Removing Permanent Marker from Hair

May 22, 2020

I used a purple Sharpie to dye the ends of my hair. My hair is a natural blonde and the Sharpie has stained my hair. I've tried the hairspray trick, washing-up liquid, and a hair colour remover, none have worked.


My hair is very fine so I don't want to use anything too harmful to prevent breakage. If anybody could help? My hair is short so I can't cut it until it grows more. Thank you! :)


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You may be able to try some baking soda to get it out. Normally when you put sharpie in the hair it stains the hair and does not come out unless you cut your hair off. In some cases you may be able to remove some of the color with some lime juice, or try some dandruff shampoo or some vinegar to get it out.

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There are some solutions on Google

You could try:
- Wipe hair with hairspray soaked cloth
- Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo
Also, as a tip to use acetone-based fingernail polish remover and wipe individual hair strand but I would not try that.


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This is news to me. I did not know that Sharpie dyed hair permanently like this!

Acetone (IE nail polish remover) is an excellent go-to remover not just of paint and dyes but sticky chemical residues.

As well maybe some good old fashined hydrogen peroxide might work. As well, why not hair bleach?

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March 9, 2007

I have a serious problem. My young daughter has some how used a red sharpie to color her hair. Does anyone have any tips?

Michelle from Rocky Point, NC


October 28, 20070 found this helpful

How can I remove red sharpie from my blonde hair?

Jenn from Newton Falls, OH


RE: Removing Sharpie from Hair

Try pouring lemon juice over the area and sit in the sun for a couple of hours then wash off, or it might just wash out eventually. (03/10/2007)


By Kylie

RE: Removing Sharpie from Hair

You might want to try hair spray on a cloth then wiping your hair with the cloth. Really get the cloth wet with the hairspray. It works on getting permanent marker off of other things. Worth a try (03/10/2007)

By Molissa

RE: Removing Sharpie from Hair

YES! Hair spray gets rid of permanent marker. (03/11/2007)

By starchild in VT

RE: Removing Sharpie from Hair

Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover generally works to remove permanent marker on surfaces. It might work for hair. (03/13/2007)

By Cresanna

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By ana (Guest Post)
May 1, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks so much 4 the advice on getting sharpie out of my hair! I tried using nail polish remover and it worked!

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December 19, 2006

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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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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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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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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November 14, 2006

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

Alisha from Elma, WA


By Danielle (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 Haley aka Sharpie head (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 Piper (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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August 10, 2015

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

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August 22, 2014

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

By Julissa

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July 19, 2011

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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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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