Will coconut oil keep hair dye off the skin?

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  • Coconut oil keeps hair dye off skin because it forms a non-stick barrier.
  • You can also use moisturizing cream, almond or rose oil, or even cocoa butter.
  • If you forget to protect your skin with coconut oil or any other product, you can remove the stubborn dye stains from your face using soap and water or micellar water. I’ll tell you how to do it later.


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Today, a client made me laugh.

She said, “Alejandra, I decided to color my hair at the salon because every time I do it myself, my face and ears end up stained. And then I spend hours cleaning the stains.”

Of course, my client’s problem is that she uses black dye. And black dye contains very resistant pigments.


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But still,  it’s possible to avoid staining the skin on your face when you dye your hair black or any other color. 

You can use coconut oil or moisturizer.

They’ll prevent the dye from staining the skin.

Do you know which one I use in the salon?


 I use coconut oil because since it’s an all-natural product, I know it’s almost impossible to cause an allergic reaction. 


You never know how different skins may react to moisturizers. There are many brands of moisturizing creams, and I’d run a very big risk if I applied a moisturizing cream to an allergic client.


That’s why I use coconut oil.

But if you don’t have coconut oil at home, and you have a moisturizer you’re not allergic to, you can use it to prevent the dye from staining the skin.

Why does coconut oil prevent dye from staining your face?


 Because it creates an oily barrier between gentle skin and tough dyes. 

We could say that it works as an anti-adherent barrier.


Other products can also be useful:

  • Almond, rose, argan, or jojoba oil.
  • Cocoa or shea butter.
  • Repairing serum.

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How to apply coconut oil to avoid dye stains

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You need to protect the skin on your face, neck, and ears before you start applying the dye.

You only need two elements:

  • Cotton
  • Coconut oil


Remember that if you don’t have coconut oil, you can use any of the products I mentioned above. The application method will be the same.

  • Wet a cotton swab with 5 or 6 drops of coconut oil.
  •  Apply it to your forehead in circular motions, around your ears and neck.  Don’t touch your hair with the oil.
  • Refill the cotton pad with coconut oil as many times as necessary.


How to remove dye stains from the skin

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If you forget to protect your skin with coconut oil, or if you didn’t perfectly cover your forehead, ears, and neck area, don’t worry.

You won’t have to go through life with a stained face.


 Instead, you can remove dye stains with soap and water. 


But you need to do it quickly.

What do I mean by this?


After coloring your hair, don’t wait for the exposure time of the dye to remove the stains.

Instead of sitting enjoying your favorite series while the dye works, start removing the stains immediately.

It’ll be easier for you to remove them and avoid irritating your skin.

  • Rub a piece of cotton in soap. You can also use liquid soap
  • Clean the spots on your skin with gentle movements.
  •  Don’t scrub your skin.  The idea is to remove the spots gently so as not to irritate it.


If your skin is very sensitive, and you’re afraid that the soap will irritate or dry it, you can use micellar water or moisturizing cream.


Micellar water to remove dye stains from the skin

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  • Moisten a cotton pad with micellar water.
  • Cleanse your skin with circular movements.
  • Leave it on for a minute or two.
  • Then, wipe your face with a dry cotton pad.


Moisturizing cream to remove dye stains from the skin

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  • With your fingertips, apply a thin layer of moisturizer to your face.
  • Leave it on for two to three minutes.
  • Remove it with a dry cotton pad.
  • Remember not to rub your skin.



To prevent the dye from staining your skin, you can use coconut oil, moisturizer, or any oil-based product.

You should only avoid using castor or olive oil.

If the dye still stains your skin, you can easily remove them with soap and water, micellar water, or moisturizer.

Remember to remove them immediately.

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