It's comforting to be reminded every once in awhile that celebrities really are just doing their best, like the rest of us.
And parenting is constantly difficult, as Kristen Bell experienced firsthand when her daughter made a very bold choice in haircare.
"My daughter just washed her hair with vaseline.....and I can't get it out...." a very stressed out Kristen Bell told her Instagram followers on her story.
I LOVE @KristenBell 😂😂 this happened to my sister when she was 2 and my mom actually called poison control😂 look at… https://t.co/DALelH23M1— Amber (@Amber)1580782698.0
"I've washed it now three times. And I can't get it out," she continues, looking resigned.
Luckily, the internet has probably already encountered what you're struggling with.
People rose to the occasion.
This was my sis! @KristenBell 😂😂 took 3 days, a ton of showers, and quite a few blow-dries to get it out according… https://t.co/HSfluBHQp2— Amber (@Amber)1580783546.0
@RegalLove2 @KristenBell When our two year old did this used a small amount of Dawn dishwashing liquid.— Banana Minion (@Banana Minion)1580872385.0
@HodaAndJenna Dawn Dish Soap— Rose 🌹 Anzule 🌊 🌊 (@Rose 🌹 Anzule 🌊 🌊)1580845699.0
@HodaAndJenna Dawn, water, love, patience and 🥃. Lol . At least she didn’t cut her hair. My daughter gave herself bangs once.— Impeach, Remove, & Lock Him Up (@Impeach, Remove, & Lock Him Up)1580846172.0
@HodaAndJenna Dawn dishwashing detergent.— Karla Baker (@Karla Baker)1580849040.0
Petroleum jelly, which is what vaseline is made from, is mainly comprised of heavy mineral oils and wax.
Dawn dish soap, the number one suggestion by followers, is an oil dispersant, which breaks down the tension between oil and water, allowing the oil to break away from itself and be washed away.
@HodaAndJenna Have you tried Dawn? It’s great for breaking down oil. I recommend a leave in conditioner once you wa… https://t.co/lZJ5FlLJyH— Sheila Miller (@Sheila Miller)1580859213.0
@HodaAndJenna Try Dawn dish soap. It is what people use to clean fowl that has been caught in oil spills.— Lorinda K Fowler (@Lorinda K Fowler)1580850765.0
@HodaAndJenna Dawn dish liquid works everytime.— Michelehimmelman (@Michelehimmelman)1580853671.0
@HodaAndJenna Dawn soap they use this in oil spills on animals !!!! Ducks, seals Etc.....— kathy (@kathy)1580871822.0
@HodaAndJenna Use Dawn Dish soap. A couple of times— Elaine Urbanowicz (@Elaine Urbanowicz)1580907628.0
This isn't the first time a famous child has gotten vaseline in their hair.
Savannah Guthrie found herself in a similar situation in 2017.
Dear Internet, let's say, hypothetically, your toddler put Aquaphor and Vicks VaporRub on her hair. How do we get it out?— Savannah Guthrie (@Savannah Guthrie)1493897606.0
@SavannahGuthrie Dawn dish soap. It gets oil out at oil spills but is still gentle. Good luck 😜— Jessica Wheeler-Ponton (@Jessica Wheeler-Ponton)1493898194.0
@SavannahGuthrie That hypothetical mom to hypothetical toddler could use baby powder then shampoo!— Linda Blue Wave 2020 (@Linda Blue Wave 2020)1493921156.0
And the suggested help seemed to work for her.
Update: Dawn didn't take all the grease "out of the way" but helped. Just 44 more washes and we should be good https://t.co/JEMBKHCUC6— Savannah Guthrie (@Savannah Guthrie)1493908364.0
Bell, too, seemed to have some success.
"Okay, the consensus was dish soap and I appreciate that," she said in her final Insta story video.
"I'm very grateful for you guys, 'cause I don't know what I'm doing."
Isn't that refreshing to hear?