Holi, the festival of colors is perhaps one of the best reasons to love India. A festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and ushers in the start of spring. Across India, people celebrate this joyous occasion marking the end of winter by smearing each other’s faces with bright colors (and more).
If you are all about fun, color, and celebration, Holi is your festival. We all know how a color party excites us but at the end of it, we are left with stained hair and skin that needs some help recovering from some serious damage.
Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Here is your Ultimate Post Holi Skin and Hair Care Guide
Post Celebration Care
- Avoid Harsh Cleansers- Avoid using harsh soaps as these can dry out your skin further. Using a milky cleanser and very mild soap is highly recommended. If you want to go natural, use cleansing substances like curd and besan to remove stains.
- Use coconut oil- Use coconut oil on your skin before and after Holi. This oil is fat soluble and helps maintain a thick layer on the skin which doesn’t allow harsh chemicals from colors to penetrate and irritate the skin.
- Big no to hot water- Hot water breaks down your skin’s natural barrier, so avoid it at this time. Use lukewarm/cold water while washing your hands during the day, and wash your face with lukewarm/cold water at night.
- Moisturise- After washing off the stains, as much as possible, your skin will will most probably be left feeling dry and flaky. Make sure to spend 10-20 minutes post shower to moisturise your skin
So here you go, this four-step guide should help keep your skin healthy and glowing even after the celebrations are over
Post Celebration Care
- Rinse your hair with water first- Rinse out all the color from your hair with clear water. Keep rinsing until there is no color in the water running down the strands. Use your fingers to massage any extra color out of the scalp before applying shampoo.
- For itchy scalp- Take a mug of water and add two tablespoons of vinegar to it. Use this solution for the last rinse after hair wash. This method soothes the scalp. opt for a shampoo free of harmful chemicals and preferably something that has neem or mint to cleanse and deliver freshness to your scalp
- For dry hair- If after washing, your hair still feels dry, try using a nourishing hair mask. If you want a natural remedy, mix 1 spoon of honey in one cup of milk and apply this to your hair. Leave for 30-40 minutes and wash away with a mild shampoo.
- Oil Massage- After you’re done with your festivities don’t forget to stick to a healthy hair care regime to avoid long term damage. One of the easiest routine would be to give yourself an oil massage before washing your hair. Use a coconut/almond oil and wash after 30-45 mins.
Bonus tip for your nails- Apply a single coat of nail paint followed by some oil on your nails and cuticles to avoid staining.
Holi is over and Holika is gone. Remember to pamper yourself using natural and gentle homemade remedies mentioned in this article to keep your skin glowing, hair soft and nails shiny.