Playing Holi Tomorrow? Don’t Let Your Skin And Hair Suffer!
Why are all the fun things in life detrimental to one’s skin and hair? Why can’t we just enjoy a car ride with the windows down without having to deal with the horror of tangled hair? Not fair, I say! Undoubtedly, playing Holi is a lot of fun. But the straw-like hair and pink-hued skin you’re left with post the massive party makes you look like you belong to a mutant species. So much so that it’s enough to put anyone off any celebration. This year is going to be different, though. Luckily for you guys, I’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can enjoy the festival of colours without having to worry about your skin and hair. Just follow these tips to enjoy a damage-free Holi!
Things To Do Before The Party
1. Remember, dry skin holds on to colour a lot more than well-moisturised skin. Also, dry skin is more susceptible to chemical irritation. Before venturing out, make sure to cover your entire body (even the unexposed parts) in a thick moisturising cream, baby oil, or coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil is a hero product during Holi. Make sure to slather it generously between your fingers and toes, in your cuticles, behind your neck, and ears as well.
2. Use a toner to close pores if you have large pores on your face. Use a thick cream followed by coconut, olive, or sesame oil to cover your entire face and neck.
3. Slather your scalp and every strand of hair in coconut oil. People with coloured hair simply cannot afford to skip this. Ensure that you tie your hair in a braid or bun. Trust me, you don’t want to deal with tangled and knotted hair later.
Covering yourself with a layer of oil helps in creating a barrier between the colours and your skin/hair. It prevents the colour from penetrating into your skin and hair shaft. It also makes washing off the colour a lot easier.
4. Since nails are porous in nature they absorb colours much faster. Apply a dark nail polish to prevent your nail bed from staining.
5. Avoid getting any skin treatments like facials, peels, lasers, or dermal fillers a week before Holi because the colours can wreak havoc on your still sensitive skin.
Things To Do After The Party
1. Dust off any dry colour with your hands as brushing it off is the best way to get rid of most of it.
2. Wash yourself thoroughly with lukewarm water. Follow this up with a soap-free body wash. You might want to use a loofah to scrub the colour off. If the colour stains are stubborn, slather on some more coconut oil and massage it in with slow, strong strokes to release the colour.
3. The same goes for your hair. Dust off whatever colour you can and then rinse with cool water. Wash with a sulfate-free deep cleansing shampoo and keep the shampoo on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Finish with coating the lengths of your hair with a luxurious conditioner. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse.
4. Moisturise your body thoroughly with a thick cream to undo the damage of all the colour and the subsequent scrubbing.
5. Don’t sit outdoors directly under the sun after playing with colours. It sets in the colour even more.
6. Don’t sit in the same colour-stained and/or wet clothes for more than two hours.