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A Pro Guide to Removing Hair Dye From 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’ face 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.

Removing hair dry from face

At the salon I use either Redken Color Stain Remover Pads or Roux Clean Touch Hair Color Stain Remover and a towel. Both are available on Amazon. My mom has a trick where she uses a baby wipe and it works like a charm too!

Removing hair dye from hands and arms

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.

Know your skin

Everyone’s skin is different, some people don’t stain much at all, while others stain within 10-20 mins. I find people who are using retinol creams on their face or do a lot of laser treatments tend to stain more easily.

Use these gloves

Again, Amazon is amazing for this. You can order Powder-Free Nitrile Gloves and a color cape or robe for hair coloring there.

Vaseline is a must

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. It will create a barrier between your skin and the hair color, preventing stains.

If you get hair dye on your eyebrows

This is a tough one! I would seek a professional to correct it. You only have one set of eyes, be careful! Also, maybe a little Vaseline in your brows too first to protect them from stains!

And the floors or walls

Clorox Bleach or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

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