How to Remove Hair Dye from Skin?

How to Remove Hair Dye from Skin?

Discover the top tips for preventing hair dye from staining your skin, face and hairline. You will also learn how to remove it safely with these tips.

Hair Colour Tips

Luxurious shimmering hair? Yes please! Stained hairline and forehead? No thank you…

Changing your hair colour is one of the easiest ways to switch-up your look, and when it’s done right, it can leave you feeling incredible. In previous years, visiting the salon was the only way to ensure a professional finish. Thankfully that’s no longer the case, and you can achieve that same salon-rich colour from the comfort of your own home.

But one risk of the home dye process is being left with unsightly stains around the forehead and hairline, especially if you get a little over excited with the applicator. Whether you’re reading this before getting started (good thinking!) or are looking to remove stains after – we’ve got you covered. Here are our top tips on how to remove hair dye from the skin, hairline and face.

How to avoid hair dye on skin

Tip #1: Protect with petroleum jelly

We recommend starting off by wearing the gloves provided with your kit, then creating a barrier with petroleum jelly around the hairline, ears and neck. It’s a simple step that will make removing any excess dye a whole lot easier. If any dye does get on top of the barrier, simply wipe it away with a damp dark towel as soon as you notice. Being mindful of time is important, so once the dye is fully applied be sure to swiftly review your handiwork. Pay close attention to the neck and behind the ears – they’re notoriously hard-to-see areas susceptible to overspill.

How to get hair dye off your skin

Tip #2: Clean up with coconut oil

Oils are one of your biggest allies for the hair dye process. Experts recommend colouring onto unwashed hair, as the natural oils help protect the cuticle whilst the hair is processing. But did you know these natural oils also serve as a barrier to safeguard against staining? If you’ve experienced some post-dye stains, reach for our favourite kitchen cupboard staple: coconut oil. Using small circular motions with a cotton pad, use the oil to buff away any remaining dye around the face and hairline. It works to gently to lift out residual colour, leaving you good as new.

Tip #3: Exfoliate

You may want to take this one easy, but light exfoliation is a great way to fade any leftover marks. Be mindful that skin stained from colour could be sensitive, so approach as gently as you can. Look for products which have manual exfoliating beads, like L'Oréal Paris Smooth Sugars Nourish Scrub – it will both help remove colour and give your skin some extra loving.

Tip #4: Give it time

Probably not what you wanted to hear, but trust us – it works! As the days go by and you’re enjoying your new glossy locks, you’ll notice the leftover dye fade away. This is the safest method on our list and will help you avoid any unnecessary irritation – especially if you have naturally sensitive skin. Want to find the right hair colour product for you? Read about the different types of hair dye here. Then find out how to make that shade last with our guides on how to wash dyed hair and how to care for dyed hair.


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