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  • How to Get Hair Dye Off Skin

  • Posted by Kamala on July 1, 2011 at 11:07AM
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  • Dying your own hair is a cheaper alternative to costly salon visits -- not to mention the fact that it’s more convenient, especially if you want to go from honey-blonde to espresso in under an hour. But while changing your color can be fun, the splotches on your face that make you look like a character straight out of "The Lion King" aren't such a hoot. That's why it's crucial to learn how to get hair dye off skin.

  • The good news is that you don’t have to go out and buy any fancy products. Here's how to get hair dye off skin using stuff you've likely got laying around your house:

  • 1. Remove the dye fast. The sooner you get the hair dye off your skin, the better. If the dye soaks into your skin, you’ll have to work twice as hard to get it off.

  • 2. Reach for vinegar, toothpaste, and hairspray. These are great home remedies for removing hair dye from skin, says Helene Sheptin, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist. These products work by sloughing off dead skin cells, allowing fresher skin to come through (similar to an exfoliant). Dip a cotton ball in any of these household items and rub against the stained area.

  • 3. Use baby oil if it's a stubborn stain. Still can't seem to get some hair dye off your skin? Rub baby oil across the stain before you go to sleep and wash it off the following morning. The baby oil breaks down the dye, making it easier to wash off. Put a towel over your pillow so the oil doesn't stain your nice pillowcase.

  • And here's a (gentle) reminder: Next time you're using an at-home dye, put a layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline. It acts as a protective barrier, preventing the hair dye from staining your skin.

  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • This is very helpful information. Even though my hairdresser usually applies petroleum jelly around my hairline, sometimes he misses a spot or some hair color gets on my cheek or neck, and my dry skin just slurps the stuff up so it's really hard to remove... especially if I don't notice it until I get home and have to try to get it off my skin myself.

      by Jewelrydesigner Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:53AM Report as inappropriate

    • Petroleum jelly check!

      by beautybody Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:55PM Report as inappropriate

    • Baby wipes are also good for getting hair dye off of skin, if used right away.

      by LipglossandSpandex Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 10:55PM Report as inappropriate

    • Vinager works good, but smells nasty when mixed with hair dye. I opt for toothpaste tip.

      by MissPurple Friday, July 8, 2011 at 07:36AM Report as inappropriate

    • They forgot to mention a simple law of chemistry... like dissolves like. Use a little bit of the hair dye to remove the actual hair dye on the skin, works like a charm everytime

      by sunkissedx0 Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 06:29PM Report as inappropriate

    • I am going to tell my mom these tips, because she had this problem the last time she dyed her hair.

      by lavenderlady07 Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 01:44AM Report as inappropriate

    • toothpaste was an unexpected item for me to see on here--great tips, thanks

      by awan0912 Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 12:10AM Report as inappropriate

    • Good idea, i´m going to try that next month since it´s my first time dying my hair :)

      by BarbieVampiresa Monday, July 4, 2011 at 09:16AM Report as inappropriate

    • The hairspray trick always works for me, but I do try to avoid getting my skin altogether.

      by KimmiTheEditor Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 10:54AM Report as inappropriate

    • I don't color my hair, but did try it twice. I would never have thought of toothpaste. Will keep these suggestions in mind, as I know it is a messy process.

      by evet Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 06:59AM Report as inappropriate

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