How to remove hair dye from the skin
It’s easy to get hair dye on your skin when you dye your own hair at home. The good thing is that whether it gets on your fingers, hairline, ears or other areas, it’s easy to remove. You can use more hair dye, baking soda or other household products to loosen the pigment stuck to your skin, and then rinse it off with water. Act quickly before the hair dye sets and you should be able to wash it off quickly. In case it’s too late, repeat the process several times or use a combination of methods!
Apply hair dye
Rinse your skin with water. If necessary, put on gloves to protect your hands. If the hairline or scalp is rubbed with hair dye, it is best to wear gloves. If you get hair dye on your hands, it is not necessary to wear them.
Tip: If the hair dye drips on your hairline or scalp, remove the hair dye from your skin only after you have dyed your hair.
Rub a small amount of hair dye onto the dyed skin and rub it in for 2-3 minutes. Wearing gloves, use your fingers to scoop a coin-sized amount from the remaining hair dye and rub it onto the dyed skin. If you rub your hands on the hair dye, then without gloves, dip your fingers directly into the dye and rub it into the stained skin for 2-3 minutes.
Applying more hair dye will reactivate the hair dye on the skin and loosen them up for easy rinsing off with water.
Wipe off the hair dye with a soap-soaked rag. Pour a little dishwashing detergent or hand soap onto a damp rag, rub until it lathers, and then carefully wipe the hair dye off your skin until it is completely removed.
Don’t worry about the soap remaining on your skin.
Rinse your skin with water to remove any soap and hair dye residue. Stick your skin under the faucet and rinse with warm tap water until all the soap and hair dye is rinsed away. You can also wipe your skin with a clean rag soaked in water.
If there is still hair dye left on your skin, you may need to repeat this several times or try other methods.
Use baking soda paste
Pour equal amounts of baking soda and dishwashing detergent onto a saucer. For example, spoon 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a small bowl and pour in 2 tablespoons of dishwashing detergent.
Baking soda has a mild abrasive effect that can rub off dead skin cells and hair dye pigments.
It is best to use a dishwashing detergent that contains lemon to help the hair dye come off.
Other practices: To remove hair dye quickly without soap, dip a cotton ball in vinegar, nail shampoo, topical alcohol or makeup remover and rub the stain into the skin. These methods are very effective in removing small areas of stain that have not yet set.
Mix the mixture into a paste. Stir the baking soda and dish detergent with a spoon or small whisk until the baking soda dissolves and forms a silky paste.
The leftover baking soda paste can be used to deep clean your kitchen or bathroom, such as scrubbing the sink or shower tiles.
Rub the baking soda paste onto the stained skin and rub for 1-2 minutes. Rub the baking soda paste onto the skin with your fingers in a circular motion, rubbing constantly so that the baking soda rubs off the hair dye pigment.
As the hair dye loosens, the baking soda paste may become stained.
Wipe off the baking soda paste with a damp cloth. Soak the cloth in warm water, wring out the excess water, and wipe the skin with it to remove the baking soda paste. You may need to repeat the wipe several times to remove most of the baking soda paste.
If you don’t have a wipe, you can use a wet cotton ball or cotton pad.
Rinse your skin with warm water. Hold the skin under the faucet and rinse with tap water to remove any residual hair dye. Keep washing until there is no residual baking soda paste left.
If hair dye remains on the skin, wait a few minutes before repeating the above steps, as constant scrubbing and rubbing can irritate the skin.
Use household products
Use detergent, oil or toothpaste. You can use laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, baby oil, olive oil or toothpaste to remove hair dye from your skin. It is best to use fragrance-free soap to avoid irritating your skin.
If hair dye drips on your face, try using oil or toothpaste first, as they are less likely to irritate sensitive facial skin.
Any type of toothpaste will work, although toothpaste containing baking soda may be more effective at removing hair dye.
Pour soap, oil or toothpaste onto a damp cloth. Rinse a clean rag under ice cold tap water and wring out excess water. Squeeze a small amount of the cleaning product onto the rag, about the size of a coin, and rub it in well.
If you only want to remove a few drops of hair dye, dip a damp cotton ball into a small amount of cleaning product without using a rag.
Dab the cleaning product onto the stained skin and wait 1-2 minutes. Gently wipe the skin with a rag to help loosen the hair dye and make it easy to rinse off with water afterwards. If the hair dye has set or is very dark, wait 1-2 minutes to allow the cleaning product to work.
Do not scrub hard to avoid irritating or damaging the skin.
Wash the hair dye off the skin. Hold your skin under the faucet and rinse off the cleansing product and hair dye with warm water. If it is not possible to hold your skin under the faucet, then use a clean cloth soaked in water to wipe off any residual hair dye and cleansing products.
If you find that there is still hair dye residue after drying your skin, you may need to repeat the above steps or try other household products.
To prevent hair dye from getting on your skin, rub a little Vaseline on your hairline and ears before dyeing. Wash the Vaseline out again after you dye your hair.
Remove the hair dye from your skin as soon as possible, as it will start to solidify over time and become more difficult to remove.
If you still can’t remove the hair dye from your skin, go to a beauty institute and see a hairdresser or dermatologist. They have products that can easily remove hair dye.
All of the products above can sting your eyes if you accidentally get them inside. In case this happens, rinse your eyes with water quickly.
If your skin feels stinging, burning or irritated when you use any of the products above, rinse the area immediately with water.
You need to prepare
Using hair dyes
Use of baking soda paste
Spoon or whisk
Vinegar, nail shampoo or makeup remover (optional)
Use of household products