Cotton from Needville, TX
I am a hair dresser and please don't use bleach and Magic Eraser type products on your face. While dying your hair if spots of color get onto other parts of your face use more color and rub off the spot and wipe with a dry towel, color takes off color. Then when you are rinsing it out put only a little bit of water and scrub your scalp and forehead like the dye is shampoo using your fingertips. If all else fails use hand sanitizer or any thing with alcohol. (11/01/2007)
Hairspray really works. Just spray it on the area that the colour has touched. Leave it for a few seconds. But don't let it dry. Then wipe it off. You may need to do it a few times. (11/01/2007)
I use milk soaked on cotton wool. It works great on smooth skin, i.e your neck, ears, face, and arms. (I didn't bother covering up with a towel). Milk is not great on hand creases though. I punctured my gloves and now have black dye between my thumb and index creasy bit.
I have only dyed my hair once, but my friend's mom did it and because getting the stain off was so easy, I never thought that getting the dye off was an issue. She let me have this stuff -let me get the bottle- okay. This stuff worked really well. I had my hair really black black, and had stains in quite a few visible places.
It's called Roux Clean Touch Hair-Color Stain Remover. The sticker says you can get it at Sally Beauty Supply for $3.49. It worked really well and it even got a few drops of stain out of my shirt. Hope this helps. (11/09/2007)
Try Ketchup! leave it for some minutes and rub, that has always work for me. (11/09/2007)
Bleach on a cotton swab, works everytime! (11/14/2007)
I know it sounds weird, but Tide-To-Go works well for the little spots on the hairline around the face. You may have to do it a couple times, but just rub it in with your fingers or the pen, then wipe off with a washcloth. (11/20/2007)
I dye my hair purple (permanent, from a salon) and for the first week or so, I never wash my hair to keep it looking hot. This means I'll wake up every morning with my face, hands and body purple, and I use any brand of laundry stain remover. (11/20/2007)
I dyed my friend's hair black earlier tonight. Her hair looks beautiful, but I got black dye all over her face and ears. I felt awful! We tried make up remover, soap, nail polish remover, astringent, toner, her skin was peeling but the dye wouldn't budge. She refused to try bleach so we put our faith in toothpaste. It worked beautifully! Thanks for the tips! (11/28/2007)
My oil free Innoxa makeup remover worked quite well! (12/02/2007)
Try the mouthwash, nothing else worked for me! (12/02/2007)
Use Gojo Natural Orange Pumice Hand Cleaner. It works great (doesn't get it all off though). I used Fantastik and Lysol as well as, bleach the night I got the dye on there, but it didn't much work at all. But use Gojo and a good sponge and you'll be good. I think you can find Gojo at any car store, you probably have it already, under your sink or in your garage. That's where I found mine. Glad I can help. (01/01/2008)
Bleach, bleach, bleach! It works. No need to try anything else. I had my entire hand covered in dye that sat for a day and I tried putting about 1/2 cup of bleach in a disposable cup and put in another 1/2 cup of water. It worked in approx. 2 minutes (even under the nails) and it did not hurt at all since it was diluted. I washed my hands with dish washing detergent afterwards to remove the smell. All better!
Editor's Note: Like we have said before, bleach is tough on skin and can be absorbed. Please dilute it about 1 part bleach to 10 parts water if you want to try this. (01/06/2008)
I just dyed my hair today. Use baby wipes. They don't work fantastically but they work. Plus the don't burn. So do that and it should work. I tried toothpaste that burns. (01/21/2008)
Thanks for all the ideas. I didn't have a baby wipe but I did have some anti-bacterial moist wipes, wet ones. They work great. They even clean it off your fingers if you like to really get into your work! (01/23/2008)
Put baking soda in a saucer. Then spray Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner into the baking soda to make a paste. Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and apply to hairline. This worked immediately, the best. No need to try anything else. (01/24/2008)
I dyed my Grandma's Hair Black today. I got a little bit on her skin and I used hand sanitizer, and it came right off. (01/25/2008)
I dyed my hair blue. I used Clearasil Ultra lotion to get it off. Worked in no time. (01/30/2008)
Okay, so I decided to dye my hair blue, not my brightest idea. I used detergent to take the blueness off my skin. It works like a charm. (01/31/2008)
The best way is to avoid stains in the first place! I saw a new product in Cosmo called Repelle. I'm a big stainer so it caught my attention and I got it at Walgreens. The product works great, Its a stick you just swipe on before color to protect from the dye ... and no stains! (02/12/2008)
By Laura G
I used plain rubbing alcohol. Worked pretty fast. Although I got it all over the bathroom. Hello, hard labor. (02/24/2008)
I'm not sure how to get it off; but I have a tip for next time. If you get dye on your skin don't immediately apply a wet rag. Water is the worst thing. Just simply use shampoo and it comes right off. (03/01/2008)
I don't suggest that you use bleach or cleaning products or any other concoctions. I used whitening toothpaste and left it on the stained area for 10-15 minutes. It rubbed right off. Just toothpaste, no ashes, no baking soda, nothing else. It works, but you have to give it time! (03/02/2008)
Shaving cream takes off black hair dye off your face and your hands too. Too bad I don't have any right now. But yeah. (03/21/2008)
Just used toothpaste and lemon juice mixed together then dipped in a cotton tip - worked brilliantly! (03/22/2008)
Put on Vaseline gel on where you don't want the hair dye, then dye your hair.
Try an acne cream like PanOxyl with Benzoyl Peroxide in it. Rub on a good amount and it should start to fade after a few minutes. (04/08/2008)
Cigarette ashes will take hair dye off the skin. It is a slight abrasive that gets into the pores and scrubs out the dye stain. (04/08/2008)
Rubbing alcohol always works for me. The sooner you remove the stain, the quicker the alcohol works. Rinse your skin with water after using alcohol to prevent irritation. (04/10/2008)
I dyed my hair black and got it on my neck and back. I have used vinegar and it got it off.
Thank you to the person suggesting vinegar. Good old vinegar. Why would you try any of those artificial, expensive solvents when vinegar works best without screwing with your skin!
By Vinegar lover
I just tried Sea Breeze astringent. It came right off. I even had hair dye stains underneath my fingernails. All the stains are gone. (06/02/2008)
They sell stuff to remove hair dye from skin at your local drugstore. (06/04/2008)
All these things are alcohol based, just use the rubbing alcohol and skip all the other stuff.
In about a day it will come off on its own. Just wash your hands after you used the bathroom and stuff. (06/14/2008)
Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment pads work well to remove stains. It takes a couple of pads on average though, and don't rub too hard, as it can make your skin a tad sore. It works though. (06/18/2008)
Plain distilled white vinegar. Rub it gently with a towel. 100% great and harmless! (06/21/2008)
I used pure vodka, no scrubbing or nasty smell either! (06/24/2008)
OK, nail polish remover did nothing, Shout got it a little lighter, vinegar got it even lighter then, Jack Daniels took every last speck of black off my skin. I had it all over my arm and some on my forehead, but now it's gone! (07/03/2008)
Lemon juice. (07/07/2008)
I used eye make up remover first. It took off some. Then I used Scope. Believe it or not, but it took most of the rest off. I smell interesting, but I no longer look stupid with dye everywhere. (07/20/2008)
By Amanda W
Vodka worked wonders! I just dyed my roots black and touched up my pink streaks and yes I got it everywhere, but I let it dry and scrubbed the dye off with cotton wool soaked with vodka. (07/23/2008)
Always rub Vaseline into neck face ears before you start this will help, and to remove the dye from your skin use a towel with Surgical Spirit, it works a treat! Be careful not to rub to hard, gentle circular movements with the towel doused in surgical spirit! You only need to scrub when you are washing off the surgical spirit, use a gentle, mild shower gel with aloe vera or vitamin E. This process should hopefully remove all the dye. (07/23/2008)
Cigarette ashes with a little water. I just had to use it. Took it right off. (07/23/2008)
I had black hair dye on my hands, and the webbing of my fingers from dying my mother's hair. If you take some soap and a pumice stone it comes off with almost no effort. (07/24/2008)
Soda will take it right off. (07/26/2008)
Dishwashing liquid .(07/31/2008)
Try laundry soap. I use it to get Kool Aid, slushy flavoring and dye off my skin. It's really gentle and painless! (08/01/2008)
Yes, vodka does work. (08/11/2008)
I usually line my edges with Vaseline, it makes it way easier to just wipe the color off.
Cigarette ashes mixed with shampoo works every time. (08/13/2008)
Use milk. I know it's weird, but it works and does not harm your skin. It's quite good for your skin actually works for me. (08/25/2008)
Tide to Go, works VERY well. (08/27/2008)
Spectro gel works really really good. (09/02/2008)
Try mixing vodka and baking soda together and applying with a toothbrush in a circular motion. Worked for me! (09/03/2008)
I used store brand astringent and it took all the dark hair dye off my forehead and arm!
Dyed hair black, all over neck and forehead. Applied baby oil and let sit for a few minutes then used a face toner. Alcohol free. 4 cotton balls later all gone. (09/08/2008)
Windex! Does it everytime. (09/13/2008)
I dyed my hair this bright red color by RAW. Now, I didn't get any of it anywhere on my skin, until I was washing it out. It made run marks down the back of my neck. My husband just used conditioner and rubbed the heck out of it. I know this isn't the hair dye you were talking about BUT if this happens to you, rub hard with conditioner. (09/16/2008)
I tried everything from nail polish remover, toothpaste to the vinegar, NOTHING would get the Black Burgundy dye off my skin. So as a last resort I tried my Eye Makeup Remover and with a little rubbing it came off great! Thank God! (10/03/2008)
So none of the things listed work. Believe me, I tried all of them! (10/13/2008)
I used Nair facial hair remover. It worked! (10/14/2008)
Lemon juice! Lemon juice! (10/18/2008)
I dyed my hair red and got it all on my hands. I used Avon hair remover and the dye came right off. (11/02/2008)
I've tried everything, and folks, milk does not work! Don't use that! Anyways, at least I don't have school tomorrow. (11/07/2008)
Clinique "Take the Day Off" Makeup remover. Works miracles. (11/12/2008)
By Lindsay W
I've got another salon-lash dyeing-horror story as well. Tried the ash, it worked well thank god. I'm going to see relatives for Thanksgiving in 2 days so I am very relieved. I covered eye area with jojoba oil and iced a bit afterwards. I hated to do the scrubbing on my eye area. I would NOT put alcohol or astringent or surface cleaner around my eyes let alone my face or body. That'll leave you red and irritated for days and could do some permanent damage to that delicate skin of yours. Remember - the dye WILL fade off in a few days (however excruciating).
Just go get lye soap! It has ashes in it and you can use this soap to get ANY stain out. I promise, and it's cheap. You can find it anywhere. So use that, it works wonders. (12/03/2008)
Hi all, it's 12:50 am here in the UK and I have had a silly few minutes and dyed my hair jet black but got it all over my hands face and neck. I mixed toothpaste with cigarette ash rubbed it on washed it off and hey presto all gone. Hope this helps. (12/22/2008)
By Alex H.
I just used table salt and washing up liquid, to get black hair dye off my hands. Pile the salt and soap onto dry hands and scrub for a couple of minutes. Works great. (12/22/2008)
I read through all of these and tried a lot, but the thing that worked best was sitting on my dryer. I sprayed some Simple Green (an all purpose cleaner in the automotive section at Walmart that I use for stains) on a cotton ball and it got it right off with no problem!
Windex with Amonia. (01/09/2009)
Put shampoo over the hair dye on your skin and rub hard. Or use shampoo and a little bit of Vaseline. It worked for me and all came off very easy. Hope it helps. (01/13/2009)
I've never tried to remove hair dye stains from skin, but I've noticed that fingers get stained when you cut boiled beets or peel eggplants, and that the stain was accidentally removed by fresh lemon juice.
ReaLemon brand lemon juice, with unlimited shelf life, also removed those stains.
It's the acid that removed the stains from my fingers, but don't rub lemon juice, either fresh or canned, on skin that's been rubbed with an abrasive material. If you do, you'll be unhappy. (02/04/2009)
By Lemony Stickit
Apply toothpaste FIRST and then put Windex on a rag and wipe the toothpaste off after a few minutes. (02/04/2009)
Use a solvent! I've heard turpentine works, but I had a 'low odor' substitute (made for oil paints) and it worked wonderfully! (02/06/2009)
OK guys, the secret is finally here for removing hair dye, after using cigarette ashes, toothpaste after toothpaste, salts, Dawn dish liquid, alcohol, and so many other things that we could not get to remove the dye. The best thing that worked for us was... DRUM ROLL... Fast Orange hand cleaner. You can but this at your local Wal-mart for $3 for a large jug. It removes and fades hair dye really well, I would say about 85-95%, which is amazing. Also, another good tool was a pumice stone, which you can get a good combo one for about $2. But the best idea still is to buy good latex gloves from for a couple bucks, and rub a little Vaseline all over your hands to add extra protection! Good Luck! (02/07/2009)
By Aaron and Brittnay
Well, got dark brown hair dye on my forehead. Used Toothpaste + Pert 2 in 1 shampoo and some of the original dye. Mixed together till it was a nice brownish colour and put onto skin. It faded it really well. (02/09/2009)
I used soap on a wet washcloth or paper towel. Regular old Ivory soap. The stains are completely gone. (02/15/2009)
Put baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice on dry skin and scrub, scrub, scrub! Rinse off and wash with hand soap. My hands were solid fuchsia when I was done dying my hair and I tried everything (toothpaste, Windex, Comet, salt, dish soap, vodka...). The only thing that made a visible difference was the baking soda and lemon juice. After like three washes my hands were light pink. Much Better! (02/17/2009)
I have little experience dyeing hair. I went for black as black could be. Colored my hair wonderfully, also colored half the bathroom and half my face. I came to this list for help and was apprehensive about super harsh chemicals and ashes and toothpaste and lemon juice near my eyes. So I went for my dish/hands soap and *pateew* zapped it like a laser beam. I used Dawn Direct Foam. It's the kind that's a real thin liquid until you pump it and then if foams up. It is super concentrated, I think that may have been the key. Oh, and the hotter the water I used (wash cloth and q-tip with the foam) the faster it came off. Remember this was with black no1! Good luck (02/18/2009)
SOAP! Warm water and SOAP! (02/23/2009)
This sounds crazy but it really works, I dyed my hair jet black and it was all over my face, neck hands, etc. So what I did was got 1 egg white and mixed it with some vinegar and and added 2 drops of Tabasco sauce, the vinegar neutralizes the colour, the Tabasco restores natural pigment and the egg white protects the skin from being nipped and allows the other ingredients to be used together, leave it on for 5 minutes and wash off with warm water and soap and it doesn't leave a single mark, tried and tested. (02/26/2009)
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