How to Remove Hair Dye from Skin

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 23, 2013
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hair dye touching skinHair dye stains everything that comes in its way. There is not always the perfect scenario that hair dye touches only your hair. The annoying stains happen more when you dye hair at home, the most prone parts being hands, forehead, temples and neck. Washing your skin with soap and water may not help to get the stains off. Hair dye stains wear off eventually, but if you want to get rid of them fast, here are some tips.


Listed are some easy and effective solutions to remove hair dye from skin.

  • You can make use of toothpaste’s abrasive properties to remove stains that hair dye has left behind without a worry of skin breaking out. Rub toothpaste on the stain, rinse the stain with lukewarm water and continue rubbing the stained area with toothpaste. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. In order to prevent stains, you can coat hairline with toothpaste before you start dying your hair.
  • Petroleum jelly is can make the stain disappear without being harsh on sensitive skin. Rub a small amount of petroleum jelly to the stain until the stain wears off.
  • If the toothpaste and petroleum jelly do not help erase stain marks, you can use nail polish remover to do so. You need to pour a small amount of nail polish remover on a cotton ball and rub the stain to remove it. If you experience irritation, you shouldn’t continue.
  • Detergents can be used in case the dye is not strong enough. Dab warm water and detergent on the stain and rub it with a washcloth.
  • Apply baby oil on the stain and leave it overnight. Wash it off with lukewarm water the following day.
  • A mixture of dishwashing liquid and baking soda could be your answer to the stains left behind by hair dye. Combine equal parts of baking soda and liquid to remove the most stubborn stains from skin.


As mentioned above, there are more remedies on how to treat stained skin or remove color. Most of the remedies work the best if you act quickly as it usually takes several minutes before the color truly permeates. However, you should always ensure to prevent hair color to stain the skin. Before beginning to dye, apply a dab of petroleum jelly or lip balm around the hairline along with the areas you think are likely to get stained. It will add moisture to act as a barrier between the color and your skin.

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