For many women, coloring their hair at home can be a chance for relaxing “me time” – much like guys enjoy tinkering with their cars or assembling furniture. There are very few of us who have never attempted an at-home color makeover – and with the right products, DIY dyeing is super simple. But unfortunately, there will always be spills: Hair color has a tendency to get on your skin, no matter how careful you are. Stains around the hairline, on the ears, on the neck and on the hands need to be removed as gently as possible. We reveal the best home remedies for removing hair dye from your skin.
Removing hair color from your face
Facial skin is sensitive, so don’t rub or scrub, which will only irritate and redden your skin. Prevention is better than cure, so to prevent stains when dyeing, apply a thin protective layer of Vaseline to your hairline before you begin. But Vaseline is not just preventative: This oily ointment is also good at removing hair dye stains. Here’s how: Apply a small amount of Vaseline to a cotton pad, or dab it directly on the stain and massage in. As soon as the ointment turns dark, remove from the skin with a damp washcloth. To protect hands when coloring, always wear the supplied gloves. If you do end up with a persistent hair dye stain on your hands, let Vaseline soak into your hands overnight. Tip: Keep your sheets clean by wearing cotton gloves during this process.
With baby oil
Another good home remedy is baby oil. This wonder oil not only removes make-up with zero effort, it can also tackle hair dye stains on your skin. The good: Since it is very gentle, baby oil can be applied everywhere. Apply baby oil to the stain with your fingers, and if necessary, let it work in overnight. Remove with a tissue. No baby oil around? Try an oil-based facial cleansing wipe or an oily make-up remover, both of which should work just as well.
Toothpaste is also suitable for removing hair color, acting like a kind of scouring agent and effectively scrubbing off stained skin. Apply toothpaste to the stain in a thin layer with your fingers or a cotton ball. Massage in for 30 to 60 seconds, then rinse with lukewarm water and a washcloth.
Removing hair color from your hands
With baking soda
An almost sure-fire recipe to remove hair color from your hands involves a mixture of baking soda, mild dish soap and a few splashes of lemon juice. Mix a teaspoon of baking powder and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with a little lemon juice. Moisten a washcloth and dunk it in the paste. With circular movements, rub the mixture on your skin and scrub off the stain slowly. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Tip: Once the stain is gone, apply a moisturizer to your hands, as this method can dry out your skin.
With dishwashing liquid
Dishwashing liquid is another stain-busting option. To avoid skin irritation, use only detergents without dyes or perfumes. How to: Simply apply the product directly to stained skin and rub gently. Then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat if necessary until the stain is completely gone.
With nail polish remover
Nail polish remover is also great at removing hair dye stains. However, this method should only be used on very stubborn stains – and only on the hands, where the skin is less sensitive than on the face. Soak a cotton pad with acetone-based nail polish remover and wipe over the stain. Once the stain is gone, rinse the area with cold water, and moisturize to protect skin from drying out.
The best tip: Remove hair color spills from the skin as quickly as possible, because the longer you wait, the harder they’ll be to remove. To finish your new dye job, give your skin a little TLC: For example, by applying a mild toner and a soothing cream. That way, your skin and your freshly colored hair can compete against each other in the radiance stakes.