Colors are fun, aren’t they!
As a teenager, I remember getting into a fight with my parents because I had colored my hair green and blue. The main issue though was that I had accidentally dyed my forehead, ears and hands too. So, what is the process of removing hair dye from our skin?
Hair dyes on skin can cause irritation, rashes and various types of skin problems, especially for those with a sensitive skin. It can be a major cause of concern. Precaution is better than cure but accidents are unforeseen too.
I have curated a list of 15 ways on how to get hair dye off the skin. Some are home remedies and some require a level of expertise. Read on to know more.
1. Edible Sources
- Olive oil
2. Makeup and beauty Products
- Nail polish remover
- Makeup remover
- Face wash
- Non soap cleansing with water
3. Laundry and Dish Detergents
- Dish soap cake or liquid with baking soda
- Liquid laundry detergent
4. Regular household items
- Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline
- Hair dye treatment
- Multi-use solvent and lubricant – WD-40
- Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol
- Time and patience
15 ways for hair dye removal from your skin are –
1. Edible Sources
Use your fingers. Take a small to medium cotton ball (depending on the stained area) and dab it in olive oil. Coat the area very nicely and leave for a minimum of 8 hours. Thereafter, rinse off with soap and warm or running water.
Olive oil is very beneficial for our skin (especially for sensitive ones). It is known to be a natural cleansing agent, thus, fruitful in removing hair dye from skin.
Dip your cotton ball in vinegar and keep rubbing on the stained area.
Remember to not be very rough. Be very gentle while applying, and extra gentle while using near eyes, nose and ears.
2. Makeup and beauty products
Nail polish remover
Dab your cotton ball and squeeze out the extra liquid. Apply little and check if there’s any irritation. If not, repeat while gently applying in circular-like motion. Once you see the stain getting off, then rinse thoroughly with water.
An important point to remember – never let your skin exposed to the remover for more than 30seconds – one minute.
Apply the required amount on a cotton ball and rub on the dyed area. Leave for approximately 5 minutes. Rinse off!
You can also opt for facial makeup remover wipes and carry out the same process. They are more gentle and soft on your skin, protecting you from any possible skin irritation. There are also special makeup remover wipes designed to remove hair dyes, like Framar’s Kolor Killer wipes.
Gentle usage near the facial area like eyes, under eyes and forehead is recommended.
Avoid using this near or on your facial area!
Spray on the affected area and rub properly. After you’re done, rinse well with lukewarm water.
While applying if you experience any bit of an irritation, refrain from going ahead. Rinse then and there!
As for facial skin use, spray on a makeup remover cotton pad and apply this. Then rinse with warm water.
While dying if you stain other areas, apply a face wash or cleanser right away. Dab it on the affected area and rub well till you see color coming off and rinse.
Applying the fash wash then and there, will help and not let the stain sit for long. Because when the stain sits for longer periods, it becomes more difficult to remove it. Therefore, it is my suggestion to keep a face wash handy while you’re dyeing your hair.
Non soap cleansing with water
Use a non soap cleanser, such as, the dove beauty soap with water to get rid of hair dye stains.
It becomes more effective if you apply it on the stained area before the stain dries and sits rigidly on the skin.
Such solutions are more effective and less rough on the skin while inducing no irritation when used repeatedly.
3. Laundry and dish detergent
Dish cake or liquid with baking soda
The paste works as a powerful exfoliating agent.
The dish cake and baking soda mix should have an equal ratio (depending on the number and extent of your stained area). Cover the area well. Let it stay for 1 to 2 minutes. Wipe with wet cloth. Wash it with warm water.
The scrubbing and exfoliating will help in getting rid of the dyed skin cells and will remove them. It will bring forth the lighter and clearer skin underneath. The paste works intensely to take the stain out and remove the hair dye.
I wear gloves because I am allergic to laundry detergents, whether powder or liquid. If you’re allergic, you too should do this!
Apply the detergent to the stained area and dab it. Cover the area well. Get some warm water. Use a cotton ball or a damp cloth, dip it in the water and then rub the area well. Let it rest for about 30 minutes.
Before rinsing off, scrub gently and persistently till all the color comes off. Bathe it off.
Repeat the process, if necessary!
4. Regular household items
Petroleum jelly or vaseline
Here are 2 methods to get hair dye off the skin-
You need gloves and wipes.
Wear gloves to apply the jelly well onto the dye affected skin area. Rub it well. Take your time. Let it be absorbed. Wet a cotton cloth with warm water and wipe away.
Here, you can also use wipes to wipe it as it has more skin comforting essentials.
The next method is to make a coat of vaseline on the stained skin and let it stay overnight.
Apply a good amount on the area. Let it soak away in the skin. If you’re keeping it overnight, cover the area with a pure cotton cloth. For hands, covering them up with gloves is one of the best ways.
You may try any of the two methods listed below:
Firstly, use a brush and a non gel toothpaste to rub and scrub on the stained skin area. Rinse it with warm water.
Secondly, put a small amount of non gel toothpaste on a cotton pad or your finger. Massage onto the skin and coat it. Leave it for 5 – 10 minutes. Use a cotton cloth damped in warm water to gently wipe it off.
Important point to remember: the brush method is very aggressive on the skin. It takes out a layer of the skin. The dye comes off along with the skin layer. Which is why, don’t rush it and be gentle.
If you’re wondering why toothpaste – because it has active baking soda in it, as a result, its stain removal properties are good.
Hair dye treatment
Use the leftover hair dye or mix a touch of hair dye with your shampoo. Apply it on the stained area. Thereafter, bathe it off thoroughly.
It helps to lift the dye color that has already set on your skin and makes further removal easier.
Multi-use solvent and lubricant WD-40
Refrain from using it near your eyes, nose and ears!
Pour a small amount on your makeup removal cotton pad or any cotton ball. Keep dabbing on the affected area (except face). Keep doing it for a while! Use soap and warm water to wash it away.
It is majorly used as a lubricant that prevents rust and protects items. It also is effective in removal of stains from tools. When used correctly, it can work wonders!
Hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol
Both of them work in the same way, except hydrogen peroxide is gentler than rubbing alcohol.
Once your dye has dried, apply 2 percent of hydrogen peroxide. Let it set. It gets rid of the dye by lightening it and then, removing it fully.
In a similar way, you may apply a little amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball. And put in on your stained area. When the color gets off, use warm soapy water to rinse!
Hydrogen peroxide, when used in less concentration, about 3percent or lower can remove almost all kinds of stains.
Time and patience
Rushing into anything may cause a lot of skin irritation and possible skin injury. Skin dyeing while using hair dye is a part and parcel of the process. We cannot really do away with it fully!
Wait for a while. With regular showers, use of soaps and shampoo, the affected area will slowly start leaving color.
Lots of tips and tricks right? There are plenty for you to choose from. You can remove hair dye from the skin – whether it is on your neck, forehead, ear sides or your hands.
Hair colors are fun to explore, why be afraid to dye your hair, with the thought – what to do if it stains my skin?!. Don’t be afraid, honestly. Try out some of the above listed 15 different ways to remove hair dye.
While we must be cautious when applying hair dye like wearing gloves properly etc. But, if you end up with a stain on your skin, apply one or more of the methods and your good to go!
Give one of the tips a try, come back and let us know!