How to Remove Hair Dye From Nails

Hair dye will not permanently stain skin or nails.

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Your hair color might look fierce after that do-it-yourself dye job, but those nails are trashed! Maybe you forgot to wear rubber gloves or just had a little mishap. Not to worry -- you don't need to high-tail it to your nearest salon just yet. Hair dye won't permanently stain your nails. Head over to your bathroom cabinet, garage or kitchen cupboard and root around until you find what you need to fix your mani.

Nail Polish Remover


Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover (with acetone). Sorry, but your nail polish will also have to go if you want to remove the hair dye.


Rub the cotton ball over your stained fingernails until the dye starts to lift. It may take a few minutes, especially if the dye is dark.


Wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of the nail polish remover smell.



Spray a small amount of WD-40 on your fingernails. This miracle-in-a-can will lift the dye from your skin and fingernails. Hold the nozzle away from your face when you spray to avoid getting a face full of chemicals!


Rub an old toothbrush over your fingernails until you start to see the dye coming off on the toothbrush. Don't forget to ditch the toothbrush afterward.


Wash your hands with water and soap until you can't smell the WD-40 anymore. You might have to use extra-strength dish detergent to annihilate the stench.

Baking Soda


Mix together baking soda and water to make a thick, gritty paste. Your mom was right, you CAN use baking soda for almost everything!


Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and then scrub your fingernails with it. The gritty texture should start to remove the dye.


Rinse off your hands. They should feel smooth and smell fresh!

Things You'll Need


1.Cotton balls



7.Baking soda

2.Nail polish remover


6.Old toothbrush


Tips & Tricks


These ingredients can also remove hair dye from sinks, floors and bathtubs.


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