Skin and hair are the most affected during the year’s most colourful festival – Holi. On the auspicious eve, don’t let harsh colours ruin the post holi look. Here are few tips for a safe and beautiful Holi.
Natural or organic colours are safest to play with, as it doesn’t harm skin or hair and is easily removed. But for many, unless the colour stays for a few days how would people know that one has celebrated the festival! Here are few Pre-Holi cautions and style tips to apply:
Coconut oil or olive oil is best to apply on the body and hair. This nourishes the skin and hair which helps in fighting off dryness produced by the colours when rubbed against skin or spilt on hair. Some particular places to apply are ear lobes, behind ears and nails. These are the places where maximum deposition of colours is visible.
Use a little makeup on the face, neck and hands. Like, apply nail paint, lip balm or lipstick, use toner and waterproof sunscreen. This would help protect skin from sunburn (as when colours are put on skin and exposed to sun, a little tanning or sunburns take place). The moisture of lip-balm would protect the lips from chipping or flaking. Similarly, the nail paints absorb the colours and are easily removed with remover.
Wear a bandana to cover most of your scalp which would prevent the colours from settling in the scalp and giving a pink or green head. Also, tie your mane into a braid or bun.
Wear light but dark coloured clothes that would hide most of your skin. A full sleeve cotton salwar kameez is ideal, as it is light to wear, less of colour gets to the skin and easy to dry off in the piercing sun.To complete the stylized Holi player, sunglasses complete the look!
Post Playing Holi
The colours have sedatives that make one drowsy and hungry. It is essential to bathe, eat and sleep, so one is fresh and pepped with high spirits in the evening. Here are a few recommendations to help clean neatly and completely:
Gram Flour Scrub
Create a paste by mixing 2 large tablespoons of gram flour or besan to small cup of yogurt. Apply the mixture all over body and leave to dry. Rub off the paste or scrub with help of little water or olive oil. This paste helps removing the dirt and colours leaving the skin glowing, moisture and healthy.
Honey and Yogurt
Mix 2 tablespoon of honey in 1 large tablespoon of yogurt. After removing the colours use this mixture as a toner or cleaner that will heal any damaged skin. This mixture has anti-tanning and healing qualities that would repair dead skins.
Gram Flour Scrub
In half cup of cold milk add one teaspoon of sesame oil or vegetable oil. Apply the mixture over the body by using a cotton wool or a cloth. Use this for face, neck or gentle areas like ear lobes, behind ears, under eyes, etc.
Before shampooing hair, rinse hair with cold water and let all the loose particles of colour, dust, and pollution flow out from scalp. Use an herbal mild shampoo from FabIndia or Body Shop to wash hair. Massage scalp gently and rinse thoroughly with water again. On the last rinse, add a few drops of lemon to a mug of water. This restores acid-alkaline balance of scalp. Beer, known as a good conditioner can also be used with hints of lemon.