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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!

            Featured photo credit: Public Domain Pictures via publicdomainpictures.net

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            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

            Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

            your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

              Why You Need a Vision

              Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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              How to Create Your Life Vision

              Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

              What Do You Want?

              The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

              It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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              Some tips to guide you:

              • Remember to ask why you want certain things
              • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
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              • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

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              • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
              • What would you like to have more of in your life?
              • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
              • What are your secret passions and dreams?
              • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
              • What do you want your relationships to be like?
              • What qualities would you like to develop?
              • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
              • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
              • What would you most like to accomplish?
              • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

              It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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              What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

              Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

              A few prompts to get you started:

              • What will you have accomplished already?
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              • What does your ideal day look like?
              • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
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              It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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              Plan Backwards

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              Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

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