A common problem during hair dyeing is hair dye that ends up on the skin! This happens in the hair salon but also at home. After dyeing, you can see that the hair dye has ended up in the weirdest places, such as on the forehead, fingers, or wrists. How do you best remove that hair dye from the skin? We tell you all the tips & tricks.
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Be aware of the risks
Prepare your skin
Your skin is most likely to come into contact with the paint in a number of places: think of your hairline, on your neck, and behind your ears. Put a layer of Vaseline on the skin in those places. In this way, it is easier to wipe off the paint residue afterward. Don’t have Vaseline at home? You can also use a thick conditioner.
Remove spilled paint from your skin as soon as possible
The faster you clean your skin, the easier it will be. You can use water and a bar of soap. If it doesn’t work, you may want to switch to something more aggressive, such as an alcohol-based cleanser. Alcohol dries out your skin, so be careful with it.
Vaseline not only helps to get rid of paint stains, you can also use it preventively. To avoid staining while dyeing, it’s best to apply a thin protective layer of petroleum jelly to your hairline before you begin. Has the damage already been done? Then apply a small amount of Vaseline to a cotton pad or dab it directly on the stain and massage it in well. Once the ointment darkens, you can remove it from your skin with a damp washcloth. Just make sure you wear gloves.
With baby oil
Baby oil is not only great for removing make-up, it is also ideal for removing paint stains. And since it is very soft, it can be applied anywhere. Apply some oil to the stain with your fingers and let it soak overnight. Remove it the next day with a tissue and chances are the stain will be gone. No baby oil in the house? Then try an oily make-up remover, this will also work in most cases.
Sounds a bit crazy, but it really works. Apply some toothpaste to the stain in a thin layer with your fingers or a cotton ball. Massage it in for about 30 to 60 seconds and then rinse it off with lukewarm water and a washcloth. The toothpaste will act as a kind of abrasive to exfoliate the discolored skin.
Dishwashing liquid is of course not very suitable for your face, but it works fine for a stain on your hands. Make sure that you only use dishwashing liquid without dyes or perfumes to avoid skin irritation. Apply a little dishwashing liquid to the discolored skin and rub it in gently. Then rinse with lukewarm water and repeat until the stain is gone.
Home remedies to remove hair dye
- Vinegar : Vinegar is an ideal solution to remove hair dye from the skin. Put some vinegar on a cotton pad and put it on the place where you have the hair dye for about 3 to 5 minutes. After this, the hair dye spot is completely a thing of the past!
- Coconut oil : Coconut oil is a very good way to remove the hair dye. Heat the coconut oil and apply the oil to wet hair or the desired area. Let it sit for an hour and the problem will be solved.
- Baking soda with dish soap : Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of dish soap. Use the mixture as a scrub and apply it to the skin with a washcloth.
- Alcohol with dishwashing liquid: No baking soda but alcohol in the house? Dip a cotton ball in the alcohol and then add some washing-up liquid. Use the cotton ball where you want to remove the hair dye.
- Anti-dandruff shampoo : Not happy with the color that ends up in your hair? Then use an anti-dandruff shampoo ! Due to the strong effect, you remove the hair coloring from the hair.
Finally, for extreme hair dye stains on hands and arms, you can use chlorine bleach. However, be warned that this is clearly a very stubborn product that can damage the skin if left in contact with it for too long. Rub the stains with the bleach until they lighten, then immediately rinse with cold water and then wash the area with soap and water. Use a moisturizer on the skin to restore moisture and minimize any possible damage.
Some people are hypersensitive to chlorine bleach and this is not an option for them. I have known women who used this product to remove blemishes on their faces; they took cotton cloths soaked with bleach and then wrung them out to blot the stains. I would recommend extreme precaution with this, especially with spots close to the eyes.