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How to get hair dye off skin

by The WIG BAR London

There’s nothing quite like the confidence boost that comes from a fresh colour. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the skilled hands of a professional stylist and at-home hair colouring can get messy pretty quick! Navigating tricky sections like your hairline and the back of your head might leave dye streaks and stains on your skin that can put a damper on your newfound #hairgoals.

Not to worry, it’s actually easier to get hair dye off of your skin than you may think! Here are three sure-fire ways to remove hair dye stains.

1. Makeup Remover

Looking for a quick home remedy to remove hair colour stains? Makeup remover is an easy and cost-effective way to get hair dye off of your skin. Plus, it’s specially formulated for your face, so it won’t cause irritation along your hairline, neck, or ears.

Soak a cotton pad with your favourite waterproof makeup remover and gently rub the stained area to buff out the dye pigment. Wait a few minutes before rinsing to further allow the makeup remover to break down the hair dye. The faster you can remove the colorant after it comes into contact with your skin, the easier it will dissolve off your skin.

Pro tip: dip a Q-tip in makeup remover and run it along your part or hairline to target hard-to-reach areas.

2. Exfoliate

Gently exfoliating your skin will help remove unwanted hair dye quickly and effectively. Opt for face exfoliators that are formulated with a bit of grit—think sugar polishes, micro-exfoliating powders, and scrubs. This method is effective and far less irritating than other DIY dye removal methods like rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (yikes)!

Work the exfoliator over the hair dye stain for a few minutes and then rinse, repeating as needed. Since face exfoliators tend to be a bit drying, follow with a moisturising cleanser or serum to boost hydration.

3. Hair Color Remover Wipes

The beauty industry is always innovating, and hair colour removing wipes are definitely an invention we can get behind! These pre-moistened towelettes swiftly dissolve stains caused by permanent or semi-permanent hair dye. When selecting a wipe brand to use, choose one infused with aloe vera for extra moisture.

Do you have other quick tips for getting hair dye off skin? Let us know in the comments below!


1 comment
by Tyne on May 26, 2021

Great tips! I like the idea of using cotton buds for your part.


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