Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How To Remove Sunscreen From Hair

We had a wonderful holiday weekend, filled with food, fellowship, and fun. And....sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a very important part of summertime fun. No one wants to be "that" mother who allows her children to get burnt to a crisp because they forgot to apply the sunscreen.

So, the kids went swimming, after properly applying water-proof sunscreen. We went home, where everyone got a shower. The next day, I noticed that daughter #2's hair looked a little greasy. She washed it several more times, but it still was looking like she hadn't gotten a bath in about a year.

Just on one spot of her head though. One very greasy spot.

I came to the conclusion that she somehow, must have gotten some sunscreen in her hair.

I Googled "how to remove sunscreen from hair".

How did we ever survive without Google? How did we tolerate not knowing something immediately? It's a life saver, I tell ya.

Someone recommended using a vinegar rinse. Another person said that hadn't worked out so well. Another suggestion was just to lather, rinse, repeat. Ummm.....did that. Still greasy.

Then, I came across a wise person on ask.com who suggested using good old Dawn dish soap, making sure not to get it in their eyes.

Now, I knew that Dawn was used to "degrease" things, and has even been used on animals that have come in contact with oil.

I had successfully removed a grease stain from Hubs dress pants with it.

Just never thought to use it as a shampoo.

I figured, why not? We might as well give it a try.

We washed her hair like we normally would, only instead of shampoo, we used the Dawn. Then, scrubbed thoroughly.

And, what do you know! Squeaky, clean, non-greasy hair!

Apparently, since it has a degreaser in it, it degreases hair too. I also read that you can use it to get rid of shampoo build-up, instead of those pricey clarifying shampoos.

I wish I had known about this when daughter #3 was a toddler. She had decided to play in the Vaseline, and was covered with it from head to toe. She even plugged the sink after she tried washing it off of her hands. She left the water running, and this caused a small flood in the bathroom, which leaked down into the basement ceiling.

Dawn sure would have come in handy then to help remove the globs of Vaseline that greased her hair. If I had only known about Google....

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