The Easy Way to Remove Hair Dye from Your Skin

Easy peasy.

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Getting a new hair color is always exciting, but if you use box-dye at home, things can get messy really quick. However, it is possible to get to your ideal shade without ending up with splatters of the color on your skin, too.

And it's all about prevention. Before you start painting on the dye, use a product that will block it from staining the skin on your hairline, ears, or neck.

There are a ton of options on the market that can help, but if you don't have any at home, running a bit of Vaseline or coconut oil along your hairline will do the trick.

Discover a few more tips, below.

Re-Purpose Your Hair Pomade As a Hair Dye Remover

Bumble and bumble's Semisumo is another product you can use, and an example of how you can re-purpose the haircare products you already have in your medicine cabinet. "It's made with microcrystalline wax, beeswax, and canola and coconut oils; not only does it prevent the stains, but it controls frizz with subtle hold," says Janice, stylist at Bumble and bumble.

But even if you've done the prep work, hair dye stains can still be inevitable.

That said, while it might seem like washing it off with soap and water right away is the best solution, it can actually be more helpful to let the dye sit in a bit before going into damage control. "The longer the stain is on your skin, the easier it will be to get off — that's thanks to the natural oils your skin produces," says Marcy, fellow stylist and educator at Bumble and bumble.

Use Hair Dye to Remove Hair Dye from Skin Once Dried

Believe it or not, it turns out that more dye can get the job done, too.

"An important rule to remember is that hair color removes hair color," explains Diaz, another stylist at Bumble and bumble. "At the end of your application, save whatever color you have left over. When the timer rings, take the remaining hair color and rub in circular motions into the hairline, wipe away, then rinse with water. You will be surprised how little stain is left no matter how dark the color!" Janice recommends also gently exfoliating to help lift the color from your skin.

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Whatever you do, the stylists unanimously recommend not using any harsh products or rubbing your skin too hard because it will only cause irritation.

"Avoid alcohol based products; they're just not efficient or good for the skin," says Janice.

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