It’s time for most loved festival of the year – Holi festival!
The festival of colours, that was once celebrated only in northern India and Nepal by Hindus. But now it is gaining popularity across the country and even the world.
Being from southern India, I never got to play Holi as a kid. I saw it on TV and movies and longed to be a part of the fun filled festivities. My prayers were answered in 6th, when I changed schools and joined the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. There, a certain percentage of the 9th standard students were sent to a JNV school in a different state for the purpose of getting to know the culture. In our case, kids from our school were sent to JNV Mau in Uttar Pradesh and students from that school came to our school. That meant that we got to understand their culture, customs and festivals.
Long story short, that is how I got to enjoy Holi -right from Holika dahan to getting colour splattered on my happy face!
While Holi looks amazing on TV, it is not quite so in real life. I mean playing with colours is really fun, but getting rid of it- not so much.
Holi – The Aftermath
I know the title sounds like the name of horror movie but I am sure that many of you have said -“No, I am never going to play Holi again!”, after the festivities have ended.
As I said before, Holi is fun, till it’s time for you to get rid of the colours. I mean no one wants to go to work with pink teeth, green neck and grey nails. Even if you don’t have to go to work, try shopping looking like modern art!
Jokes apart, Holi festival sees our hair and skin taking a beating!
While we all talk about using organic colours, there will be at least one prankster who thinks it is funny to use colours, with questionable chemical compositions, that refuses to come off despite a million baths.
The skin gets damaged due to these colours and leaves it looking rough and dry. Your hair also is in the same boat!
Skin and hair care tips that you need for Holi festival
So there’s the damage, but does that mean you should not play Holi?
No, of course not! You should do it, if you get a chance. Just make sure you keep your skin and hair prepped and ready.
If you are not planning to, but live in a place where there are lot’s of Holi enthusiasts, I suggest, you stay indoors or be prepared.
Here are some simple tips that will help you enjoy this Holi without damaging your skin and hair.
#1. Oil your skin and hair
This trick is to prevent the colours from seeping into the skin. The oil helps to create a barrier and keeps most of the colour out. This makes it easier to wash it off.
Also don’t forget to wash and dry the hair before applying the oil. If you feel that it is a pointless exercise, you are mistaken. The dirt mixed with the colours will only damage the hair further.
#2. Tie your hair
This will help to minimise the damage. You have to remember that it is not just colours that the hair is exposed to, but also the harsh sun.Tie your hair in a pony, if you have short hair. If it is long, then you can braid it. If you have really short hair, then use a hat/cap/ scarf to cover your hair.
#3. Apply sunscreen
While you don’t have apply makeup to play Holi, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. If you have a water proof sunscreen lotion, great! This will help to protect your skin from the harsh sun.
#4. Apply nail polish
Yeah, we did speak about not applying makeup for Holi. But we have to make a small exception here, for the humble nail polish. While you can dress up your nails in any colour to match the spirit of Holi, the idea behind applying nail polish is to prevent the nails from looking ghastly the day after Holi.
#5. Protect your lips with lip balm
The skin, hair and nails are taken care of, but the lips are often forgotten. Apply a good lip balm (try one with sunscreen) and then enjoy!
#6. Choose your clothes carefully
Leave gorgeous clothes and cute shorts where they belong, in Holi celebrations shown in movies. If you are worried about your skin, then wear clothes that cover you up. It will help in minimizing the exposure to colours and the sun. And yes, make sure they are old. Or they will look like a tie and die experiment that went horribly wrong.
#7. Hydrate yourself
Drink enough water and fluids to keep yourself hydrated. Lack of water will just dry out skin and hair and make it susceptible to more damage. Avoid damage by drinking water and fruit juices. Avoid carbonated drinks and alcohol as they won’t do anything to help.
#8. Use a natural bath powder to cleanse your skin.
It is better to go chemical free and use a bath powder that is natural. This will help to remove the colours without damaging or drying the skin. You can also use shikkakai powder to wash your hair.
Try out this natural bath powder recipe.
#9. Don’t scrub or use harsh soaps
If the colours aren’t coming off, don’t worry. It will, eventually. Avoid scrubbing too hard or using harsh soaps and cleaners. It will just make matters worse.
#10. Moisturise your skin after the bath
Apply some moisturizer after you take your bath. If you don’t have a habit of doing this, make sure you do it at least today. And continue doing it without fail.
#11. Keep some aloe vera gel or calamine lotion to soothe irritated/ sunburnt skin
If your skin is sunburnt or if you feel that your skin is irritated, then apply some aloe vera or lacto calamine lotion to soothe the skin.
Note: If the irritation and pain persists, then you may have to visit a dermatologist.
#12. No salon appointments before or immediately after Holi.
Don’t get any skin treatments done just before Holi. This will make it susceptible to damage and staining. Similarly, if have colours on your skin despite taking a bath, don’t run for getting a bleach or peel done. It will go off. Wait for 4-7 days after Holi for getting any treatments done.
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So hope you found this post useful and will follow these tips to protect your skin and hair and enjoy Holi!
Also don’t forget to share your Holi tips and experiences with us in the comments.