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A Guide to Removing Hair Dye From Your Face and Skin

We all know the feeling of hair dye staining our hairline and hands (and sometimes, our homes). Eliminate the scrubbing step altogether with the right removal products, whether you’re using a box dye to color at home or you’re a new colorist looking for guaranteed ways to remove hair color from your clients’ faces and skin. Ahead, colorist Chris Greene from MèCHE Salon Beverly Hills shares his go-to products and tips for hair dye removal pre and post-color application. Discover how to remove hair dye from skin once and for all!

How to Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin and Face

Dye doesn’t stain the same for everyone. Chris notes that “everyone’s skin is different, some people don’t stain much at all, while others stain within 10 to 20 minutes.” A possible explanation for this? “I find people who are using retinol creams on their face or do a lot of laser treatments tend to stain more easily,” he shares. The more you know!

“At the salon, I use either Redken Color Stain Remover Pads or Roux Clean Touch Hair Color Stain Remover and a towel,” shares Chris. He then shares a family secret for hair dye removal. “My mom has a trick where she uses a baby wipe and it works like a charm, too.”

If you’re hoping to remove dye from your face, Chris shares that “you can use the same stain remover or baby wipe that you would use on your face. On your hands, you could also use a salt or sugar scrub. I know Ouai makes a good one, their Scalp & Body Scrub.”

Happen to get some unwanted dye on your eyebrows? It happens. Chris suggests you “seek a professional to correct it. You only have one set of eyes, be careful.”

Precautions to Take to Avoid Dye Stains

Chris is a big fan of using gloves. He especially loves “Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves and a color cape or robe for hair coloring.”

Vaseline is a great go-to for at-home color. “If you’re going to do your color at home, put a thin coating of Vaseline along your hairline, ears, and neck before you start,” Chris says. “It will create a barrier between your skin and the hair color, preventing stains.”

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