IF you’ve resorted to dyeing your hair at home after the salons shut due to lockdown, you might be facing a daunting clean up job.
From safely removing hair dye from your scalp and skin to ensuring your bathroom doesn’t look like a toddler decorated it, we’ve got all your clean-up needs covered.
How to remove hair dye from skin
Whether you’re going red, blonde or brown, there’s a chance you could end up with hair dye on your skin.
The secret here is time, as the quicker you act the more likely you are to remove it without leaving a stain.
But there are some simple hacks you can use to get hair dye off your face, which you can usually find in your kitchen cupboard.
The first is using a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad, which you can wipe over stains to remove them, but make sure not to rub around your eyes.
How to avoid a reaction to hair dye
Always carry out a patch test before using a permanent or semi-permanent hair dye, even if you are using your regular brand.
This usually involves dabbing a small amount of the dye solution behind your ear or on your inner elbow and leaving it to dry. Follow the instructions that come with the dye.
If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the patch test, do not use the product.
Schwarzkopf also recommended baby oil, saying: “This wonder oil not only removes make-up with zero effort, it can also tackle hair dye stains on your skin.”
As it’s gentle it can be used everywhere on your body, which can be applied using a cotton pad or tissue, and if necessary leave it on to work overnight.
“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,” they added.
If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol or baby oil, you should at least have some toothpaste lying around.
Schwarzkopf explained it acts as a ‘scouring agent’, saying: “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.”
If the dye seeped through the gloves onto your hands, try washing them with either baking soda or washing up liquid.
How to strip hair dye
If you’ve had enough of your hair colour and want to go back to your roots, you can also use household products to strip the dye out of your hair while the salons are shut.
The best home remedies to use are Vitamin C tablets, and Anti-Dandruff shampoo and conditioner, Superdrug said.
Start by crushing the tablets into a fine powder, which can be done with a pestle and mortar, wine bottle or rolling pin.
The store said: “These tablets are not just for boosting your immune system – they also have magical hair stripping properties. Crush between 5-10 tablets (depending on how much you need according to hair length).”
Next mix the powder with the shampoo, using a 2p sized amount to create a paste.
Apply the paste to your hair, working it in wherever you want to remove the dye.
Superdrug says you need to leave the mixture on for between 30 and 60 minutes, so tie it up while you’re waiting.
Lastly wash the paste out, and your hair should have returned to its natural colour, if not repeat the process – but wait 48 hours between each application.
No baby oil around? Try an oil-based facial cleansing wipe or an oily make-up remover
How to prevent dye stains
You can reduce the amount of clean-up required if you follow a few simple tips to minimise the amount of transfer onto your clothes and skin.
Before starting the dyeing process, grab a tub of vaseline and rub it over your hairline, neck and ears.
It will help stop the dye discolouring your skin, and will make it much easier to remove afterwards.
Tips for dying hair
It goes without saying, but never dye your hair in your best clothes.
There’s a high chance you’ll get dye on your outfit, so it’s best to use an old T-shirt, or something you don’t mind throwing out if necessary.
And you’ll probably end up with dye on your towel – even after you’ve washed out the colour – so make sure you’re using an old towel as well.
It’s worth putting it round your shoulders when applying, and if you know you’ll be repeatedly dying your hair, it might be worth keeping it in a cupboard so you can keep using it, without ruining any other towels.
The NHS also recommends taking the following precautions when using an at-home dye kit.
They advised never leaving it on for longer than the recommended time, and always wearing gloves when applying it.
Ensure you follow the instructions and rinse your hair thoroughly to remove all traces of the dye.
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