The festival of colors is here! Holi is a beautiful and bright festival that deserves enjoyment, but many of us choose to stay in and avoid the festival because of the colors that are used in celebration, and the potential harm they may cause. So, why not enjoy the celebrations wholeheartedly by using these tips to avoid hair and skin damage.
Protecting Your Skin & Hair from Holi Colors:
Apply Coconut or Almond Oil:
Applying either coconut or almond oil on your face and other exposed parts of the body, before you play with colors, will ensure that your skin stays protected.
You can wear sunglasses to prevent color powder from flying into your eyes while playing. These will also allow you to play all day, even when it’s sunny outside!
Tie Your Hair:
Oil your hair and tie it up tightly to ensure minimum exposure to the chemicals in Holi colors. You can even protect it with a scarf tied around your head.
Lemon Juice To Prevent Infection:
For sensitive scalps, use lemon juice to prevent infection that may be caused by the colors.
Waxing or Shaving:
Make sure not to get any beauty treatments like waxing or shaving done in the week before you play with colors. This will make your skin extra sensitive to the effect of the colors.
Playing Holi Safely:
Avoid Contact with Color:
Make sure to avoid direct contact between colored powders and your eyes.
Track Rashes & Skin Irritation:
Keep track of any rash or skin irritation while you are playing, however mild they are. They may get worse with continued exposure and should be attended to.
How to Remove Holi Colors?:
Oil before Bathing:
Before having a bath, apply oil to your skin so that the color comes off easily.
Remove Colors When Wet:
The best time to remove colors is when they are wet. So, have a bath before the powders dry up on your skin.
Wash with Warm Water:
Use warm water to wash the colors out of your hair.
Aloe Vera Gel:
You can use also aloe Vera gel or rosewater to soothe any skin irritation that may be caused by chemicals in colors.
All in all, Holi can be a great celebration as long as you are careful. Follow these tips to make sure your festival goes smoothly. And most importantly, try to use natural or vegetable colors rather than chemical colors, to benefit yourself as well as the environment!