The only one downside of the otherwise cheerful festival of Holi is the amount of damage our skin and hair can undergo in a matter of hours. The gulaal we use, even if it is the herbal kind, can have detrimental effects on sensitive skin and exposed hair. Luckily, with a few preventative measures and post-frolic techniques, you can enjoy the festival with reckless abandon. Here are a few tips that’ll melt the skin and hair stress away while you unperturbedly shout ‘Holi Hai!’

Skin: Pre-Holi

  • Slather atleast two layers of mustard or coconut oil on your face, ears, arms and legs. Do not forget the insides of your ears and navel. Also, moisturize your lips with oil plus your go-to lip balm.458dc698c81374ac984c857d20336930
  • To make sure gulaal doesn’t clog your pores, minimize them by applying some toner before you step out.
  • Avoid as much contact with chemical colors as possible by wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs.
  • IMPORTANT: Do not forget the sunscreen today of all days. All that water and color is sure to put you at an increased risk of sun damage. Apply it generously.

Skin: Post-Holi

  • Be gentle on your skin as you’re trying to get the color off. Do not use scrubs or face washes on your already aggravated skin. You can use a mild cleanser to rid your face of the color.
  • Use raw milk or more oil on your body to gently remove the color. Post rinsing, apply a generous amount of body oil.
  • Don’t use hot water to bathe for the next week and avoid bleaching your face for a week post Holi.

Bonus Tip: If you get color stains on your teeth, rinse with a mixture of salt and lemon juice and they’ll come right off.

Hair: Pre-Holi

  • Just like your skin, your hair must also be protected from chemicals and roughness with copious amounts of oil.
  • Long hair must be tied up in a bun to minimize exposure to colors as much as possible.
  • A bandana can be a chic solution to hair damage.
  • Men, let your facial hair grow out for a few days to minimize skin contact, pore-clogging and irritation.

Hair: Post-Holi

  • Start by rinsing your hair to get the colour on the surface of your head to wash away.
  • Follow up with a mild shampoo to img_63471clean your roots and scalp. Do not rub your scalp vigorously lest you aggravate the skin.
  • At this stage, you may still see some color residue. Apply an olive oil and egg mixture and let it dry before rinsing off, you’ll see a lot of progress.
  • Oil your hair before you go to bed and use the mild shampoo the next morning. Your hair should now be back to normal.
  • If you notice excess dryness or frizz, use a repair serum or a touch of olive oil.

Nails: Pre-Holi

  • You might have noticed in the past that stains on nails last for months. Avoid this rang-barse-1715978_960_720
    debacle by applying oil on your nails before your scoop out your first fistful of color.
  • You can also use Vaseline and make sure you also apply it underneath your nails.
  • Then, apply a dark colored nailpaint to cut off any chance of contact. Men, you’ll just have to suck it up and apply a transparent top coat.

Nails: Post-Holi

  • Remove the nail polish to reveal squeaky clean nails.
  • Hydrogen peroxide and a toothbrush will help you scrub the stains off, if any.

With these tips, you will be able to enjoy Holi in a carefree manner and stay out of harm’s way all day long. Enjoy!

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