Tree sap can be extremely difficult to remove from any surface, but most especially from human or animal hair. The following advice may be of assistance should this pesky problem befall you.
The key to tackling tough-to-remove tree sap from hair is to get it while it’s fresh. As the sap droplets harden, they become increasingly difficult to get out. Also, it is important to let anything that is applied to the hair “sit” for an extended period of time. The longer that a product is applied to the sap, the better the chances will be of removing it.
One method for removing tree sap from hair is to apply all-natural peanut butter to the sap. Oilier peanut butters tend to work better. Cover the area fully. Using a hair dryer or other heating device, apply warm heat to the peanut butter until it begins to soften. Then, using a straight-toothed comb, pull the softened peanut butter through the hair. Rinse out with hot water.
Another method calls for the use of mayonnaise. The oils in the mayonnaise help to break down the sap’s hard consistency, making it easier to remove. Allow the mayonnaise to sit on the area for several minutes, then rinse.
Pure soaps, such as Ivory, may also be of help. Work the area into a rich lather, rinse with warm water, and repeat until the sap has been removed.
Many people swear by baking soda to remove sap. Apply the baking soda to a warm, damp rag and rub the affected area vigorously until the sap dissolves.
Although it may dry out the hair dramatically, rubbing alcohol acts as a solvent to dissolve and break down tree sap. Users must be sure to invest in a moisturizing shampoo to use for several days afterward to counteract the drying effects that the alcohol may have.
Ironically, pine oil can dramatically cut tree sap. This product can usually be found at natural food stores, homeopathy stores, or herbal retailers.
Crisco or other shortenings can be applied and rinsed with hot water, while mostly all grease-cutting dish detergents will do the trick.
Many retailers also offer products that are specifically designed to remove difficult substances. Examples include Goo-Gone, De-Solve It, and the Clay Bar. It is important to thoroughly read over any instructions associated with these products and to follow all directions to avoid sensitivities and reactions.
It is important to be extremely careful when using any of these products. Although they are generally considered to be non-irritating in their normal uses, contact with the eyes should be aggressively avoided, and contact with the skin should be as limited as possible. The tender skin of the scalp may react to certain products. It may be best to consider doing a “spot test” on more resilient parts of the skin to first make sure that there are no allergies or reactions to any of the products.
As a last resort, should the tree sap prove too tough to remove, there is always the option of choosing a new, shorter haircut!As a last resort