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Four Ways to Keep Hair Color on Your Hair, Not Your Face

Do you color your hair at home? Have you been pleased with the results, but not so thrilled with those unintentional spills on your forehead, neck, or ears that seem to stick around for days? Well, here are some easy tips to prevent those "uh no" moments. Check out my suggestions below, and fill me in on any DIY treatments of your own:

  • Condition: Colored hair needs intense conditioning to lock in the dye and give the hair shine. But, did you know you can use that conditioner around your hairline to keep the color off your skin? Apply a thick conditioner (not thin, which can run or drip) to the skin on your forehead, around the ears, and all the way down to the nape to create a barrier. Try an inexpensive product like Dove Intense Damage Therapy Conditioner ($4.99).
  • Glove up: It probably goes without saying, but always wear gloves when coloring your hair to prevent staining of the nails and hands. If your at-home kit doesn't come equipped with them, buy a reusable pair for protection such as Color Trak Tools Reusable Gloves ($.99).
  • Rub a dub dub: Right before shampooing your color out, if you notice a splotch or two on your skin, try rubbing a little hair color from your head right into the splotch. This technique can actually help lift the stain, and it's one the professionals even use.
  • Wipe it: If you've got a stubborn stain, try a wet wipe specifically formulated to remove hair color. Available at your local beauty supply store, Dy-Zoff Hair Color Stain Remover Pads ($4.99) get the dye out, albeit with an odd aroma. I can deal.

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