Holi, the festival of colours, is played with a lot of enthusiasm in India. Use our checklist to take-off the colours easily. These are the easy and most effective ways to remove Holi colours.
Almost all of us love the festival of colours. Holi without colours, water balloons, pichkari, etc., is just no fun. You may buy natural and herbal colours, but other people around you may not be so conscious about the quality of colours they use. Synthetic colours can cause rashes, itchy patches and dryness.
We all take precautions before Holi, but we do not realise that even getting rid of colours needs to be done safely, to save our skin. So, post-Holi, pay attention to certain aspects so that you do not have to grapple with the after-effects of the festival.
#1. Care for your hair
Before you use a shampoo, rinse your hair with water to allow the additional colours to wash it off. It is extremely vital to condition your hair to prevent any hair damage. Make a simple hair pack by soaking a few fenugreek (methi) seeds in four tbsp of curd. Apply this pack or an egg yolk on your scalp and wash your hair with a good shampoo after 30 minutes. You can also apply a mixture of honey and olive oil for deep conditioning.
Or else, to remove Holi colours, you can use a herbal shampoo or the one made at home. All you have to do is soak shikakai, reetha and amla or Indian gooseberry overnight. In the morning, boil and strain it. Guys, do not forget to apply oil to your hair before you play Holi. If you do so, it won’t be a hell of a task to wash your hair off. Otherwise, you can also remove colours from your hair with lemon. Take 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and mix it in one cup of curd. Apply it evenly on your scalp and wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
#2. Get the glow back on your face
Do not scrub the colour off with soap. Opt for a mild cleanser and follow it up with a lot of moisturising cream. If you feel any skin irritation during the process of removing the Holi colours, then take two tbsp of calamine powder and mix it with a few drops of honey and rose water to make a paste. Apply this on your face and once it has dried up, wash it off with water and apply a moisturiser. You can also take off the colour with a mixture of besan and milk. If you are unable to do anything else, simply apply a generous amount of multani-mitti on the entire face and body to revive your skin.
Face packs according to your skin type
For oily skin: Mix two tablespoons of multani-mitti in glycerine and water to make a paste. Keep it on your face for 15 minutes and wash it off. Alternatively, prepare a paste of multani mitti and orange juice for your face. Wash it off after a while to have a colour-free skin.
For normal skin: Take two tablespoons of masoor daal and mix it in one tablespoon of flour. Make a paste by adding rose water and a pinch of haldi. Keep it on your face for 10 minutes and wash it off.
For dry skin: Mix one tablespoon of soybean flour in milk. Add glycerine and a pinch of sea salt to make a paste. Scrub your face with this paste for 5-8 minutes and wash it off.
When you go out in open to play Holi, you are bound to be surrounded by a lot of dust and dirt. In fact, sometimes, the colours even if they are herbal ones, can cause itchiness to your skin. All you have to do is mix some glycerine and rose water and apply this cool mixture on your face and skin wherever you feel like. After this rinse your skin with lukewarm water and there you go!
It is safe and absolutely effective to apply cleanser on your face. Since cleanser is rich in lemon and aloe vera content, it can easily help to remove Holi colours. You can even apply Cetaphil cleansers and antiseptic cream and get rid of the colours.
#5. Be tender with your body
You can use a homemade scrub by mixing well the following ingredients- two tablespoons of wheat bran (choker), one tablespoon of sandalwood powder, one tablespoon of rice flour, along with some poppy seeds (khus-khus), few drops of honey and a mashed tomato. Scrub your body with this to clear off the colours and to bounce back to your fair and glowing skin. You can also rub a piece of papaya on coloured areas of the face and body to get rid of the colours. There is another good body scrub you can use to wash off colours. Mix with curd, besan, orange-peel powder along with little turmeric, a few drops of lemon and one tablespoon of olive oil. This will help to clean your skin.
#6. Post-Holi skin care tips
For the next two weeks, apply a multani mitti face pack every alternate day to ensure that your skin remains soft and supple. Also, do not go for any skin treatments like waxing, threading, facials, or apply any other external medication on the skin for two to three days after Holi. Your skin is very sensitive after Holi, so these treatments may cause an adverse reaction.
Final Tips To Remember:
- Always keep in mind to use cold water to remove Holi colours. The reason is that hot water makes it even tougher to remove Holi colours easily.
- Try not to wash your face over and over again since it can make colours dry.
- Also, apply some coconut oil on a cotton ball and scrub off the colours using it.
- You can also use soaked amchur powder in case the above ideas don’t work out.
- Do not go for hair or skin treatments such as facial, bleach, hair colour just after Holi. You need to wait for at least one or two weeks before you go on to use any harsh chemicals.
- You can also apply a paste using curd and methi seeds powder. Apply this as a hair mask post the Holi celebrations. This will prevent hair damage and keep your hair nourished.