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How To Get Hair Dye Off Skin

Dying a person’s hair is the process of changing its color. There are three types of hair dye, permanent, semi-permanent and temporary dyes. Dye is used for a number of reasons such as, to hide a person’s current hair color or restore it to what it once looked like. For instance, a lot of persons who begin to see grey hair, dye their hair to make it appear darker. Some persons dye their hair to give it different tones to make it look funky or outlandish; some entertainers practice this as a way to “stand out from the crowd” or some simply do it to make their hair seem more fashionable. In the process of dying your hair, it is common for it spill onto other areas of the skin, especially onto the person who is applying the dye. There are a number of methods, items and products that can be used to eliminate dye from the skin, and this article will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to achieve this.

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Required Tools

  • Soap bar
  • Facial cleanser
  • Hair dye remover
  • Body scrub
  • Cotton ball
  • Towel
  • Vinegar (distilled)
  • Baby oil or other forms of greasy cream such as petroleum jelly
  • Oatmeal
  • Sugar
  • Water


  1. Usually the first option for getting rid of dye from the skin is to purchase a dye -removing product from a beauty or cosmetic store. This is easy to use because the instructions are provided with the package. Some persons don’t use this option because the time it takes to get to the store and to get back to start applying it.
  2. Take a cotton ball and dip it into baby oil or some greasy cream and gently scrub the skin on the areas where the dye has spilled until the dye comes out. This process may have to be done more than once onto the affected areas until the dye disappears.
  3. Take a towel and soak it with distilled vinegar, then slowly and gradually rub it into the areas where the hair dye has been spilled until the dye comes out.
  4. You can also use regular soap bars that you use in your bathroom to wash the affected area but this as to be done as soon as the dye spills.
  5. If you happen to have a facial cleanser, this can be used to clean off any extra dye that may have gotten on your face while dying your hair. These products can usually be found in your local cosmetic store or pharmacy.
  6. Body scrubs are great for getting rid of dye because it is made with exfoliating agents that work well on skin. You can also make your own body scrub by mixing oatmeal, sugar and water. Simply add body scrub to the affected areas and gently rub it into the skin until it starts to come out and then rinse the skin with warm water as you go along.
  7. You can use regular toothpaste by either applying it to your fingers or onto a piece of cotton and rubbing it onto the skin. Then allow the toothpaste to sit for approximately 10 minutes and rinse the skin off with warm water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to get rid of the dye off the skin as soon as you have applied it the person’s hair because the longer you take to clean it off the harder it is to be removed. If none of the options used here proves to be effective, simple visit a professional who can assist with getting rid of the dye.
  • There is an effective prevention method to avoid getting dye onto the person’s face you’re your dying. You can apply Vaseline along the hair lining, behind the ears, around the neck or anywhere within that area that you think the dye may spill. If you don’t have Vaseline then you can use any form of greasy cream.
  • Keep in mind that some persons have very delicate skin and may have certain allergic reactions to some of the products that you use on their skin. So make an inquiry as to what the person may be allergic to.
  • Try your best when working around the persons facial area, not to let any of the products get into the persons eyes. If this happens you may have to visit a medical doctor.

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