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Hair Dye Stain Removal 101

How to Get Hair Dye Off Your Skin

Are you someone who is into coloring your hair? For plenty of women, this process is very time consuming as well as expensive. If you want to save money and time when doing your hair, go for a DIY at home solution! Heads up, since this process can be messy. For some women, their hair dye can leave uneven streaks, as well as stains all over their shirts, clothes and skin, which is why we are going to talk about how to get hair dye off your skin. If you are already stained and you are not sure what to do, do not panic. Try some of our methods!

Why Does Hair Dye Color Skin?

Hair dye will color your natural hair, while also coating your scalp or your face. The hair dye does not know what it is clinging onto and it can stain everything if not applied correctly. However, you can easily remove hair dye from your skin, while it can take eight to 10 washes to remove it out of your hair. On the other hand, if you were to work with bleach, you would have issues since bleach strips away your color completely, leaving the cuticle dull without the pigment. If you are not a professional do not bleach your hair at home, but only stick with box dye.

Top 5 Ways to Remove Hair Dye From Skin

Soap and Water

If you notice that the hair dye has transferred onto your scalp or skin, try and wash it off immediately. The longer it sits and waits, the harder it will be for you to remove it. However, a bit of lukewarm water and soap will get the job done quickly and easily. If you do not have a lot of tools in your household and you are not sure how to make it work, make sure you think fast and go for this method.

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Olive Oil

Olive oil is usually used by women with sensitive skin and it is an amazing ingredient in many skincare items. Olive oil acts as a natural cleanser, which you can freely use on top of your skin. Apply a small amount of the oil onto a cotton ball and place it on top of your skin for eight hours. This method may require the use of a duct tape, or a band aid in order to hold the cotton during the entire day. This is why we recommend doing this method overnight, or on a weekend when you do not have to work or do any chores.


Luckily, you probably own toothpaste and this is an easy method to use. Make sure you use a gel-based toothpaste since it is the best for heavy-duty tasks (such as removing hair dye). Apply a small amount onto a cotton swab and place over the skin to activate the product. Leave it on for 10 minutes and remove it with some warm water.

Rubbing Alcohol

If your skin is sensitive or dry this may not be the best method for you. Rubbing alcohol can be harsh and dry out the skin. However, if your skin is on the oily side, you might prefer this method. Pour a bit of alcohol onto a cotton pad and dab the stained skin. Do this process two to three times until you remove everything. Rinse out with warm water and also use soap. Moisturize afterward to bring back all the lost moisture.

Dish Soap and Baking Soda

If you end up with hair dye all over your hands and fingers, try to remove them with some dish soap and baking soda. Mix these two together until you end up with a thick paste. Rub this product all over your hands and leave it on for two minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.

How to Prevent Hair Dye From Staining Your Skin

  • Petroleum jelly. By applying this product in a thicker consistency, you can best protect your scalp.
  • Cotton. If you are worried about being messy or imprecise, use cotton to protect your outer head perimeters. Press a cotton ball over your scalp and make sure it sits on top of the skin with the help of a moisturizing agent which will hold it underneath.
  • Plastic gloves. A pair of professional gloves will protect your fingers as well as your arms from getting stained, as well as irritated from the dye.
  • An old shirt. If you are not precise enough or you are a beginner, throw on an old shirt. It will protect your skin, shoulders, as well as your chest from any unwanted drips.