How to Remove Semi-Permanent Hair Dye From Skin

26th Apr 2023

We all know dyeing our hair can be a messy process (some colours more than others!) and will sometimes leave you with unwanted stains on your scalp, face and hands.

But what is the best way to remove hair dye from skin?

Over the years we’ve learned a few tips and tricks to remove hair dye stains quickly and have had some great tips from you, our community of DIY-Dyers!

Luckily enough, you should have most of the below in your cupboards at home! Please use these tips with caution and be very careful when using any harmful products near sensitive areas and especially the eyes.

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Micellar Water

Our DIY-Dyer Sam has a great recommendation: “Now I have a buzz cut, I often change the colour of my hair regularly at home. However, this does mean I often have to compete with a stained scalp after rinsing. To resolve this, I use a gentle makeup remover (such as micellar water), leave it on my scalp for around 5 minutes and rinse. If it's stubborn, sometimes I gently rub my scalp with a makeup pad and rinse it again.”


If you don’t already have this at home, you’ll be able to pick it up from your local pharmacy or supermarket. Micellar water will be light on your skin and won’t cause too much dryness. We recommend applying the product to a cotton pad and gently rubbing the area to remove the hair dye stain.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Dig out some bicarbonate of soda from your baking cupboard and mix together with soap. Gently apply this solution to the skin using a cotton pad. This tip works as the bicarbonate of soda will exfoliate the area while the soap removes the hair dye from your skin.

Remove Hair Dye From Skin
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Alcohol (Over 18’s only!)

Dab a small amount of alcohol on a piece of cotton wool pad and rub around the hairline or hands. After the dye has cleared from the skin, wash it off with soap and water. However, alcohol can dry your skin out, so use it sparingly and ensure you wash it off after use.


Grab a bowl and mix together toothpaste, soap, and water. Once you form a paste, dab with a cotton pad and apply to the stained area around the hairline or on your hands. We suggest using a non-gel toothpaste for this. Leave the paste on the area for 5 minutes and then wash the skin with water and soap to avoid any dry patches of skin. You may need to do this more than once to completely remove the stain.


Our Colour Remover Wipes should work first time, but if you feel none of the above are working, we recommend you go to the salon to get it removed professionally. Hairdressers who specialise in colour will have products which are designed to remove hair dye whilst being gentle on your skin.

Find out more on removing Semi-Permanent hair colour from your hair with our Pro Tips