The thought of Holi leaves me nostalgic every single time. Running across gallis to spoil your ‘oh so skin conscious’ friend’s face. Escaping from that khadoos aunty on whom you spill gulaal. Buying the best pichkari and water gun. Balloon fights and what not?
Though u had the most epic or not so epic Holi. After math is the same. pink faces, Dry skin, and damaged hair. But proper care pre and post you start the Holi drama can minimize the damage. Or let’s say people would never know that you went bonkers playing Holi the other day.
Here are few tips which I learned and have been using for years of playing Holi.
1. APPLY A THICK MOISTURIZER
Leaving your house with bare Face is not ideal. No matter how organic your colors are, those tend to clog your pores. So apply a thick layer of moisturizer which acts as a shield between your skin and the color.
2. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST
This is something which we all neglect. Holi is one of those festivals which are celebrated outdoors and we are most likely to get tanned. So, apply sunscreen at least before 20 mins you start playing holi.
3. APPLY VASELINE
Applying vaseline behind your ears, between your fingers and at areas where color gets settled and is difficult to remove.
4. STAY HYDRATED
Drink plenty of water. Harmful Chemicals present in colors dehydrate your skin. So, drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated inside out. Also, weather during Holi is hot. Staying hydrated helps you beat the heat.
5. PAINT YOUR NAILS
One of the difficult places where color doesn’t leave easily is nails. Nail polish protects from getting the color on your nails.
6. CALL OILS TO THE RESCUE
I know I might be sounding so old school right now, but this works. Apply coconut oil or olive oil all over your body. This avoids color from sticking to your skin and makes getting rid of the color easier. I know most of hate that sticky feeling on our body. But, this one step plays an important role in not turning your Holi into a nightmare.
7. Makeup is a big NO!
Yeah.. you heard it right, girls. I know how much means to you but I also know that you wouldn’t risk damaging your skin. Holi is all about water and colors. Makeup sits on your skin and any disturbances like colors will only cause clogging. So to prevent clogging of pores avoid makeup.
8. WEAR FULL CLOTHES
Cover yourself as much as possible. This prevents direct contact of color with your skin.
Lay your hands on whichever oil that suits you and start emulsifying the color. Make sure that this would be your first step. And then cleanse your face as usual.
Chemicals might leave your skin dull, dry and devasted. Apply lots and lots of moisturizer which will help your skin to heal.
3. AVOID SCRUBBING
Getting rid of color gets a little trickier sometimes. That doesn’t mean you have to scrub the life out of your skin. Use of colors and chemicals leaves your skin irritated already. Scrubbing only leads to further irritation and chronic dryness. So no matter how hard it is avoid scrubbing.
4. USE LEMON JUICE
Instead of scrubbing your skin. Try using lemon juice. Rub lemon in the areas where color is stubborn and doesn’t go easily. This will help you to remove color gently.
1. COVER YOUR HAIR
Style your hair with turbans and bandanas. This will give you a bohemian touch as well as helps you cover your hair.
Again this is one of those grandma tips. Oiling acts as a layer between those harmful chemicals and your hair. Prepping your hair with oil provides some extra nutrition helping to prevent dryness post holi. Also, that greasiness helps you to get rid of the color faster.
3. FOR SENSITIVE SCALP
Chemicals used in Holi colors tend to irritate a sensitive scalp. use lemon essential oil which acts a shield on your scalp. This will prevent any irritation caused by whatsoever means.
4. DEEP CONDITION
We already discussed the importance of adding nutrition to our hair. For some extra nutrition prep your with deep conditioning masks.
1. RINSE YOUR THROUGHLY
Before adding some more chemicals to your hair rinse your hair completely with plain water until water runs clear. This step will save up the extra application of shampoo and prevents further drying.
2. USE SULPHATE FREE SHAMPOO
Use a mild shampoo to wash your hair. post holi our hair is more brittle than usual due to the harmful chemicals. and usage of harsh chemicals in your shampoo will only worsen the situation.
3. AVOID HOT WATER
Washing hair with hot water on a regular basis is damaging already. using hot water post holi will only make your hair dry and brittle.
Get back all the nutrition and shine your hair has lost. make yourself a reconstruction or a nutrition mask. This will restore the damage making your hair healthy as it was before.
* USE FENUGREEK SEEDS AND CURD MASK FOR LUXE HAIR
* EGG AND YOGURT MAKES A GOOD PROTEIN MASK
So, these were my personal tips which I use every year pre and post holi. Everybody has their own skin type and hair type.
If u have any doubts or any related queries feel free to ask by mentioning in comments below or at any of my social media.
Wishing you a very happy and safe Holi.
Take care, bye