Hair Color Removal From Skin

Hair color stains on your skin don't have to be permanent.
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Your new hair color application is going well until you take a closer look at your forehead and notice that it’s no longer skin colored. The misapplied hair dye has stained your skin and now you look like a Dalmatian. You could wait for the coloring to fade, but that could take weeks. Before you shed tears over your newly dyed skin, try some common methods to remove the dye without harsh scrubbing.

Wipe the dyed skin as soon as possible with a damp tissue to remove as much of the dye as possible. The sooner you remove the excess dye, the easier removing the remaining stain will be.

Dampen a mildly abrasive cloth, such as a terry washcloth, with warm water. Apply 1 teaspoon of facial or body cleanser to the cloth. Gently scrub the stained area of skin with the cloth by moving it in circular motions and using firm pressure. Rinse the cloth and the skin with water to remove the soap residue and pat dry with a towel.

Saturate a cotton ball with either white vinegar or hairspray. Rub the cotton ball over the stained areas to exfoliate the upper layer of skin cells.

Apply a light layer of baby oil to any remaining stains and allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, the oil will have saturated the skin, making removal of the hair color much easier.

  • Use caution when applying vinegar, hairspray or hair color remover to the facial area. Do not get the products in your eyes or mouth.
  • If the hair color stain is stubborn, you may need to use a hair color stain remover product. These are available at any beauty supply store. Simply wipe on the remover with a tissue or cotton ball.
  • To prevent hair color from staining your skin in the future, always wear gloves and spread a layer of thick lotion or petroleum jelly over all facial areas that are prone to staining.

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.