Hair Emergency - Removing Vaseline
From The Hair
Karen M. Shelton
My favorite AskKaren Vaseline-in-the-hair story was from Jennifer,
a concerned mom, whose 3-year old wannabe stylist son rubbed Vaseline
into her 9-month old's hair. After days of trying the frustrated
mom still could not remove the Vaseline from her baby's hair. She
finally wrote to me to tell me that "I have tried
everything and I can't get it out!!! I've washed the hair
at least a dozen times, but the baby's hair is still greasy. Is there
anything I can use to get rid of this problem?"
That first Vaseline SOS hit my email box only to be followed by a
steady trickle of interesting followup stories.
Heather wrote that her 2 year old popped open a jar of the greasy
stuff and smeared it all over her face, hair and clothes. While
the face and clothes could be reclaimed, Heather could not get the
grease out of her daughter's new do.
One women wrote that she had recently gone through a type of skin
surgery that required the constant use of vaseline. She reported
that as the vaseline warmed from the temperature of her skin, it would
melt into her hair line. She was unable to get the greasy
residue out of her hair no matter what shampoo she used.
Luckily the news is good. Vaseline, which is composed of
petroleum jelly (petrolatum) can be removed from hair.
If you apply a little cornstarch to the hair and carefully pat it
hair, it will absorb some, if not all the vaseline. After you
cornstarch you can shampoo it out with a good clarifying shampoo and
it should be removed. If the vaseline is not completely removed
in the first treatment, it will be removed to the point where one more
treatment will remove all of it. Be sure to use warm to hot
water in the shampoo. Cold water makes the vaseline worse.
Or you can try putting about 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mixing it
with a regular baby shampoo and this should help. Unfortunately
Vaseline is petroleum based and can be almost impossible to remove.
If the clarifying or baking soda does not work, try
using soft tissue to blot the hair and see if that removes some of it.
You can try a good clarifying shampoo
like Edwin Paul Classic
Peppermint Strip or Philou
Green Apple. Or you can try putting about 1
teaspoon of baking soda and mixing it with a regular baby shampoo and
this should help. Unfortunately Vaseline is petroleum based and
can be almost impossible to remove. If the clarifying or baking
soda does not work, try using soft tissue to blot the hair and see if
that removes some of it.
Apply a little cornstarch and rub it into the hair, it will absorb
some, if not all the vaseline and then you can shampoo it out and it
should get better.
Be sure to use warm to hot water. Cold water makes the vaseline
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