How to get hair dye off skin, fast! | What really works.

Welcome! You’re here to find out how to get hair dye off skin. (Oh dear).

There’s nothing like spending precious time applying a fabulous new colour to your hair only to find after 45 mins that it’s dyed everything within a three-metre radius too.

You forget to put gloves on, or the application process went horribly wrong. Either way, your skin is now stained with hair dye.

The perfect hair colour looks great on your hair, but not so much on your face, ears, neck and hands.

We’ve all been there!

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It doesn’t matter how careful you are, accidents happen. You might have dyed your hair at home or in a salon, but either way, if the colour has stained your skin then there’s only one place to turn for help – this article.

We’re going to show you all of our tried and tested methods for removing dye from sensitive parts of the body such as face, ears and neck. So read on…

Does permanent hair dye come off skin?

The short answer is YES. But it’s pretty stubborn!

Hair dye is permanent and will stain your skin, nails and that’s a fact.

The best thing to do is avoid the staining that occurs by using barrier cream like vaseline all around your hairline to protect it from the dye.

But we all know accidents happen! And sometimes you simply can’t avoid getting hair dye on your skin. And this guide will help you to remove it fast!

What solutions can I try at home?

Hair dye stains can stick around long after your fresh new colour has set.

Especially if it’s been there for some time or you’ve used something like henna hair dye which can give you a tattoo!

You might have given up trying to remove it, or just accepted that this is how you look today.

But there are many things you can try at home to remove hair dye with products and potions you have in the house.

How effective they are depends on how much hair dye you need to remove, what type of hair dye you’ve used, how well ‘set’ the dye is and how much your skin is stained.

Many of these solutions will also work on your clothes, carpet, bathroom counter and even your walls!

1. Use a cotton ball soaked in olive oil or coconut oil. Rub it on the affected area and leave it in for a few minutes to soak before wiping away. Repeat the process if neccessary.

2. Apply a layer of Vaseline then wipe off with a damp cloth

3. Non-gel toothpaste – rub it gently on the dye patches with cotton wool or a cotton ball and rinse it off with water.

4. Bicarbonate of soda – make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and some water and use it like an exfoliator on the trouble spots. Baking soda works too. Rinse it away with warm water.

5. Soak a cotton ball in makeup remover then wipe the area.

6. Try using shampoo – any type will do! Lather up the area then rinse off.

How to get hair dye off hands?

Here’s a great ‘How to’ film that shows you how to use these tips and tricks to get dye off your hands (ever forgotten to wear gloves?).

These methods can be used to remove the dye from anywhere on your skin too.

How to Get Hair Dye off Your Hands

How to get hair dye off your forehead?

If you’ve dyed your hair at home then it’s likely that some colour will have ended up on your forehead, no matter how much care you took.

To remove hair dye from your forehead and hairline, firstly wet the area with warm water then apply a small amount of shampoo. Work into a lather then rinse off.

You can also try using olive oil or coconut oil. Soak a cotton ball in the oil then gently rub it over the stained area. Wipe away with a damp cloth.

For those with sensitive skin, try this method: apply a layer of Vaseline to the area then wipe away with a damp cloth.

If neither of these methods work then make a paste out of baking soda and water and rub it into the stain. Leave for a few minutes then rinse off with warm water.

Should I use alcohol to get hair dye off my skin?

Search the t’internet and you’ll discover many articles will suggest using pure rubbing alcohol – don’t do this!

It’s super drying and could give you sore patches and even a nasty reaction. Dish soap won’t do a lot either other than dry out your skin.

These are great solutions if you’re trying to get hair dye off your walls, but your skin and hair? Not so much!

There are plenty of products available that aren’t as harsh and will remove your hair colour mishaps from your face and hands without removing your skin.

Does hand sanitizer get hair dye off skin?

Yes, definitely!

Hair dye stains on the skin will come off with hand sanitizer as it is rubbing alcohol based without being so harsh and dries quickly. 

And let’s face it, we all have tons of this stuff at home right now!

It is seriously easy to use. Use a cotton bud or your fingers and start wiping the skin around your hairline, neck line etc.

You don’t have to scrub too hard, but make sure that most of the hand sanitizer is washed off when you are done.

Now let it dry before doing anything else! Most of the time you will be able to wipe clean most of the dye stains in this way.

What really works to remove hair dye?

The safest and most gentle way to remove stains from your face and hands is to use cleansing products that will remove the dye while being kind to your skin.

Some are specially formulated to remove hair dye stains from your skin and are used in salons and by hairdressers in the know.

Some are ‘normal’ cleansing products that are gentle but effective at removing hair dye as well as things like make-up.

We recommend:

  • Hair dye stain remover products – these are made for the job and typically what colourists and hairdressers use to remove the odd splat.
  • Water-based makeup removers – these are especially safe and effective for removing hair dye from your face as well as your makeup!


Always wear gloves and wash your hands after applying hair dye.

Always use barrier cream around your hairline, ears and nape of your neck.

Keep the application process as tidy as possible, using only enough product for what you need at a time so there’s less chance of spilling or over-application.

Use a tint brush if it makes sense – this can often be easier than trying to apply with your fingers and may reduce staining on your skin too.

How can I stop getting hair dye on my skin?!

Of course, the best thing to do to stop getting hair dye everywhere is to focus on prevention, not cure!

The gloves that come with hair dye can be flimsy and split, putting dye over your fingertips and under your nails and hands which is a pain to remove.

Get yourself a box of disposable gloves that are more durable to protect your hands.

Make sure you protect the skin around your face by putting a barrier cream around your hairline, ears and neck.

We’re fans of good old petroleum jelly, Vaseline!

Parting words.

This article has hopefully helped you avoid some of the most common hair dyeing mistakes and given you a few tips on how to remove hair dye from skin when accidents occur.

Good luck!