Removing Hair Dye from Hands?

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 Whitmore from Goliad, TX

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February 11, 20120 found this helpful

I found a link that said that if you take a bowl full of water and mix with 1 teaspoon dawn or other dish washing soap, and rub it with a cloth gently it will take it off. Rinse when done.

Another way is to use toothpaste:

Apply some toothpaste on the stain, on your hand and brush that into the stain and rinse and keep gently brushing until the stain goes away.

Another method is to brush lemon juice onto the stain on your hand and rinse and then put some baking soda on the stain and rinse and keep alternating that.


Here is the link and I hope it helps you out.

Blessings, Robyn

February 11, 20120 found this helpful

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.

Good luck!

*I'm suggesting colors that won't contrast a lot with the dyed skin, which is not true of, say, dark red.



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