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Removing Permanent Marker from Hair

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If your or your child accidentally or intentionally got permanent marker in your hair it can be a chore to remove. This is a guide about removing permanent marker from hair.
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By 0 found this helpful
November 13, 2015

I have a problem. I was bored and got blue Sharpie in my hair and I can't get it out. My mom will freak out when she sees my blue hair and if I don't get it out by tonight or in the morning I will be going to school with blue hair and I will be known as Sharpie girl. Any advice or tips on how to get this out?

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December 9, 20160 found this helpful

I am trying with my younger sister and she is 4

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

Hi this has happend to me before first try taking a shower and put a lot of shampoo I your hair if that does not work I recmand being. Honest with your mom and going to a hair salon

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March 9, 20170 found this helpful

I tried but it's still not coming out..

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Anonymous
March 21, 20170 found this helpful

Use a lot of shampoo and conditioner and soap and try for an hour

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Anonymous
April 28, 20170 found this helpful

Try washing detergent

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By 0 found this helpful
August 10, 2015

How do you get purple Sharpie out of your hair? I have tried alcohol already.

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August 11, 20150 found this helpful

I would suggest getting purple highlights and pretend like you did it on purpose. Or maybe it's in a place where a haircut will remove it?

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August 11, 20151 found this helpful

You can try a small amount of dawn dish washing soap and warm water.

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December 19, 20060 found this helpful

My daughter created highlights in her hair with a red permanent marker, how can I remove it?

Cuscus from Winchester ON

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

Your child sounds most creative! To help, you can use a *stripping shampoo* (Neutrogena makes one) for when you have a build-up of residue from chlorine, hairspray, mud or old shampoo and conditioners that leave a film on your hair etc. When using this type of clean shampoo, it'll cleanse deep and brings back that natural luster and shine. I am sure this would be helpful with your *marker* issue. Good luck! :)

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 1, 20090 found this helpful

I put pink, purple, blue and black sharpie in my already highlighted/colored blonde hair for colored highlights. (I know I'm an idiot). So far, I used dish soap, shampoo, vinegar, "oops" hair color remover, fingernail polish remover without acetone, and alcohol. NOTHING will get it out! Any more ideas people ? Please HELP

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful

lemon=no

strip remover=yes

peroxide=no

vinegar=No

nair polish remover=yes

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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

I colored part of my bangs purple and it looked super cool, but like a month later its all faded out pink and it looks bad and wont go away!

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December 5, 20140 found this helpful

You can use coconut oil! :) Just saturate and wipe down the hair piece with coconut oil, then wash that area with shampoo.

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August 22, 20140 found this helpful

I put Crayola permanent marker in my hair. How do I get it out?

By Julissa

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August 27, 20140 found this helpful

You might have to let it grow out or color all your hair with the appropriate type of color.

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Anonymous
October 28, 20150 found this helpful

No u don't. All u have to do is wash your hair a few times and it should slowly come out. Depending on what color your hairs is will determine how long it will stay. I just put pink sharpie highlights on my bleach blonde hair. It will come out within 2 washes

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November 14, 20060 found this helpful

I have Sharpie in my hair. How do I get it out?

Alisha from Elma, WA

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 15, 20060 found this helpful

I think it will probably come out in a few washes if not just one. I can't imagine you have enough sharpie in your hair to be too noticeable, so I wouldn't worry about it. I've gotten sharpie in my hair before and it comes out rather easily with shampoo, but it may depend on your hair color, too.

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November 16, 20060 found this helpful

maybe nail polish remover. test on an inconspicuous place on hair first. then wash it i would think it would come out.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 10, 20060 found this helpful

I currently have sharpie in my hair.

Its red and I thought it looked cool and I noticed after one wash it was fading already so I applied more. Well its been about 1 month and it still hasnt come out.

I don't know how to get it out but I talked to my father and he said that Sharpie has acetone in it and acetone is a thinner so he said eventually my hair will fall out.

So if I were you I'd stop wither the sharpie once you get it out.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 20, 20070 found this helpful

Does sharpie make your hair fall out?

Editor's Note: I don't know why it would but I suppose it is possible.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 16, 20080 found this helpful

I put sharpie in my hair[my hair is brown] and after a couple of washes with shampoo it will come out. It just seems to get all over your towel.

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

My friend said she wanted to color my black hair with a silver Sharpie. It's been in a day; I think I got one side of it out, but there is still some in. How do I remove it?

By Mercedes M.

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Anonymous
July 22, 20110 found this helpful

Keep shampooing daily and it will eventually be gone. ;-)

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Anonymous
March 1, 20160 found this helpful

all you need to do is wash your hair very well with alot of shampoo and the colour will quickly fade away

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By 0 found this helpful
August 1, 2012

Can you get red Sharpie out of brown hair? It's been in for a while now, but I want it to come out now! What should I do?

By Jessika

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August 2, 20120 found this helpful

Try saturating the colored hair with rubbing alcohol. You might have to apply more than once - it dries very quickly.

If the color comes out, you need to wash your hair afterwards.

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December 19, 20060 found this helpful

Can someone suggest anything for removing permanent purple ink from bleach blond hair? A friend of mine who has waste length hair, picked up a marker to hold her hair up in a bun... Unbeknownced to her the cap came off and leaked a nice big extremely conspicuous blotch of ink in the middle of her hair. She tried washing it out with shampoo but it didnt have any impact on the stain.

Stephanie from Tustin, CA

Answers:

Permanent Ink In Har

Lemon juice might help. Section off that strip. and then use old cloth with hair sandwiched in between and blot like. Call a local beautician also. (10/08/2005)

By giggligoo

Permanent Ink In Hair

The only thing I know that will definitely take it out is nail polish remover. But, I don't know if this will damage her hair. (10/10/2005)

By sjackie2000

Permanent Ink In Hair

Try isopropyl alchohol 99%. I removed sharpie black permanent marker from white leather shoes with this. Good Luck. (10/30/2005)

By Lisa

Permanent Ink In Hair

Nail polish remover will work, but must be the kind WITH acetone. Good luck! (04/27/2006)

By KerBearRN

Permanent Ink In Hair

The same thing happened to me I used nail polish remover and immediately washed it out with cold water this seemed to get it out almost immediately. (11/06/2006)

By jessica

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