By Bharti Taneja Last Updated:
March brings with itself, a whiff of Holi colours. It is that time of the year when we are bathed in a mishmash of colours. While some run away from them, others joyfully play and get dirty. But, there is no escaping it.
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Well, if you are scared of what damage these colours will do to your skin and hair, we have something for you. Here are some tips to make the most of this festival, by letting your skin and hair look the best, despite the chemicals and colours in the air. So, to protect your hair and skin this Holi, follow these simple steps.
To enjoy the festival thoroughly, it is most important to dress right for it. Pick a loose salwar-kameez in light colours like white or beige. Covering your body completely will prevent any direct contact with colours or any chemicals in them. While the light colours will show off the vibrancy of Holi colours effectively, you must be careful that they do not get translucent after getting wet.
There is no way to prevent your hair from getting wet or coloured in this frenzy. So, shampoo and condition them well on the day of the festival. Then massage your hair well with oil and tie them up in a bun. This will ensure that the scalp and hair do not absorb colours too easily. In case you have short hair, apply hair gel. Letting your hair down really helps to protect your hair and skin on Holi.
Start the day by applying olive or coconut oil to your body. Also, apply a thick layer of sunscreen on your face and body. This simple one-step tip is your go-to way, to protect your hair and skin this Holi.
Make special efforts to use waterproof makeup so that it stays until you finish celebrating. Apply a layer of a waterproof base on your face and neck to ensure that the colours do not stick to the skin. For your lips, slather on a lip guard and a good quality long stay lipstick. If you do not like dark shades, go for a natural shade kiss-proof lip colour.
Drench your cuticles in olive oil so your nails do not soak up any colour. Then, use a thick coat of nail paint on the nails and put Vaseline under the nail edges.
When you've your colours still on your skin, never go under the Sun. Especially if the colours are chemical based, they get deeply absorbed in the skin pores, and hence, it becomes really tough to scrub them off.
The best way to protect your hair is to cover it completely with a scarf or bandana. Apart from applying oil as mentioned above, don't take any chances with hair. To protect your hair by covering it is the best solution in Holi.
It may sound a simple technique, but sunglasses are really helpful in Holi celebrations. The fact that nobody wants to get dark circles or any form of dark stain under their eyes, itself calls for the necessity to wear sunglasses. It will protect your eyes, and also your facial skin. So, this Holi, try this simple technique to protect your hair and skin.
This is one simple precautionary measure which you must follow this Holi. Staying in hydrated clothes for long can lead to two things- first it can lead to rashes as prolonged moisturized skin can cause rashes on your skin. And secondly, wet clothes also lead to the seeping of colours in your skin easily. Hence, it would be tough to remove the colours after you’ve enjoyed the whole day. It must be mentioned here that if colours seep into the pores of your skin, then it can lead to other harmful effects as colours are, after all, highly adulterated and mixed with chemicals. So all in all, try not be draped in your wet clothes for long to protect your hair and skin this Holi.
This is a very effective way to curb the side effects of playing Holi and its colours. While playing Holi and being out of your house for the whole, you might forget to drink water, and as a result, your body becomes dehydrated, and skin becomes water deficient. This leads to higher possibilities of getting bad tans and your energy level might also get down.
So, follow these tips to save yourself from the onslaught of Holi colours around. With these tips, get ready to enjoy this Holi with a complete festive spirit! So, to protect your skin and hair this Holi, you know what to do.