How To Get Hair Dye Off Acrylic Nails

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Picture this. You’ve just got a fresh new set of Insta-worthy nails and you’re ready for even more change. Maybe it was a breakup, maybe you want to change with the seasons, or maybe you just want something new, but you’ve decided to dye your hair- at home.

These fresh changes to make you feel new and revived may come at a price. You’ve gotten hair dye on your nails.

Don’t worry! In this article, we discuss how to get hair dye off acrylic nails without damaging or marring those fresh new tips.

We’ll go step by step on the best ways to get that new hair color off your nails.


Why Does Hair Dye Stain Your Nails? 

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Even when taking measures to prevent staining, like wearing gloves, hair dye has a tendency to sneak in and stain your hands, skin, hairline, or nails (and commonly, items like your pillow and your sink). 

Acrylic nails can soak up the stray dye on your hands while coloring rinsing your hair.

Unfortunately, some hair dyes and colors may stain more than others. Vivid reds and purples are beautiful, but they can be trouble. 

Tips For Removing Hair Dye From Your Nails

When searching for solutions, steer away from any product with acetone. Acetone will almost certainly damage the polish on your acrylics or loosen the glue.

Alcohol solutions will dissolve the hair dye while keeping your acrylic nails safe.

Similarly, oil-based products will remove any hair dye by breaking down the pigments. 

When searching for stain removals, keep these tips in mind. 

How to Get Hair Dye Off Acrylic Nails

Don’t despair yet! Your perfect manicure isn’t ruined, even if it’s stained by hair dye. Simply follow some of these easy steps below to save your mani and rock your new hair color. 

With A Nail Brush 

One of the simplest and gentlest ways to get that stubborn hair dye off your acrylic nails is to use a nail brush .

Wet your nail brush with warm water and gently brush over the tops of your acrylics until the hair dye is removed. This will gently exfoliate the manicure and remove any surface stains.

Pro Tip: If the color isn’t melting away, try using warm soap and water or a simple mix of dish detergent and baking soda. Dip the nail brush into the mixture and continue brushing over your nails. The dye should be long gone.

With Alcohol Wipes

This simple solution saves time and energy and is mess-free. Use alcohol wipes . Rub them gently over the surface of the nails to remove any stains.

This solution saves time and comes in many convenient packs so you can switch up your hair color and never worry about your nails. 

Pro Tip: If you don’t have any alcohol wipes on hand, simple rubbing alcohol can easily be substituted. Simply, wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe it over the surface of your nails. 

With Baby Oil

Another simple and effective way to save your mani from the grips of hair dye is baby oil. To remove dye stain simply apply a generous amount of baby oil to your fingertips.

Allow this oil to sit on your nails for a while, maybe even an hour or two for bright dye stains. 

After enough time has passed, wipe away the oil with a warm, damp cloth. The oil will break down the dye and save your manicure. 

Pro Tip: For any stubborn stains, repeat this method a few times and wash with soap and water afterward

With Hair Spray

An easy solution, and one that many will have on hand, is hair spray. Hair spray is alcohol-based. That means it will break down the hair dye. And most people already have it on hand!

To use hair spray to remove dye from your acrylic nails, spray it on your nails and rub gently with a cloth or cotton ball. 

Pro Tip: Repeat this method as many times as needed to remove any dye. Be careful not to rub too hard when removing to avoid damaging your nails or drying out your skin. 

With Toothpaste

Everyone has toothpaste in their bathroom, and this is a hidden gem for removing unwanted dye stains from your acrylics. Whitening toothpaste is designed specifically for removing stains. It works well for removing hair dye, too! 

Whitening toothpaste usually contains baking soda or chemical whiteners that work to lift hair dye stains. 

To use toothpaste to remove hair dye stains from your nails, mix the toothpaste with some warm water. Then, use a soft toothbrush or nail brush to dip in the solution and gently rub over your nails. 

Pro Tip: Use gentle circular motions to remove hair dye stains with a toothbrush or nail brush. Wash your hands with soap, or even dish detergent, and warm water after brushing. 


Hair dye can be persnickety, and accidents happen, even if you’re being careful and wearing good quality gloves. The simple solutions we outlined above are effective for removing hair dye stains from your acrylics at home.

Find which method works the best for you with these convenient products, many of which you likely already have on hand. 

Just remember to avoid any acetone when searching to remove hair dye stains. Acetone will ruin your perfectly-painted nails. Instead, seek out alcohol or oil-based products to remove hair dye. 

If these methods do not work for you, you may want to repaint your nails or return to your nail technician for a re-do. 

Fresh new nails and hair are great for confidence. So don’t let stubborn hair dye stains on your acrylics get you down! Just follow these simple steps and let your hair and nails shine.

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).