It happens, you are dyeing your hair and either didn't wear gloves or accidentally get some on the skin around your hairline. This is a guide about getting hair dye off skin.
Warning: Some materials are not designed to be used on skin and could cause a chemical burn. Always follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines.
By june scott 1
How do you get hair dye off your face?
By June from Gateshead
October 22, 2015
What is it you do w the ashes? Mix with something? Water, soap, plain? I have ashes but never heard this one n today I bleached my hair then went blood red n there's spots all over I guess where I had dry skin n it just absorbed n I have tons of dark red dots all over of red, n don't wanna use anything to take color out, I just wanna figure out how to get rid of the color marks. Any help appreciated. Unsure if it matters but I used splat brand dye where u bleach first n the blood raspberry red color I used. I just want all the uncitely unwanted extra pcs on my skin gone. Please help!
Can email if u want to
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Open n willing to anything. Besides removing hair dye. Not an option. Just way to get the bits of red off skin.thank u in advance. Any help/advice welcome! O:-)
By littlebit 1
Every time I get my hair colored (I really have white hair and have it colored golden blonde), my scalp gets really pink. What can I do to get rid of the scalp color? Or make it go away sooner?
By littlebit from Saint Joseph, MI
January 18, 2010
As a former cosmetologist and major allergy sufferer, I can say from more than one viewpoint that the pink scalp is nothing to play around with. When I was a cosmetologist, we were required to do a patch test on all customers any time we changed the brand or shade of hair color we used. If there was a reaction it didn't always mean the customer needed to stay away from color, but that we needed to try a different brand, or even a different shade of the same brand. If the patch test is used and there is any irritation, keep trying until you find one that does not have a reaction; this may even mean bringing your own color to the salon if the ones there all cause reactions.
If they all cause reactions see an allergist, you may have other sensitivities as well. Do not add anything to the color or just take a benedryl without first trying to alleviate the problem, as this is the least dangerous option. Danger? I know someone who would pop benadryl when she had a reaction and one day she had to take 4 doses before the reaction slowed, 4 doses is a day's worth, and she had to take them all within maybe an hour, next time she may not be so fortunate. Also, have you ever seen a full-blown allergic scalp reaction to a chemical such as color or perm? Horrible to see, painful for its victim, and the effects are lasting.
By Roxanne 1
Over the years, I have dyed my hair everything from bright pink to blue black. Along the way, I have also accidentally dyed by ears, my neck,my arms and many other body parts, I won't mention. After trying all of the normal methods, I found that the best way to get dried hair dye off of skin is with a combo of Simple Green and baking soda. Not only will it cut through the dye like a hot knife through butter but it will give you a great exfoliation as well!
Keep in mind though, that although the Simple Green is a nontoxic biodegradable cleaner, it will strip your hair of any color. So keep it on the skin and off the hair unless you want blond roots! ;) Hope this helps!
By Roxanne from Richmond, TX
I used my son's Johnson & Johnson baby body wash the one in the yellow bottle, then I added a bit of sugar to make a light scrub. Within seconds all the hair dye came off my skin, I now make a batch and use it as a body scrub once a week and my skin is super soft.
I dyed my boyfriend's hair and he has hair dye all on his forehead and ears. We have tried everything to get it off; any other tips?
March 28, 2013
I get my hair colored at the local beauty school. They use something called Sea Breeze on a cotton ball. Works great. You can buy it at any drug store or Walmart.
I've dyed my hair and now I have a red ring of dye still on my head. How do I remove it? I need help ASAP!
By Jaki from London
May 12, 2012
We learned the hard way. Once it sets, hand lotion works best.
Last night I dyed my hair black and I was in such a rush that I didn't even realize I hadn't put the gloves on. Now my hands and nails are dyed black. I've gotten some of it off, but there's still some there that I can't get. How do I get the rest off?
By Deja from Goliad, TX
February 11, 2012
A few thoughts:
**IF** your hair dye smells like ammonia, you could try using a weak ammonia solution: put 1 or 2 capsful in a quart of warm water and wash your hands with that. Ammonia's fairly toxic, and it'll be really hard on your skin, so if it doesn't come off quickly, don't leave your hands soaking in it for long. Rinse REALLY thoroughly and moisturize the heck out of them afterwards. They'll need it.
You could also try coating your hands with petroleum jelly or vegetable oil, letting that soak in for a bit, and seeing if the dye comes off when wiped on a paper towel or washed with soap.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach and safe to use on skin. Dump a bottle into a bowl and soak your hands for a while.
Worst-case scenario, nothing works: Paint your fingernails *black or navy blue, and every few days, scrub your hands with a paste of sugar and vegetable oil before washing them with soap. That'll get rid of the dead skin cells on your hands, and speed up the fading of the dye as the new skin comes to the surface. As a bonus, your hands will feel like silk afterwards.
*I'm suggesting colors that won't contrast a lot with the dyed skin, which is not true of, say, dark red.
My crazy daughter dyed her friend's hair dark brown, without gloves! It is 2 weeks til prom and her hands look like she dipped them in old engine oil!
May 11, 2015
Mix equal parts baking soda and dishwashing liquid. If you have lemon add that juice also. Apply the mixture to a damp washcloth. Rub it onto the affected area until the stain has lifted. Rinse off the mixture with warm water. Apply some lotion because baking soda makes skin dry.
How do I get hair dye off of my neck and face?
By Diana T from Port Orchard, WA
October 1, 2015
I'd get some petroleum jelly and let that sit on your skin for a few minutes. Afterward get a warm washcloth and gently wipe it off. If that doesn't work with just water try using a good face wash (like the ones that help with pimples and black heads.
The groomer dyed my dog's hair red (did not know until she was picked up). Well now her skin is dyed and can't get it out. Any suggestions? It has been 3 months now.
April 18, 2014
Since you didn't know they were going to dye your pup, if I were you I would take the pup back and have them remove any remaining dye, and without charge. That wasn't very professional of them, to just dye the dog without the owner asking for it.
By ilma 1
I usually put conditioner around my hair line, ears, neck; anywhere I know dye will get. After I'm done dying my hair, it comes right off! No worries if you get some on your hair before dying it, doesn't do any damage. If you are worried, you can just wipe it off the hair.
Can hair dye change the color of a mole near my neck?
By littlebluegirl1973 from MD
November 15, 2013
If you are asking if this can change it permanently, no. Temporary hair dye might slightly change it IF you concentrate on leaving the dye on the mole. If it has changed on its own or you don't see if change back to normal in a few days, get it checked out. That is the kind of mole that could seriously be something else.
All I ever do is use Palmolive dish soap on a facecloth with hot water and voila! I wipe it off immediately as soon as I am done putting dye all over my hair. This has worked for me always.
How do I remove dark purple hair dye from my hands?
By Robin O.
My sister just dyed her boyfriend's hair and got hair dye all over her hands. She tried bleach, toothpaste and baking soda, and this special salon product made to take off dye, but nothing worked.
Men's hair dye is stronger and different from women's. It is harder to take off because it is much stronger. That is why you only leave it on for 5 minutes, unlike for women's hair dye which has to stay on fro 10 minutes. Anyway, what can she use to get men's hair dye off hands, eye brows, and head? Please help.
August 27, 2010
First, men's hair color is not stronger than womens hair color. The difference in hair colors is the strength of the 'developer' (Lower volume developer covers more quickly and permanently because it doesn't 'lift' but rather 'deposits' the color). In any event here's the advice I gave to someone else today but the difference in advice for you is to not use on the eyebrows themselves or scalp or those hairs will be greatly lightened:
First, it doesn't make a bit of difference how much of a dark/darker color (paint as you call it) was mixed because it would have stained your hands no matter what because you didn't wear gloves. ;-) Since the Clean Touch you tried didn't work then go back to the beauty supply and get 40% volume hydrogen peroxide because it has the highest 'lift' (don't even bother with the 3% volume you get at the pharmacy). Wet your dry hands down well with it and 'lightly' rub a dub dub for a minute or two. You may need to repeat another time or two but it will get rid of most, if not all, of the stain. Wash your hands afterward and use some lotion while your hands are still damp so your skin is moisturized. I was a hairstylist for 35 years and my specialty was as a chemical technician.
By Hailey D. 1
I dyed my hair purple and I got some on my ears. I tried everything to get it off, but it won't come off.
I have tried the baking soda, salt, ashes, peroxide, and toothpaste, and nothing has worked. What should I do? I even tried bleach; I've tried literally everything.
By Neena C.
I dyed my mother's hair and I got it all over the side of her face, hairline and ears. I need to know how to get it off. Please help me.
You can purchase a color remover from any beauty supply that will remove the stain. You can also try scrubbing with a mixture of baking soda and shampoo although this won't work as well. Good luck! (04/27/2005)
I am a stylist and I use a thick conditioner around the hairline and ears as a preventative measure, vaseline may be used also, you can go to a beauty supply house that sells to the public and purchase dye remover for the skin, I looked on the bottle of mine and the main ingredient was isopropyl alcohol but if she is elderly it could be harsh on her skin, also it will fade in a week or so just with regular showering. (04/27/2005)
I use cigarette ashes. Just add a little water to the ashes and rub them into the stains. I heard this one from a hairdresser. Just have to find someone that smokes and get some ash. (04/27/2005)
I'm a hair dresser, not much will get color off the skin but a little time. Next time you color your hair or someone else's, save a little color left over in the bottle. When it is time to take the color off,u se the left over and color around the hair line and rub it in a circular motion just before you shampoo the color off. Color removes color. (04/27/2005)
I have also heard of people spreading a thin veil of vaseline along the hairline before starting which should prevent the problem you mention. (04/28/2005)
You guys should try scrubbing lemon juice on it and tooth paste. It works like a magic remover! (05/29/2005)
Since everyone said toothpaste and alcohol I tried Listerine. It worked better than nothing, that's for sure. (03/19/2006)
Use a little lime juice and baking soda if you want to get it out but next time put a little wax on the hair line and it will never get on the skin (03/20/2006)
By soccer krazed loves red hair
Tooth paste worked for me. thanks alot! (03/23/2006)
Thank you so much for the lemon juice and toothpaste trick. My husband and I thought it was a joke but were willing to try anything to get BLACK dye off of our faces, neck, ears, etc and sure enough it got the dye off in most places and greatly diminished it in others. THANK YOU! (03/25/2006)
We tried goof-off, alcohol, aloe, astringent, cream and the only thing that worked (and very fast) was bleach. We followed this with a good soap wash and rinse (of skin area) followed by a face cream. (06/02/2006)
I just dyed my hair 2 weeks ago and got it on my skin. I used laundry stain remover and it got it all off. It doesn't burn or make your skin red or break out either. I hope this helps. (06/15/2006)
By Heather Dooley
The best way i've found to get hair dye off skin is this: in a small container, dump about a tablespoon or more of baking soda, add a little bit of water, and a little dish soap. fold up a paper towel and gently scrub the area about 3 times. wipe off with a wet paper towel... no more stained skin! (06/16/2006)
I just use soap and water and it usually comes right off or use shampoo when I am washing and rinsing my hair with no problem. (06/16/2006)
Well, I just finished dying my hair black and it was on the back of my neck and ears. But, just as I read some of you'll responses about the toothpaste well it did work. Therefore, all I did was just put it on for a minute and than wiped off with warm water. Thanks for the tip. (06/16/2006)
I tried toothpaste and lemon juice. For dry skin unfortunately bleach is all that worked for me. But it really works and very fast. I think people with oily skin have better luck with all these other options. Put vaseline on your skin prior to dying (my mom's old remedy) she told me after. (06/20/2006)
By Beanies Mom.
For years I used cigarette ashes and it ALWAYS worked then I didn't have the problem for years and years. Now I want to use the cigarette ashes and my husband thinks the idea is disgusting. He should have the dye stains! Good luck! (06/27/2006)
Well this may sound odd, but color removes color. If you have any of the dye left use it in the shower like soap. It works If you don't like this idea then try sunlight dish soap with lemon. This also works. (06/28/2006)
By Taylor Mac
Use baby oil or hair grease. (06/29/2006)
Wet a cotton wool pad with warm water then add some bleach, rub in circular motions and then follow with plain cold water. (07/02/2006)
I have found a great way to get dye off your skin, especially your hands, is to use veet hair removal cream (or any kind it doesn't matter!) Rub it over the place where the dye is, leave it for about 2 minutes and then scrub off. It even gets it off your nails! Fab! (07/04/2006)
I used toothpaste with baking soda and it worked; however, scrub with caution because I now have abrasions everywhere I had to scrub. (07/14/2006)
I just dyed my hair black, i used rubbing alcohol and it worked pretty good, burns a little for about 5 minutes though. (07/16/2006)
By From Blonde To Black
Colour removes colour, put wet colour on and wipe off the stained colour. I haven;t tried it but a hair dresser once told me that. (07/21/2006)
WITCH HAZEL IS THE BEST. (08/06/2006)
I used Arm n Hammer whitening toothpaste and a wet towel. I had minty eyebrows and hairline for the night, but it worked. Use cold water. (08/06/2006)
I found the best way (I had purple on mine!) was to use Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing lotion (the stuff for your face). It did the trick, all came off instantly! Or nail varnish remover in small amounts. (08/12/2006)
I used baking soda mixed with bleach and left it on there for like five minutes and it worked (08/14/2006)
I used tooth paste and baking soda. i mixed them together to make a thick paste. It works pretty well, after putting it on, let it sit for a while then wash it off with shampoo. (08/18/2006)
Before you scrub your skin to death, MAKE SURE you didn't just color the hair on your neck! I now look like a man or something. Guess I'll just have to keep my hair down... (08/23/2006)
Palmer's Skin Sucess FADE CREAM. Takes 90% of it off (08/26/2006)
I used the bleach pen and it worked! (09/05/2006)
I use Johnson's baby wet wipes. They have always worked for me.And leave your skin really soft with no scrubbing marks. (09/07/2006)
I took lemon juice and poured some on an old towel and rubbed. not only did it get rid of the dye 3 minutes later it made my skin soft. But you'll want to shower afterwards. (09/10/2006)
The hair removal cream really works great for skin and even finger nails! This is what I recommend also. (09/11/2006)
Try cigarette ashes... rub gently and poof, stain is gone! (09/13/2006)
I used Nair to get it off my arms, legs, hand and feet. All came off except for around the cuticles. Then I used nail polish remover on my face, neck and ears. (09/14/2006)
Best trick is while you are applying the dye, wipe off any dye that gets onto skin, and do it as u go along. Baby wipes are the best and easy to use. (09/17/2006)
Alcohol is the best solution. Easy and fast. (09/18/2006)
Veet hair removal works! (09/20/2006)
I just dyed my hair Green, and had it all up my arms, stomach, neck, ears and forehead.
I was looking around because we don't have anymore baby wipes. Those work the BEST for me.
I saw our bottle of the spray Shout stuff. I tried it and it worked! Just spray it on you, being careful of your eyes and stuff, and then scrub. You don't even have to scrub hard. It works so well. It didn't even leave my skin red. Then I used it to clean my bathtub, which looks like someone melted the Hulk in it. (10/15/2006)
I dyed my son's hair black for Halloween and it was stained all over his face, (from sideburns) neck, and ears. Tried baking soda and dish soap, nail polish remover, lemon juice, shout stain remover and oxiclean. Nothing worked except cigarette ashes w/shampoo and lava soap (but not as well). It was amazing to see it actually come off. (10/30/2006)
How do you remove black hair dye from skin?
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)
How do you get hair dye off of your skin?
Steve from Blair, NE
I am also a hairdresser. Permanent wave solution. (03/18/2009)
My cousin dyed her brother's hair with red dye and had red dye all over her fingers. We tried everything lemon juice, toothpaste, ashes, shampoo, and finally my grandmother decided to Spray N Wash stain remover the stick kind and my cousin rubbed for five minutes, but finally it came off. There was no burn or itchiness afterward. (07/12/2009)
I dyed my beard very black last night. Got dye all over my skin and it wouldn't come off. I tried the toothpaste and baking soda (threw in a dash of lemon juice for good measure). Worked like a charm with a little scrubbing. Left the face a little red though. Give yourself time to recover before going out in public. (07/27/2009)
You can buy hair dye remover for skin at Sally's. (08/04/2009)
I dyed my hair onyx black and used petroleum jelly around my hairline, but still had a little staining after rinsing. I tried the toothpaste suggestion and it worked great. I think something with an exfoliant to gently scrub is best. And now my face is also minty fresh. (08/27/2009)
If the color is fresh, try using Windex on a cotton ball. It's important when you first remove the color, wet the hair with water and rub the color, especially around the hair line or your brows. Whatever you are coloring. Usually that removes the stain from skin. Color removes color. (10/08/2009)
Will black permanent hair dye wear off the skin? If so how long will it take? Otherwise how can you get it off?
By Maryanne from Rockingham, WA
There's a product you can get at Sally Beauty Supply called Roux Clean Touch. Just put some on a cotton cloth and rub gently. I used it for the entire thirty years I was a hairstylist.
And, yes, the color stain will eventually go away if you don't do anything because we slough skin cells daily, but it takes awhile for the stain to be completely gone this way. (11/20/2009)
If you still have the box, call the toll-free number on it and they should be able to give you suggestions. (11/20/2009)
Rubbing alcohol and a rag. On heavy, really heavy areas it will only lighten. Daily scrub with a loofa sponge. (11/22/2009)
I just finished using one of the suggestions I read and it worked for me. I used the toothpaste on a brush with tiny bristles without water. I washed that off then used it again with a tiny bit of water (not so much that it suds) and voila. It's gone. Toothpaste is abrasive and tingled a bit so I used a wash rag with lots of water to gently wash the skin. Good luck. (11/30/2009)
Probably depends on the brand of hair dye, but I used tea tree oil, worked straight away, no issue no fuss. (12/01/2009)
My daughter just died her hair bright blue and it was all over her ears, face, hands, and neck. I took a teaspoon of toothpaste, cigarette ashes, and shampoo mixed it all together and applied with a tooth brush. It required very little scrubbing and it all came off. 30 seconds was all it took and it was a dark stain. (02/04/2010)
By mother 0f 8
If you're like me and broke till payday and dyed your hair and need something around the house. I used blue/black permanent dye and got it everywhere this time. Now I have it all over and the worst is my left hand, it's so bad my nails are completely stained black and the skin is gonna take along time to completely get off. I first tried the bleach method "seems to be most popular" Clorox brand. Soaked my hand and scrubbed for over 5 minutes.
This helped slightly, but I barely noticed a difference and 15 minutes later my hand was hurting, red, and felt hot. I just irritated it. Next I tried Cutex nail polish remover. It works, but not that great I had stains on arms and legs too. It just got rid of surface dye, but the deep penetrated staining had to go. I searched through the posts. If I had had a Magic Eraser I may have tried it, but like I said on a budget at the moment and needed something.
My final attempt here I read about the Lysol Disinfectant Wipes. My right hand is completely clean. They work, you have to rub them for a bit "over 5 minutes for hard stains" but it works at least. Made my skin slightly more irritated, but they are non abrasive and cleaned everywhere else nicely. I showered and washed with soap twice. My left hand is still shaded and so are the nails. When it calms down I'm gonna do more wipes again. Everything I had was around the house didn't have to buy anything. Good luck. (02/06/2010)
I dyed my hair and I usually can wash if off, but this time I had dark spots on my face and neck. I ended up trying the Mr. Clean Eraser. It did work, but it is burning my skin currently. I guess maybe it feels like a derm abrasion. (02/28/2010)
I dyed my hair purple on top and black underneath. The black was easy the purple, on the other hand was not. I have purple (and I mean purple) on the front line of my forehead, my ears, and even on my neck.
My husband has a show (he's in a rock band) tomorrow, well today. Please help me to get it off. I tried everything from Vaseline, to bleach, and cigarette ashes. Nothing is working. I desperately and quickly need help. Thanks.
By Mammy from Tacoma, WA
I use ammonia based cleaner. Apply some on the skin and wipe off with a wet cloth. Worked for me. (03/14/2010)
My best friend was doing the root touch up on my hair which is black and well she got it on my hairline, ears, and forehead so she rubbed toothpaste with baking soda and rubbed it all on the area where the hair dye was. Then took Q-tips and soaked them in rubbing alcohol and scrubbed my forehead and all, Then we rinsed it and did this procedure twice and the most of it came off.
As far as the pain it didn't really hurt other than the cold/burning from the toothpaste and the only other pain was from her rubbing so hard at times. It really could have been done again, but I was satisfied enough with the results I got from doing it twice. I really suggest doing this it really works. Good luck. (03/17/2010)
Either of these work: "Lava" brand soap, the old-fashioned light green color soap with some type of scrubbing or exfoliant in it. It comes in a red wrapper in a bar-soap pkg. that's red. A friend of mine in Australia uses something called "Solvol" which is like our "Lava" soap here in the USA. I joined this just to post this because of the fact it is a tried and true remedy. (03/22/2010)
I just dyed my hair a soft black, all by myself and got it everywhere. I decided to try the toothpaste and baking soda (Colgate winter-fresh) and to my total amazement, it worked pretty well. I would say 85-95% off. I would recommend this one. (04/22/2010)
I dyed my hair black last night and got it every where. I have used bleach and toothpaste none of them really worked. So when i got up this morning I came on here and looked at what people have used to try and get the dye off. I have just been in my kitchen and the Dettol was on the side, I thought why not I have used every thing else. It works, use it neat, I used some cotton buds and didn't have to rub hard either. Please try it, it is so much saver than bleach. (05/02/2010)
By EMMA .H
Getting dye on your skin is always the best part. Anyway last year I did purple and got it everywhere, ears, neck, hands, forehead, ugggh. Well I used bleach and it worked, but it burned pretty bad. So I have a better solution because I just dyed my hair red and got it everywhere again and someone told me to use hand sanitizer. I used Germ X and a cotton ball and it worked a whole lot better and quicker with no pain! (05/14/2010)
I just dyed my hair black and I had black on my hairline that was really annoying me so I looked up how to get it off on Google and this was the first link. I had already tried rubbing cigarette ash on my hairline which made the blackness come out a little bit, but I tried rubbing alcohol and that took the rest of the blackness from my hairline. So if I were to recommend one, it would be rubbing alcohol. (05/15/2010)
Try using the following: a half spoon each, toothpaste, lemon juice, and dish wash liquid. Mix it together and apply on the skin. Wait for 5 minutes, apply Vaseline, nail polish remover in the cotton, and scrub the areas where you have earlier applied. Then wash with water. Sounds funny, but believe me it worked. (06/13/2010)
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By Shelby from Golden Meadow, LA
Hello All, use the following: half spoon each toothpaste, lemon juice and dish wash liquid. Mix ingredients together and apply on the skin. Wait for 5 minutes. Apply vaseline, nail polish remover in cotton, scrub the areas where you have earlier applied and wash with water. Sounds funny but believe me it worked. (06/13/2010)
When I dyed my hair the instructions said to use peroxide to remove dye from your skin. (06/13/2010)
Try soaking in bleach and lemon juice. Be careful if you have any open cuts as it will sting. (06/15/2010)
Soak in hydrogen peroxide, wash and repeat. If may not get all of the stain off (black is difficult to remove) but it will get most of it off. In the future if you don't have gloves, use a large plastic baggie ;-) (06/15/2010)
Magic Eraser is an abrasive, so be aware that you are scraping off a layer of skin when you are using it. That is why it is stinging. It looks so soft, just like a sponge, but it is an abrasive, which is why it works so well on soap scum! It is NOT meant to be used on skin.
Note: do not use combinations of these suggested things. Bleach and vinegar, for example, might be toxic. Certainly you are not supposed to mix an acid or a base with bleach, as some combos can release chlorine gas, which is poison. Other combos with only cancel each other out, such as vinegar and baking soda.
It is often better to use products that are formulated for use on the skin rather than laundry products. (06/15/2010)
I always use nail varnish remover. Smells awful but works quite well. (06/15/2010)
By Timid Tulip
You know when you cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin? Well the toner takes off the hair dye like magic and is safe and non toxic to use. Any toner will do. (06/15/2010)
Try clorox. It's worked for me when I get some in front of my hair line. (06/15/2010)
Try using Nair, yes the hair removal cream. I found out this worked when Nair pretty much removed not only the hair on my legs, but the sunless tanner too. Since then I have used Nair many times to remove mistakes from sunless tanner, until my friend had purple hair dye all over her hands. I told her to try Nair and, no more purple hands! (06/22/2010)
I used the comet liquid cleaner on my arms, nails, and hair line. I got my black hair dye all over. Lol. It removed the dye from my arms and nails but not my hairline. So I used Brugal (my dad recommended it). Brugal is a rum from Dominican Republic. (06/26/2010)
I've dyed my hair black numerous times, and while it's processing I take a sponge soaked in Dawn dish detergent and it works like magic to get all the dye off. Before I found this I used everything from bleach to scrubbing bubbles to cigarette ashes. It's so simple it's stupid.
So yeah, for a cheap way to get hair dye off your skin use Dawn and a sponge. You don't even have to scrub hard at all. It simply vanishes from your skin! (07/09/2010)
I found these awesome towelettes at my local Walgreens. Made by Fanci-full, simply called Haircolor Stain Remover Towelettes, I paid $2 for 2. They actually took hot pink dye off of my scalp and hairline. I had literally tried every home remedy listed here and nothing even faded this stuff. The towelettes took it off with only minor scrubbing. Highly recommend trying this before you scrub off layers of flesh. (07/19/2010)
My 2 year old got into some black hair dye that was left in the container and decided to rub it all over her body. To my surprise when I was changing her diaper I swiped the baby wipe across her leg and no more hair dye. Huggies cucumber melon baby wipes removed any traces of the dye! (07/31/2010)
There are a few products out there for this actually to put on before coloring. I saw one in a salon called Prep Skin Guard. Seems to work quite well. I believe you can order it online. Hope this helps. (08/02/2010)
I dyed my step moms hair a reddish brown color this afternoon. My hands looked like they had blood all over them when I was done, because I do not like using the gloves. I got online to try and find an at home remedy because I had already tried fingernail polish remover, magic eraser, baking soda and peroxide. Even the dye remover pads you buy from Sally's.
So while I was looking online I tried a couple of the things mentioned by people on this site and they worked, but only a little. Well I got to thinking what if i mixed them together? So I mixed toothpaste, cigarette ashes, dawn dish soap, baking soda, fingernail polish remover, vinegar, and lemon juice together. I applyed the mixture to my hands and scrubbed till it was a lathery paste. I let that sit on there for about five minutes. I applyed the paste twice, and it removed all of the dye almost perfectly. It left some around my nail bed but I had a liitle of the mixture left over and I just applyed it to each finger nail. Then scrubbed with an old toothbrush, and voila! Perfect hands! (08/05/2010)
I was skeptical of using cigarette ashes, but I tried a few other things that didn't work. The ashes worked wonders. Who knew they were good for something!
What is the best way to get hair dye off of your hands? I just dyed my sister's hair. She poured too much paint into the mix which made it extra dark. I tried Dawn dish soap and scrubbed with a sponge, toothpaste with baking soda, and a special salon cleanser made for this reason, but nothing helped! I refuse to try cigarette ashes, bleach, or the Magic Eraser, because it takes a layer of your skin away and leaves it raw. Anything else I can use that can be found at home?
Have you tried "Lava" soap? I'm sure that it will take off the hair coloring. (08/26/2010)
First, it doesn't make a bit of difference how much of a dark/darker color (paint as you call it) was mixed because it would have stained your hands no matter what because you didn't wear gloves. ;-) Since the Clean Touch you tried didn't work, then go back to the beauty supply and get 40% volume hydrogen peroxide because it has the highest 'lift' (don't even bother with the 3% volume you get at the pharmacy).
Wet your dry hands down well with it and 'lightly' rub a dub dub for a minute or two. You may need to repeat another time or two but it will get rid of most, if not all, of the stain. Wash your hands afterward and use some lotion while your hands are still damp so your skin is moisturized. I was a hairstylist for 35 years and my specialty was as a chemical technician. (08/27/2010)
How do you get hair dye off your skin?
By Brittany from GA
My mom always told me to put ash on it and it seemed to help a lot on me, also nail polish remover helps too. (10/05/2010)
Get some cotton balls and some hydrogen peroxide. That has always worked for me. It doesn't take much. (10/07/2010)
Please never use chlorine bleach! You can try using non chlorine bleach or, better yet, get 40 volume peroxide from your local beauty supply to remove hair color from skin. Having been a hairstylist for 35 years I can assure you that 40 volume peroxide will remove most, if not all, of the color stain and since it is not chlorine based (it's oxygen based) it is safe.
Chlorine is defined by the EPA as a pesticide, whose sole purpose is to kill living organisms, and that the chlorine problem is similar to that of air pollution. Breast cancer, which now effects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue.
Two thirds of our harmful exposure to chlorine is due to inhalation and skin absorption.
Chlorine vapors are known to be a strong irritant to the sensitive tissue and bronchial passages inside our lungs and was used as a chemical weapon (Mustard Gas) in World War I. The inhalation of chlorine is a suspected cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children, which has increased 300% in the last two decades.