How to Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin: Top 7 DIY Ways

How to Get Hair Dye Off Your Skin

So, during lockdown, we’ve learnt how to dye our own hair at home, things to remember when cutting it alone (for the brave), and for the more crafty, we’ve given you advice on how to fit in and take out your tape in and micro-ring extensions. However, some of these DIY processes can be quite messy. So, today we are going to give you some great ways to remove hair dye from your skin.

It’s always a great feeling when you look in the mirror and see your reflection when the colour comes out exactly how you wanted it to, but that moment can be ruined when you see excess hair dye on your face or hands. Prevention is always a great way to avoid this mess (applying Vaseline or a barrier cream to your hairline, ears and neckline before you apply colour (men’s hair wax is also as good). You should also try and keep your skin as covered as possible, you can use towels or old clothing, and make sure you’re wearing a pair of plastic gloves to keep your hands and fingers protected. If all that fails, here are our top tips on how to remove hair dye from your skin.

How to get hair dye off your skin: The traditional/ easy way

1. Hair Dye

How to remove Hair Dye from Skin


Although this sounds backwards, you can actually use hair dye to remove it. Colour also removes colour so when washing it off, use a bit of the colour from leftover dye, or use the hair dye from your hairline and give it a good rub. Use soap and wipe off with a flannel or washcloth. 

2. Alcohol

One of the best known was to remove hair dye  from your skin is to use alcohol, or any antiseptic surgical spirit. Wet a cotton ball with a mixture of alcohol and soap and rub it gently onto the hair dye stain. The final step is to rinse with lukewarm water.

3. Milk

Milk can also be used to remove hair dye. Simply pour a small drop of milk (preferably full fat) onto a cotton pad/ball. Rub the cotton ball onto the affected areas and wash off with lukewarm water.

How to remove hair dye from your skin: The strong solution

4. Nail varnish remover

How to remove Hair Dye from skin

Nail varnish remover gets hair dye off well but is quite strong on the skin. All you need to do is use a nail polish remover-soaked cotton ball and dab this onto the affected areas. You should see the hair dye flaking or lifting off your skin. 

5. Lemon juice

You can also use a lemon or lemon juice to remove hair dye from your skin. Take the lemon juice and rub the lemon juice. This may take a little work, but you’ll begin to see the colour on the cotton pad.

How to get hair dye off skin: The unconventional way

6. Cigarette ashes

Believe it or not, using cigarette ash is one of the best things to do to get hair dye off. For the brave ones willing to try this out, rub some ashes from an ash tray onto your skin. Rinse off, and if there is any colour left, repeat the same process until there’s no more hair dye stains on your skin.

7. Baking soda

You can use baking soda to remove hair dye off your skin. Make a baking soda and washing up liquid paste (equal amount). Rub the paste on the affected arear and leave on for about one to two minutes. Wipe off the paste using a damp flannel and rise off with lukewarm water.

If you'd like to skip the mess, you can opt for coloured hair extensions, so you don't have to worry about dying it or getting it on your skin !

Have you tried any of these tricks? Let us know, and  don't forget to hashtag #WearCliphair on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to show off your new hair colour! 

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