The Easiest Way To Get Sticky & Stubborn Vaseline Out Of Your Hair

Vaseline is the product that really does it all. The super ingredient is found in many skin and hair care products under the less used name petroleum jelly. Vaseline has been a godsend for some who are looking to create a sleek hairstyle for updos or to catch the occasional fly away. That's no surprise since it's so easy to incorporate vaseline into your beauty routine. However, the simple ingredient is not one without its own problems.


Vaseline is something that you don't want to have in your hair regularly. Hair expert Tonya Thompson explained to Byrdie that long-term usage "can cause a buildup of product, [potentially leading] to scalp irritation and hair breakage." In other words, Vaseline could cause serious hair buildup that is not easily removed. While you don't have to get rid of your Vaseline products, there are ways to remove it, so you don't have to deal with long-term issues.

Wash with a clarifying shampoo

The right shampoo is the easiest way to get rid of Vaseline. The amount of hair product you should actually be using depends on the person, but it's important to fully cover the hair for the best result. According to Thompson, working a clarifying shampoo into the scalp and specifically where the Vaseline was placed is important for getting it out of the hair. Don't be afraid to wash the hair more than once in a session, to fully get the product out of the hair.


Founder of SkinLab Dr. Jamuna Pai explained to Vogue India that a clarifying shampoo is the best for cleaning the scalp. She told the publication, "It helps remove any kind of residual product and remnants of hard or chlorinated water, thus making it an essential staple in your haircare routine ..." Clarifying shampoo is the easiest way to get out tricky Vaseline without any of the hassles.

Follow up with moisturizing products

After using a clarifying shampoo, it is common for the hair to feel dryer than usual. According to Dr. Pai, this is because the agents in clarifying shampoo can strip the natural oils produced in the hair. This can leave the hair feeling straw-like and brittle. For that reason, it's best to use the shampoo no more than once a month to keep your hair healthy.


It's important after using the shampoo to follow up with a deep-conditioning treatment. Deep conditioner is a stronger product than the average conditioner and helps bring moisture back into the hair. To use a deep conditioner, coat the hair strands with the product and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. For added moisture, use either a heated cap or even an overhead blow dryer to help the treatment penetrate further. From there, the Vaseline will not only be out of your hair, but it will feel good as new.