How to Remove Mascara From Hair

By Vera Leigh

A mascara wand is supposed to touch your eyelashes only, but sometimes it ends up grazing your tresses. However it happens, it tends to occur at the most inconvenient times--when you are short on time--and often these seconds uncurl into a session of doctoring your hair. Thankfully, mascara is easy to remove.

Step 1

Wrap a tissue around the section of hair (about an inch above the blackened strands), and pull down. Wipe a second time, if needed. If it's been several minutes since you applied it to your eyelashes, then your strands may be sticky or a little stiff. Move on to Step 2 instead of risking breaking your hair.

Step 2

Wet the strands with warm water. Use your fingers to "wash" the strands. If your hair is short, use a washcloth, and rub your scalp.

Step 3

Add a squirt of shampoo the size of your pinkie fingertip and rinse with water. You don't need to wet your entire head with water unless somehow you have gotten mascara on different patches of your tresses. If you have done minimal damage with your mascara wand, just wash the strands that are dirty.

If you got waterproof mascara in your hair, try removing it with a cotton ball doused with eye-makeup remover. Waterproof mascara is made with water-repelling ingredients.

Step 4

Blow dry your hair or let air dry. Test the softness of your newly washed hair by running your fingers or a fine-toothed comb through the newly washed strands. Repeat Steps 1 through 4, if needed.