How To Get Hair Dye Off Skin

How To Get Hair Dye Off Skin
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(Last Updated On: May 6, 2021)

With all the time spent indoors and bored during quarantine, many people have experimented with hair dye and mixed up their look when they knew they didn’t have to go anywhere. But, with a new hair look comes new care and handling.

Maybe your quarantine look left you with hair dye on your skin or maybe you want to plan ahead so that your hands aren’t left looking the same color as your hair. Handling hair dye can likely end up leaving you with stained hands or a stained scalp which is why it’s important to know how to remove hair dye stains from your skin with simple and safe methods.

hair dye mixture

How to Remove Hair Dye From Your Scalp

One of the most common occurrences associated with dyeing your hair is getting stains on your scalp and around the hairline. This can happen with both a professional and at-home hair dye job. Removing hair dye from your scalp and hairline can often be a difficult job as you do not want to wash away the new hair color in the process. There are a few ways to get hair dye off your skin without ruining your new do!

Soap & Warm Water

One of the simplest methods for hair dye removal is to rinse with warm water and soap. Using basics like water and soap may be able to get most if not all of the stubborn stains from your scalp and hairline. Just gently scrub the soapy water onto your skin and then rinse with more warm water. This method is effective because it doesn’t remove the fresh dye from your hair like other products may. It is also safe for sensitive skin and easy to do on your own at home.
soap and water can be used to wash out dye on skin)

Rubbing Alcohol

Another remedy for removing hair dye from your skin uses rubbing alcohol. Simply pour some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or pad and gently wipe at the skin around the hairline to remove the dye stain from your skin. Once you have finished wiping the dyed skin, make sure to rinse with more soap and water.

This is another dye removal method that is easy to do at home and doesn’t require a lot of expensive products. However, rubbing alcohol can be a bit harsher on the skin so this may not be the right method for people who suffer from dry or sensitive skin. If you do use this method to remove hair dye from your skin, it is important to use some moisturizer or petroleum jelly on the skin after in order to repair or remedy any damage that the alcohol may have caused to your skin cells.

rubbing alcohol can be used to remove hair dye from skin

Olive Oil or Baby Oil

Crazy enough, olive oil is another liquid that can be used as a form of hair dye remover. Olive oil has natural cleansing properties that can be used to clean stained skin from hair dye. For this method, all you have to do is pour a small amount of olive oil onto a cotton ball and gently rub the dye on your skin. However, this time, instead of rinsing with soap and water, right away, you will have to let it rest for a few hours. Leave it on your skin for up to 8 hours and then rinse your skin with warm water and soap to remove any oily residue left on your skin.

If you don’t have this on hand, you can also try baby oil. Baby oil is very safe for your skin cells and still has the cleaning properties that can be used to remove tough stains left from dyeing your hair.

using olive oil to remove hair dye from skin

Non-Gel Toothpaste

Another strange yet simple method for removing dye off your skin is to use a non-gel toothpaste. As you already know, toothpaste is used to remove stains from your teeth, and it can also be used to remove hair dye stains from your skin. For this method, put about a pea-sized amount of the toothpaste on a cotton swab and rub it onto the area of the skin that is dyed. Let it sit for five minutes before rinsing with some warm water.

How To Remove Hair Dye Stains From Your Hands

Besides getting dye stains on your hairline, you can also end up with dye on your hands and fingernails, even if you wear gloves while applying the dye. So, to help you out, here are some ways to remove hair dye from the skin on your hands.

Dish Soap & Baking Soda

One of the first simple methods that can get rid of hair dye stains on your hands is with a mixture of dish soap and baking soda. Once again, these two products have natural cleansing properties that can be used to get rid of a hair dye stain on your hands. For this method, mix the two ingredients until they form a paste-like consistency. Then, with a cotton swab or pad, gently rub the paste onto the stained skin and rinse with warm, soapy water. The baking soda acts as a skin exfoliator and, when combined with the dish soap, creates a cleansing scrub that can help remove dye from your hands.
hair dye stains and products

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover is another method that can be used to get rid of the leftover stains from a dye job. Like other techniques, use a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball or pad and wipe to get the dye off your skin. Because nail polish remover can be a bit harsher on your skin, make sure to be gentle when you apply the liquid to your skin. This option can also be used around and under the fingernails to get rid of excess dye.
Using nail polish remover to get hair dye off skin

Makeup Remover

Makeup remover is another option that you can try out if the dye is not washing off your skin. Like you would do when removing makeup, pour a small amount of the remover onto a cotton ball and wipe away the dyed skin. This is one of the simpler techniques that can be used to remove the stain that doesn’t harm your skin.
makeup remover used for removing hair dye stains

Laundry Detergent

One last technique that can be used to get hair color out of your skin is by using laundry detergent. Again, the detergent is a cleaner and can work at removing the dye from your hands. Use a small amount of detergent and rub it on the dyed skin. Then, wash it off and use some moisturizer to help your skin heal from any damage the liquids might have caused. Detergent can even be used to remove hair dye from your hair itself as well.

If all else fails, the stain will fade with time and will slowly go away naturally.

laundry detergent can be used for removing hair dye stains

Preventative Tips

Having techniques to remove dye off your skin is great, but it’s even better to prepare ahead of dyeing your hair in order to prevent stains from appearing on your skin in the first place. When you decide you want to dye your hair, there are some key steps you can take to ensure that the hair dye ends up on your hair and not on your skin.
wearing gloves to dye hair can help keep it off your skin

Wear gloves & old clothes that you won't mind getting stained

Wearing gloves is one of the easiest steps you can take to prevent skin from getting stained from the dye. Many hair color products include gloves in their products, but you can always purchase your own.

Wash or wipe away the dye on your skin as you go

This technique helps decrease the amount and darkness of stains on your skin. By wiping away the dye right after it lands on your skin, you are not allowing it to stain.

Rub petroleum jelly around your hairline for easier removal

Petroleum jelly or vaseline can help the process of removing stains. Lining your hairline with petroleum jelly also creates a sort of barrier that can stop the dye from staining your skin and creating more of a mess. If you don’t have petroleum jelly on hand, you can use conditioner or coconut oil.
tips for dying your hair and keeping it off your skin

Final Thoughts

Coloring your hair can be a fun and creative way to express yourself and change up your look. If you end up with skin stained from the color, you can use these techniques to get hair dye out of your skin and prevent a possible stain from occurring.

If you’re new to coloring your hair, you may want to learn about potential allergies or common questions associated with dye.

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