Holi! The very mention of it itself paints a colourful picture of vivid hues, celebration, joy and happiness in our minds. It’s the time when all of us forget our worries and rush out to revel in the festival.
But it doesn’t come without pain. The chemical laden colors which we smear on each other can leave harmful effects on our skin and hair and many think twice before participating in the merry-making.
And that’s why we are here for your rescue. Here are seven tips that will help you to remove colors as well as save you from their ill-effects after playing Holi.
Oil your hair:
It is a must as the colors make hair extremely dry and shampooing makes it further rough. Oiling with good hair oil before playing Holi will moisturise your hair and also help in removing colors from hair easily. You can even put oil on your body.
Holi entails staying outdoors for a long time under the sun which will burn your skin as well as damage your hair. So don’t forget to slather a good sunscreen before stepping out.
Cover yourself fully:
If you want to enjoy without compromising your skin health, cover yourself fully. Wear full sleeved garments, hat or turban to protect your mane and sunglass to avoid colors getting into your eyes.
Play with dry colors:
Try playing with organic and dry colors which are of good quality. Refrain from using water colors as much as possible as they are more harmful as well as difficult to take off from skin.
Besan(Gram Flour) and Curd paste:
After you are done playing, immediately wash off the colors with luke warm water. Don’t use hot water as it will dry your skin. Then apply a paste of besan and curd and scrub gently. You can also use Multanni Mitti (fuller’s Earth) or rice powder instead of besan. Wash your face and body with a mild soap after 10 minutes.
Egg and curd mask for hair:
Prepare a mask of egg, fenugreek seeds (methi) and curd and apply on your hair for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with a herbal shampoo.
Lemon is known for its excellent bleaching property and you can use it to lighten the stubborn stains left by the colors on your skin.
Finish off with a good moisturiser:
Your skin becomes sensitive after so much of scrubbing and rubbing which can lead to irritation. Apply a good moisturiser to nourish the skin and make it glow once again.
Now that you know how to safely remove the colors you have no reason not to play Holi. So go out and spread the colors!