Hair Emergency {How to Remove Flarp from Hair}

A hair emergency must be a rite of passage for both childhood and parenthood. For most, it’s the obligatory snip to the tresses.  For some, it’s a dye job gone awry.  When I was about ten it was the home perm kit my mom tried on me.  I ended up with frizzy frayed hair that split in the front creating awful wispy hairs.  It took months for it to grow out again.  It was not a good look.  When my sister was about four years old, she leaned forward to blow out a candle and successfully ignited her bangs.  Yipes!  Luckily for her, it was only a quick singe before the flame was snuffed.  With quadruplets, I knew something similar was bound to happen, and it certainly did.

When I cook dinner, I usually give the kids sensory activities, puzzles, or crafts to work on at the kitchen table.  Among their favorites are Play Doh and kinetic sand, so I knew flarp (a birthday gift) would likely entertain them for a solid hour.  They were indeed enamored with the drippy doughy stuff.  Periodically, I peeked over at them and found stretching, pressing, and molding, which was fine.  When I spied someone putting flarp all over their arms, I redirected them immediately. However, just as I popped our lasagna in the oven, I froze.  Sydney’s pigtails were streaked with neon orange flarp. GAHHHHHHHH!!!!!  Hair emergency, an hour before company was expected for dinner.

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Instinctively, I began trying to pull small bits of the goo out, but instead of removing flarp, I was mostly pulling out precious hairs.  Clearly this wasn’t the best method for flarp removal.  I panicked, imagining we’d have to go to the salon for a new hair do.  First, I decided to contact my friend and hair stylist, Kristin.  She asked for a list of all available oils and butters.  I came up with coconut, olive, canola, Crisco, butter, peanut butter, and baby oil.  Her recommendation was to coat small sections of hair in baby oil.  Then, use a fine tooth comb to pull flarp from one inch sections of hair.  I stripped Sydney down to her undies and situated her in the bathtub while I ordered the other three kids to stay in the playroom, no exceptions.  After separating the untouched hair from the goopy stuff, I got to work.  Much to my relief, it actually worked.  Within about 25 minutes, I removed about a quarter cup of sludge from Sydney’s hair and none remained on her head.  Thanks to the baby oil, Sydney looked like a grease monkey for several days, but no hair was trimmed in the process. Her hair was restored and I’m hoping she’ll keep gunky stuff out of her hair.

 

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Have you experienced a hair emergency?

 

hugs!

 

Amber


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One thought on “Hair Emergency {How to Remove Flarp from Hair}

  1. I am so glad her hair story had a happy ending! I think every family has hair emergencies. I had never heard of Flarp and now I will never buy it because I can envision the same thing happening with one or all of our kids!

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