Getting spray paint out of your hair may be a problem for you when you accidentally apply your hair with spray paint.

You are uncertain because of not know how to get spray paint out of your hair. Don’t be nervous and just relax.

You have several methods how to get spray paint out of your hair. These methods include both chemical and natural solutions for you.

Quick Answer:

  • For small stains, you can try using shampoo and conditioner to gently wash it out. If the stain is more stubborn, you can try using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it out. For real tough stains, you may need to resort to using a solvent like acetone. Be sure to use gloves when handling solvents, and always test them on a small area of your hair first to make sure they won’t damage it.

In this article, I will be guiding you on the best use and most effective ways how to get spray paint out of your hair.

How to get spray paint out of your hair

Can you use real spray paint on your hair?

I do not recommend doing this. To prove my answer, I want to begin this paragraph with the sentences of Rebecca Merrick. She is a popular colorist at Eddie Arthur Salon which is located in New York. She advises not to use any kind of spray paint on hair.

 “ Aerosol is the main ingredient of spray paint. It gets deep into your scalp, which causes serious problems on your hair like dryness.”

What should I do to get spray paint out of my hair?

Firstly, you should analyze what kind of spray paint it is.

What do you think?

Can all the types of spray pain get out of the hair?

If you think so, you are right. Below you will get to know about what kind of spray paint you can come out of your hair.

There are many types of spray paint that are available for different purposes and various jobs. The most common types of spray paints are oil-based, water-based, and latex-based. You can choose the right method only by knowing the types of paint.

Oil-based spray paint

You probably consider that spray paint is difficult to remove from your hair. But the method which I give you is very simple and easy. The only thing you need is olive oil.

Olive oil is the best choice as a removal solution. Because it contains moisturizing elements like oleic and squalene acid.

Olive oil also prevents from damaging while removing spray paint. The reason of it olive oil helps to increase the elasticity of your hair.

You should rub the olive oil on the parts of your hair covered in spray paint.

Keep it a few minutes, approximately 15 minutes and then you can wash it with the shampoo. Don’t forget to use a fine-tooth comb to remove the paint.

There are also chemical-free methods to remove oil-based spray paint from your hair.

This is another ingredient that you can easily find in your kitchen. It is mayonnaise.

Apply mayonnaise to your hair covered with paint.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

Oil-based scrub helps to loosen the paint step by step. Use a paper towel for your hair after the mayonnaise procedure. You can repeat it until the spray paint is removed.

Water-based spray paint

If your hair has covered with water-based spray paint, you are more blessed. Because the solution of it is not complicated and you can easily remove the spray paint from your hair.

You just need to apply your hair with a shampoo and massage your scalp with the help of it. In this process again you should use a fine-tooth comb.  And then rinse thoroughly your hair. If the result isn’t satisfactory, you can repeat the procedure.

Another simple way is using dish soap. It can be more fun, but you amuse by the result. Your hair must be wet and massage your head after covering it with dish soap.

Keep dish soap for a few hours in your hair and then wash it carefully. You can use this method to remove paint stains from your hair.

Latex-based spray paint

If your hair has been damaged from latex/acrylic spray paint, you should be patient. The solution is easy but you need more time to remove compared to others.

Latex or acrylic spray paint is considered waterproof. You should soak your hair in hot water for a significant period.

The temperature of the water should be warmer as possible as you endure. Hot water helps to break down the paint from your hair.

But avoid your scalp scalding from hot water.

After soaking a few times, you can separate the paint from your hair with the help of a fine-tooth comb.

There is also another way of loosening spray paint from your hair. The WD-40 method can easily remove latex-based spray paint.

Apply a small quantity of WD-40 to your colored hair. Don’t daub the area where the hair is free from the paint. We will recommend this method when other methods don’t work. Because it may cause skin irritation and hair loss. You can use WD-40 without wearing gloves. It is safe for your hands.

Can I use chemicals to remove spray paint from my hair?

The short answer is “YES”. 

Yet, it should be the last resort. Because chemicals damage your scalp, hair, and root. It may cause skin irritation after some time.

So, you may ask what kind of chemicals they are:

1Paint thinner  It is a solvent that is made from petroleum  
2  Turpentine  It is a liquid that is made from pine trees  
3  Mineral spirits  It is a hydrocarbon solvent with a mixture of alicyclic and aliphatic petroleum-based compounds.  

Paint thinner is also a type of mineral spirit used to thin paints. It is basically formulated to disintegrate oil-based spray paint. Its main duty is to decrease the thickness of the paint.

Turpentine is a volatile oil. It is obtained from a tapping tree of the genus Pinus. It is also called as spirit of turpentine, terebenthene, oil of turpentine, terebinthini.  You can use it as a remover for the spray paint which affected your hair.

Mineral spirit is a type of chemical. It is a helpful choice for diluting and thinning oil-based spray paint. You can only dissolve the paint which hasn’t dried yet.

To control the amount of liquid that you apply to your hair dab some of them with a piece of rag. You might have to apply several times until it works. These methods may not work for latex-based spray paint.

After these methods try to wash your strands immediately with shampoo and warm water. Make sure that you completely wash off all the chemicals.

How to get out of spray paint if I don’t know the type of spray?

Sometimes you may have a question: what can I do if I don’t know the type of spray paint?

We have got some useful solutions for you. They are chemical-free and effective methods.  But you should be patient in this process.

The first method is just to try to pick off the residues of the spray paint. Some paints may get out easily from your hair with the help of your fingernails.

The second one is using toothpaste. Surfactants and fluorides are the main ingredients of toothpaste. They help remove the spray paint from your hair.

You should apply a bare amount of toothpaste to your hair and keep it dry. After 15 minutes you can wash it thoroughly.

If you don’t please with the result, you can repeat it until the paint will remove.

The last one is using dish soap. We’ve referred to it in the above. You can apply this method when you don’t know the type of paint.

How to get dried paint out of your hair?

We will suggest you not dry any kind of paint on your hair. Otherwise, it may damage both your hair and scalp. And also there may be some difficulties in removing the paint.

If you have such a situation, you can work your hair out with baking soda. You should mix some very warm water with some baking soda and apply it to your hair.

Keep it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly. Don’t forget about following up whit a conditioner.

It is the most easiest and effective way of losing the paint.

Is it possible to use vinegar to remove spray paint from your hair?

This method also can be one of the most reliable methods to remove the spray paint. But, you may not endure the smell of vinegar.

Before using any kind of vinegar, analyze your body whether you may have allergic to vinegar or not.

How can I care for my hair after removing the spray paint?

It is important to care for your hair after getting out the paint from your hair. Despite this, you may end up damaging your hair. It causes dryness or hair loss.

The advice is that use a moisturizing mask twice a week. Below given two very easy masks for your damaged hair which you can easily do at home.

  • This mask helps to restore moisture, and shine. You need:
  • 1. 1 egg
  • 2. 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3. 2 Tbsp coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients and apply them to your hair. Leave the mask for about 30 minutes and then you can wash it with shampoo.

You can use an egg hair mask to remove the spray paint. Eggs can easily clean the paint. Because they contain a great number of lecithin. It helps to produce healthy tresses.

     2.   The second mask prevents frangibility and dryness. For this mask you need:                                   

  1. 1. 1Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  2. 2. 1 tbsp honey
  3. 3. 1 cup yogurt

Apply this mask to both your scalp and hair. It helps to strengthen your hair root.

Is it possible to apply peanut butter to get spray paint out of my hair?

You may not know of any use for peanut butter for purposes other than eating. You may think that using it for any other purpose in fact is ridiculous.  

However, peanut butter could be very useful for things like removing gum, mousetrap bait, sticker remover, or shaving cream.

Besides these, the oils in peanut butter can easily break down spray paint from your hair. And this is one of the most effective ways to clear off the spray paint from your hair.

It will be better to use chunky peanut oil because of its grit. The grit helps to remove tough paints from your hair.

For this method to work, every 10-15 minutes massage your scalp with your finger.

After e few massages rinse your hair with shampoo. If the paint doesn’t come off completely, reapply the peanut butter one more time. Repeat the procedure until the paint is totally gone.

Can coconut oil, baby oil, or vegetable oil remove spray paint?

There are also several types of oil that you can use for paint removals, like coconut oil, vegetable oil, and baby oil. But, it doesn’t work for water-based spray paints. These oils can soften dried paint and easily remove the paint without damaging your hair. In this method, the result will be perceptible with minimal hair breakage.

To see the effectiveness moisten the paint with any kind of oil which are mentioned above. After keeping it for about 30-40 minutes, drag your dependable table comb through your hair gently. 

If your hair is wavy use a wide-toothed comb. For straight hair, a fine-toothed comb is more suitable.


Without reading a copy you may consider it is very harsh or even impossible to remove spray paint from your hair. But you can see that the solution to it is very simple.

Just try to forward all the information as written above. Do not forget about using methods according to the types of spray paint. And another thing you should keep in mind that caring for your hair after all the procedures.

I want to remind you again one more thing: before painting or using spray paint wear a cap and gloves. This is the best choice and the most effective way of avoiding the different problems.

Sometimes the only way of recovering your hair is just cutting it. But it is the last option for you. Before cutting it down experimentalize the ways I  have shown you.


Can spray paint damage your hair?

Spray paint can damage your hair in a number of ways. The chemicals in the paint can strip away the natural oils that protect your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. The paint can also clog your pores, leading to scalp irritation. In addition, the fumes from the paint can be damaging to your lungs if inhaled.

How to get spray paint out of blonde hair

There are a few ways that you can try to get spray paint out of your hair, depending on how much paint there is and how light your hair is. If you have a lot of paint in your hair, you may want to try shampooing your hair with dish soap or laundry detergent first. If that doesn’t work, you can try using a clarifying shampoo. Be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly after using any of these products. If you have light blonde hair, you may be able to use a lemon juice and water mixture to lighten the paint. Just be sure to rinse your hair well after using this mixture.

How to get oil-based paint out of hair?

If you have oil-based paint in your hair, the first thing you need to do is wet your hair with warm water. Next, apply a generous amount of shampoo to your hair and massage it in. Rinse your hair thoroughly and repeat if necessary. You may also want to try using a clarifying shampoo. Once your hair is clean, you can use a conditioner to help restore any moisture that may have been stripped away by the shampoo.

How to get enamel paint out of hair?

To remove enamel paint from hair, first wet the hair with warm water. Next, apply a generous amount of shampoo to the hair and work it into a lather. Rinse the shampoo out and repeat the process if necessary. Finally, use a conditioner to help restore the hair’s natural moisture.

How to get gloss paint out of hair?

There are a few ways to remove gloss paint from hair, depending on the severity of the situation. For small amounts of paint, you can try using a little bit of shampoo or conditioner to work it out. For more stubborn paint, you can try using mild dish soap or even peanut butter. Just apply it to the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. If all else fails, you can always try acetone or nail polish remover, but be sure to test it on a small patch of hair first to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage.