Holi Hai! As we’re all geared up to welcome and embrace the most joyful and fun festival of the year, you just can’t afford to miss it as for many it’s a day to meet, play, laugh, and strengthen relationships with their family and friends. It is one of the most awaited festivals in the country. Today Holi is not only celebrated in India but all over the world. But with lots of fun comes lots of problems. Problems like dry hair, skin allergies, breakouts on the face and many more. While there’s no escaping from it, here are few tips for you before you step out to play Holi.
- Cover yourself with full length outfits:
Opt for long sleeved tops and full length pants so that most of your body is covered and protected from direct contact with colours. You can also go for a cotton salwar kameez that will help cover most of your skin and give you a traditional Holi party look.
- Keep a stock of coconut oil home this Holi:
As a kid, I do not remember going to the school with nasty Holi colours on my body. This was because my mom used to drain me and my sister with a whole lot of coconut oil before playing holi. Though we hated it’s stickiness, we loved it’s benefits. Apply coconut oil all over your exposed body and face to avoid colours sticking to your skin. You can also use a moisturizer that suits your skin that will make your skin greesy.
- Protect yourself from sunburns: Make sure that you apply a good amount of sunscreen before stepping out to play, as it is the beginning of the summers and Holi parties are usually celebrated under the open sky.
- Be gentle to your skin: Do not scrub your face or body forcibly to remove colors. Again use coconut oil to gently massage your skin and wash away with cold water. Don’t panic if the colors don’t get off, it will come off eventually with each shower.
- Keep the sun away with your cool shades: Protecting your eyes with a pair of sunglasses is a good idea which on the other hand gives you a cool look!
- Say no to contact lenses: Avoid wearing contact lenses as there is a risk of lenses absorbing colors. If you find yourself with any kind of irritation in your eyes while playing Holi, make sure that you wash them with clean cold water right away.
- Paint em pretty: Remember to trim your nails right before the holi party and paint them properly to save your nails from getting drenched in different Holi colours. Apply a little petroleum jelly under your nails before you go out to play so that the colours do not stick beneath them.
- Let your mane drip in oil: Before playing Holi it is crucial to thoroughly apply oil to your hair so that the colors can be removed easily.
- Shampoo your hair before you go out to play: Yes you heard it right!! Play Holi with clean hair because if the pre-dirt mixes with colours, it can further damage your hair, making it rougher and vulnerable to break easily.
- Scarf it up: It’s a safe idea to tie a bandana on your head to help secure your scalp from being attacked with harmful chemical colours. Or just go for a cap instead.
- Avoid letting your hair down: A let down hair can cause tangles. So either tie it in a top knot or give it a braided look, because the amount of damage caused on tied hair is anytime less than that of open hair.
- Hydration: Remember to keep yourself hydrated with lots of water or juices in-between.
- Keep bandaids handy: If you have a wound on your body, do use a band-aid to avoid the absorption of any harmful chemicals present in the holi colours.