6 Seriously Useful Tips To Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin

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6 Seriously Useful Tips To Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin

Dyeing your own hair at home has many benefits. First, you save a good amount of money you could have otherwise spent at the salon. You also engage in a useful activity when you feel bored and have some time to spare. A new hair shade refreshes your outlook and keeps you on point fashion wise. 

However, DIY projects also come with some pitfalls. Dyeing your hair at home can be messy, leaving color patches on your hairline, neck, hands and virtually any part of skin that you touch while dyeing. Luckily, there are natural ways to remove hair dye from your skin. First though, prevention is better and below are tips to consider before starting the process.

Tips To Prevent Hair Dye Stains On Skin

  • Never dye your hair without wearing gloves first. Invest in a good pair and save yourself from the heartache of dye staining
  • Always protect the hairline with a thick moisturizer. Petroleum jelly or lip balm will prevent staining
  • Try to remove stains immediately after they form with a wet cloth. Stains that linger are harder to remove

Natural Methods To Remove Hair Dye From Skin

When you find yourself dealing with hair dye stains on your skin, do not panic. These 6 easy tips will provide the help you need.

1. Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are highly potent and can dissolve hair dye from skin to remove staining. Lavender oil is a good option. Avoid using undiluted essential oils even on small parts of skin. Lightly dilute some lavender with fractionated coconut oil and use a cotton ball to wipe the dye off the skin. For dye that is on nails, lemon essential oil is effective. Diluting lightly is advised with a carrier oil to observe utmost safety.

2. Use Epsom Salt

Epsom salts are pretty much magnesium sulphate based agents. Mixing some with baking soda and water will form a paste that you can use to remove hair dye from skin. A small gentle brush is ideal to scrub the dye away. Rinse the area with warm water to get rid of any residue.

3. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda Mixture Is Great

Lemon juice is a well known brightening agent, whereas baking soda is great for removing stubborn stains. This mixture is therefore effective in removing pesky hair dye from skin. Soaking your nails in this mix for a few minutes will remove the dye under the nails.

4. Vinegar Can Be Effective  

Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar can remove hair dye stains from skin. Some people mix it with toothpaste to get a better remedy. Scrub the stain gently using a soft brush or damp cloth for best results.

5. Try Olive Oil

If you have sensitive skin or simply want to try a mild remedy, try olive oil. It is a natural cleanser that can effectively tackle hair dye staining on skin. You can use fingers or a cotton ball to rub the oil into the stained areas. Leave it on for 8 hours, then wash off with warm water and enjoy the clean results.

6. Use Soap And Water

Some good old soap and water can remove mild hair dye stains. Use warm water and this simple approach might be all that is needed. If the stains won’t come out, try the other methods above as needed.


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26 thoughts on “6 Seriously Useful Tips To Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin

  1. Cheree says:

    These different tips that they give in this article about dying your hair at home I found interesting. I always struggle to get the dye off my ears and forehead but now I know what I can use. So thank you

  2. Rachael Malan says:

    I am one of those who dye my own hair, and i do get dye all over. Would try the lemon essential oil for the times i rince my hair and my nails are all dark from the dye. Great tips!! Thank you!

  3. Rehana seedat says:

    Thank u for sharing these tips. Would like to try applecider vinegar for hair dye stains that goes on my skin.

  4. Trinity says:

    I have always wondered what is a useful natural way to remove hair dye without damaging the skin.

  5. Trinity says:

    I have always wondered what is a useful natural way to remove hair dye without damaging the skin. This wil be so helpful if I dye my hair again

  6. Maseeha Essack says:

    Coincidentally found this article the day after dying my hair, and i can totally vouch for lavender and baby oil or cotton oil if you have. Works like a charm. Warm lemon water and bicarb have always helped with stain removal my nails as well.

  7. Loveitha Ramjiyavan says:

    Thank you for this informative post. I dye my own hair and I needed these tips as I struggle to get the dye of my ears and neck.

  8. hamiltonsteenkamp49 says:

    Hi ,Organic-aromas!

    Such wonderful information provided to make life just easier ,and best of all the products is no hassle to be found and most of it is in most of our pantries.

    Thank you it’s really helpful!

  9. Zandile Nosilela says:

    Thank you for these tips, they are going to be so useful. The options are also alot to choose from .

  10. Asma Seedat says:

    These are amazing and very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely give them a try and tell others about it too

  11. gaylapetersen says:

    Omw! Finally! I ALWAYS struggle to get hair dye out of my skin! I never know how to get it out besides rubbing my skin raw with soap and a cloth. I will definitely be using this on my next hair dye adventure.

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