Removing Hair Gel

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How to Remove Gelatin From Hair

Have a lot of pineapple juice handy to remove solidified gelatin.

Synchronized swimmers who perform in synchronized swimming competitions are typically required to slick their hair back into a bun. To conform to the rule, swimmers style their hair by brushing it with dissolved unflavored gelatin, which molds their hair into place. However, removing the solidified gelatin can be difficult. 

Pineapple juice or vinegar is recommended to wash it out because both liquids contain natural acids that dissolve the gelatin. This is a time-consuming process that requires several rinses.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Large bottle of pineapple juice or vinegar
  • Sink or shower with water spray attachment


  1. Remove bobby pins, elastics and any other items that are in your hair, and loosen the bun with your fingers.Go in the shower and then get your hair wet. The water must be as hot as you can stand because gelatin melts in hot water. Then use a little of shampoo and conditioner in your hair and wash it out.
  2. Pour pineapple juice or vinegar on your scalp, and saturate your hair with it as much as possible.
  3. Dig your fingers into the solid gelatin to reach your hair’s roots. Massage the pineapple juice or vinegar into your hair, starting at the roots and working your fingers down to the ends of your hair, for about two minutes.
  4. Soak your scalp and hair with hot water. Pull your fingers through your hair while you rinse out the pineapple juice or vinegar your poured on it, along with the pieces of gelatin. Rinse your hair until all of the pineapple juice or vinegar is gone.
  5. Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 as needed until all of the gelatin is gone.
  6. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

The original instructions have been modified for Thunder Bay Synchronized Swimmers!

Source:Christa Titus @