How to Remove Hair Glue Out of Hair, Clothes, and Skin

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Few things are as frustrating as getting hair glue out of where it wasn’t meant to be! The key to removing hair glue, my dears, is sweet, sweet patience. While it was obviously easy to get glue where it didn’t belong, getting it out will require some resiliency, but YOU CAN DO IT.

And besides, there are worse things in life, right? So take a deep breath, and join me as I tell you all the best ways to get glue out of hair, clothes, and skin.

How to Remove Hair Glue Out of Wig/Artificial Hair?

When getting hair glue out of your wig or artificial hair, it’s important not to rush! Yes, it can be super annoying, but wigs are expensive, so don’t get frustrated! Never try pulling at it or peeling it without treatment. You’ll damage your wig by pulling out the hair. Trust me, your new BFF’s will be rubbing alcohol/acetone or salt. These will work to break down your glue’s bonding. Follow these steps for best results:


  1. Take a soaked cotton pad of rubbing alcohol or acetone and apply it to the area with the glue. 
  2. Keep rubbing into the glue until it starts to break down.
  3. Wash the wig with shampoo and conditioner under hot water, using significant amounts of conditioner (since you’re drying out the hair with the alcohol/acetone). The more conditioner you use, the more the glue can “slide” out of your hair.
  4. Using a fine-toothed comb, begin gentle combing the glue out of the hair.  
  5. Once the glue is out, wash the conditioner out of the wig, dry, and style normally. Crisis averted!  


` 1. Add 1 tablespoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water,

  1. Shake mixture for 15 seconds, then pour into spray bottle.
  2. Spray the affected area. 
  3. Wrap the area in plastic (saran wrap or a shower cap works fine) and keep on for 10 minutes.
  4. Slowly and gently begin removing glue either by peeling by using your hands, a pair of tweezers, or a fine-toothed comb. Take your time!

This is the most natural way that will ensure your wig’s color and texture are protected. 

How to Remove Hair Glue from Natural Hair? (Using 3 Trusted Home Remedies)

You may be freaking out if you found out you have glue in your natural hair, and that is OK. Keep reading to learn how to use oil, soda and dish soap to save the day. 


Any kind of will do, including baby oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, or my favorite: coconut oil. 

  1. Add a tablespoon of chosen oil to 1 cup of warm water in a spray bottle and shake it like you mean it! 
  2. Spray it on to the affected area. Really soak it!
  3. Keep it on for 10 minutes. The glue should start to loosen. If it looks like it hasn’t, spray more and let it sit a little longer. 
  4. Using a fine-toothed comb, gently start to comb out the glue. Use care!


  1. Open a can of coke and pour ½ cup into a spray bottle, mixing with ½ cup of warm water.
  2. You guessed it! Spray it on and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Start working the glue out with your comb or another tool, and why not chug the rest in the shower when you wash your hair? 

 Dish Soap 

  1. Apply a generous squirt of dish soap to the palm of your hand.
  2. Massage soap into the affected area and leave on for 60 minutes.
  3. Wash hair as usual. Bring your comb in the shower so you can work the glue out as your wash it. Extra points if you bring your dishes in there too.  

How to Remove Hair Glue from Edges of Wig?

To remove hair glue from the edges of your artificial hair, you’ll want to use some liquid hand sanitizer. This will stay put on the edges easier and work hard on the bonds of the glue.

  1. You can pump it directly onto the area you want or massage it into the area.
  2. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Scrape the glue residue with your fingers or dry washcloth. 
  4. This method also works great on your skin! 

Pro tip: Use the “Magical Wig and Hair extension adhesive remover” to remove hair glue easily.

How to Remove Hair Glue from Skin?

Hair glue you can easily peel the glue off your skin; go for it. Chances are you’re gonna need a little help from some petroleum jelly.  

  1. Apply a generous amount of PJ to the skin.
  2. Massage it into the glue for 5 minutes.
  3. The glue should start to flake away. When it’s completely gone, wash your hands and the area with soap and water.  

PJ is tough on glue, but it will undoubtedly save your skin. No PJ in the house? You can use hand lotion instead or just stick with the soap and water method. 

How to Remove Hair Glue from Clothes?

Accidently got glue on your favorite piece of clothing? No big deal. Follow these steps to getting them looking fabulous once again:

  1. Scrape off as much of the glue as possible with a toothbrush or other scrubby tool.
  2. Do a small “test” patch on in hidden seam of the clothing with a drop of acetone to make sure the clothing will not discolor. 
  3. If the fabric passes the test, apply some acetone to a cotton ball, then rub the cotton ball on your clothing stain until the glue is loosened. 
  4. Rinse the clothing under cold water to rinse off the acetone.
  5. Apply stain remover to the affected area of the clothing, let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash clothing on appropriate temperature cycle.
  6. Allow the piece to air dry after washing. It would be best to put it on a clothing line and put it out in the sun. 
  7. Your clothes should be good to go! If the clothing is dry-cleaning only, be sure to leave it to the pros! 


  • Coca-Cola is generally the preferred soda to use to remove glue due to its acidity. Still, you can try any soda you have in the house if there’s no coke.  
  • Ensure you are buying quality, non-toxic glue when you are purchasing it.  
  • If you want a fast and easy way to remove hair glue next time, purchase a high-quality hair glue remover to help you save time and tears in the future. Yeah, they actually make this stuff! Hello, timesaver! Just follow the manufacturer’s directions for the best results. The best products to look for are labeled organic to ensure you are using a safe product on your hair.    
  • When all else fails, visit your hairdresser. Spending some cash to save your look is worth it in the long run! 

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoyed this article on how to remove hair glue out of hair, clothes, and skin. We hope this helps when things get a little hairy. 

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