Your Guide to a Happy, Skin and Hair Friendly Holi!
Hey you guys!
I’m back with a post on beauty as I’d mentioned and just so you know, I’m happily eating a tub of Gold Medal Ribbon ice cream from Baskin Robbins while I write this (Okay, you really didn’t need to know that but I thought I’d let you guys know my second favourite flavour of ice cream irrespective :D). Anyywaaayy, as you all know, the festival of Holi is right around the corner and after all the fun and games associated with the day, we usually end up spending a few hours or even days for that matter, madly scrubbing the colour off our bodies. Not to mention all that colour that collect underneath the nails (yuck). So I thought I’d share a few tried and tested tips for haircare and skincare during Holi with you guys. 🙂
- First and foremost, be as smart as you can and keep your skin covered as much as possible. It will be easier to get the colour off and the layers of clothing will keep your skin protected from sun damage as well (I packed away all my full sleeved clothes recently believing that winter is finally over – hence the sleeveless attire).
- Get your hands on a bottle of thick coconut/ olive or almond oil and smear it all over your body and your hair. Wait for 10 minutes and reapply it. Not only will it moisturise your skin, it will also form a protective layer around your hair and skin and protect them from damage. I personally prefer using coconut oil as it forms a protective layer around your hair and skin and prevents the colour from seeping in. Also, since it’s quite light, it washes off easily which means that maybe a single bath or two might just be enough to wash off all of the colour. If you have acne prone skin, stick to using a good moisturiser instead of oil to prevent your skin from breaking out.
- Try wearing a hair band, scarf or a bandana to prevent your hair from getting tangled and to lessen the extent of colour and heat related damage. Also, try to keep your hair tied. You can be totally stylish about it and tie it in the form of a side braid or go fancier and make a fish tail braid!
- Stick to using herbal colours as much as possible. Chemical and metallic colours can be super harmful for your hair and skin. I’ve personally gone through a series of painful skin rashes and allergies caused by the use of such colours. Not only that, the damage that was caused to my hair despite my having oiled it before stepping out was so bad that I had to chop off a lot of my hair length to keep it from looking like a bird’s nest. There are a lot of stores that sell herbal colours these days. You can try out the ones sold by Organic India. You can pick them up from your nearest Fabindia outlet that deals in food stuff.
- Also, do not forget to apply a waterproof sunscreen before you step out because the damage caused by the sun will only make your skin worse.
Avene Very High Protection Spray – INR 2,050 for 200 ml
I particularly recommend this waterproof sunscreen by Avene. Its loaded with SPF 50 and you can simply spray it on. You can check out your nearest dealer online by punching in your location on their website – www.aveneindia.com or you can order it online from either www.fabbag.com or from www.nykaa.com.
- Make petroleum jelly your new best friend and slather it on your lips, behind your ears, to the inside of your nose and under your nails to avoid the colour from collecting there. These are usually the areas that are harder to clean as well. You should also try applying a nice thick coat of a dark nail paint on your fingers and toes a day before Holi. This will prevent your nails from absorbing the colour and you will thank me dearly when your nails look normal the next day. Boys, don’t worry. Ask your girl/sister or any girl to paint your nails with transparent nail paint. I’m sure she will happily do it 😛
- Stick to wearing glasses as this will prevent the colour from going into your eyes. You can cause serious damage to your eyes if you choose to wearing contact lenses while playing with colour. In case the colour does get into your eyes, do not rub them. Just wash your eyes in cold water immediately.
- An essential tip that I have picked up over the years is to carry with you a small bag with wet wipes, lip balm, anti – allergy medications and any other essentials that you require. Trust me ladies, that bag can turn out to be super handy when you come face to face with a bad allergy or rash.
- Oh and ladies, avoid using make – up when you’re out playing Holi!
NOW, HOW TO DEAL WITH THE HANGOVER?
- First of all, no matter what, NEVER EVER scrub your skin vigorously. Your skin has already gone through a lot because of the colours, scrubbing will only make it worse.
- Try to bathe while the colours are still fresh on you. It’s easier to clean off the colour before it dries out. But do not worry, if you have applied oil to your skin before going out, the task awaiting you during your bath will not be that arduous! Try using a moisturising cleanser to gently clean off the colour from your skin before you head in for a shower. It will definitely make the job much easier and your skin will thank you for it!
- Use a soft creamy bath gel to clean your body or if the colours are stubborn, you can use a paste of gram flour, lemon and milk on your face and your body. Allow the paste to dry out and then gently wash it off with cold water. Not only will it clean your skin of all colour but it will also moisturise your skin. If you have acne prone skin, try using a mild face wash suitable for your skin type to gently wash off the colour. Refrain from playing with gulal in case your skin is prone to frequent break outs.
- Use a nice moisturising shampoo and conditioner to wash your scalp. Do not worry if the colour does not come off in one go. Apply some warm coconut oil on your scalp and hair again the next day for about 20 – 30 minutes before you wash your hair. Try not to wash your hair twice in the same day as that will only make your hair more dry and brittle. Use a mild shampoo that’s SLS and paraben free. I personally recommend using the ‘Provencal Lavender’ Shampoo and Conditioner set by Kronokare. (For more information on Kronokare products, check out my review of the same in my post called ‘The Fabulous Kronokare‘. You can order the products online by clicking here.
- Avoid bleaching or waxing a week before or after Holi. These treatments increase the sensitivity of your skin by leaving your pores open and the damage from the colours just aggravates your skin’s sensitivity causing allergies, reactions such as rashes etc.
- Moisturise your skin profusely after your bath and apply nourishing hair packs to your mane for a while. You can check out some interesting hair packs in my blog post called ‘Dry & Damaged Hair Treatment‘.
- Use Calamine lotion generously on your skin in case of irritation and rashes. It’s extremely helpful in soothing the skin in case of irritation or rashes.
I really hope that you guys find these tips useful! The idea is to make it easier for you to enjoy the festival while you play with colours and to continue to enjoy it while you try to get them off 😛
So have fun guys! Wish you all a splendid Holi and a life full of lots of colour and happiness 🙂 x