Why are there 150 velcro balls stuck in this 6-year-old’s hair?

Jano le Roux


Image: Lisa Tschirlig Hoelzle

It took mom 20 hours to remove these toys from her child’s hair! Lisa refers to this as their “out-of-body experience.”

According to Lisa, her children, Abigail and her twin brother Noah, finished a virtual school and went in the basement to play, about 10 minutes later Noah comes running up to tell his mom that Abigail had something stuck in her hair, then she came up! Lisa could not believe her eyes. 150 Bunchems entangled in Abigail’s hair.

“She had about 150 of these things layered and matted in her hair,” Lisa said in a Facebook post. “They made it worse trying to remove them themselves because they connect together kinda like Velcro,” she explains. It took her about 3 hours to get out the first 15. Then Lisa’s husband, Dan, got home and he Googled it and as they realized the grimness of what they up against.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2lUQEU_0YWgCU5X00Screenshot of Amazon review

The internet suggested utilizing conditioner and vegetable oil to loosen it but that made things much worse and so messy Lisa said. Her husband got out about 10 more. Before they knew it, it was midnight and Abigail could not keep her eyes open. She slept with her head on her mom’s lap so they wouldn’t get more tangled. “Not that I really could sleep,” mom explains.

“If we cut them out because of how deep they were she would have winded up with a short pixie cut. It crushed my heart and I just couldn’t in my heart give up without trying my best to get them out. I am that Mom that has a bow to match each outfit! Haha,” Lisa continues on Facebook.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3RThL9_0YWgCU5X00Image: Lisa Tschirlig Hoelzle

So Saturday morning Lisa went to the store got everything she could think of to help and the team got to work. Lisa’s mother’s friend recommended mineral oil. Lisa got herself a great detangling comb and started her hairy mission.

“There was also a lot of tears ( mine ) Abigail consoled me and Noah because he felt awful [about] what he did. Abigail was surprisingly amazing about it!! She is usually the child that acts like you are killing her when I brush her hair,” mom writes on her timeline.

When Abigail started to complain about it, grandma brought in a lollipop and stuck it in her mouth. All of a sudden all the attention was on the candy, mom explains. “Hey, you got to do what you got to do! It was such a long day. I never watched so [many] kids [YouTube] to entertain her,” Lisa said.

After 20 dreadful hours in total after pulling and working the velcro balls out of Abigail’s head and lots of hair loss, mom got them all out. This was of course followed by a not-so-happy-hour or more in the bathtub with conditioner and combing out the knots!

Lisa was so relieved. This is what she had to say:

“I feel like we had a miracle with all of our prayers. We saved her hair and although it is thinner it wasn’t as damaged and ruined as I thought so Thank you God !!! My fingers are literally swollen from this but worth it all. I am still in disbelief that we went through and got through this whole awful situation!!!”
https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1DeqFl_0YWgCU5X00Image: Lisa Tschirlig Hoelzle

After sharing the story on the Facebook post other moms came out and could relate to the story. One commenter said: “I had these and then one got stuck in my [daughter's] doll hair and I researched them and got rid of them..lol. I am glad I did. This could [have] been [my] reality too. I am so glad [they] came out.”

Another commenter replied: “I’ve never seen a bunchems post turn out like this. It’s usually the aftermath of a serious hair cut. Great job.”

Just a look at the Amazon reviews shows Lisa was not the only one struggling with the tangles:

“A child of a friend of ours put a group of bunch’ems in our [daughter's] hair — 10 HOURS later and we are still working to get them out — and she will likely lose half of her hair as a result. This is a terribly designed product — I cannot even imagine what would happen if a child swallowed some of these — with the plastic hooks designed to grab and bind, getting these out of someone’s throat or stomach would be [life-altering] surgery (or worse…) Cannot believe that this is an actual toy and that Amazon can in good conscience continue to sell it. Just google articles for the issues parents are having (and their Youtube video on “how to get them out of hair” both demonstrates that the company is aware of the issue and is completely false in terms of how destructive this “toy” is) I never write Amazon reviews, but I took the time to do this one — I cannot recommend more strongly against purchasing this for your children,” an angry customer said in their review.

Another ticked off mom buyer wrote:

“This is was a gift for my niece that I require a refund for. It is a dangerous product that has got so tangled in my niece’s hair that it had to be cut off.
The warning about these getting stuck in hair is in tiny writing at the bottom of the box, (in white and blue so doesn’t stand out) and will not get read by parents, especially if these are bought as a gift.
The ‘video’ posted by the manufacturer to help get stuck Bunchems out of hair is a joke — they are carefully placed Bunchems, not in any way tangled, and is nothing more than a sly way of the manufacturer not owning up to the fact these should be banned.
We have spent 4 hours getting these out of my niece’s hair, causing a lot of emotional distress.
The last 10 Bunchems that were stuck were so bad we had to cut a big chunk off. No amount of conditioner was helping at that point.
We are not the only ones this has happened to. There are lots of similar cases online that have even made the news and I’m absolutely livid these are still being sold 5 years since they were released and the first cases were reported! How many more times does this need to happen before someone admits this product is dangerous? These should absolutely be recalled by the manufacturer and not be sold to the public.”


The toy manufacturer has since released a video on how to get the balls out of your children's hair.

The story has since gone viral after Inside Edition reported on it.

Take a look at their video here:

All and all Abigail got off lucky as she gets to keep her hair unlike many of the unlucky children out there. When asked about the incident, Abigail says her mom is her superhero!

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