So you have just finished dyeing your hair at home and are proudly admiring your handiwork, only to notice hair dye stains on your mirror, sink, and hairline! Don’t worry, it happens to us all.

Manic Panic has a variety of recommended methods for removing hair dye stains in a range of situations. Hair dye has a habit of getting in all those places you are trying to protect.

In this guide you can learn a range of hacks from removing hair dye from skin to how to remove hair dye from surfaces.

Before you get started, there are a few things you can try to help prevent hair dye from staining your surfaces and skin in the first place:

  • Surfaces: Manic Panic Hair Dye can potentially stain any porous surface it comes into contact with, so it’s best to cover your work area to protect any exposed surfaces. This can be done with ordinary household products such as plastic bags, newspaper, tin foil, or plastic wrap.
  • Skin: Apply Vaseline to your hairline, taking care not to cover any hair. The Vaseline will help to prevent the hair dye from staining your skin.
  • Nails: Always wear gloves when applying any hair dye products. This will stop your hands and nails from becoming stained and will protect your skin from any potential irritants.

How to Remove Hair Dye from Surfaces

Plenty of you have been asking how to remove hair dye from a variety of surfaces so here is your top 10 ‘how to remove hair dye from’ questions:

  1. Wall
  2. Bathtub
  3. Bathroom Tiles
  4. Bathroom Counter
  5. Toilet
  6. Gloss Paint
  7. Shower Walls
  8. Wood
  9. Tile Grout
  10. Sink

If any surface gets stained, try out these few tricks:

  • Rub the area with a damp magic eraser to wipe the stain away.
  • Use bleach or bleach based cleaning products.
  • Mix toothpaste with warm water and use a brush or rag to rub in circular motions onto the stain.
  • Mix equal parts baking soda and washing up soap into a paste and use a cloth to clean.
  • Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and wipe onto the stained surface using a cloth.

Be careful which surfaces you try some of these methods on as some methods can strip away products such as paint, especially the bleach cleaning products.

Removing Hair Dye from Skin

Even with the best preparation sometimes hair dye will dry onto your skin and cause a stain. If you want to know how to get manic panic off skin there are a few methods to try.

  1. Rub toothpaste onto the stain with a toothbrush and scrub away Manic Panic hair dye.
  2. Mix equal parts baking soda and washing up liquid and rub in with a toothbrush or your fingers.
  3. Purchase a professional quality hair colour remover to remove hair dye from skin.
  4. Only use rubbing alcohol as a last resort as it can potentially dry out your skin. Only use a small amount to dab with cotton wool and make sure to use moisturising lotion afterwards.

Now you know how to remove Manic Panic from skin you can enjoy your new Manic Panic semi-permanent hair colour.

Occasionally your gloves may split or leak during the hair dyeing process so you might need to know how to remove hair dye from nails. Simply use nail polish remover, just like removing ordinary nail polish. Rub onto the affected area and rinse away with warm water. You may need to repeat this several times to completely remove the colour.

Removing Hair Dye From Hair: How To Fade Colour Fast

Is your new hair colour not suiting your current vibe? Maybe you have been called into an unexpected meeting and need to get rid of your festival look fast. There are a few ways you can speed up the fading process to get rid of semi-permanent hair colour quickly.

The following can all contribute to the removal of hair colour:

  • Hot Oil treatments
  • Alcohol based hair products such as hairspray, gel or mousse.
  • Washing hair with strong shampoos such as anti-dandruff, deep cleansing, clarifying and all-purpose varieties.

Removing hair dye with baking soda is one of the most popular methods to try at home. Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into shampoo and gently knead into your hair with warm water.

Please note darker colours may take a longer time to fade and can leave behind a tint during the removal process. The results of hair colour removal and fading varies from person to person.

It is always advised to consult the advice of a professional hairstylist or the manufacturer before using non Manic Panic hair lightening and colour removal products when trying to remove a Manic Panic hair dye.

If your hair was pre-lightened before adding colour then it will return to the lightened shade as bleach is permanent.

Manic Panic’s Last Resort Soap Cap

As a last resort, here is a trick used by Manic Panic Dyehard Gooby and her hairstylist to remove the unwanted dye. It is recommended that you always get advice from professional hairstylists when removing hair dye.
Mix in a plastic bowl:

  • 3 tbs Developer
  • 2 tbs Lightener Bleach
  • 2 tbs Clarifying Shampoo
  • 2 tbs Dry Hair Conditioner

Then you must:

  • Wear a pair of protective gloves.
  • Apply the mixture to wet hair, starting an inch away from your roots.
  • Quickly knead the mixture into your hair, working from the ends and towards the roots.
  • Massage the mixture into the hair for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse out with clean and warm water
  • Deep shampoo and condition.

The processing time of the "Soap Cap” can vary from person to person. Please note we always recommend seeking professional advice for colour removal.

As you can see, removing hair dye stains can be done with a range of products that you probably already have in your home so it doesn’t need to be a disaster when hair dye marks your surfaces or skin.

You can even remove the hair dye from your hair if you need your colour to fade fast. However, there are plenty of ways to prevent hair dye from causing stains to everything other than your hair so make sure to follow these steps as part of your hair dyeing routine.