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Keeping Hair Dye Off Your Skin

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When dyeing hair at home, it's important to take some precautions to avoid getting the color on your skin. This guide is about keeping hair dye off skin.


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By 11 found this helpful
November 11, 2010

I color my hair at home, and always end up with dye on my forehead and ears, which can stain your skin. I have tried to put petroleum jelly on my hairline, but it would get in my hair and stop the dye from taking. Anyway, I had the idea of using masking tape (the paper, low stick kind) on the skin around my hair line and it works really well, giving me a much more professional look. I have suggested it to friends and it works well for them too. It is a time and skin saver. It is a bit fiddly to get the hang of, but gives awesome results.

By happy ending from Geraldton, Western Australia

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February 14, 20050 found this helpful

To prevent my ears/neck/hairline from getting covered in tell-tale dye spots when I dye my hair, I smear vaseline on them.

Even if I do get dye on these areas, the vaseline acts as a barrier from keeping the dye off of my skin and wipes off easily when I'm done.


By Ashley

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August 19, 2006

I see how to get hair dye off the skin as a question a lot in the feedback. How do you keep it off in the first place so you don't have to work to take it off.

Susan from Port Orchard, WA


By Jaelyn (Guest Post)
August 19, 20060 found this helpful

Put vaseline around the hairline and the dye can't stick. I've tried it and it really works!

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

One method is to spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline.

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

I spread Noxzema around the hairline and re-apply if needed.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
August 19, 20060 found this helpful

Buy a dark headband from the dollar store, if your dye is dark. Under it apply any form of hand lotion or cream rinse all around your hairline and neck. Plan on using the headband again and again, although stained. If you shake your dye enough, it should be bubbly and not so runny, and if you cut


the spout on the applicator too wide you will have drips. Use only the amount you need, save the rest.
Don't put too much on it. Work on newspaper on the floor in the bathroom, wearing a dark blouse/shirt wrong side out and remove all bath rugs in case of drips. Check yourself all over immediately and often
throughout the process, wearing a cheap shower cap for the waiting time, OR wear a med. large plastic produce sack tied tightly to prevent drafts, drying and drips.

I have hairdresser's license but have never had my own clients, only family and friends. I have done my own hair for over 45 yrs. Remember, also, that dark
dyes are now GREATLY at risk of causing urinary cancer!!! Consider medium or light colors. Good luck and God bless.

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

When I used to color my hair I would put vaseline about 1 inch around the areas needed. Then just wash the vaseline off.

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By Tina (Guest Post)
August 19, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a hairdresser, and everyone is right, a protective coating of some sort on the skin will keep the dye from getting on the skin. Be careful not to get it on your hair though, or it will also prevent the dye from penetrating the hair as well.

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By Heidi (Guest Post)
August 21, 20060 found this helpful

Smear vaseline on the skin adjacent to the area where the dye is being used.

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By Gina (Guest Post)
August 22, 20060 found this helpful

To keep hair color from staining your skin, simply apply vaseline around the hairline and on top of you ears. Just be careful to keep the vaeline away from your hair, otherwise the color will not take.

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August 28, 20060 found this helpful

If there is dye in your skin, before rinsing the dye out of your hair mix shampoo and baking soda into a paste and rub it into your skin. you can even do this right after putting the dye on it. just be careful not to get it into your hair or eyes.

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August 31, 20060 found this helpful

Try putting some cold cream around your hair line etc. and the dye should come away easily.


Jane , Richmond, B.C.

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November 1, 20060 found this helpful

I got a tip from my hairdresser she said to use vaseline too, but if you don't have it just use an old chap stick. it works just as well!!!

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By watzittoya (Guest Post)
May 25, 20080 found this helpful

Do not do what onix893 said. I tried it and and it irritated my skin and I still have the today it kept it on!

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By 0 found this helpful
June 12, 2013

I love colors from purple, to pink, to green, or blue hair. I used to bleach and dye it in high school, but got tired of the constant staining of the back of my neck and ears when I let my hair down after being dry. Any tips from those who regularly do this and don't seem to have that trouble?




June 14, 20130 found this helpful

When you think you are done rinsing, rinse some more. That's usually the main problem. If that doesn't work, use just a tiny bit of shampoo after you rinse well to do a light shampoo. Then blot your hair as dry as possible.

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June 14, 20130 found this helpful

My hairdresser always puts a layer of Vaseline petroleum jelly around my hairline, ears and back of my neck and I have never had stains on my skin. She just wipes it all off when she shampoos the color out. Hope this helps.

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