How to Get Hair Dye Off of Your Skin (Because We've All Been There)

No matter how laissez-faire I am about other parts of my beauty routine, I’m admittedly much more uptight about my hair. I consider dyeing my hair to be a high-risk, high-reward situation. Maybe it’s my anxious nature talking, but before a color session, I envision all the things that can go wrong—streaky highlights, damaged hair, or dye dripping on my skin. A knowledgeable professional can always reverse harsh color separation, and I know of a number of great hair masks that can counteract any damage, but dyed skin is something I’m woefully unprepared to deal with. After all, no matter how much you love your new hair color, you don’t want your skin to match.

So, in an effort to prevent and remove stains, I reached out to some experts—dermatologist Nava Greenfield, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group, Courtney Goebel, color expert at eSalon, and celebrity colorists AJ Lordet and Giselle from Pierre Michel Salon in NYC. Keep reading to see their tips and tricks on how to get hair dye off of skin.