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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

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    • Its much easier to prevent drips than to clean them up, use lots of petroleum on your hairline and wrists

      by sarah_m Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11:15PM Report as inappropriate

    • just apply petroleum jelly to your hairline before and it eliminates the unsightly drips that happen during application

      by BrenBren Friday, July 1, 2011 at 01:54PM Report as inappropriate

    • Color removes color! If removed properly there are no skin stains. When removing color, add just a little water to hair and work lather into any skin stains, A thorough rinsing removes all the color. Just a tip from a pro!

      by carole_fisher Monday, September 22, 2014 at 06:03PM Report as inappropriate

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