How to Get Hair Dye Off Fingernails

By Nick Davis

Hair dye, like nail polish, stains a variety of surfaces including countertops, sink faucets, bathroom flooring and even your clothes. The dye is difficult to remove from clothing and can permanently stain hard surfaces. Hair dye even stains your fingernails. The substance can sneak underneath the gloves you are using during the hair dye process especially if the gloves contain small holes or have been used before. You can get hair dye off of your fingernails, but any polish on your nails will also be removed.

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Use acetone to remove hair dye from your fingernails.

Removing With Nail Polish Remover

Step 1

Apply 1 tbsp. of a nail polish remover containing acetone to a soft cloth or rag.

Step 2

Rub the hair dye stains gently with the nail polish remover-soaked cloth or rag.

Step 3

Rinse your fingernails with lukewarm water from a sink. Re-apply nail polish remover to the cloth or rag. Continue rubbing your fingernails until the nails are dye free.

Step 4

Dry your fingernails with a clean cloth or rag.

Removing With Toothpaste

Step 5

Place 1 squeeze of toothpaste onto each hair dye stain on your fingernails.

Step 6

Let the toothpaste sit on your nails for four to five minutes to break down the dye.

Step 7

Rub the dye stains gently with a soft cloth or rag until you see the dye stains breaking up.

Step 8

Rinse your fingernails with lukewarm water from a sink. Dry your fingernails with a clean cloth or rag.

Removing With Cigarette Ash

Step 9

Spread 1 tbsp. of cigarette ash across the fingernails containing hair dye.

Step 10

Rub the cigarette ash gently into the stains with a soft cloth or rag until you see the dye stains breaking up.

Step 11

Rinse your fingernails with lukewarm water from a sink. Dry your fingernails with a clean cloth or rag.