How to Remove Gum from Hair Painlessly

If sticky, icky chewing gum ever gets stuck in your hair, don’t spring for the scissors on the very first instant. Having gum helplessly stuck in your hair may not be so helpless after all. In many cases, products with an oil base can remarkably loosen the gum from your hair, allowing it to be gently pulled away with a comb, paper towel, or clean rag.

Try some of the following remedies if you are unable to loosen the gum from your hair on your own.

Some products to use when attempting to remove gum from hair:

Ice – Perhaps the easiest, cleanest and least expensive method of all is putting a few ice cubes in a plastic bag and rubbing them onto the gum until it freezes. Once the gum has hardened completely, it should break away easily, releasing itself from the hair.

Baby oil, canola oil or olive oil – Armed with a fine-tooth comb and one of these oils, one should be able to release the gum with a little time and concentration. The oil helps to break down the gum, easily allowing it to be taken from the hair. First massage oil onto the area stuck to the gum, allowing it to set for about 20 minutes. Then gently apply a comb to the area. If the gum does not come away easily, repeat this process.

Peanut butter – (NOTE: Do not use this method on anyone with a peanut allergy!) Peanut butter may be rubbed through hair thoroughly, and left to saturate that section of hair for about 15 minutes. Follow this procedure by a gentle brushing or combing. Next, rinse or shampoo hair as usual, with warm water. This should help the gum to come free in chunks.

Mayonnaise or butter – These products have also been known to loosen gum from hair in a pinch. Massage a dab of one or the other onto the trouble spot and gently comb the gum out of the hair.

Shortening – Shortening is another product that generally releases gum from hair. Take a small dab and massage it onto the affected area. Gum should then slip out of the hair effortlessly once the shortening has loosened it.

Cooking oil or cooking spray – Also attempt cooking oil or cooking spray if shortening is unavailable.

Hairspray – By spritzing on some hairspray, gum should easily peel away from hair.

Baking soda and water mixture – A mixture of baking soda and water massaged onto problem area should resolve the situation by loosening the gum until it can be brushed out.

Regular hair conditioner – Massage conditioner into hair and comb, rinsing the comb while bits of the gum start to come out of the hair. This process is a bit more tedious than the others, so use this method as a backup plan.

Egg whites – Using egg whites and a fine-tooth comb should help loosen gum from hair and cause it to dissolve a bit. First massage the egg whites into the afflicted area, then comb gently and rinse. Repeat until no longer necessary.

Finally, if you are uncomfortable trying these other options, consult your hair care provider for a professional opinion.

The peanut butter method and the ice cube method have both been rated as highly effective techniques for removing gum from one’s hair. Special precautions should be taken, however, to ensure that the child or subject with gum stuck in his or her hair does not have a peanut allergy.

Warnings about using these methods to remove gum from hair:

The stress of these products, chemicals and methods on hair may cause some minimal breakage as the gum is being removed from hair.

Do not mix chemicals when attempting to remove gum from hair.

Oil may remain in hair even after gum has been removed, for several days and/or several shampoos. Dish washing detergent may aid in removing the oil from one’s hair.

Tips for preventing gum from sticking in hair again:

Do not fall asleep with gum in your mouth.

Do not play with gum while chewing it.

Classy and Sophisticated Hairstyles for Mature Women

While pigtails and bouncy ringlets look adorable on tots and teens and even some college girls, they may not be the hippest everyday hair fashion for those of us who’ve already blossomed into our fabulous adulthood. Mature women want a more sophisticated hairstyle that shows our class and makes us attractive whether we are already married or on the prowl for a new love interest. Mature hairstyles are anything but matronly! Mature hairstyles are hot, sexy, and usually marked by a fun flair of color, texture, or shape.

If you are considering a more mature hairstyle, you are ready to live it up in your prime. You glow with beauty and you’ve got the best years of your life surrounding you. Now is your time to shine! Consider the following mature hairstyles for classy, sophisticated women.

Hairstyles for mature women can be classy and sedate or fun and flirty, and they can be quite complex or very simple to do. To find a sophisticated and mature hairstyle that best suits you, first consider your daily activities. Will you be moving around a lot? Working out? Hosting a presentation? Running errands? Cooking and cleaning? Teaching a class? Meeting with clients? Based on your day’s agenda, you can create a great series of mature hairstyles that are both beautiful and functional.

Traditional and Classy Mature Hairstyles
As you’ve grown up through the years, you’ve probably noticed many other women wearing these characteristic “older” mature hairstyles that have also been popularized by the young’uns. Buns and braids are relatively easy hairstyles to create, and they look great throughout the entire day, usually no matter how active your schedule is. Consider a bun or a braid when you don’t want to spend a lot of time messing with curlers, curling irons, or styling products. These are super simple mature hairstyles you can enjoy almost anytime at all.

Even a messy bun held by a clip is a hot style! (Photo courtesy of Mary R. Vogt, morgueFile)

How to Make a Bun:
1. Brush or comb hair to free it from tangles and knots.
2. Pull your hair back into a ponytail. Consider how high you want the bun to sit when you decide where to secure the pony.
3. Take the entire ponytail and twist it tightly to form a coil.
4. Twist the coiled hair either clockwise or counterclockwise around the base of your ponytail.
5. Secure the bun with another elastic hair band. The ends of the ponytail serve as a good aid in securing the hairstyle.
6. Spray with your favorite styling gel or hairspray if desired.

VARIATION: You can braid your ponytail first, and then twist it into a bun if you like. You can also part your hair a little to the side for a more elegant look.

TIP: If you don’t particularly care for the look of your face with all your hair slicked back, pull out a few pieces in the front. You can also get a haircut that styles your hair with a shorter, tapered frame of hair around your face. This allows for pieces of hair to easily be pulled out for styling.

How to Braid Hair:
1.  Brush or comb hair to free it from tangles and knots.
2. Select how much hair you would like to braid. You can braid your entire head of hair, or you can braid a small section by itself.
3. Separate the hair you’ve selected into three equal parts. (Important: Do not allow these sections of hair to mix together at all during the braiding process.)
4. Pull the right section across the center section of hair so that the right section is now the center section.
5. Pull the left section across the center section of hair so that the left section is now in the middle.
6. Continue alternating between steps 4 and 5 until you reach the ends of your hair.
7. Secure the braid with an elastic hair band.

VARIATION: You can vary your braids by increasing the tightness with which you pull the strands of hair as you create the braid. Go for a loose, sensual braid for a night out on the town. Try a tighter braid when you want to take care of business, like your Saturday morning cooking, cleaning, shopping, and errand running.

TIP: If you want to create a tightly woven braid, try braiding your hair while it is still damp from the shower. It keeps your strands closer together and allows for your hair sections to be woven together more strongly than when hair is dry.

Short and Sassy Mature Haircuts and Hairstyles…

Athletic Hairstyles for Any Age

Get geared up for your sporting events with a new athletic hairstyle! Whether your favorite sport is soccer, track and field, basketball, softball, rugby, running or something completely different, an athletic hairstyle makes a huge difference. Keeping the hair off the back of your neck and out of your eyes with an athletic hairstyle makes playing conditions more comfortable and gives you a competitive edge so you don’t have to keep pushing the hair out of your face.

Athletic hairstyles make a great tradition for you and your teammates prior to your sporting event. Take the time together to create your own special athletic hairstyles, or do your own hair when you first get your uniform on. Active lifestyles call for equally active hairdos, so take the time to find a hair style that suits you!

Double braids work well with medium to longer hair lengths as they both keep the hair out of the face and off of the neck. Using a comb, trace a straight part down the back of the head and secure one of the two sections with an elastic band.

Begin braiding by separating the remaining segment of hair into three equal sections. Braid hair by alternately pulling each of the outside sections of hair toward the center, over the middle section. Continue braiding hair until only an inch or two remains at the bottom of the braid. Fasten the end with an elastic hair band and repeat for the second braid.

For best results, braid hair while it is still damp from the shower unless sporting events are during cold winter months. (Consider doing this same style with French braids if you know how.)

High ponytail – Using elastic headbands, pull hair back from forehead and tie it up into a high ponytail for the best and easiest off the neck, out-of-the-eyes style. Elastic bands work best for ponytails because plastic and metal clips can sometimes cause injury if sporting accidents occur.Athletic hairstyles can be lots of fun! (Photo courtesy of Mary R. Vogt and morgueFile.)

Mini-braid mania – Using tiny rubber bands made specifically for hair, braid bangs or front section of hair split into tiny sections, one by one. Depending on hair’s length and personal preferences, braid one or two rows and tie the rest back into a ponytail. For those with much time on their hands or a whole bunch of friends to help out, braid the entire head!

If desired, use hairspray or gel to strengthen the hold. Consider using an elastic headband or other alternative to keep braids against the top of your head and off of your face.

Improvised headband – If elastic headbands are not among the selection of barrettes and clips in your personal hair care inventory, don’t worry. Try to get some pre-wrap from your team’s athletic trainer if possible, or barring that, find an old T-shirt and cut off one sleeve.

Cut the sleeve again, but just at the seam that stitches it from bicep to armpit. Open up the sleeve and cut tiny strips about one-half inch thick and the entire length of the sleeve, starting the scissors along the edge where you just cut the seam.

After cutting the strips, pull fabric gently but firmly to tighten and tie around head, holding hair down securely. This improvised fashion statement could actually accommodate your entire team with hair bands for all, if cutting both sleeves of an old T-shirt. Sometimes the most spontaneous hairstyles make the greatest athletic hairdos of all.

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As a fun tradition, get a few friends together before the game and help each other with an athletic hairstyle. Braiding each other’s hair to keep it out of the eyes and off the neck can provide some relaxing downtime just prior to the opening whistle while putting everyone in a positive mood. Help each other get psyched up and ready to play!

Hot Hairstyles in Five Minutes or LESS!

We all go through it. From the yucky super-humid days when nothing we do with our hair will possibly look right to the rainy Mondays when we just don’t care, to the eve of our hot date when we go through eight hairstyles before opting to just let the hair run wild, sometimes a “bad hair day” can very easily become a “bad hair week” without fair warning. The weather may be rainy and humid all week long, the hairstylist may have chopped our locks entirely the wrong way, but despite our dismay, life does go on.

Check out the scenarios below for a quick fix on unruly hair, flat hair, whatever hair.

Scenario #1 – Business Boo-Boo Fixer Upper
It’s not even 8:30 in the morning and things couldn’t be much worse. You slept through your alarm and you’ve got a major business presentation in 35 minutes. After taking the fastest shower of your life, you’ve got five minutes to throw on your makeup and do something with your wet hair. Think fast!

Remembering back to your childhood days, think about what your mother used to do for you when you needed to look nice for school. Be it picture day or another special occasion, chances are you’ve got a special hair trick up your sleeve that you’ve completely forgotten! Mine happens to be your plain old run of the mill braid. Separate your hair into three sections, alternately pulling one over the other until you’ve created an attractive plait in no time! For a special feminine touch, leave out a tiny strand of hair at your crown, near your ear or at the nape of your neck. (To save time, turn your curling iron on prior to braiding your hair.) Create a loose curl here or there to add an elegant element to your professional-looking style.

Scenario #2 – Last-Minute Lovely Locks
Whether it’s a first date with a new hottie or a special occasion with your long-term beau, looking like the gorgeous bombshell you are is nonnegotiable! But looking fabulous doesn’t have to take an eternity… Rely on a few quick and easy hair care tips to get you going.

For a seductive look, rely on a daring hairstyle that nicely displays a bare neck. Invite sweet kisses on your soft skin by sweeping your hair up into a makeshift French twist with a set of ornate chopsticks or a delicate, pretty hairpin. Even if your hair is still wet, it should be responsive to these facile styles. And while wearing hair up can be completely tantalizing, setting free your flowing locks might just ignite some wild desire in your date. Tame your tresses with a gentle anti-frizz product that won’t sticky your hair or leave a visible residue. For naturally curly babes, rub some gel or a small amount of styling product between your hands and scrunch your curls into submission.

Scenario #3 – Tiresome Tresses Crave Revitalization
Sick of the same old ponytail? Tired of – yawn – everlasting straight hair? Mix things up a bit by adding some fancy accents to your inventory! Invest in some colorful hair scarves, headbands, crab claw clips, hairpins, chopsticks and other fun hair accessories. You can get a nice selection of hair goodies at the dollar store, grocery store, drugstore and countless other venues.

By spending only $10 or $15, you can completely revamp your hair without going to any great coloring or styling lengths. Pick out a few neat items and use them from time to time instead of battling your hair into submission with styling products and appliances. Don’t have time to blow dry your mane? Fret not! Merely twist your hair up and clip it to your head with one of your new fashion accessories! When all else fails, get comfy. Throw on a pair of jeans, your favorite hooded sweatshirt and a hat!

Ten-Minute Revitalization for Your Hair

Don’t let winter’s chilly bite get you down! Even though the weather can be frightful, your hair can still be quite delightful, as long as you give it the special care and attention it deserves. As the temperature drops outside, you’ll have to be extra careful not to expose your wet hair to the elements, especially when the temperature is below freezing.

If you want to beat the frizzies, you can try a number of styling products and special shampoos and conditioners to give your hair a silky sheen. To combat coarse hairs you’ll want to soften your hair, and to defend against dryness you’ll want to lock in some moisture. To accomplish all of these goals and more, try a moisturizing hair masque!

Treat your tresses to a spa-like makeover, sans scissors. Set aside some time for yourself, whether an extra two minutes in the shower for a quickie hair masque or go all out with a professional or homemade remedy out of the shower. If you opt for the latter, don’t forget to keep a shower cap or some plastic wrap and a towel handy. If you opt for the former, merely set aside between two and ten minutes for the conditioning treatment to seep into your hair.

While products typically recommend that you allow a certain span of time for the product to soak into your hair, I’ve found that keeping the product in your hair for even just a few moments still produces positive results. Many deep conditioning treatments suggest that consumers apply these treatments to their tresses a maximum of once every two weeks, so using a less potent treatment every once in a while may also benefit hair.

Even if you’ve never applied a deep conditioning masque to your hair, it’s nothing to be afraid of, and something you should try at least once. Honestly, my first time using a hair masque came about completely by accident. I thought I’d picked up a facial masque at the store and upon returning home, I learned of my folly. Too lazy to take the product back and exchange it for the one I’d wanted in the first place, I decided to give the hair masque treatment a go. Much to my delight, the potion did improve the condition of my hair – on the first try!

Many herbs and naturally occurring ingredients can positively impact hair’s condition. Try a product like John Frieda Kelp Help deep conditioning masque. The product usually sells for between five and seven dollars and it relies on the protein-rich sea kelp to renew and revitalize hair, leaving it soft, silky, shiny and smooth. This restorative hair treatment also works to repair damaged and dehydrated hair with a smart blend of algae and sea kelp. By penetrating dry, coarse or damaged hair, these components restore hair’s strength and natural glow. The directions instruct that the solution should be massaged into wet hair post-shampoo and left on for ten minutes, though other products may differ in their instructions.

To find a product that is best suited for your hair, you may have to sample a few different brands. Visit your local drugstore and check out the entire hair products aisle for the best selection, or consult your hairstylist. For less than $10, you can restore your hair’s vitality in ten minutes or fewer. Why face a costly trip to the salon? Give your hair the boost it needs with a leave-in or rinse out deep conditioning treatment that you can easily do at home while you shower or as you relax at night. Forget about imprisoning your tresses in a ponytail all day. Don’t let frizz and dryness control your hair….Take charge and let your lovely locks shine!

Hot Tips on Coloring Your Hair

There’s just something so sexy about being a woman. Buying new lingerie, donning a new look with a great makeover, trying out a new hairstyle or color…. We all need a change sometimes, and what better to change than the color of our hair?

Dyeing our hair a new shade shifts us into a new sense of being, gives us a new persona to assume and fulfill. We can be the boisterous blonde we never were, the seductive brunette, the electric redhead or the mysterious ebony-haired beauty. And with this exciting new shade also comes a stunning blast of self-confidence and invigoration.

Changing the color of our hair gives us freedom and a sense of renewal, even if the only thing different from yesterday to today is the color of the strands on our heads. Depending on your comfort levels, you can try at-home coloring kits or you can make an appointment with your stylist. Opt for highlights only or color your entire mane for the ultimate head-turning factor.


Tips and tricks:

Try to stick pretty close to your natural color if it is your first time. This way it won’t be the end of the world when your roots start growing in.

Also, you might consider a temporary washout color treatment if you are a beginner. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to remedy the situation if you don’t like the new color of your hair.

If you opt for do-it-yourself highlights, have a family member or a friend help you, if possible. It is always nice to have another set of eyes to guide you through things you cannot clearly see. Mirrors may be deceiving, so having someone there to help really could be the difference between an okay dye job and an excellent one.

Follow the instructions closely and thoroughly. No skipping steps. Test a small area of your hair as instructed, just to be sure you aren’t allergic to anything in the dye.

Leave your hair down as you color it and you will achieve a more even look. Pinning your hair on top of your head leaves more to chance.

Part hair into sections and apply color from roots to ends, starting near the temples. Double-check the instructions to be sure you are following them properly.

To prevent hair from dripping on your skin, apply a thin layer of moisturizer or petroleum jelly to the skin at your hairline. Most hair dyes will not drip, but in case they do, this makes cleanup so much easier!

If you want beautiful blonde tresses, consider seeing your stylist for best results. Dyeing darker hair into a lighter shade, especially blonde, can be a tricky task. Even if you’re an at-home hair dyeing professional, remember that it’s easier to do it right the first time than to cover up any boo-boos.

Athletic Hairstyles: Ponytails of a Different Color

Fun and flirty or professional and sophisticated, the ponytail is a timeless style appropriate for just about any occasion or event. Ponytails look absolutely adorable when worn by young girls and tots, but they also look chic and classy on mature women.

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