The quickest and easiest way to get hair dye off your skin

The solution to your post dyeing panic

How to get hair dye off skin

by Asher Brandon |
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Hair dye - the invention that has revolutionised our lives (kind of) and given voice to that impulsive side we all have that just wants to sack everything off and dye our locks silver. You don't even have to make a permanent change these days, as there are so many amazing semi-permanent dyes on offer.

While for the most part dyeing your own hair has become pretty easy, there is still one side to the process that causes many a great deal of annoyance - getting hair dye on your skin and not being able to get it off no matter how hard you try.

Whilst you should be using gloves (but there's no point in us telling you that now is there, as you have likely discovered this article following a panicked Google search), hair dye can get on your skin regardless, staining your forehead, ears, neck, or many other places on your body. This can even happen when the dyeing is done professionally.

There are, however, options for removing hair dye from your skin, the most important thing to bear in mind, however, is the sooner you remove it, the better. This is important as it prevents the dye from settling further into skin.

Removing hair dye from skin


One of the best options to remove hair dye from skin is to use a non-soap cleanser and water, such


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Removing hair dye from hands

how to get hair dye off skin

Our hands take on a lot in our day to day lives. They are tougher than other places that may be stained, therefore you can be more vigorous with them when attempting to remove stains. Try washing your hands with a mixture of dish soap and baking soda, although ensure to wash the dish soap off thoroughly and apply a hydrating hand cream.

Nail polish remover, hand sanitiser and hand or body scrubs can also work a treat and if your nail beds are stained, cuticle removers are another effective option.

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L'Oreal Paris Colorista Washout colours have a creamy, hair mask base designed to condition while gently colouring. The fade is gradual, usually over 1-2 weeks, and even works on dark brunette tones. Happy colouring!

How to prevent staining in the first place

The quickest and easiest option to get hair dye off your skin is...well to prevent it from happening in the first place. Sorry, we know that's a bit of an annoying suggestion but if you're planning on dyeing your hair, we've got some handy tips to avoid staining your skin.

how to get hair dye off skin
  1. Firstly, make sure you wear gloves.
  1. You can also protect skin with an occlusive skincare product before any dye is used. Whichever product you chose, be it petroleum jelly or coconut oil, apply it to areas that are likely to get stained, such as your scalp, neck and ears.
  1. Be extra cautious when using darker dyes as stains from these can be harder to remove.
  1. Also ensure to wipe off any drips with a damp towel to prevent the stain from setting. This applies to whether you're dyeing yourself or getting it done by a professional at a salon.
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