Traditionally Holi colors were made from skin friendly ingredients like flowers. However, the synthetic colors available these days cause excessive damage to the skin. While it is important to take precautions to prevent this damage, it is equally important to take good care of your skin and hair after Holi. You can refer to my previous post on Holi Beauty Tips to keep your skin and hair safe when you play Holi. In this post, I have compiled a list of simple home remedies for Post Holi Skin and Hair Care to minimize this damage.
- Wash the colors immediately after playing Holi. Use lukewarm water to rinse your face and body. Be careful while washing your face and ensure that the color does not enter your eyes or mouth.
- Do not rub your skin vigorously. Clean your skin in gentle and circular motion.
- Apply warm oil to your skin and clean the skin with a soft cloth. Most of the color will dissolve in oil and come off.
- Follow with an ubtan made by mixing Gram Flour (Besan) and Yogurt to get rid of the colors.It is very gentle on the skin and gives amazing results.
What you’ll need
1 tablespoon Gram Flour (Besan)
1 tablespoon Yogurt
1 tablespoon Mustard Oil
Mix one tablespoon Gram Flour(Besan) with one tablespoon Yogurt and one tablespoon Mustard Oil. Apply this ubtan on the skin and massage gently. Gram flour and yogurt clean the skin and mustard oil helps in moisturizing and nourishing. It will help in removing the remaining traces of colors without causing any damage.
- Avoid scrubbing your face. Many colors contain glass particles and use of scrub Post Holi can irritate and damage the skin.
- Do not use soap to clean your body. Soap rips the skin of its moisture and can cause itching.
- Do not use harsh agents like detergents or kerosene on your face and body. These agents irritate and damage the skin.
- Consult a doctor in case of redness, itching or irritation.
- Brush your hair well. Most of the gulal will come off with the brush.
- If you have played Holi with colored water, paint and sprays; rinse your hair with plain water. Most of the color will be washed off.
- Follow this with a mild shampoo and conditioner. Avoid excessive use of shampoo and use an oil or serum to replenish the moisture.
- Colors damage the hair making it dry and dull. Keep massaging your scalp and hair with warm oil. This will help in nourishing and conditioning dry hair.
- Get a haircut to get rid of the rough ends.
- You can also try this nourishing hair mask to treat dry and color damaged hair Post Holi.
DIY Hair Mask
What you’ll need
1 Ripe Banana (2 if you have long hair)
2-3 tbsp. Honey
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Mash one ripe banana and mix with 2-3 tbsp. Honey and 2 tbsp. Olive Oil (you can increase these quantities if you have long hair). Apply on the hair ensuring even coverage from the roots to the tips. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse with water. Keep rinsing till the entire mask is washed off. Follow this with a mild shampoo and conditioner.
I had an allergic reaction to color on Holi a few years back which made my skin dry and irritated. However, our skin is an amazing organ. It has the ability to heal itself with proper care and my skin was back to normal in a couple of weeks. So, Do not panic if the color takes some time to come off or your skin and hair turns dry post-Holi. Following these simple tips will be beneficial in improving the texture of your skin and hair.
Wishing you a very Happy Holi!