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.