A hairy situation

How to get super glue out of your hair—

without cutting it!

When accidents happen, you’ll be glad you know how to get super glue out of hair. No need to shave your head, just remove the glue instead. Read this article to get the facts.

How to remove super glue from hair: What you’ll need

The good news is you probably don't have to cut off any hair. These kinds of nuisance accidents happen even to the best DIYer and you can likely remedy it with some simple products found around the home.

  • Acetone or nail polish remover
  • Cotton cloth or cotton balls
  • Hair shampoo and hair conditioner

The secret: How to get super glue out of your hair

Although super glue forms a very strong bond, it can be softened enough to remove it from your hair. Nail polish remover or acetone is usually your best bet. You can get the glue out following this simple procedure.

  1. If the glue is down near the scalp, soak a cotton ball or clean cloth in nail polish remover and apply it to the glue spot. Let it soak in to soften the glue. Try to avoid getting the acetone directly on the skin as much as possible. (Try putting a piece of cardboard or wax paper between the glue and your scalp.)
  2. As the glue loosens, try to pull it away from your head along the strands of hair and right off the end.
  3. If the glue is out at the end of the hair, take the hair and pull it through the cotton ball. Pause for a few minutes as the cotton ball surrounds the clump of glue. This alone will likely remove any glue as the chemicals soften it. It will eventually slide right off. Repeat as necessary until it’s all gone.
  4. Finally, wash your hair with shampoo to get any remaining chemicals out. You should also use a conditioner because the chemicals will dry out the hair.

How to remove super glue from hair: Summary

Now you know how to get super glue off hair, you don’t have to worry about little glue mishaps. A little acetone will soften it up for quick removal. Now you can get back to that repair job. But what is the best glue for your project?

LePage Super Glue Liquid Pro works faster and holds stronger on more surfaces than ordinary instant adhesives thanks to a patented additive. It dries clear and sets without clamping and has a pinpoint nozzle for accurate dispensing.

If you prefer a great super glue in a brush-on version, try LePage Super Glue Liquid Brush-On. It offers the same super-strong bond to most surfaces but offers the control of a brush application.

If you’re working overhead, you might appreciate LePage Super Glue Gel Control. Its thicker nature means it won’t drip (in your hair or anywhere else) and still provides the same super strong bond.