Natural skin and hair care tips for Holi

HOLI is a festival when you let your hair down, eat, drink and groove on desi beats. There is no doubt about Holi being the most fun part of the year. The only pesky part is to get rid of the stubborn colors. So, the question is how can we play Holi without any skin and hair tension. Here are few natural skin and hair care tips for Holi.

Pre – Holi Preparation

Skin and Hair :

Applying a generous layer of oil to your hair and scalp, face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs and any exposed area of your body, especially the insides of your ears and navel, and the area between fingers and toes. Make sure you moisturize your lips as well. It also becomes easier to get rid of the colors. It will also protect your skin and hair from dryness, frizziness, roughness and irritation. You can choose from Coconut/ Sesame/ Mustard/ Olive depending on what suits you more. Girls must tie their hair after applying oil to protect them from getting damaged in case someone pulls them while playing Holi. Guys, don’t shave for 2-3 days before Holi. This would protect your pores from color granules and chemicals

Petroleum Jelly:
People who want to avoid breathing in dry color, this trick is your savior. Put some Petroleum jelly inside your nostrils. This will trap a lot of the color and dust particles and stop them from entering your windpipe.

Eyes :
Please avoid wearing contact lenses as it might create some allergy to your eyes. Stick to glasses while playing Holi. In case color gets in your eyes, do not rub. Wash it immediately with cold water.

Nails :
Nails are porous in nature hence they tend to absorb color. No wonder they remain stained long after Holi is over. Girls, apply a dark colored nail polish. Most of the color on your nails will come off when you remove the polish. Boys can apply transparent nail polish.

Post Holi Skin Care

Wash your body with cold water to take off the excessive color. Use a moisturizing soap and lukewarm water to bathe. Since you had applied oil, it will be easy to get rid of the color. However, in case you cannot get permanent Holi color out of your skin, you can try these homemade cleaning packs.

Besan pack:
Take 4 teaspoons of gram flour (Besan), a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder (Haldi), 2 teaspoons of fresh curd and a few drops of lime juice. Make a paste of these ingredients and apply it on the stained areas. Let it dry and scrub it off gently. Repeat the same if required.

Fruit Scrub for Face:
First, try to wash colors off the face with water and soap and then rub the face with a Banana peel(the white part), powder Nutmeg(Jaiphal) and add cream(malai) and use it as an exfoliating scrub. Orange also works really well and both the peel and the pulp both work wonders for moisturization and even help in making the skin glow.

H2O2 Hand & Feet Soak:
For the stubborn marks on your hands and feet resulting from Pakka rang which just refuse to go away with soap and water, use 1 tsp of H202(Hydrogen Peroxide) + 1 tsp of rosewater in 2 mugs of water, soak your hands & feet and just relax for a while.

Rinse your hair with water before washing them with shampoo. Let the shampoo stay on for at least 10 minutes before you wash it off.
In case your hair becomes dry, dull and/or frizzy, apply egg yolk. Keep it on for 10-15 minutes and wash it with water. Instead of egg yolk, you can also use curd.

Use a nail polish remover to remove the dark colored nail polish that you had applied before playing Holi.
If you still feel your skin is itchy or irritated, Try these soothing packs to calm your skin.
• Calamine Pack – Take some calamine lotion and add some honey and rosewater to it. Apply this to your skin and let it stay for 10-15 minutes. Wash with cold water. This will help prevent skin irritation, rashes, and itching.
• Sapodilla(Chiku) Relief – Just peel the skin and mash the pulp, apply it on the face for a few minutes. This will surely help in moisturizing your face and body.
• Apple & Cucumber – A generous application of a combination of Apple Juice and Cucumber Juice can be applied to soothe irritated skin.

I hope these tips and tricks help protect your hair, skin, and nails this Holi. Have a happy and safe festival. Also, if you want to detan your face or want to get the glow back Visit “Sunday – the Spa” which is an organic Spa and it has extensive range of facials and body scrubs for every skin type.