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How to Remove Hair Dye That has Stained the Skin on Your Neck

by Kimbry Parker

You decided you were done with your do, but rather than paying a hefty price for a salon makeover, you took your hair in your hands and did the color change yourself. Good call -- but when you finished, you found that your neck was stained with dye. You don’t want your new style to be overshadowed by the dark abstract tattoos on your neck, but the stains just don't come off in the shower. Fortunately, you can get the hair-dye stains off your neck with ingredients you probably have lying around your house.

Wipe your neck with a warm, soapy washcloth to remove as much of the dye as possible. Go over the skin with a dry washcloth.

Combine a dime-sized drop of toothpaste with a couple drops of dish soap and a teaspoon of warm water in a bowl. Stir the mixture up with a spoon to make a paste. Scrub the dye spots on your neck with a cotton ball soaked in the toothpaste mixture. Wipe over the skin with a damp washcloth to remove the toothpaste. Pat the skin dry with a clean, dry towel.

Scrub off the dye with a cotton ball soaked in lemon juice. If you don’t have lemon juice, use apple-cider vinegar instead. The high acid content in these products helps to lift the dye from your skin.

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of warm water in a bowl to form a paste. Scrub the dye-stained skin with a damp washcloth and the baking-soda paste. Wipe off the excess baking soda with a damp washcloth.

Dab a cotton ball into a little rubbing alcohol. Rub the dye stains with the cotton ball until they disappear completely.

Items you will need
  • Washcloths
  • Dish soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cotton balls
  • Lemon juice or apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol

Tip

  • When giving yourself an at-home dye job, rub petroleum jelly over your neck and hairline to prevent dye from seeping into your skin.

Warning

  • Never ingest rubbing alcohol.

Photo Credits

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