Hair Dye Removal from Skin and Hair DIY

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 30, 2013
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  • Dabbing cotton ball in olive oil and rubbing the affected area with it fades colour.
  • Nail polish remover may be rubbed on the stained area to remove it.
  • Hair dye from hair can be removed with a hair dye remover.
  • Best way to remove hair dye from skin is to seek immediate resolution.


Even pros who have been colouring their hair for years will not get it perfect all the time. There will be instances when you apply the hair colour everywhere save the place where it was intended for like on your face or hands, for instance.  But, do not worry; we have come up with a few quick fixes to this problem.

Removing hair dye from skinWhen applying dye to your hair, if it crosses the boundary line and forces you to contend with a stain on your forehead, the first thing to do is be patient for the faint line to disappear on its own. It usually disappears within a day when exposed to water and shampoo/soap from time to time. But, if you do not have the patience to wait, below are some home-tested ways of removing dye from the skin.


Removing Hair Dye from Skin

•    Take a ball of cotton and dab it in olive oil. Then, gently rub the cotton on the stained part of the skin until the colour fades.
•    Mix facial cleanser with few drops of baby oil and apply it to the stained area using a washcloth. Then, gently apply it on the affected area and movie tip of your fingers on the affected area in a circular motion.
•    If your skin is not sensitive, you could try a few drops of nail polish remover on the affected part of the skin to remove the colour. If the skin burns, immediately wash it off.
•    Spray a few drops of hairspray on a cotton bal and before the colour gets time to become permanent, quickly rub the cotton ball onto the affected area so as to break the bond between the colour and the skin.
•    Your toothpaste may also work wonders for you. If you have decided to use toothpaste to remove the colour, take a small amount of it on your finger and rub the stain off. Considering that tooth paste is abrasive, it will make sure that the stains are removed without triggering any harsh skin reactions.
•    Mix equal parts of dishwashing liquid and baking soda together. Apply this mixture on the skin and you would be able to get the most stubborn of stains to fade away.

Removing Hair Dye from Hair

If you are sulking every time you look at how badly you have dyed your hair, you could best wait for the hair to grow further long and get the dyed parts of it cut later. But, if you just can’t wait to get rid of the dye, here is what you can do:
•    Use a hair colour remover: you will find a lot of hair colours in the beauty section in a mall or local store. But, make sure that you know which one it is that you are buying. Do enough research and avoid depending on the descriptions of it given on websites.
•    Mix dandruff shampoo and baking soda together and wash your hair with it several times until the dye fades away. If the dye is semi-permanent, just one wash will help to fade the colour away.
•    The normal, anti-bleach washing powder or clothing detergent works well to bring the colour of dyed hair back to its original colour. Make sure the detergent that you use does not have any bleaching agents in it.

The above-mentioned methods of removing dye from the skin have been used by people and have also been proven to work.  But, if nothing works, head straight to the local salon and purchase a bottle of professional hair dye remover.

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