How To Get Wax Out Of Hair: 3 Quick & Easy Ways To Do It!
Whether you’ve accidentally got candle wax on your daughter’s hair (or even on your pet’s fur) or if you have been struggling to wash off styling wax, you will soon realize that getting rid of wax out of your hair is no easy feat.
It is quite a struggle that if you are ever in this situation, you might even consider chopping your hair off.
Unfortunate accidents aside, continuous use of wax in hair styling products can be very bad for your hair as well. The buildup of wax will not only leave your hair grimy and dirty, but this could lead to some problems for your scalp as well.
You might be thinking that shampoo and tons of water might help. Perhaps vigorous scrubbing should do the trick as well.
But obviously, these will not solve your problem and might even cause more damage onto your scalp unintendedly.
Before doing anything, here are a few things you should not attempt in order to get rid of wax:
Need a quick fix? Google might tell you to use dishwashing liquid. Although dishwashing liquid is very effective in removing oils and wax, its components are not very safe for your hair. Chemicals used in dishwashing liquids can even cause damage onto your scalp.
Of course, you are free to use this on items such as your carpets or clothing - but never for your hair. Just because it works doesn’t mean it is suitable for you.
Not only is this a painful process for you, but it will not do anything to help your situation out.
You may successfully remove a small amount of wax but without prepping your hair first, simply brushing will only cause you to damage your hair in the process.
3. Cold Water And Shampoo
You know that rinsing it off a couple of times probably won’t work - and neither will cold water.
If at first rinse, the wax does not completely come off, use one of the methods below this article. Shampoo will cause your hair and scalp to dry out thus, damaging your hair as well.
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Now that you know what doesn’t work, let’s take a look at what does. First of all, do not panic. There are quick solutions to help you out - your hair is not going to look like that forever, I promise.
So if you were just messing with your hair and you’ve made a hideous style with wax, here’s what you have to follow;
You Will Need: Conditioner, Shampoo and Comb
- First, wash your hair thoroughly with hot water only. Make sure that water is hot enough and not scorching hot. As much as you want to get rid of wax as fast as possible, you shouldn’t burn your skin in the process.
- Use a high quality conditioner to wash with your hair. No need for shampoo at this point.
- Leave for 2-3 minutes while massaging your scalp before rinsing once again.
- Make sure that your hair is clean from conditioner.
- Use a brush to comb out the excess wax. Once you feel that your hair has been removed from all the wax, rinse hair once again with shampoo this time.
- Prep your hair for the process by wrapping sections of your hair with a paper towel. I recommend working with one section of hair at a time.
- With your hair dryer, heat the section of hair that was wrapped with the paper towel. Make sure that it is hot enough to melt the wax without burning yourself.
- After a few minutes, remove paper towel and comb out excess wax.
- If there is still remaining wax, you may repeat the same process on the same section or move on to the next.
- After doing steps 1-4 in all sections of your hair, head over to the shower and wash hair with shampoo and conditioner.
Take a look at the type of wax your hair has gotten into.
If you use hard wax, heat may not be the option for you.
Opt for an ice cube instead (unless you want to dip your whole head into icy, cold water - be my guest)
Here are the steps:
- With an ice cube, harden sections of your hair until wax starts to crumble.
- Using a comb, brush out excess crumbles of wax.
- Rinse hair with good quality shampoo and conditioner.
- When using hair wax, only use an ample amount so as not to cause product build up onto hair. Try to use as little product as possible as it is also one of the factors that cause hair damage.
- If constant use of hair styling waxes cannot be avoided, invest in a good quality clarifying shampoo. If possible, choose one with a fruity infusion such as lemon or orange for a more effective cleanse.
- Be careful when choosing other hair products. Some shampoos may also contain wax and if using with this method, might not give you the results you expect
Do you, or anyone you know, constantly use hair wax to style their hair? What methods do you use to remove it at the end of the day? As always, leave us a comment below. We love to hear about your hair stories. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask us as well.
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