Holi is just around the corner. When gearing up for the festivities, we tend to concentrate all our attention on food – (like these delectable bhang recipes) and often forget that while it is fun playing with colours, there is always the post Holi clean up to consider. Even if the colours used are organic, there will be some amount of damage that your skin and hair will have to bear. Here are some simple hacks on how to clean up after Holi that will minimize the potential wreckage and also get rid of the deep-seated stubborn colours.
Prepare In Advance, Because Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Keep your hair oiled while playing Holi. You can use castor oil, coconut milk, olive oil or mustard oil. The oil will form a protective layer over the hair which will make the colours come off easily when you wash your hair. It is a good idea to oil your hair post the cleanup to keep moisture locked in.
Applied sunscreen before going out to play with colours in order to prevent sunburns. But if you do suffer sunburns, use Aloe Vera gel on the affected area.
Before playing with colours apply a thin layer of titanium dioxide or just a thin layer of petroleum jelly. This will form a physical barrier between the skin & the harmful metallic colours.
Paint your nails with a dark nail paint to prevent your nails from getting stained.
Getting Rid Of Holi Colours Later
Avoid shampooing your hair immediately after playing Holi.
Apply egg yolk on your scalp for 30 minutes before shampooing your hair. You can also mix fenugreek (methi) with curd in place of egg yolk and apply the mixture on your scalp.
After playing with colours, do not use face wash or soap to cleanse your skin. It might cause an imbalance of the skin pH as they are mostly detergent based which leads to the skin to dehydrate.
Honey, mixed with a mashed tomato or papaya acts as a perfect scrub when applied with Multani Mitti. You can also use curd, gram flour, turmeric, olive oil and lemon to make a paste which can be applied on colour stained parts of your body.