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How to Remove Hair Dye from Skin

When it comes to dealing with hair dye stains – don't delay! Get rid of hair dye quickly & easily with these top tips.

Even if you’re a dab hand at using a home hair-colouring kit, there may be times when a blob of dye ends up in the wrong place. So what do you do? Is there a fail-safe way to remove hair dye from skin or will you end up walking around with an interesting new beauty spot on your forehead? Here are our top solutions for removing hair dye from skin – if all else fails you’ll end up with an interesting talking point, or get to pick out a new hat!

How to Remove Hair Dye from Face

Always be careful treating the area around your eyes and consult a health care professional first if you have any doubts about using any of these solutions to remove hair dye from skin. If you experience any discomfort during the process, it is important to consult a health care professional as soon as possible.

Solution 1: Lightening speed reaction time

If you’re using the Internet to find out how to remove hair dye from skin after the situation occurs, you’re already too late for the most effective of our solutions. If you use warm water and a cotton wool ball to wipe the dye off as soon as it touches your skin, there’s a very good chance it won’t have had time to sink in. Most dyes take a few minutes to activate, so the best idea is to remove the dye before it has time to change the colour of your skin.

Solution 2: Rub in olive oil, baby oil, oil-based moisturiser, or petroleum jelly

Depending on the nature of the dye, oil-based products may work to break down the dye’s active colour ingredients and therefore help to remove hair dye from skin. Use a cotton wool ball or pad to gently rub the area for a few minutes, then, rinse with warm water. If a first application doesn’t seem to work, you could reapply and let the oil soak in for a period of time, before trying to wipe it off again. Or go for one of the alternatives below.

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Solution 3: Commercial hair dye remover

Unsurprisingly, hair studios are often equipped for this type of emergency! You can buy specially formulated products for removing hair dye from skin in some hair salons and pharmacies. Follow the instructions on the bottle.

Preventing Hair Dye from Staining Skin

Just because you know how to remove hair dye from the face now, it doesn’t mean you’ll want it to happen again in future! So, the next time you feel like freshening up your colour, keep the following in mind:

Applying a thin barrier layer of an oil-based lubricant – like lip balm, or Vaseline’s petroleum jelly – to the ‘danger areas’, like your forehead, ears, or nape of the neck will stop any errant dye from soaking into your skin. It will wipe right off without leaving a mark!

Top Tip


Petroleum jelly isn’t just great for your lips – it’s also a handy substance to prep your skin with before dying your hair. It can act as a protective barrier to prevent the hair dye from staining your skin!