Getting paint out of hair without cutting

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by foidulus, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. foidulus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2007
    So over Christmas I was helping to paint my grandparents house when there was an incident with the white paint sprayer my uncle was using. Now that the jokes about wanting to fit in with the senior community have grown old, I want to get the paint out of my hair. However, since I don't want to cut it out(worried about losing it so I want to try to preserve as much as possible :p) how can I remove it? Would nail polish remover work? Shampoo has pretty much done nothing....
  2. JLatte macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    San Diego
    I'm sure a bath in a barrel of acid would remove pretty much anything you needed :)
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
  4. bassproguy07 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2008
    Katy, TX
    i always had luck with the finger nail method. Peel it off by placing painted hair between two finger nails and scraping. If that doesn't work, get a fine tooth comb, metal preferably and slowly comb it out. nail polish is worth a shot, try it on a small spot
  5. Pixellated macrumors 65816

    Apr 1, 2008

    Phew, anyway, try nail polish remover ;)
  6. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2005
    Manchester UK
    How much paint are we talking? If its just a small amount you can probably comb it out with a fine tooth metal comb. If it's a lot of hair you might need something more so you don't have to spend all weekend painfully combing masses and masses of hair.
  7. LeahM macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2008
    How long/short is your hair? If its just on the tips, you could try putting the polish remover on a comb and combing it out.
  8. shu82 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2007
    Rocket City, AL
    you might need a lot of nail polish remover to get that out. This may sound silly but gasoline is the cheapest solvent. Anyway you look at it you have to use something flammable.

    Make sure to stand in front of your house while you do it. You're neighbors will sure leave you alone for a while after seeing you dump a gallon of gas on your head.
  9. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    If it's an oil based paint, oil is the best thing to take it off. Olive oil, vegetable oil, baby oil - whatever. Rub it into the hair and it will soften the paint so it should be easier for you to get the paint off.

    Handy hint - if you do put oil in your hair, once the paint is off, rinse and dry your hair. It will look awful because of the excess oil. Once your hair is dry, then shampoo it (dry) and then rinse it off as normal.
  10. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    If it's latex paint, rubbing alcohol will usually do the trick. If it's spray paint, you'll usually need lacquer thinner. Oil paint, I would go with linseed oil or mineral spirits.

    I was in the paint business for 15 years, before my untimely expulsion.....

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