Removing Permanent Marker in Hair?

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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December 20, 20063 found this helpful

i hate to say this but did it look nice? because i might try it in my brown hair unless people can tell me its terrible lol i do dye my hair to hide the grey but highlights are so expensive this sounds great


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April 27, 20180 found this helpful

it does look good i did it lol

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful


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By Karen (Guest Post)
December 20, 20060 found this helpful

Try goo gone but hair is more porous than the plastic I used this on, good luck!

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June 10, 20070 found this helpful

I had a friend with this problem...she had to get her child's hair cut really short all over and it took most of it out....the only thing that worked somewhat was baking soda...the only thing safe to use really.

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By Lisa (Guest Post)
July 18, 20071 found this helpful

My son purposely marked his hair for spirit at a swim meet. I was trying to figure out how to get it out, but the problem took care of itselt.


The next time he went swimming it was gone. I don't know if it was the chlorine or the sun or a combination, but it was gone :)

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By cassandra skaggs (Guest Post)
February 22, 20080 found this helpful

I've tried everything but it still won't come out

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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

use vinger water

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June 7, 20190 found this helpful

Mix 1 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup dawn dish soap and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide. Apply to strands, gently rub and you can see it coming out. Apply the rest all over hair and wait ten minutes. Rinse well. Took black sharpie out of my daughters blonde hair.

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June 1, 20080 found this helpful

I personally have very dark hair so I've never been faced with this problem. However, I have a few suggestions which should at least diminish the intensity of the marker-colored hair, if not completely remove it.


(1) Vinegar is a great, cheap way to remove product build-up that accumulates in your hair over time from the use of heavy conditioners, hair sprays, gels/mousses, and residual waxes (a common ingredient in most shampoos and conditioners). Try apple cider vinegar full-strength. Heat it up in microwave first and then apply it w/ a squirt bottle to dry (product-free) hair. Use a fine-toothed comb to work vinegar into hair strands as much as possible. Then, wrap hair in shower cap (or plastic bag) and wait 30 mins. Wash w/ a 'Clarifying' shampoo (2x) afterward to thoroughly cleanse hair and eliminate vinegar odor.
(2) There's a product called, 'Malibu', that professional salons use to strip hair prior to tinting it- removing both product build-up and older, faded tints.

You can buy 'Malibu' at Sally's Beauty Supply for under $5. It's a powder which only requires the addition of water to activate it. Instructions on back of package.
(3) You may want to try using a peroxide developer to strip marker color out. Developers come in 20, 30, and 40 volume & are generally used in conjunction w/ hair color or bleach to lift natural hair color (& deposit new color if tinting). Because these developers are harsh chemicals, start out w/lowest volume developer available to avoid unnecessary damage to hair. Ask employees at beauty supply for advice on and assistance with properly applying this product!

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By angie (Guest Post)
June 3, 20080 found this helpful

I just tried putting coon tails in my hair with a black sharpie, and I slipped. I just washed it out really good with lots of soap and I blow dried the piece of hair of which the marker was on, and most of it came out.


One more wash and it should come out, for sure, but after you was it make sure to dry the piece of hair or the whole head.

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December 6, 20081 found this helpful

Oh, my god, your daughter is brilliant! Such a great idea! (I am serious)

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September 25, 20170 found this helpful

i basically just used nail polish remover and it removed all of it but the smell is bad

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January 22, 20091 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 Paris (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 Madi (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful

strip remover=yes
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, 20141 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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February 12, 20170 found this helpful

Try putting a small amount of dawn dish soap and shampoo and see if that will get it out.

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July 23, 20170 found this helpful

I have been trying different magic marker colours on mySilvers because :
A. It's FUN.
B. I'm A Gypsy-esque-quasi-Hippie
C. Tightwad.
*The Blue/Teal Green combo washed Out 1st DoubleDope shampooing..
* Red with PINK Won't wash out at AND that's why I'm Here..
* Lemon juice was My First inclination as a HomeRemedy - Think I'll Buy some Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo instead.
* Thanks for the Laughs & Advice.
p.s. Malibu Treatment Needs to sit under A SalonStyle Hairdryer 30minutes for Best Results - I'm A Former Hair Stylist/Barber. Also going to Try the COLORISTA #TEAL10 for Dark Hair next. I have a friend who Has GR8 results with the Joico Product Line - I'm JUST Not interested in bleaching any of my Hair...

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