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Why is it that when you dye your hair, your scalp doesn't get stained but your ears and hairline and neck do (if you're not careful)? I have a little faint grey splot on my right temple, but my scalp is bright and white.

Oh yeah, I dyed my hair black. I got tired of that brownish mistake that I'd been having. (A mistake coz it was supposed to go violet-black, but lightened my hair and went brown instead.) So now I've got a shiny new mop of jet black hair! Yay!

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oooh... violet-black...

That would have been pretty. Pity it didn't work. *sigh*

As for hair dye and scalp and ears/hairline/neck skin, I notice that too.

Personally, I think it's that my scalp produces more oil than my other skin does. (Or it tends to accumulate more.) So there is little to no barrier between the dye and my skin.

That's why I usually end up doing a mudmask when I dye my hair. (Which is why there are some very frumpy-looking photos of me available if you know where to look.) It doesn't eliminate the staining entirely, but it lessens it quite a bit.

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