How to Remove Hair Dye From Hair & Nails

By Rica Lewis

The benefits of dyeing your hair with home dyeing kits are cost and convenience, but, if the color is less than what you expected you will need a remedy for fast removal. There are things you can do at home to remove the dye from your skin, as well as products that can be purchased to completely strip color from your hair. To avoid dye stains before the process of hair dyeing, simply wear gloves and slather petroleum jelly on the areas where dye may drip and stain.

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Step 1

Wash your hair immediately after it has been dyed if you wish to remove or fade the color. Using an anti-dandruff shampoo will be especially effective because anti-dandruff shampoos will clean the hair thoroughly and, in the process, strip the hair color. Other formulas include clarifying shampoos that have more alkaline than typical shampoos and are used to remove build up. You may try continuous washings or allow the product to fade over time with repeated use of the shampoo.

Step 2

Condition your hair. If you have washed your hair excessively in an effort to fade or remove the color product, conditioning will be necessary. Apply the product and allow it to soak in for several minutes before washing it out. Be sure you do not use hot water when rinsing, as this will heighten the drying affect.

Step 3

Apply a bleaching product. If you wish to remove a stubborn dye, such as black dye, you may need more than a few washes with a specific shampoo. Applying a bleaching product will likely get the job done, but also leave your hair dry and brittle. You will find bleaching products at hair supply stores such as Sally's Beauty Supply (see link in Resources). You will also find products to restore moisture and repair damaged hair.

Step 4

Scrub dye off areas that you may have dyed mistakenly, like fingers, the forehead or the nape of the neck. This can be done with a bit of toothpaste. Simply use a cotton ball (moistened), or cotton swab and some elbow grease.

Step 5

Dab a cotton ball with a bit of acrylic nail polish remover to remove any hair dye residue that has streaked or spotted your fingernails. Baby oil, petroleum jelly and liquid soap may also be used to remove the dye that has stained your skin. This will take a little effort, depending on the color of the dye.