wool and a nit comb) was fantastic advice - thank you.
Baby oil and eyelashes Comments By: Steve on 2007-08-02
worked great. Used a mustache comb and it took a few minutes. Many thanks to the internet and this site!
Bionic putty - on carpets Comments By: Harrassed Mum on 2007-12-03
Thank goodness I found this site, had decided I couldn't live with putty stuck in my son's bedroom carpet but put ' bionic putty remove' on google and thanks to advice above have now removed it all.
Remove homemade silly putty from African-American hair Comments By: Anon on 2008-04-27
How to remove silly putty from African-American hair:

(actually it was homemade silly putty, made from Elmer's glue and borax in a science workshop)

Short answer: non-acetone nail polish remover (main ingredient is ethyl acetate)

We rubbed the homemade silly putty into pieces of fuzzy cloth and tested the various remedies recommended on the web first. We tried vaseline, oil, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer and goo gone. The ethyl acetate dissolved the stuff like magic, whereas the other methods made a mess.


1. Assign the older brother (responsible for getting the silly putty into the hair) the job of playing cards with the puttied person, in the kitchen with the window a little bit open.

2. Cut a few medium-sized pieces of rag, such as an old T-shirt.

3. Dampen one of the pieces of cloth.

4. Run a warm bath.

5. Wrap a rag around the child's hairline as a partial turban to catch drips.

6. Put on rubber gloves so you don't stain your fingers.

7. Pour a little nail polish remover on the silly putty. Tell the child it will feel cold, but will not hurt. Massage. Now blot or rub with the dry cloth.

8. Pick out hair to make sure the putty is all out, and repeat step 7 if needed.

9. Catch drips as they occur with the damp cloth. But if you are stingy with the nail polish remover, it will not drip down.

10. Pop child into bath tub. Shampoo twice.

11. Say yes when the older child asks if he should throw the silly putty out, and let him make breakfast for everybody.

WD_40 Comments By: Pam Shead on 2008-12-16
Try saturating the area with WD-40, also works good on clothing
Thank you! Comments By: TBailey on 2010-06-15
I didn't want to have to cut a large chunk of my son's hair off! We didn't have baby oil in house, but we did have some cocoa butter lotion. Worked like a charm!
Silly putty guess where? Comments By: Jr. Diva Eyemask on 2010-08-09
How about silly putty in your eyelashes?
Well my little niece was playing with the putty putting it on her face she got it stuck to her eyelashes.. Thank you for the tip I used the baby oil with Qtips and it worked took sometime but she can see just in time to get a beaten!!!

how to get it off anything Comments By: bone579 on 2010-12-20
you can also use a new container of silly putty with out applying any thing even hair just use the silly like a sponge just take the new putty and dab and dab it away it clings to its self.
how to remove hair from clothes Comments By: anon on 2011-01-22
please if any body knw the solution tell me i want to knw dat if we cut hair and it stuck on clothe den how to remove.

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