The festival of colors is around the corner. This is the festival that everyone waits for -kids, aunties, uncles all drenched in coloured water, filling up balloons with water and throwing it on each other, taking a bite of mithais amidst all the waterplay, smell of sweets and savouries coming from all the corners. Every Holi is special and makes memories that lasts a lifetime. While most are busy buying pichkaris and colors, some are making plans to lock themselves at home and just watch other people enjoying. The reason-‘I need to take care of my skin and hair!’ Let this worry not stop you from all the fun this day has for you. ….
Here are the tips that might help you enjoy and celebrate the festival with ample enthusiasm:
Before you step out to mingle with your friends and family in boisterous yet colourful celebration, here’s what you need to do:
- Massage your scalp and hair with a coconut based hair oil before stepping out to play in water. The oil acts as a barrier and prevents direct contact of the colour with hair cuticles and scalp which means less damage and irritation to your scalp and hair.
- Tie up your hair. It keeps your hair less tangled and prevents damage to the strands. You can also wear a side braid, a ponytail or even a fashionable head scarf or bandana that keeps your hair protected from the chemical-based colours on your hair.
- Do not forget to moisturize your skin thoroughly. It helps in removing colours easily, causing less damage to your skin. Coconut based moisturizers are the best.
- If it is getting hot, apply sunscreen and you are good to go. The colour and heat can aggravate skin damage. If you are planning to douse in colours, the best choice is to apply a waterproof sunscreen.
Here’s what you need to do after Holi:
- Wash your hair with plain water to remove excess colour and use a mild shampoo to prevent your hair from becoming too dry.
- Do not shampoo twice on the same day. If the colour residues stick to your scalp, apply coconut oil before shampooing. This tip also prevents your hair strand root from excessive dryness and making hair brittle.
- A warm bath with a gentle foaming body wash is a must. Since your skin gets exposed to chemicals from colours make sure the water is not too hot, it may cause skin irritations.
- Massaging a generous dollop of moisturizer onto your skin soothes skin irritation. Make sure to moisturize your damp skin, soon after the bath to keep it soft and glowing whole day long.
Step out of your houses and say Happy Holi, dear Skin and Hair.