There are several ways of removing hair dye from skin and most involve the use of unconventional cleaning agents including nail polish, toothpaste, baking soda and even WD-40. Hair dyes, especially the permanent and semi-permanent types, contain ingredients, such as oxidizing agents and ammonia that help them last longer on the hair. These same agents, however, also make the dye stick stubbornly onto the skin.
Preventing the dye from coming into contact with the skin should be the first priority before applying hair coloring. Applying petroleum jelly or any oil-based compound around the hairline and wearing gloves during the application should minimize the chances of staining the skin during the application.
Should the hair dye still make contact with the forehead and other areas of the skin, the following compounds can help remove the color stains easier.
- Nail polish remover: Using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover, dab and then rub the cotton ball on the stained areas to lift off the color.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush: With a toothbrush, use a non-gel toothpaste and brush the stained areas on the forehead and around the hairline.
- Baking soda and dish soap: Mix these two ingredients to get a paste-like consistency and use it to rub the stain off.
- WD-40: Spray WD-40 into a cotton ball and then use the ball to try to lift off the stain from the skin.