How to remove hair dye from skin
How to get hair dye off skin
Dying your hair at home is easy, convenient, and fun — not to mention less expensive than going to a professional. Unfortunately, it can also mean embarrassing dye stains, especially around the hairline, neck and hands. Luckily, there are several ways to get hair dye off your skin.
Methods to remove hair dye
Dye stains are the last thing you want after you’ve just achieved beautiful color for your hair, but stains can happen whether you go to a salon or use a boxed dye. Here are the best ways to remove hair dye from your skin at home.
Soap and water
If the dye is still wet on your skin, use liquid dish soap and warm water to wash away the excess. While it may not get the dye that’s already set in, it’ll lighten the stain.
Olive oil is a natural way to remove dye. Plus, it’s non-abrasive, making it gentle enough to use on sensitive skin or your face.
Remove any excess dye with a warm wet cloth. Then, get a clean cotton round and pour a few drops of olive oil onto the exfoliating (textured) side to dampen the cotton. Rub the stained area using circular motions until the cotton round starts to absorb the color from the dye. For tough stains, use multiple cotton rounds. You can also dab olive oil onto your skin and leave it for a few hours. Wash it off with warm water.
An exfoliating cotton round and a small amount of rubbing alcohol do wonders for removing dye stains. Massage the wet cotton into the stain until it starts to lift. Repeat as needed. Once the stain is gone, rinse the area with warm water and pat it dry. Rubbing alcohol may be harsh for those with dry or sensitive skin, so finish up with some moisturizer.
Not only does makeup remover get rid of makeup, but it can also work on stains. Plus, it’s gentle enough for your face. Use a clean makeup remover pad or cotton round to dab at the stain until it’s gone.
Using a cotton round, massage a dab of petroleum jelly onto the stained area until the round starts to change color. Repeat this process as needed. Petroleum jelly is also a great preventative for dye stains. When you dye your hair again, apply some jelly along your hairline to reduce future stains.
A slightly more abrasive option, non-gel toothpaste can be used to remove hair dye on your hands and neck. Apply it with a cotton round or soft cloth and leave it on the stain for a few minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Alternative methods to remove hair dye
You can also use more abrasive options to lift stains from your skin, but be careful, as these methods may cause minor burns or irritation. Never use them on your face.
Nail polish remover: A powerful agent for removing everything from nail polish to hair dye, a few drops of nail polish remover on a cotton round is all you need to lift the stain. Dab it onto your skin and leave it for a few seconds before washing it off with warm water and soap. Keep in mind that acetone can be harmful to your skin, so never leave it for more than 30 to 60 seconds.
Baking soda and dish soap: Make a paste that’s equal parts baking soda and liquid dish soap (Dawn dish soap is gentle and works great). Using a cotton round and gentle pressure, rub the stain out. Rinse with warm water.
Hair dye stains are common, but they aren’t usually harmful. If you decide to remove the stains at home, be gentle with your skin and moisturize once you’re done. If all else fails, be ready to hit the salon for professional removal.
Angela Watson is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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