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One Simple Trick for Dying Your Hair Without Dying Your Skin

Updated on September 24, 2014

What I Use: Margarine!

WHY? I dye my hair every few months. My hair has been blonde, teal, blue black, soft black, black black, brown, medium brown, dark brown, purple, red red, auburn, soft red, everything you can imagine. And my mom has pretty much done it at home every time.

I'm also a penny pincher. I usually only buy hair dye when it's on sale for buy one get one free or I have a coupon, If it isn't under $4, I don't buy it. I refuse to buy stain barrier cream, that and I always forget to go to the beauty supply store and buy it. Instead, I reach for my Blue Bonnet margarine that I know is always in the fridge.

HOW TO APPLY: The video shows how to apply the margarine or other barrier. (I don't talk cause I hate my voice!)

  1. Take a paper towel and fold it until you can comfortably hold it in one hand.
  2. Scoop a quarter sized amount of margarine and start spreading on the skin around your hair. Include your eyes, neck, and forehead. Spread it as if you were coating a cookie pan.
  3. That's it!

HOW DOES IT WORK? The margarine creates a layer between the dye and the skin. This prevents the dye from settling into pores and lines, which makes stains harder to get out.

CONS The only problem with this method is it smells a little funky- it IS margarine, ya know. But the smell goes away in the shower when you rinse out your dye. some people may break out from the oil. I have troublesome skin and I never have this issue, though. It does feel funny the first time you do it, but it is totally worth not having stains for a week!

OTHER AT-HOME BARRIERS: Petroleum jelly, hair conditioner, thick lotion

ONE LAST THING: Make sure to keep a warm, damp, dark colored washcloth near you at all times to wipe up any spills or stray drops of dye.

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What the Experts Use

Experts use a barrier cream or a color block. Most are gentle enough to use on skin, but they are not hypoallergenic, so do a test spot 24-48 hours before you use it. Some are made specifically for hair (when dying hair two or more different colors) and others are made specifically for the skin. The average cost of a tube is about $4.00-$6.00.

Ooops! I still got dye on my skin!

If you happen to get some dye on your skin in an unprotected area, the experts at totalbeauty.com suggest the following:

  1. Keep a warm rag with you at all times. Cleaning up spills and drops as soon as possible will always help. Be careful not to wipe off your barrier, though.
  2. Us vinegar, toothpaste, or hair spray to exfoliate the dead skin cells, making the stain less noticeable.
  3. Leave a slick of baby oil on the spot overnight and exfoliate in the morning.

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