How to remove Blu Tack from hair . . .

This is a “How to . . . ” post that I really wish I hadn’t had to discover but if you want to know how to remove Blu Tack from hair, you’ve come to the right place!! (I’ve also been told that this same trick works for removing slime from hair too!)

Ben, like lots of small boys, has somewhat of a penchant for Blu Tack.  I don’t really understand what the appeal is but he’s a right monkey for bringing it home from school – yes also known as stealing it! I’ve explained to him that he mustn’t take it and that his teachers spend ages putting things on the wall so that he can learn (his response to this was that “It was ok cos it wasn’t learning things, it was just other people’s work!“) I’ve made him take it back and apologise to his teacher, I’ve banned him from watching tv . . . all to no avail.

Today I’m hoping he managed to teach himself a lesson in why he really should stop messing about with Blu Tack!

This morning, before we had got up, he shouted from his room that he had Blu Tack stuck in his hair and that it really hurt when he tried to pull it out – cue enormous frustrated sighs from Mummy and Daddy.   It was my turn for a lie in so I told Dave to just leave it and I would deal with it later.  Dave decided to have a go himself and I could soon hear Ben’s shouting and crying from my cosy bed.  Unsurprisingly Blu Tack doesn’t just come out of hair if you pull at it!!  Before long we’d also discovered a clump in Chloe’s hair too – obviously this had the potential to be far worse as she has pretty long hair.

My first thought was the we would need to treat it like chewing gum and use ice but a quick google suggested otherwise . . .

The magic solution to remove Blu Tack from hair is BABY OIL!

How to get Blu Tack out of hair

1. Pour a generous amount of baby oil on the offending Blu Tack

2. Gently rub the baby oil into the Blu Tack

3. As the Blu Tack starts to loosen you can gently comb it out

4. Wash hair as usual to get rid of the oil

5. Breath a sigh of relief that you didn’t need those scissors!

remove blu tack from hair

UPDATE – November 2018

This week Chloe gave me the opportunity to test out my trick for removing Blu Tac from hair once again.  She had the Blu Tack matted into the lengths of her hair, right underneath, goodness knows how she had got it there.

This time round I didn’t have any baby oil to hand but decided to try coconut oil instead and was pleased to find it equally as effective.

lump of blue tack stuck in long hair
Rub coconut oil into the blue tack to loosen it
Gently comb the blue tack from the lengths
Clean hair

So this tried and tested trick from removing blue tack from hair works just as well on long hair as it does on short . . . I’m just crossing my fingers I don’t need to use it again!


  1. Clare Nicholas
    April 27, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Gosh what a monkey!
    Thank goodness you didn't need to cut Chloe's hair although I may have been tempted to tell him he needed his head shaved 😉

    • April 27, 2014 / 2:44 pm

      I told him if he does it again I might not be so kind and will just cut the lump out!
      Thankfully the bit in Chloe's hair wasn't too squished in so slid out easily with a dose of magically baby oil!

    • April 27, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      Fingers crossed! It's a little miracle tip tho – slides out so easily 🙂 x

      • Anonymous
        June 27, 2017 / 11:22 pm

        I pulled a big clump of my hair out with a pen when Blu-Tack was in my hair I was in a geography test and it hurt like hell I didn’t scream or anything instead quite like I was supposed to.

  2. April 27, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    Wow, great tip! I will definitely be remembering this! x

    • April 27, 2014 / 4:56 pm

      I fear it won't be the last time I need this information lol.

  3. Kirsty Mills
    April 30, 2014 / 12:16 am

    Thanks for the tip , good one to know 🙂

  4. May 1, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Oh no! I am so glad you didn't have to cut it out. EEEK. Great tips for the future I am sure this will happen more than we think it does. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me Collette. Love your blog! #sharewithme

  5. May 5, 2014 / 6:11 am

    Haha I'm sorry this post made me laugh but… I am a teacher and it used to drive me MAD the amount of blu tack that went missing! Posters and displays were always falling off the walls as the stuff used to just disappear! Now I know but I'd love to know why kids love it so much?!

    • May 6, 2014 / 5:04 pm

      Its infuriating isn't it! Little monkeys.

  6. May 24, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Great tip lol! I'm sure with a little boy myself I will be needing this tip at some point! 😉

  7. January 20, 2016 / 8:38 am

    Thanks, Colette. Just used your tips on my five-year-old daughter. As a consequence of her carelessness, she'll have to smell coconut oil til bath time.

    • January 20, 2016 / 7:47 pm

      Glad to help! Hopefully she won't do that again! x

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    August 26, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Never new this -next time it happens I’ll know what to do

    • Colette
      August 26, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      My pleasure. I hope you never actually need to use the information!

  9. November 21, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Just got us out a very sticky situation at 7am this morning! I was about to “ice” my daughter’s hair too but thought , lemme Google to confirm and I found your blog :)) Thank you !!

    • Colette
      November 22, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Glad it helped! Xxx

  10. Daisy
    April 19, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    Thank you! This tip just saved my life 🙂

    • Colette
      April 20, 2018 / 10:00 am

      Glad to be of service!! x

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