When coloring a friend's hair or your own, the final step in the process is to rinse out the hair dye. Although it may seem inconsequential, properly rinsing hair is essential to achieving the desired final color. Poorly rinsed hair can create mixed, uneven tones.

If you're not already wearing them, place gloves on. It's a good idea to wear gloves throughout the entire hair dying process, to avoid staining the skin.

Use a deep sink for the color rinsing process. Make sure your head remains over the sink throughout.

Check the water temperature. Rinse hair at a cool temperature, but one that's tolerable to the skin. Cool water is less likely to cause the dye to fade.

Start rinsing the areas around the face. Make sure you get the dye at the hairline, behind the ears, and back of the neck. Tilt the head in different directions to rinse the entire mane. Look in the mirror from time to time to keep track of your progress. Wait until the water runs clear to stop rinsing.

Use a wet washcloth to wipe away any hair dye stains left on the skin. Continue rubbing the area until the stains are completely removed.

After rinsing, shampoo and condition the hair with color-protecting products.


If the person complains of a burning sensation, then you should rinse out the hair dye as soon as possible. When dying your own hair at home, you can use a shower head attachment and rinse out the dye over the tub.