Family & Education

The Popular Children’s Toy Bunchems Has Become a Parent’s Worst Hair Nightmare

BY Zachary Stieber TIMENovember 24, 2015 PRINT

Parents are learning the hard way that a popular, harmless-looking children’s toy actually causes a lot of pain.

Bunchems is the hot new toy that kids are begging to be bought, but once they get them they may be in for a nasty surprise.

The little plastic balls can get stuck in hair, and when they do it’s apparently very difficult to remove them.

Parent’s have been taking to Instagram and Amazon to share their stories. 




One mom wrote that parents should “take this off the Christmas list!”

That after she and her daughter endured two hours of “ripping and pulling.”




Another mom insisted that people shouldn’t buy the toy.

“Very traumatic experience,” she said.

“They bring pain and misery, tears, fighting, broken and ripped hair, and questions of one’s sanity in handling life in general. I can’t feel my arms now after attempting to pull this spawn from hell ‘toy’ that matted itself into her hair like nothing ever witnessed before,” said one father, Ethan Benoit, after he said he spent two-and-a-half hours removing 14 of the balls from his daughter’s hair.

The company behind Bunchems released a video advising people to use conditioner or oil and a comb to remove the balls, but many parents say that advice hasn’t worked especially well.

Brian, another father who suffered his daughter’s hair getting tangled, listed how he finally removed them.

First, he noted, you have to get the kids from moving around, then remove the easy balls “that are not yet entrenched.”

Then, “Spray each ball and surrounding hair with good detangler and use the end of a fine comb as a hook and pull out individual hairs from the ball 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
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