Paint. It’s something we’ve all gotten into our hair at one point or another. What did you do? Did you:
- Paint your room and get a little overly zealous?
- Lean in too close to your acrylic painted masterpiece in your advanced art class?
- Get a little too close to the spray-painted mural project while work was in progress?
Whatever the reason, we get it. Passion for art and freshly painted surfaces gets paint in our hair sometimes! It’s a given. While most paint is generally non-toxic and not harmful to our hair, it’s still not something we want to leave in there. So how do you get it out?
There are slightly different procedures depending on the type of paint you want to remove from your hair.
How to get latex paint out of hair
Using your fingernails, try to remove as much paint as possible from the strands of your hair.
The next thing you’ll want to do is wet the affected area with warm water. Next, apply a generous amount of shampoo to the area and work it into a lather. Once the paint is softened, you should be able to rinse it out easily with warm water. If not, repeat the process.
How to get acrylic paint out of hair
Acrylic paint is a little trickier to remove than latex, but it can be done. Start by wetting the affected area and then applying a liberal amount of conditioner. Work it into your hair and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out. You may need to repeat this process a few times before the paint is completely removed.
How to get spray paint out of hair
If you’ve got spray paint in your hair, the first thing you’ll want to do is try to remove as much of it as possible with your hands before wetting your hair. Once you’ve gotten rid of as much as you can, wet the area with warm water and apply shampoo. Work it into a lather and rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Repeat if necessary.
If all of the above methods are insufficient, use WD-40.
While this sounds like an odd option, it’s not really. The oils in WD-40 will break down oil-based paint. Once it is softened, it will be easier to wash out with shampoo.
Try your best to only spray WD-40 on the affected areas. It can sit a bit while it works to break down the paint, making the upcoming shampoo most effective at removing the rest from your hair.
Paint in our hair is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we have to just live with it. With these simple tips, you can rid your hair of paint in no time. Now let’s get back to creating more art!