Holi is a festival of colours which is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country. Every year it is celebrated on full moon day in the month of Phalgun. It is a symbol of victory of good over evil. People from all walk of life come together to celebrate this festival of joy and hope. Many of us eagerly wait for Holi to play with the vibrant colours, throw water and water-balloons at each other, and enjoy the Holi sweets.
Holi is the festival of colours! While the traditional colours used to be all natural and be made from naturally occurring pigments, commercialization has led to chemically made colours finding their way into the festival. These chemically-loaded colours do damage to our skin and hair as well as to the environment around us. These synthetic colours may cause allergic reactions in some people. Simply using soaps, facewash or body wash to wash off colour from your body may not be enough to get rid of the harmful chemicals as you may end up damaging your skin and hair.
Pre-Holi Skin Care Tips
- Before going out to play Holi apply a good amount of moisturizer on the exposed parts of the body.
- Apply coconut oil or olive oil on your hair before you go out to play with colours so that the thin film of oil forms a protective coating over your hair.
- Wear loose and long clothes that cover the maximum part of your body.
- Apply a dark coloured nail polish your nails and then apply Vaseline protect your nails.
Once you are done playing with colours, the biggest problem is how to remove these synthetic colours from your body without damaging your skin and hair.
Let’s learn how to remove Holi colour from skin and hair safely.
How to Remove Holi Colour from Skin Safely?
Always wash your skin with cold water to remove the colour from your body as hot water may dry out the colour and it may become more stubborn, making it hard for you get rid of the colour stains.
- Take equal amount of lemon juice and honey. Mix it well and apply on your skin wherever required. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent that helps to get rid of stubborn stains from your body and honey moisturizes your skin without causing any inflammation. Leave it for 15 minutes. Then wash off with water and apply a good moisturizer.
- Take 2 tablespoons of wheat flour and add a few drops of almond oil and make a thick paste. Apply this all over the body, wait for 5 minutes before scrubbing off the colours. Then take a cold water shower.
- Take some coconut oil and apply on and around your nail and cuticles. Then take ½ tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon baking soda and 1 tablespoon water and make a thick paste. Apply this mixture on your nails and cuticles and leave for 5 minutes and gently scrub your skin for 2 minutes and wash off. Apply a good moisturizer once done.
- Take 2 tablespoons of besan, 1 tablespoon curd, 1 teaspoon of orange peel powder, a pinch of turmeric, few drops of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix all the ingredients well to make a smooth paste. Use this mixture as a body scrub to remove colour from your body.
- Make a paste of papaya and honey and mix it with fullers earth. Use this mixture as a scrub to get rid of the stubborn colour.
You should never rub your skin vigorously to get rid of that pesky colour stain on your skin.
How to Remove Holi Colour from Hair Safely?
- Mustard Oil is the best colour-removing agent from hair. Massage your hair and scalp with mustard oil and leave for 1 hour before washing off with a mild shampoo.
- Take an egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of curd. Mix well and apply on your hair. Leave for 20 minutes and then wash off.
- Take ½ a cup of curd and to this add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix it well and apply on your scalp and rinse off with a mild herbal shampoo.
- In order to get rid of colour on your hair, simply wash it with a mild herbal shampoo or else you can use a homemade shampoo as well by soaking amla, reetha and shikakai overnight and next day strain the water and use this water to clean your hair.
- Add 1 tablespoon of fenugreek powder and 1 cup of curd and mix it well. Apply this mixture on your scalp and hair. Leave for 30 minutes and wash off with a herbal shampoo.
Always remember to condition your hair after washing it with a mild shampoo to restore moisture of your hair as these synthetic colours can strip moisture of your scalp and hair making it dry, rough and brittle.
Post-Holi Skin and Hair Care Tips
- Do not wash your face frequently as it will make your skin all the drier and increase the chances of break out.
- Synthetic colours can often lead to skin irritation and rashes, so once you have got most of the colour off your body, apply a good antiseptic cream or lotion on your face and body.
- Daily massage your hair with almond oil/coconut oil for a few days to restore the moisture level of your scalp and hair.
- Apply a good fruit pack on your skin for the next few days after playing Holi to nourish and moisturize your skin.
- Do not go for any skin care like waxing, threading, bleaching, facials for next 5 days after playing Holi as there are chances of your skin being irritated and may result in breakouts.
- You should avoid any hair care treatments on your hair as well like hair colouring, straightening as the use of any hair treating chemicals can damage your hair.
Holi is a festival of colours, enjoy the fun-filled atmosphere of Holi to its core. It’s time to leave all your worries, stress aside and rejoice. So stay safe and play safe. Happy Holi!