Keeping Hair Dye Off Your Skin

November 11, 2010

Keeping Hair Dye Off SkinI 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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That's a really good idea, Happy Ending, but you can also just take an old damp washcloth and simply wipe the color that's on your skin off once you apply the color to your hair if you don't want to fiddle with tape or mess with the petroleum jelly.

JustPlainJo, actually that pink tape was used for keeping the old fashioned metal clips used for hair rollers and/or used for making pin curls and waves from burning skin where they might be touching ears and hairline when you sat under the hot hair dryers of old while drying. Once the hair paper called San-ex came out it was used instead. Not only was I a hairstylist for 35 years but so was my mom for that many years. I was in her womb when she was in Beauty School and worked on Saturday's in her salon when I was 12 and 13 helping remove those rollers for all of the stylists, sweeping hair, getting coffee for the clients, etc. :-)

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February 14, 2005

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

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October 9, 2019

Okay guys, I have been using black dye for 5+ years now and I always get covered in it, but NO MORE! Before applying, clip hairline back, and cover your face and neck entirely in Vaseline.


Put on hands and arms before wearing gloves. Even hours after, a warm soapy cloth washed over stained areas, and VOILA! Gone from anywhere that's human skin.

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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


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August 19, 20060 found this helpful
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Put vaseline around the hairline and the dye can't stick. I've tried it and it really works!

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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
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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
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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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