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How to Get Paint out of Hair

How to Get Paint out of Hair

Remember the last time you decided to paint one of the rooms in your home?

You chose the color, purchased the paint, and eagerly set about transforming your room. However, your enthusiasm was soon dampened when you discovered that the paint was going not just on the walls and ceiling…but was splattering over your clothes and hair too!

Your situation took a turn for the worse when you tried to remove the paint from your hair, only to find it seemingly impossible to do so.

Don’t panic, There are several ways how to get paint out of hair including natural methods and chemical ones.

First Check the Type of Paint, Then Read on for the Best Removal Solutions

As you probably know, there are different types of paint. The most common types are: latex-based paint, oil-based paint and water-based paint.

It’s important for you to know which type of paint you’ve accidentally (or deliberately!) got into your hair. Only by having this information can you decide which paint removal method would be the most effective.

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Okay… are you ready?

For latex-based paint

The first method for removing latex/acrylic paint from your hair is to soak your hair in water for several hours. Latex/acrylic paint is not completely waterproof. So by soaking your hair in water for a significant period of time, you can begin to break down the paint. Once the paint starts to weaken, you can begin to separate it from your hair.

    The obvious downside to this method is that you need to allow a few hours for it to work.

    If the first method doesn’t appeal to you, then this one might… WD-40. Yes, that’s right, the lubricating spray that is normally used to fix things like squeaking doors. Surprisingly, it can also be used to remove latex/acrylic paint from your hair. The trick is to apply WD-40 to the parts of your hair that have been covered in latex/acrylic paint. Once you’ve applied the WD-40, gently rub it into your hair. This will loosen the paint, and enable it to be washed off if you shampoo your hair fully with hot water. (Follow the lather, rinse and repeat process.) The disadvantage is that it can be harsh to your hair and your skin.

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      For oil-based paint

      The best method for removing oil-based paint from you hair is to use a product that you’re likely to have in your kitchen cupboard… olive oil. The secret to this method is to apply the olive oil to the parts of your hair covered in paint. Once you’ve done this, use a fine-tooth comb to remove the paint from your hair. (Please be gentle!)

        If the paint has dried into your hair, then consider applying liberal amounts of olive oil to your hair, wrapping your hair in plastic wrap, and then waiting for a few hours. This will soften the paint, and allow it be removed with a fine-tooth comb.

        There are no real downsides to using olive oil, and in fact, many people use it as a hair conditioning treatment.

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        For water-based paint

        This type of paint is probably the easiest to remove from hair. The method simply involves applying your usual shampoo to the parts of your hair covered with water-based paint. The next step is to run a fine-tooth comb through your hair to remove the paint. You’ll just need to rinse your hair after this.

          However, if the paint has already dried, then you may need to let the shampoo sit on your hair for a period of time. This is to allow the paint to soften. Once this process is complete, follow the combing and rinsing suggestion above.

          This paint-removal method is popular, as most people will have shampoo in their home. The only downside is time (if you have to wait for the paint to soften).

          I don’t know the type of paint: How do I remove it from my hair?

          You found a tin of paint in your garage or loft that was unlabelled. You opened the tin, loved the color, and decided to start painting your bedroom ceiling with it. You know the rest of the story… (Before long, your hair had changed color!)

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          Luckily, even if you don’t know the type of paint that has ended up on your hair, there are a few universal methods of how to get paint out of hair.

          First up, simply try removing the paint by picking it off your hair using your fingernails. This can be an effective and chemical-free method, but be prepared to test your patience!

          The second option to try involves products that are likely to be lurking in your kitchen and bathroom… dish soap and toothpaste. Dish soap can be applied to your hair (along with water), and with strenuous rubbing can remove paint from your hair. If this fails, however, then try toothpaste. It’s abrasive properties can help to break down the paint, allowing it to be washed away with shampoo.

            Getting paint in your hair is a messy business. However, by using one of the methods listed in this article, you should be able to remove it without too much effort or stress.

            A final piece of advice for you…

            Next time you choose to paint, consider wearing a shower cap. This will prevent paint from coming into contact with your hair. As the saying goes – prevention is better than cure!

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            How Setting Small Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

            How Setting Small Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

            Successful people “think” success all the time. That is why their goals are firmly lodged in their subconscious.

            While most believe that having a long-term goal is crucial to success, successful people understand that without small, daily goals, you will get demotivated easily; success will in turn become hard.

            In this article, we will look into the importance of setting daily goals and how to having daily goals that help you achieve success.

            How to “think” success with your subconscious

            The subconscious is brilliant at prioritizing. It listens to you and gauges from your thoughts what you think is the most important task. This means that what you think about most of the time is what the subconscious will think is the most important thing for you, and will try to find creative solutions.

            If you think about problems, the subconscious will try to find you more problems. If you think about solutions, goals and dreams, it will try to make them come true.

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            But the subconscious goes even further when trying to understand what you think is important; it “listens” to your feelings.

            Luckily, it has been proven that a positive thought is over 100 times as positive as a negative thought. This makes it a lot easier to drive positive emotions into your subconscious.

            How daily goals keep you positive

            It is enough to be positive and keep your thoughts on what you want — and you don’t have to go monitoring your thoughts all the time.

            It is enough to imbue your thoughts a few times a day with a powerful positive emotion when thinking about your goals. The more you can do it, the more powerful this exercise will be.

            For many, reading their goals or making plans become a chore, something that fills them with negative emotions. This ruins the full potential of these activities; filling yourself with positive emotions while thinking about your goals will make them a lot more powerful.

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            Over the last several years, I have been taught several exercises that can help you focus more on your goals and spend more time thinking about and feeling about them. What I want you to remember when doing these exercises is to have fun. Never see them as a chore, you are living your goals, it is something to enjoy.

            If you don’t feel uplifted at the thought of focusing on your goals, you might as well not do the exercise today. Do it tomorrow instead because it will do more harm than good if you are in the wrong mood when thinking about your goals.

            Why positive thoughts inspire you ideas

            In my business, I constantly need to come up with new ways to improve efficiency, new ideas to test and new subjects to teach. It takes a lot of creative work — and creative work has always been one of my weaker areas.

            Luckily, thanks to all my work with goal setting (and because of my focus on my goals), my subconscious knows these are the things I need the most help with and that they are very important to me.

            Every day I get new ideas of things I can try out, products I can create, seminar subjects I can offer, and so on.  All of them aren’t good but when you throw enough “mud against the wall”, something will stick. And that is what my subconscious does — it feeds me idea after idea.

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            How to set daily goals for yourself

            This method is used by countless thousands around the world and for everyone who has tried it, the effects have been incredible:

            1. Each morning, take a pen and a piece of paper and write down your 10 top goals. Don’t look at the day before, just think about what you want to most and write them down.
            2. Remember to write them in the positive present tense and remember to set a deadline for each goal. Just like we did when setting your long term and short term goals. (For example you could set the goal “I make 10,000 dollars per month by the December 31 next year.”)
            3. Do this for all 10 goals.

            In the beginning, writing down 10 goals might be difficult. Each day, they might look a bit different and some of the goals you write never come back again.

            If you forget a goal, it is because it wasn’t all that important and something more important has taken its place.

            What difference does it make?

            By starting your day setting your 10 top goals, you jump-start your creativity — which will motivate you for the rest of the day. You will have programmed yourself to focus on your goals and to move towards them and their completion.

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            What will happen to you?

            If you do this, you will start to realize what is important to you. You’ll see what goals keep surfacing and what goals vanish.

            You will know what you want and you will find yourself presented with opportunities that you haven’t noticed before.

            You will be more creative in finding ideas and chances to make your dreams reality.

            The bottom line

            Having goals on a daily basis can change your life for the better. It will help you keep moving faster and faster towards your goals and dreams.

            So now set your goals and make having daily goals your good habit:

            1. Buy a notebook and a pen at your local bookstore.
            2. Start writing down 10 goals every morning, without looking at the day before.
            3. Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way and capitalize on them.
            What’s next after setting your goals? While your routine is the key to achieving your goals, you can take these 6 simple steps to make progress towards achieving goals.

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