How to Get Dried Blood Out Of Your Hair?

The chances are low, but there are instances when you get blood in your hair, and it dries up.

When this happens, there’s no need to be alarmed because there can be numerous reasons for dried blood in your hair, such as scalp inflammation and dryness, a bad case of dandruff, or cosmetic treatments.

Regardless of the reason, it’s essential that you wash your hair and remove the dried blood to keep your hair and scalp clean. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can remove dried blood from your hair, and most of them are pretty straightforward.

So, today, let’s go over the different ways you can get dried blood out of your hair, so you can get back the crowning glory you love. 

Now, let’s dive right in.

Dried Blood In Hair: The Root Causes To Consider

Before we proceed to discuss the step-by-step process of getting rid of dried blood out of your hair, let’s first look at the potential causes.

Doing so will help you identify what’s causing it and address the problem quickly and avoid worse issues than dried blood later on.

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With that said, here are the most common reasons you may find dried blood in your hair.

Contact Dermatitis

One of the potential reasons you have dried blood in your hair is contact dermatitis, a condition that causes a red and itchy rash on your scalp. This is often caused by coming into contact with certain materials like latex, which can cause an allergic reaction. 

Contact Dermatitis
Exposure to harsh chemicals or things that cause allergies will cause your skin to cause contact dermatitis

Aside from that, other examples of what may affect your scalp are extracts from plants like poison ivy and poison oak, as well as other outdoor vegetation. Likewise, if harmful chemicals such as bleach and battery acid come into contact with your scalp, this may also cause inflammation on your scalp and make it itch.

As a result of your allergic response, your scalp may develop dry spots that itch or burn. Then, if you scratch your scalp, you may wound your scalp, which may produce some scabs. 

This can cause blood particles to remain in your hair over time, potentially leading to worse conditions. Fortunately, contact dermatitis is not contagious to others and can easily be cured.


Also called seborrheic dermatitis, some cases of dandruff can worsen to the point wherein the scabs and flakes start to turn brown and reddish. Many have even complained about scratching the itch on their head and finding red scabs or dried blood in their fingernails.

While the most common telltale signs of dandruff usually involve scaly dried skin that falls off as flakes, it can be a cause for concern once it starts to bleed on its own.

Dandruff is also one of the causes of dried blood in the hair

Scalp Lacerations

Last but not least common cause for dried blood in your hair is scalp lacerations from a head injury, which often need stitches or staples.

Scalp lacerations may sometimes bleed as it heals and may mean that you get a tetanus shot. In this case, you need to be extra careful with removing the blood since cleaning chemicals may aggravate the wound. 

Removing Dried Blood From Your Hair: Two Main Processes

Now that you know the common causes for dried blood, let’s now discuss the two main processes involved in removing it.

When removing blood from your hair, it’s so much easier when it’s fresh. All you have to do is to wash it off or wipe it off with a wet wipe, and you’re almost always good to go.

However, dried blood can be more difficult to get out of your hair since you can risk further irritating your scalp when not done properly. With that said, we can help you with a quick and simple guide that you can do in the comfort of your own home. So, let’s begin.

Dissolving the Dried Blood

One critical process is to first loosen the dried blood by dissolving it. While you can use water, there are other chemicals that get the job done more efficiently.

For example, you can dissolve the dried blood with the help of vinegar, baking soda, or other home detergents. In fact, these are considered the most frequent methods of doing so since these are the standard cleaning chemicals found in most residences. 

Still, vinegar may not be the most appealing choice since it has an acidic odor that may be unpleasant after some time. Aside from these, you can use hydrogen peroxide or salt water to clean up dried blood from soiled areas and scalp wounds if necessary. 

However, you should note that you should not use hydrogen peroxide without diluting it first. You need to dilute it with water at a 1:1 ratio when removing blood, as not doing so may cause a lightening effect on your hair.

It’s also important to remember that if the blood that dried came from wounds from your scalp, you should be careful when putting the chemicals on your hair. You should also make sure that these household products don’t come into direct contact with your skin to avoid worsening your current condition.

Washing the Dried Blood Off

After dissolving the dried blood and partially wiping it off, you should immediately remove the products from your hair as they may damage your hair when left there. With that said, the best way to wash off the vinegar or hydrogen peroxide is to use cold water.

Some people believe that warm or hot water will be more effective in softening dried blood since this is the general method when removing blood stains from clothing. However, the heat can actually make it worse by staining the hair further, thereby complicating the process. 

Therefore, it’s best to remove dried blood from your hair using cold water. To retain the moisture in your hair, it’s best to wash it with a simple shampoo that’s formulated for sensitive scalps and doesn’t contain ingredients like sulfates. After that, you can condition your hair to soften it.

If you have scalp lacerations, you may need to take extra care with the process. 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Dried Blood from Your Hair

Now that you know what the two primary processes of removing dried blood from your hair are, let’s now discuss how to remove it in a step-by-step guide. 

Step 1: Prepare Everything You Need

First, you should gather all your supplies in one area. It’s best that you have all the products you need within reach. This way, you won’t have to stress over the whole process, especially when there are missing items. 

That said, here’s a list of all the items you can use to remove dried blood from your hair.

What you need:

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Dissolvers
    • Vinegar (Apple Cider or White)
    • Baking Soda
    • Saltwater
    • Hydrogen Peroxide (dissolved in water)
  • Cold Water
  • Sulfate-free Scalp-sensitive Shampoo
  • Conditioner (optional)
  • Towel for drying
  • Shower cap (optional)

Step 2: Comb Your Hair

Once you have everything you need, the next step is to comb your hair. However, it would be best to do this carefully and gently to remove any clumps in your hair and avoid further damaging your scalp and hair.

Dried blood can clump your hair together, which may cause some tangles that can make the process even more challenging. With that said, if combing your hair while dry proves to be difficult and painful, you can use water to wet your hair and make it easier.

Comb Your Hair
Comb your hair gently with a wide tooth comb and remove tangles.

Step 3: Wet or Dampen Your Hair

Again, if you’re finding it difficult to comb your hair while dry, you can spritz some water on your hair to make the process easier. 

Since the next step involves dissolving the dried blood from your hair, making your hair a bit damp can help the chemicals become more effective. In fact, dry hair can make the process more difficult.

Step 4: Dissolve the Dried Blood

Dissolving the dried blood is vital when removing dried blood from your hair. While water is an option, the other alternatives can be more effective. In this case, you can use things like vinegar, baking soda, saltwater, or hydrogen peroxide. 

If scalp wounds cause dried blood in your hair, you need to remember to proceed with caution while applying these solutions to your hair to prevent further damage. You should also make sure that none of these household solutions come into contact with your skin.

Step 5: Leave the Solution in Your Hair for a While

It is best to keep the product in your hair for a while to enjoy the best results. Leaving them in for around 10 to 15 minutes is enough time before rinsing them out. By doing so, the solutions will take effect and loosen the dried blood hair from your strands without irreparably damaging your hair.

You can also wrap your hair in a towel or put on a shower cap while you wait. However, you need to be careful that the chemicals don’t come into direct contact with your scalp, especially if you have lacerations or wounds. 

Leave the Solution in Your Hair for a While
Wrap your hair with a towel so that the solution can soften the dried blood on your hair

Lastly, don’t forget to rinse them out as soon as the 10 to 15 minutes are over to avoid worsening the damage to your scalp and hair. You can also remove some of the dissolved or loosened dried blood with a damp cloth.

Step 6: Rinse Your Hair with Cold Water

Once the dried blood has been dissolved and partly removed with a damp cloth, you should remove the chemicals from your hair since they may cause more harm if left in longer than necessary.

For this step, using cold water is the most effective approach to remove the chemicals from your hair’s strands. Using hot water can make getting the dried blood out of your hair more difficult since it can solidify the stain.

Step 7: Use Sulfate-Free Shampoos for Sensitive Scalps

Once you’ve rinsed out the solutions, you can then wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo that’s formulated specifically for sensitive scalps. Doing so will help wash off any residues and retain the moisture in your hair.

This is because sulfate-free shampoos help keep the natural oils in your scalp and hair, which are essential for keeping your hair healthy and hydrated.

Aside from that, the best sulfate-free dandruff shampoos can also help gently remove flakes while addressing the underlying reasons for your dandruff without hurting or aggravating your already inflamed scalp.

Lastly, it would be best to keep in mind not to scrub or rub your scalp when trying to lather the shampoo, as doing so may further irritate your scalp. Instead, use gentle stroking motions without putting too much pressure on your head.

Wash your hair with cold water
Wash your hair with cold water, and absolutely do not scratch your hair

Step 8: Condition Your Hair (Optional)

While this step is optional, conditioning your hair after washing it can help keep it nourished and soft, especially given that baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide can dry your hair strands. 

Using conditioners can help mitigate the drying effect and promote the recovery of your crowning glory. Moreover, softening your hair allows you to easily remove any dried blood in the future.

Step 9: Apply Medication as Instructed

Suppose the dried blood comes from scalp lacerations, staples, or stitches. In that case, you may need to apply the prescribed treatment or ointment on your scalp, especially before all the staples are removed, to prevent any infections. 

This also means that you should avoid rubbing or scrubbing your scalp with a towel when drying your hair. Furthermore, if the wound is still fresh and the staples are still intact, you are advised against putting your head underwater. 


Caring for your hair and scalp is an integral part of your health and hygiene. That said, when you encounter a problem like needing to remove dried blood out of your, there are two things you can do: tackle the root cause of the issue and commit to including an effective clean-up routine for it. 

This is especially true if the dried blood issue is caused by wounds on your head or a skin condition on your scalp.

With that said, we hope that you now know the steps you need to follow if you want to remove dried blood from your hair without damaging your scalp or strands.

Edna Feber

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