How To Remove Hair Dye

Sometimes, you've just got to get the colour out of your hair. Whether you're removing it for school, work or to use a different shade, here are a few helpful hints on how to remove hair dye. In the second part of this article, we share some tips on how to remove hair dye from skin, fabric, and surfaces.

How can I remove hair colour at home?

Looking for an easy and healthy way for how to get hair dye out of your hair? Pre-packaged hot oil treatments can be used to speed up hair colour removal at home. Follow instructions on the packaging and to remove the oil add water gradually, washing and rinsing until all the oil is removed. The benefit of this method is that it nourishes your hair while stripping the colour.

Some people use at home hair colour remedies from everyday household items but please bear in mind that these are simply commonly used solutions and may not be recommended by professionals. Remember, if you are unsure about removing your hair colour at home, you can go to a salon where a professional hairstylist will be able to use a hair dye remover. They may also be able to help you to ‘fix’ your hair whether that is the condition or colour.

How to naturally remove hair colour?

If you are looking for a way to naturally remove hair colour then there are a variety of homemade hair dye remover rinses that you could try.
  • Vinegar to remove hair dye: Vinegar in small quantities can be very good for your hair but by using a stronger solution of white vinegar on your hair you can start to strip away the hair dye. Apply to your hair and leave for a few minutes before rinsing your hair.
  • Baking soda to remove hair dye: Mix equal parts baking soda with an anti-dandruff shampoo, to activate the baking soda. Apply this paste to damp hair and leave for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing and conditioning hair. This is a slow and steady process. You will need to use the baking soda remove hair dye several times throughout the next couple of days to see the results.
  • Vitamin C to remove hair dye: Add water or anti-dandruff shampoo to vitamin C tablets to turn it into a paste which can then be used as a mask for your hair. Massage into your hair and leave for about 30 minutes. Next, thoroughly rinse. This is another method of how to get hair dye out of hair that needs to be used for a few days in order to see results.
  • Lemon juice to remove hair dye. The high acidity in the citric acid of lemon juice helps to strip away the hair dye. Apply lemon juice to your damp hair and leave for about 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. 
If you are looking for a way to slowly fade your hair dye then there are certain things that can achieve this. Gradual ways for how to get colour out of hair include using warm water which will reopen the hair cuticles, allowing the colour to bleed out, especially when paired with an anti-dandruff shampoo. You can also let the suns UV rays hit your hair to start it fading but carry this out responsibly and apply sun cream to your skin. 

What is the best hair dye remover?

At Blue Banana, we stock Color Oops to help you get rid of those hair dye disasters. This product works to quickly remove hair dye from your hair to restore your hair back to its bleached or natural shade. It is a popular product that helps you to remove hair dye quickly.

With these best ways to remove hair dye you will be able to restore your hair to the colour that you want in no time at all, and without causing too much damage to your hair.

Removing Hair Dye From Skin, Surfaces, and Fabric

It might not just be your hair that you are trying to remove hair dye from. Even if you are being super careful, sometimes spills happen so here are some of the ways that you can remove hair dye stains from your surfaces and fabrics. Bear in mind, that these aren’t miracle cures so always use old towels and clothes when dyeing your hair and gather everything you need before you start opening your hair dye container. 

Prevention is always best so before you begin dyeing your hair make sure to apply a layer of petroleum jelly around your hairline and on your ears to prevent your skin from staining. You should also only wear old clothing and use old towels as they will get stained. Make sure you have specific equipment saved for hair dye such as a mixing bowl and a tint brush so that you can minimise contact with other surfaces. Always wear protective gloves, not only to stop staining but also to prevent your skin from being damaged, especially if you are using bleach. 

How to remove hair dye from skin? How to remove hair dye from hands?

If you get hair dye on your skin, rinse it off as quickly as possible using soap and warm water before it dries in to prevent staining. If this does not work, other methods include rubbing petroleum jelly onto the area, using rubbing alcohol on the stained skin, or lemon juice. Some sources even suggest that milk can be used to remove a hair dye stain from the skin. If you do stain your skin with hair dye, it will disappear quite quickly as the skin naturally sheds dead cells. When removing hair dye from your skin immediately after dyeing your hair make sure to wear a pair of protective gloves to prevent your hands from staining when you are rubbing in the Vaseline or other solution.

How to remove hair dye from skin after it dries?

To remove hair dye after it dries on the skin, add rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and rub it on the affected area. After rubbing the solution into your skin, make sure to wash the area with warm water and soap. You can also use Vaseline/petroleum jelly or baby oil which can be rubbed onto the skin. It is thought that it will absorb the hair dye and can then be wiped away.

How to remove hair dye from nails?

To remove hair dye from nails you can use nail polish remover. Rub this onto your nails, as you would if you were removing nail varnish and the stain should start to fade. Once you have finished make sure to thoroughly wash your hands using soap and warm water. 

How to remove hair dye from scalp?

To remove hair dye from your scalp use your normal exfoliating wash or face wash. In order to prevent hair dye from staining your scalp, you can apply a layer of baby oil or Vaseline. If you do stain your scalp, don’t worry! Hair dye fades very quickly on the skin as the cells of your skin are constantly being renewed. Try to avoid getting hair dye on your scalp as it can irritate the skin. If you do need to remove hair dye from your scalp, take care not to accidentally strip the hair dye out of your hair in the process. 

How to remove hair dye from clothes?

Hair dye is notoriously difficult to remove from clothes so always make sure to wear old clothes and use old towels when dyeing your hair. To remove hair dye from clothes you can try using a solution of 1tbsp washing up liquid and 1tbsp white vinegar with two cups of cold water. Make sure to do this as soon as you notice the stain as it will be less effective the longer the stain has been on the fabric and is unlikely to work if you have already washed your clothes to try and get the stain out. Sponge the stain with your vinegar and washing up liquid solution and allow the liquid to absorb for 30 minutes, blotting the area every 5 minutes. Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol, taking care not to spread it too widely then leave to dry.

How to remove hair dye from sink? How to remove hair dye from bathtub?

Usually, nail polish remover or baking soda will do the trick if you are trying to remove hair dye from your skin or bathtub. Make sure to check the material of your bathroom surfaces before using these methods to prevent any damage. Nail polish or rubbing alcohol can be applied to the affected area with a cotton ball and then scrubbed to aid the removal of the hair dye. If your stain has been left for longer or is stubborn you can make a baking soda and water paste which can be used to cover the stain and can be left overnight. You can then wipe away the paste and your stain should have faded.

How to remove hair dye from carpet? How to remove hair dye from furniture?

Use a mix of dishwashing detergent and white vinegar with cold water to remove hair dye from carpets and furniture. Sponge the stain on your carpet or furniture with your solution taking care not to spread it and frequently blot the area in order to remove the hair dye. Keep repeating the blotting process until the area is dry and the stain has reduced. Doing this as soon as the carpet or furniture gets stained gives you the best chance at removing the stain entirely. 

How to remove hair dye from wood?

To remove hair dye from wood, mix 1tbsp baking soda, 1tbsp washing up liquid, and 2 cups of water. Rub this solution on the stain with a cloth until the hair dye stain is removed from the wood. Make sure to do this as soon as the stain has been made to give yourself the best chance of removing it.

With all these tips and tricks you should be able to remove a range of hair dye stains and strip hair dye from your hair if needed. Remember, these methods aren’t guaranteed to work so prevention is definitely more effective. Prepare your space before you begin dyeing your hair, invest in some hair dye tools such as a mixing bowl and tint brush, and put on your oldest worn-out T shirt.  

Please Note: Blue Banana hair dye information should be read alongside professional advice. Blue Banana makes no guarantee of validity and additional instruction should be taken from trained persons.