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How To Get Rid Of The Holi Colour From Your Skin & Hair?

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So you’ve partied it up this Holi season — red, blue, green, yellow, name it and all the colours have found a special place on your skin and hair. Walking around like a Picasso painting sounds like a good idea during the festivities; however, as soon as you hit home, it’s going to be disaster central for you to wash off the day from your body.

Powdered colours are perfectly easy to remove, but if it’s a liquid mix — you’re in for a roller coaster ride.  Brace yourselves, it won’t be your average shower. Don’t panic, we really don’t mean to freak you out.

Just like your colours post Holi, we’ve got you all covered! Here are some tips and tricks you can use in order to make that pasty amalgamation vanish quicker.



The first step will be to take off the colour with a face oil, baby oil, or coconut oil and a cotton pad — just like you’d do with your makeup. Next, wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser, as you would on a normal day.

Make sure you DO NOT try to vigorously scrub the colour off — that will only irritate your skin more and won’t help get rid of the colour at all.

Remember, the chemicals of the colour and the harsh sunlight may have already dried your skin out. This means hydrating your skin is absolutely necessary. Applying an ubtan or natural face mask after washing off the colour will soothe your irritated skin.

You need to replenish the liquid in your skin, so do remember to moisturise once you’re done cleansing. Nothing is more important than sealing those pores in — try something aloe vera based to cool your skin.

Same with your body — apply some coconut oil and wipe off the colour with an old towel — wash off with a mild shower gel. Finish off by hydrating your body too, and apply a soothing milk cream to all the exposed areas.


Kama Ayurveda Rose Jasmine Bath & Body Oil (Rs 795)


Forest Essentials Soundarya Ubtan (Rs 975)


Forest Essentials Delicate Facial Cleanser (Rs 1,075)


Just Herbs Body Sandal-Turmeric Ubtan Pack (Rs 495)


Fab India Olive Hand Cuticle Cream (Rs 290)


Fab India Lemongrass Facial Spray (Rs 190)


Kama Ayurveda Sanobar Body Moisturiser (Rs 650)


Kama Ayurveda Mridul Soap Free Face Cleanser (Rs 425)


If you are only doused in powdered colour, then gently brush your hair to get rid of the dusty hues from your follicles before hitting the water. However, if the pichkaaris have hit you hard, then it’s time to bring out the big guns.

Apply a natural hair mask into your scalp and the tips of your hair, and rinse off. Rinse your hair with lukewarm or even cold water, as this will help remove the colour.

Use a mild shampoo, possibly something herbal or Ayurvedic, and massage it onto your scalp and hair. Keep it on for longer than usual and then rinse off. Make sure you’re using an extra moisturising conditioner, post your shampoo.

Once you step out of your shower, apply a serum or an oil from root to tip in order to hydrate your hair that’s faced a battle. Lock in any moisture and add a little bit extra, if possible.


Fab India Aloe Conditioner_Post Holi Care_Hauterfly

Fab India Protein Aloe Conditioner (Rs 95)


Forest Essentials Bhringraj & Shikhakai Hair Cleanser (Rs 1,175)


Fab India Hair Pack_Post Holi Care_Hauterfly

Fab India Hair Pack (Rs 275)


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