A Complete Guide on How to Safely Remove Glue from Hair

If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone you know is struggling to get glue out of their hair. Even if you haven’t encountered this devastating situation already, keep on reading to prepare yourself for any unwanted surprises in the future. 

Warning: Please consult a professional before attempting to remove glue from your hair, Thank you!

Whether it’s adhesive glue you use for your hair extensions, weave, and wig, or accidentally got super glue stuck into your hair, removing it can be quite challenging and nerve-racking. It happens to the best of us, so fret not and take a deep breath. We’re here to share some useful and effective tips and tricks on how to safely get glue out of your hair.

Removing Glue from Your Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are an easy and quick way of adding length and volume to your hair, giving you your desired transformation. However, removing them properly can be tricky. Commercial products designed to remove glue from hair extensions can be costly and full of corrosive chemicals. Try these inexpensive and safe methods to clean your hair extensions next time.

Method 1: Oil Up

This is the easiest and probably most reiterated way of getting rid of bonding glue from your hair extensions. You may use any oil of your choice, such as olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, or baby oil.


  • Just apply an ample amount of oil to the glue bonds
  • Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes to loosen the bonds
  • Comb the hair to take your extension out
  • If you’re not able to easily comb your extensions out, give it a few more minutes and try again.

Method 2: Use Hair Conditioner

It may sound too good to be true, but your ordinary hair conditioner can work great to remove hair extensions smoothly and safely.


  • Wash your hair with your regular shampoo
  • Apply a sufficient amount of hair conditioner, focusing on the glue bonds
  • Leave it for 20 to 30 minutes to settle in and do its magic
  • Rinse your hair thoroughly and comb the extensions out
  • You can repeat the process if it doesn’t work the first time

Method 3: Apply Peanut Butter

Who would have thought that their favorite breakfast item could help them remove hair extension glue? Surprisingly, peanut butter makes an excellent alternative to glue remover.


  • Apply a generous amount of peanut butter to the glue bonds
  • Leave it in for about 30 minutes
  • Voila! You should be able to pull your hair extension out by now
  • Now wash your hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner

Removing Super Glue from Your Hair

We often come across unforeseen circumstances in life. Some of them are good while others may not be as pleasant. Getting super glue in your hair is undoubtedly one of the worst things that can happen to your hair. If you’ve ever experienced getting super glue in your hair, you might understand how frustrating and bothersome it can be. Not to mention, if left in your hair for too long, super glue can cause hair damage. If your little one got himself in trouble during a fun activity at school or you’re a craftsman who had a bad day working on a project, try these methods to get rid of super glue from your hair before you reach for your scissors to chop those locks off.

Method 1: Apply Hair Oil

As we mentioned earlier, oil is your best bet to safely remove glue from the hair. It’s equally effective in helping to get rid of super glue from the hair. Again, you may use any hair oil of your choice.


  • Take the required amount of oil and microwave it for 1 minute
  • Apply to the glued area thoroughly
  • Cover with a towel or shower cap
  • Allow it to loosen the glue for 30 minutes
  • Gently peel or comb out the glue from your hair
  • Wash your hair with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner afterward

Method 2: Use Warm Water

Warm water can help to loosen the bond of super glue and allow you to remove it using a comb. It’s particularly useful if you’ve got a few drops of glue stuck in your hair.


  • Take half a liter of plain water and heat it on a stove or in microwave
  • Soak your hair in the water for about 10 minutes
  • Squeeze extra water from hair and wrap with a hot towel (dip the towel in hot water and squeeze out extra water)
  • Leave the towel on for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Now gently get the glue out with a comb

Method 3: Use Rubbing Alcohol or Acetone

Rubbing alcohol and acetone are great for removing glue from the hair as well as scalp. They breakdown the super glue bonds and make it easier to take out glue.


  • Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol or acetone
  • Rub it on the affected area of scalp or hair
  • Wait for 2 to 3 minutes and gently peel off the glue or comb it off
  • Repeat the process again if you’re not able to get it out completely

Method 4: Put Some Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are another safe and easy DIY home remedy to remove super glue from your hair. Ice helps to harden and freeze the glue, making it easier to break its bonds.


  • Take a few ice cubes from your freezer
  • Hold them on the glue spots for 10 to 15 minutes
  • When you’re done, the glue will come off easily

Removing Glue from Your Hair Weaves

Many people find it easier to glue their hair weaves rather than sewing to keep them in place. While gluing weaves saves a lot of time and effort, removing them can make you go through a lot of trouble. You can use hair weaves to add up to your beauty and style without worries if you know the best and the safest ways of taking them off. Here’s your cheat sheet on how to take out glue from your sticky scalp.

Method 1: Use Shampoo and Conditioner

This is the easiest and the safest way to help you remove glue from hair weaves. So, try it before jumping to other methods. Moisturizing ingredients in your conditioner will make the glue softer and easy to manipulate.


  • Start by washing your hair with a generous amount of shampoo and wash with warm water
  • Remove excess water from your hair an go crazy with conditioner
  • Leave the conditioner in for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse a usual and comb out to loosen glue bonds
  • Repeat if needed

Method 2: Use a Moisturizing Cream

No wonder hair oils are one of the most prevalent methods of removing different types of glue from the hair. You can also substitute it with an oil-based face or body moisturizing cream. Creams can loosen the glue and facilitate a smooth glue removal process.


  • Apply a generous quantity of cream to glued areas
  • Cover your head with a towel or shower cap
  • Allow it to work n loosening those stubborn bonds for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Comb off the weaves softly without pulling your hair to avoid hair damage

Method 3: Use Dishwashing Soap

If You’ve already tried the above methods of removing glue from your hair weave and they failed you, try this kitchen staple. Dishwashing soap can loosen the hardened glue and break glue bonds, helping you to manage mishaps with your weave.


  • Rub some dishwashing soap onto the glue bonds with warm water
  • Make sure to reach every glue spot on your scalp
  • Wrap your hair with a towel and leave the soap on for about an hour
  • Rinse and wash with shampoo thoroughly
  • You should be able to peel off or comb out the glue easily without pulling or damaging your natural hair

Removing Glue from Your Lace Wig

Lace wigs are commonly used way of adding glamour and charm to your personality instantly. They have a stretchable hidden lace that you stick to your forehead with the help of glue, tape, or some other adhesive. But once your lace wig has run its course, you may be left with a gummy residue that’s tough to get rid of. Follow these easy and simple tricks to remove your lace wig and its residue adhesive.

Method 1: Use Damp Cloth/Warm Water

This basic technique helps to remove glue or tape from your forehead gently without damaging your skin or hair. This is the most natural and less time-consuming method. So, give it a go before trying other methods.


  • Soak a cloth or towel in warm water and squeeze out extra water
  • Rub the area with glue or tape on your forehead softly
  • Keep wiping the glued area and slowly pull the lace wig off
  • Wipe away any glue clumps or tape and wash your hair as usual

Method 2: Slather Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly or Vaseline works effectively to weaken the strong bonds or dried glue, aiding in the process of removing lace wig effortlessly. Moreover, it’s a gentle and safe method as compared to harsh acids and chemicals used in mainstream glue removing products.


  • Douse the area with lace wig glue generously with Vaseline
  • Leave it on for 20-30 minutes
  • Wipe it off using a wet towel
  • Repeat these steps if there is still some glue residue in your hair

Method 3: Apply Rubbing Alcohol

Also known as isopropyl alcohol, rubbing alcohol saturates and dissolves glue bond in no time. While using this method of removing your lace wig and residue glue, keep in mind to not dip your entire wig in rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol may damage or dry out your wig.


  • Dip a cotton pad or soft cotton cloth in rubbing alcohol
  • Apply it to the base of your lace wig in dabbing motions
  • You’ll notice the front of your wig lifting off
  • Keep applying alcohol until you’re able to lift the lace wig off without discomfort or pain