Sometimes no matter how careful you are when coloring your hair, the dye can stain your skin. The typical places are on your forehead, in or near the ears, cheeks, neck, hands and fingers. Skin stained with hair dye looks dirty or if you color your hair red, it can have a bright red or orange hue. Simple washing, many times, doesn’t remove the hair dye from your skin, leaving you no choice but to resort to other cleaning methods. Many people, who dye their own hair at home, skip over the step of wearing gloves, only to find out later that the manufacturer included the gloves for the very problem they are now facing. Thankfully, there are many tips, tricks and ways to remove hair coloring without having to wait for it to wear off the skin

Hair Conditioner

Buy a thick conditioner or use the one that usually comes with an at home hair coloring kit. Apply a dime size amount to your fingertips and massage the conditioner into your dye stained skin. Let the conditioner sit on your skin for three to five minutes. Wipe the conditioner and dye off your face, neck or hands with an old, clean cotton cloth. The dye will transfer to the cloth so avoid using your good towels or wash cloths. Applying a layer of conditioner around your hairline before dyeing your hair will keep your skin from becoming stained with hair color.

Toothpaste to Remove Hair Dye From Skin

Wet the dye stained area of skin with warm water. Squeeze out a dime size amount of a white toothpaste. Don’t use a gel toothpaste because it does not have the abrasive qualities required to slough off the hair dye stains. Wet a wash rag and dip it into the toothpaste. Gently rub the stains in a circular motion. Don’t rub too vigorously because you will end up with a red abrasion on your skin. Rinse the toothpaste off and repeat if any hair coloring remains on your skin.

Petroleum Jelly to Remove Hair Coloring Stains

 Dip a cotton ball in petroleum jelly. Rub the dye stain back and forth and then in small circles. Change cotton balls and dip it into more petroleum jelly as the color comes off your skin and onto the cotton. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly all around your hairline before dyeing your hair will keep the dye from staining your skin.

Noxzema as a Hair Dye Stain Remover

Grab a jar of Noxzema Original Cream. Dip a cloth or cotton ball into the Noxema and rub away the dye stains. If the dye stains remain difficult to remove, apply a thin layer of Noxema over the hair coloring stains and let it sit for five minutes or so then wipe it away with a cotton ball or clean, old cotton cloth.


If the skin on your face is stained with hair coloring use a facial exfoliator to gently remove the hair coloring stains. If the skin on your hands or arms has been dyed, use a body exfoliator. Don’t rub your face aggressively because you can damage your skin.


Homemade Hair Dye Remover Remedy

Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of oatmeal 1 tablespoon of sugar. Dip your fingers in the mixture and gently massage the olive and sugar into the dye stains. Let the mixture sit on the stains for three to five minutes and wipe it off with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Baby Oil

Soak a cotton ball with baby oil. Rub the baby oil into the dyed areas of your hands or face. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe the oil and dye away with a clean cotton ball. Wash with soap and water.


Liquid Dish Soap

Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Pour the mixture over your hands and rub your hands together to gently exfoliate the skin and lift away dye stains.


Rubbing Alcohol

Dip a cotton swab or cotton ball into rubbing alcohol. Scrub away the dark colored dye stains. Rubbing alcohol is very drying and can irritate sensitive skin, so use with caution. Keep the rubbing alcohol away from your eyes.

Bar Soap

Wet your hands and massage the bar of soap to work up a lather. Scrub your hands and fingernails with a soft nail brush or old toothbrush until you can no longer see the hair dye stains. If the skin on your face is not overly sensitive dip a wet washcloth into the lather and scrub the stains from around your hairline.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Add enough hydrogen peroxide to a bowl so you will be able to soak your hands or fingertips. Keep your hands in the hydrogen peroxide for five to ten minutes. Wash your hands with soap and water.


Dip a cotton swab into nail polisher remover and carefully scrub away the hair coloring stains from fingers, hands and finger nails. It is not suggested to use acetone on the face because the skin on your face is typically too delicate to handle the nail polish remover along with the fact that acetone may get into your eyes.


Bleaching Hair Dye Stains

Mix 4 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach. Dip an old, clean cotton rag into the mixture. Rub the mixture into the hair dye stains on your fingers and nails. Avoid using a bleach solution on your face and especially near your eyes because bleach can be very irritating to your skin and eyes.

Hair Dye Remover

Check the drug store aisle for a hair dye remover that is safe for use on skin. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application, precautions and the amount of time to leave the product on the stain. Wash the area thoroughly with a gentle soap and rinse.

When All Else Fails

If none of the remedies worked, see a professional. Many hair salons carry a product that removes hair dye from the skin. Try the at home remedies first unless you are afraid to irritate your skin. Be prepared for the salon to charge you for this service.