Essie learned a good lesson. In fact, I vividly remember not heeding my own mother's order to remove my gum before bed time or I would find it in my hair. I remember waking up shocked to find gum in my hair and thinking "Oh wow. So mom didn't just fall off the turnip truck yesterday!" heh heh (A favorite expression of hers to get us to respect her wealth of experience and not be know-it-alls).This is Essie's "doh" face. So in all my eleven plus years of gum removal, I can tell you truly, not to panic. It's easy.
I've tried it all by now and I believe that olive oil is without a doubt the easiest, quickest, safest thing and you're sure to have it on hand.
Essie highly recommends it.