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Skin staining: How to avoid the ultimate hair dye giveaway


True Sons is a foam-based men's hair dye committed to helping men dye right. We're bringing you this series of blogs to help educate and inform the men’s hair dyeing community. Reach out with any comments or questions to

What is skin staining?

Skin staining happens when dye gets onto your face, neck or hands during the dyeing process. When it is allowed to “set” on your skin, it can leave dark blotches that give you away. Read on to discover the best ways to avoid skin staining and still rock a natural-looking dye job. 

How can I avoid skin staining?

The first step to avoid lingering patches of color on your hands when dyeing your beard or hair is to wear gloves throughout the entire process. Hair dye is intended to dye strands of hair, but your skin can absorb the dye too if you're not careful. 

It is all too easy to get dye on your ears, hairline or face when applying it to your hair and beard. Try applying vaseline, petroleum jelly or chapstick along your hairline, neckline, over your ears and anywhere else you might accidentally bump while you’re dyeing. Petroleum jelly seals and protects your skin from absorbing other products, but isn’t ideal for oily or acne-prone skin.

You can also prevent skin staining by covering your neck and chest in a towel, keeping tissues nearby to wipe any drips, or clipping up your hair. Body heat can make hair dye run down your skin, so keeping it off your face and neck can help prevent skin staining. 

I’ve already stained my skin – what should I do?

If you’ve already gotten hair dye on your skin and you’re looking for ways to get it off before it stains, you’re in the right place! True Sons’ best recommendation is to wipe off excess product as soon as possible, to prevent it from “setting” and staining your skin. When wiping, make sure to wear gloves and avoid spreading the product onto the surrounding skin. Use a swift motion to “scoop” the dye up and off the skin without smearing it. You can use the Dye Removal Wipe included with your True Sons Dye Kit to remove stains. True Sons Dye Removal Wipes are specially designed to remove hair dye. 

If you run out of wipes or don't have any to hand, you can try using olive oil or baby oil as a stain remover. You can also use a facial cleanser with scrubbing granules to help remove some of the dye from your face and hands. These small granules will help exfoliate dead cells on the surface of your skin and remove the dye that has bonded to that layer of skin. While this isn’t preventative, it is a good trick that uses natural ingredients to remove stains from the skin and keep your dye job looking fresh. 

What else should I know?

True Sons Original Formula does not use use developer. This means that it doesn’t stain as easily as other dyes. If you use True Sons Dye Booster, take extra care as this does contain developer. Whichever you choose, be sure to wear gloves and use vaseline at the hairline to avoid skin staining.

If, after following the instructions and using our tips and tricks, you’re not happy with the results, you can let us know within 30 days of purchase and claim a full refund. True Sons aspires to educate and empower our customers to dye and dye right, and we’re  always here if you have any questions. 

When it comes to men’s hair dye, many beginners lack the proper education in hair dyeing processes to avoid skin staining. Skin staining is a risk with any hair dye, so it’s important to be conscious of it and take the proper steps to prevent it throughout the dyeing process. True Sons specializes in hair dye, specifically hair color for men. 

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True Son's is a demi-permanent hair dye foam that comes out from the bottle like shaving cream and wipes up effortlessly if it gets onto the skin. It can be used both on head and beard hair to cover up grays. 

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