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How to Get Vaseline Out of Your Hair

We all know that most of the households have petroleum jelly, or more commonly known as Vaseline. It is usually used to moisturize the skin, remove makeup, and even heal some scrapes and burns.

What if you experimentally tried using it on your hair because you thought it could moisturize it? Or what if you accidentally put some of the Vaseline on your hair when you’re doing your skin care routine?

If ever you’re dealing with this problem right now, we got you covered! All that you need to know on how to get Vaseline out of your hair is just right here on this article. You might find it extremely hard to get off this greasy product on your hair, but we got tons of tips and tricks to help you out!

How Can I Remove Vaseline on My Hair?

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Before you panic because you cannot remove a greasy block of Vaseline on your hair, check out these very effective tricks to remove it from your hair. Also, make sure to have someone to help you out especially for some areas of your hair that won’t be visible for you.

Clarifying Shampoo

You can find a lot of clarifying shampoo in any nearby drug store or grocery store. This type of shampoo is intended to remove grease, oil, and debris on your hair more powerful than a regular shampoo. So, using this product is the best and easiest way to remove the stuck Vaseline on your hair.

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How to do it:

  1. Get a paper towel to remove some of the Vaseline on your hair. Just be careful not to spread out the Vaseline on other parts of your hair. What you can do is to dab the paper towel and apply some pressure while dabbing.
  2. Prepare lukewarm water and wet your hair while adding the clarifying shampoo. Massage your hair and scalp thoroughly and focus on the area with the most grease on it. Rinse your hair afterwards.
  3. Repeat the process multiple times until you have fully removed all the Vaseline on your hair. 
  4. Apply some conditioner after you have cleaned your hair with clarifying shampoo because using this shampoo can make your hair dry.

Glycerin Soap

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Just like how clarifying shampoo works, glycerin soap can break down the oils from the Vaseline that got stuck on your hair. It is made from natural oils and fat and you can purchase it in a bar or liquid form. As for me, I prefer using the liquid one for easier application on the hair.

How to do it:

  1. Get a paper towel or any absorbent towel to get the most out of the Vaseline on your hair. 
  2. Wet your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water then apply the glycerin soap on the affected area. If you bought bar soap, you can wet it using hot water to make a more soapy lather. Also, it is highly recommended to rub down the bar of soap in a downward stroke to ensure that all Vaseline will be removed off of your hair.
  3. Wait for at least 20 minutes and let the soap breakdown all of the oils from the Vaseline. You can add more soap if necessary. After the waiting time, rinse your hair off with water.
  4. After the entire process, you can apply some conditioner to moisturize your hair.

Liquid Dishwashing Soap

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While it might be a little queer to dishwashing soap on your hair, I know it will leave you no choice if this is the only thing you have at home and you have a clump of Vaseline on your hair!

I highly recommend using the Dawn dishwashing soap because it is super powerful in removing tough grease on dishes, so it would definitely work wonders on your hair too! Since Vaseline is very greasy, the powerful ingredients from Dawn can remove every bit of Vaseline stuck on your hair.

How to do it:

  1. Remove the Vaseline lumps on your hair as much as possible. You can do this by using a paper towel or a micro absorbent towel. 
  2. Now, wet your hair and apply some dishwashing soap. Just pour a little bit of the soap and you can always pour more if you cannot get a good lather. 
  3. Wait for at least 15 to 20 minutes to let the detergent break down the Vaseline that got stuck on your hair.
  4. Rinse your hair thoroughly and you can always repeat the process if you still feel the grease on your hair.
  5. After the entire process, you can take a shower and bathe your hair with your regular shampoo. Don’t forget to moisturize your hair too!

Natural Oils

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Natural oils, specifically olive oil (which is definitely a household essential) is also one of the best ingredients to combat the greasy Vaseline on your hair. Let’s be honest, just putting warm water on your head full of Vaseline won’t just solve the problem because oil is not soluble in water!

So, using an oil based product like olive oil is also one of your options in removing the clump of Vaseline on your hair. You can also use other natural oils like coconut oil, palm oil, jojoba oil, and more.

How to do it:

  1. Remove the clumps of Vaseline on your hair using a paper towel or a micro absorbent towel. 
  2. Apply some of the natural oils on the clumps of Vaseline on your hair. 
  3. Rinse off the oils on your hair after a few minutes.
  4. Don’t forget to moisturize too!

Will Vaseline Eventually Come Out of Hair?


Yes, Vaseline will surely come off of your hair without you doing anything besides washing it. But these recommendations above will definitely help make the process much easier and faster. By following these steps above, you can be assured that those clumps of greasy Vaseline will be coming off straight away.

Also, it is a friendly reminder to be very cautious when using Vaseline on your skin. Just make sure that nothing comes in contact with your hair, to lessen the hassle. 

Will Vaseline Damage My Hair?

This will actually depend on how fast you will act to remedy your Vaseline-filled hair. Sure, it works wonders on the skin but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a part of your hair care routine. Vaseline is a very greasy substance which can damage the color of your hair, and it can also leave a very greasy feeling on your scalp!

How long does Vaseline last when applied to hair?

The answer to this also depends on how you use the Vaseline for. If you’re only using it to slightly moisturize your hair, it can last for hours without washing them off. 

On the other hand, if you are going to use it as a sealant for your hair style and you’ll be applying a lot of Vaseline, then you have to expect that it won’t come off quickly as usual and it can last overnight. 

Key Takeaways

We know that nobody wants to accidentally have a clump of Vaseline on their hair, but there are truly a lot of ways to remedy this. We will be looking at more recommendations to remove Vaseline on your hair, but all of these above are already proven and tested! We hope that this article would help anyone with Vaseline related hair problems!

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