Many individuals take to coloring their hair at home to save the cost of the salon. The task itself isn’t too challenging, and in most cases, you can get results as good for a fraction of the cost.
However, it doesn’t matter if you are coloring your hair with a friend or going it alone. You always seem to flick or drop bits of hair color before you have finished.
Some surfaces are easier to clean than others, although the way hair color works, you may need to act fast. How to get hair dye off wall surfaces can be challenging, depending on which room you’re in.
Luckily, our guide shows how to get hair dye off walls and other surfaces without resorting to a Magic Eraser to tackle the job.
By the end of this guide, you’ll discover how to get hair dye off wood walls and more using things you have around your home. (Learn How To Remove Adhesive From Wood)
How Do You Remove Color Stains from Walls?
Dyeing your hair can be messy, and as much as you try and avoid it, you can find spots on surfaces around where you have applied the hair color.
What makes this such an issue is hair dye contains many ingredients, like alkalizers, modifiers, dye, and worst of all, ammonia.
Once you try to remove this, you’ll find so removing a dye isn’t always a straightforward process. It takes a solvent to dissolve the dye and at the same time leaving the color of the wall unharmed.
Here are some things to know about how to remove color stains from a bathroom wall.
If you see a splash on your wall, you need to act fast. Your aim is to remove dye stains is when still wet. If you are lucky, you could manage this with soap and water. However, it is a challenge once the stain is dry. (Learn How to Fix Bleach Stains on Black Clothes)
If you see a woodworker who has to remove a dye stain from wood, they often use a strong chlorine bleach solution. The bleach solution that is strong enough to remove these stains from would might harm the wall finish.
You could quickly find that household chlorine bleach or similar bleach-containing cleaner can be sufficient.
If bleach won’t work, then rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol may work as some hair dye products contain alcohol as the primary solvent. You will, however, find bleach better than the above of the color remover you get to remove dye from your skin. (Learn How To Remove Nail Glue From Skin)
Acetone or acetone-based nail polish remover can be another suitable alternative; however, you need to test a small area as these can lift paint from the wall. (Learn How to Remove Chalk Paint)
Vinegar can be a good final solution as it is often used to remove dye stains from fabrics.
Steps on How to Remove Hair Dye Stains
- Wear a pair of rubber gloves
- Pour chlorine bleach in a spray bottle with an equal amount of water.
- Spray the dye spot and let the bleach sit there for around 10 seconds. Wipe off with a clean white cloth. You’ll find this works by fading the dye color as opposed to dissolving it. If effective, your stain should go.
- Mix a 1-to-1 solution of vinegar and clean water. Spray any stain remaining after your bleach treatment on your black hair dye. Wipe the area with a clean white cloth.
If the above doesn’t remove the stain, you can resort to this; however, you will need to check a small area to remove more paint.
- Damp a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol, denatured alcohol, or acetone. Rub against the spot with the hair dye. If it works, you should wipe with vinegar and water to neutralize and further action on the surface. (Read Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach)
How Do You Get Hair Dye Off of Surfaces?
Here you can learn how to remove hair dye stains from various surfaces.
Remove Hair Dye Stains Off Tiles
Tile can be an easier surface to remove dye from compared to your painted wall. It can, however, still fail.
- To remove the stain, you can try toothpaste. Brush the stain with toothpaste for 2 to 3 minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth.
- Nail polish remover (acetone-based), bleach, rubbing alcohol can also be suitable for these surfaces.
- WD-40 spray can be used in many similar situations and can help remove stains from different materials. It may be more suited to wall or floor tile than painted walls as it could leave an oil stain on the paint.
Like any liquid that does this, you’d discover it hard to repaint over without the paint sticking.
Remove Hair Dye Stain from Carpet?
The best recommendation is to remove hair dye from the carpet is to do it immediately. Don’t let the dye dry on textiles and get deep in the fibers. Gently wipe the dye with a clean tissue before you remove the stain. (Read Removing Tiles From Walls)
- Among the most effective solutions for removing hair dye from the carpet is dish soap mixed with vinegar.
- To make the solution, mix two cups of water with a spoon of dish soap and a spoon of white vinegar.
- Soak a clean white cloth in the solution. Remove excess liquid and then push down on the stain.
- The cloth should wipe away the dye.
- Repeat several times with a clean area of your cloth.
Removing Hair Dye Stains from Bathroom Sink
- Mix 1 tbsp of baking soda with some warm water to a paste
- Rub gently on the stained area using a clean cloth
- Leave the paste on the sink surface for 1 hour.
- Scrub the sink stain gently using a damp sponge or soft damp cloth.
Other alternatives to baking soda are hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol.
How Can I Remove Permanent Hair Color at Home?
Here are the best ways how to remove permanent hair color. (Learn How to Remove Sticky Residue From Plastic)
Baking Soda and Shampoo
- Use a 1-to-1 ratio of baking soda and shampoo (anti-dandruff works best). Lather the mixture into your hair.
- Leave for a few minutes before you rinse with hot water.
- Do this for several days until the dye fades.
Vinegar and Water
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and water.
- Cover your head with a shower cap after soaking your hair in the mixture
- Leave for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.