Removing Vaseline from Hair

Clever tip for removing vaseline from a person's hair. One of my favorite DIY life hacks!

How to Get Vaseline Out of Hair


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Tip #1: When my son was a baby, I kept a nursery jar of vaseline on the window next to his bed (yes, I know, bad location!) One day just after Christmas I went in to get him up from his nap to find vaseline on the wall, the bed, the sheets, the curtains… and in his hair.


I was able to get it off everything else, but it wouldn’t come out of his hair. I tried everything– from baby shampoo to dish washing detergent. Finally, I tried the bar of glycerin soap my husband had put in my Christmas stocking, and presto! One baby with very clean hair!…Suzi


Tip #2: My friend has a little girl who recently coated her hair with Vaseline and after repeated washings, it still looked greasy. I suggested using an egg. She beat an egg in a bowl, lathered it into her hair, rinsed it out, and shampooed as usual. Worked great!…Laura


Tip #3: My ten-year old came home from camp today with her head COVERED in Vaseline. We tried shampoo, Dawn dishwashing liquid, Go-Jo hand cleaner, corn starch – all to no avail. Remembering that peanut butter removed gum from her hair when she was small, I thought I would give it a try. It worked like a charm!…Carmen


Tip #4: I got my tip from Vaseline themselves….use a hair dryer to liquify the vaseline, blot with paper towel, then wash hair with shampoo that does NOT have a conditioner in it and repeat if necessary…Rebecca


Tip #5: I recently got Vaseline in my hair after putting it on a burn and had a hard time getting it out. What got it out for me was simply a bar of soap. Don’t use shampoo. Just scrub your hair with a bar or ordinary soap and rinse. I repeated about twice and it was all gone. This was a day after I got it in my hair…Josh


Tip #6: I was listening to Esther Williams a while ago, mentioning that her ’50s and ’40s hairstyles were kept together underwater with a mixture of vaseline and baby oil. Then I made the mistake of getting the stuff in my hair. Head & Shoulders shampoo is good stuff, and normally very effective – but it had no effect on the vaseline.


Five days running, and it was still in there after repeated washings. Did keep the hair flat in a wind, though. I got it out with RC Cola. More than once. Just pour a little of it in your hair and rinse. Repeat if you need to.


It’s quick, painless, and uses stuff most of us have in the fridge. I haven’t found any normal soap (lye might work?) that could take out vaseline like Coke does. Simple and effective. The police, I’m told, use RC, Pepsi, or Coke to clean away bloodstains at the scene of messy traffic accidents.


Tip #7: After trying 6 different shampoos, Pepsi, and corn starch, I tried an almost forgotten sample of Burt’s Bee’s Mint Shampoo Bar as a last resort. It worked!!!…Tobi


Tip #8: I had recently gotten head lice from some children I was babysitting. Luckily, I found it before my children also got it, or we’d have been in a real mess. I knew that the OTC treatments do not have a reputation of working, so the children’s grandmother suggested the vaseline method.


She said a couple rinses with dawn and it would come out, no problem. 1 bottle of dawn, 1 bottle of olive oil, a jar of peanut butter, 3 boxes of corn starch, and 3 days later, I could still pull off the Albert Einstein look.


I was actually considering cutting my very, very thick, mid-back length hair, that I’ve been working on growing out for a while now, off. In my desperation, I went to WalMart to the auto section and grabbed a bottle of the orange scented pumice you use to get grease off your hands. I started in the back, parting a row at a time and used my thumb and finger to kind of work it through the hair.


I actually used the nail brush it came with to help run it through, but I’m sure a fine tooth comb would do the same, if not better, then took a paper towel and ran it down the hair to kind of pick up any excess. When I was finished, I used a comb and just did a quick comb all over. Then simply shampoo and conditioned in a warm shower, towel dried, picked out the tangles, then let air dry.


Gone! I thought the scrub would damage my hair, but it actually left my hair feeling very soft and healthy, and was probably the easiest on it of all the methods I tried. Not to mention, it smelled great!…Candice


Tip #9: I put a relaxer on my hair and I’m Caucasian. I thought since my hair is very curly that maybe a relaxer would make it easier on me so I wouldn’t have to straighten my hair every..single..DAY.


Well, my hair definitely came out straight but one HUGE thing… it killed and fried my hair. My ends were coming off when I brushed through it and it was just a horrible mess. I cried for about an hour then I cut off the dead/fried terrible ends. It worked a little bit, but my hair was still poofy and dead, just not so smooth.


So I decided that maybe petroleum jelly would moisturize the texture of my hair. BIG BIG no no. I showered and washed my hair about 10 times in one night. Nothing. I looked on here and read other people’s comments about using baby oil, baby powder, eggs, cornstarch, etc., and saw a comment with these two little words: peanut butter.


I thought Hey! This is convenient. So I go in my cabinets lookin’ for the peanut butter- BINGO! Found it! So I just rubbed the peanut butter ALL over my head. Washed it out in the shower, yes again, and GONE! Peanut butter really seemed to soak up the vaseline…Bree


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4 Comments on "Removing Vaseline from Hair"

  1. Oh my. I chanced buying a “conditioning treatment” off amazon. All the ingredients looked good, but then there was petroleum jelly also. And Seems the majority of it was the petroleum. I knew right away something wasnt right. I expected a luxurious silky feel as i put it in my hair, but instead it began to coat it very heavily and then feel very rough and dry. I washed it 10 times but it didnt come out. So I thought I better google this. Since some of the ingredients on the product, Ive used before without issues (like the castor oil, no problems) I figured it had to be the petrolem that was the issue. So i found this little column thank goodness. Its funny, as I had a dozen eggs in the fridge this morning, but decided I’m going off eggs since they trigger my migraines. I threw them in the yard so that maybe an animal can enjoy them. So I read here i could use eggs and vinegar. So 3am, I went out in my bathrobe to hunt for the eggs in the grass! Unbelievable. Well I found 5 of them, went to the kitchen and poured in a bowl the eggs and vinegar then blended. Put in my hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. I still had to wash my hair then another 20 times. I used a bar of soap and just kept scrubbing. Finally felt a little lighter so I used a little loreal conditioner. Was able to then comb through it without it feeling heavy. So most of it is out now. I will wash again in the morning another couple times and Im sure that will get it al out.


  2. I tried the beaten egg in a bowl, lather it up on hair, rinse, shampoo. It worked! YAYE! Thanks


  3. I’ve put a lot of vaseline on my hair three days ago and after the first wash my hair was so oily and couldn’t get out because of it. The next day i tried olive oil and left it for some hours and then rinsed but it was still oily but not as much as the first day. Today i’ve just put olive oil again and then i used baby powder (a lot of it) and it was really a good idea because i can feel that it helped now i rinsed it and it’s really good. So try baby powder with some oil.


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