How Do You Remove Tar From Hair?

Tar is one of the most difficult substances to remove from hair. The process often takes more than an hour but only requires waxed paper, a hair dryer, an ironing board and a clothes iron. For the quickest, safest and most comfortable removal, enlist the help of a friend or family member.

  1. Preheat the iron

    Place the iron on the ironing board and turn it to the lowest setting.

  2. Wrap the affected hair in waxed paper

    Fold a sheet of waxed paper in half and place it around the tarred hair. The tar must be completely surrounded by the paper. Place the wrapped hair on the ironing board.

  3. Iron the waxed paper

    Place the hot iron on the waxed paper and slowly move it back and forth. This softens the tar. Make several passes, then pull gently on the waxed paper. Alternate ironing and pulling until the hair is free and the tar remains inside the paper sleeve.

  4. Remove tar residue with a blow dryer

    Wrap the affected hair in a clean sheet of waxed paper and heat it with a blow dryer. As the hot air softens the tar residue, pull the paper away. Repeat until the hair is completely clean.