4 Easy Ways to Remove Hair Dye from Skin
Dying your hair is fun, but it can get pretty messy. If you’re going the DIY route with your hair color routine, you may get some unwanted pigment on your face and hands. While that fresh brown or red color looks amazing on your locks, it probably doesn’t look so well as a stain on your forehead or cheek.
According to Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder of Dermatology & Laser Group, and Skincare.com consultant, hair dye can not only temporarily stain your skin, but it may cause irritation as well. “Hair dye can be irritating to skin, especially in those who have skin sensitivity or allergic reactions to ingredients in hair dyes,” he says. “Often this irritation is more evident on facial skin which is more sensitive than thicker and oilier scalp skin.” If you’re dyeing your hair at home, perform a skin allergy test 48 hours before each use of the product. This can help contain a potential negative reaction to the dye ingredients to a smaller area versus your entire scalp. Most at-home kits come with package instructions, so be sure to follow them carefully.
But we all know that mistakes can happen, and the same holds true when you’re dying your hair. If you somehow get hair dye on your hands, face, or other areas of your body, those stubborn hair dye stains don’t have to linger for long. You can try getting rid of all that pesky hair dye by trying out some of these tips on how to remove hair dye from skin.
Prep for Prevention
First off, you should plan out some safety measures before grabbing your bottle of hair dye. To prevent any hair dye from getting all over your hands, always wear gloves when dying your hair. To keep any hair dye away from your face, Dr. Akhavan suggests this nifty tip: “You can prevent hair dye from getting on your face by protecting the skin with petroleum jelly prior to application of hair dye.” The petroleum jelly will help create a barrier over your skin, causing the hair dye to glide off swift and effortlessly. Also, make sure you wrap some towels around yourself to keep any bleach or hair dye off of your clothing, neck, and shoulders.
If you forgot to take preventative measures, or just got unlucky, there are quite a few ways to remove hair dye from your skin. Check out some of these hair dye removal hacks if you should get the dye on your skin.
Hair Dye Removal Method #1: Soap & Water
If you got some hair dye on your hands, then Dr. Akhavan recommends one of the oldest tricks in the book: soap and water. “Hair dye should be removed with commercially available hair dye solvents and the area can be washed well with soap and water,” he says.
Hair Dye Removal Method #2: Facial Cleanser
Not all skin is created equal. The skin on your face is much more sensitive than the skin on your hands, and you shouldn’t be scrubbing your face with just any soap. If you have a hair dye stain on your face, try using a purifying cleanser on your skin instead.
Hair Dye Removal Method #3: Makeup Remover
Washing your skin is the best way to go, but constantly washing it may make it dry, making the stain even tougher to remove. Try using a makeup remover that’s safe to use on sensitive skin and try to give your skin a break from rough scrubbing and drying soaps.
Hair Dye Removal Method #4: Rubbing Alcohol
In need of something a little more powerful? Rubbing alcohol may do the trick to lift those stubborn hair dye stains. Just soak a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol and lightly dab at the stain to try and remove it. But, since alcohol is very drying, we recommend using it only on your hands and arms and using a lotion afterward to help restore moisture to your skin’s surface. One of our favorite hydrating lotions is the Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve. This maximum-strength hand lotion allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove–like" protective barrier against moisture loss, giving your hands the hydration and extra TLC they desperately need.