Holi Skin and Hair Care
Holi, the festival of colours, brings a dainty array of colours to the fore — colours that paint our life bright.
Don’t ignore your skin and hair when playing holi. Read on this informative article by Dr Akshay Batra Managing Director at Dr Batra’s Positive Health Clinic to know more.
Holi is also a time to bond with family and friends. It is a celebration that both the young and old look forward to, with excitement. All of us enjoy the festival’s revelry and review our festive success by the colourful remnants on our clothes and body. Celebrations apart, most of us tend to ignore, or are unaware, of the potential damage the use of ‘wrong’ colours can have on us. Some colours can be harmful to our skin and hair; they can lead to more damage than delight. It is, therefore, imperative to be conscious of this possibility — we’d all do ourselves a huge favour by preventing any damage, at the outset.
Holi Skin and Hair Care Tips
Most colours today contain chemicals. Some also contain copper, lead, silver, aluminium and iodine. Hair and skin would be the first to get affected badly following a splash of chemical colours. Also, chemicals not only bleach the hair, they can also damage it badly.
Certain chemical colours are minute enough to penetrate the covering of our hair (cuticle) and enter the hair shaft. They can, thereafter, weaken the hair shaft, causing the hair to break easily. Many individuals present with complaints of hair breakage, after Holi. This condition is called trichorrhexis nodosa.
Some colours contain dyes, engine oils, and powdered glass too! Apart from damaging the hair, they can cause damage to the scalp. Some people show a dye ‘reaction’ to these colours — this can cause long-term damage to the hair and scalp.
Increased dandruff and itching of the scalp are other common complaints after Holi.
It ain’t difficult to prevent such problems, if one follows certain easy-to-use preventative measures during Holi.
Skin Care for Holi
Holi is not just colourful clothes, or skin and hair splashed with colours. It can be dangerous, sometimes. Prevention, as always, is better than cure.
• Use natural/skin friendly and herbal colours or natural products.
• If you have a history of eczema, wear a barricade cream (white paraffin) before playing Holi. Avoid using colour on the face.
• In case of allergy, take prompt medical treatment.
• Synthetic colours cause skin irritation; they can even cause blindness. So, take good care.
• Wear clothes that cover most of your body. Apply cold cream/oil on all exposed parts and follow it up with waterproof sunscreen.
• After Holi, remove colours with a paste of soybean flour, or besan, with milk.
• Use warm water and moisturising soap to wash off the colours.
• Do not rub your skin forcefully with soap.
• Apply cold cream or moisturiser generously; they are good for your ‘post-Holi’ skin.
Holi Hair Care
Grandma was right, because oiling our hair never came in as handy as during Holi. Oil forms a protective layer around the hair shaft; it prevents chemicals from entering the hair. It can also avert potential damage. Oil ensures that the colours are washed away easily. Oiling the hair before stepping out to play Holi would, therefore, be beneficial. Olive or coconut oil is ideal choice.
Use Natural Colours
It is best to use natural colours to play Holi. This won’t cause any damage to others as well as to oneself. Gulal (rose water) and other natural water colours are relatively safe to use. Chemical colours, particularly permanent colours, are best avoided. Colours, such as silver and shiny green or bright gold, are chemical-based; they should not be used. Home-made colours from vegetable sources are safe.
• Red sandalwood powder is a good substitute.
• Beetroot water is also a good wet colour.
• Dry spinach powder makes for a good green colour.
• Yellow turmeric (haldi) powder is a good natural yellow colour.
• Dried marigold flowers and paste, or red hibiscus, can also be used as a substitute for artificial colour.
Such colours can be used safely as dry powders, or mixed with water and diluted to be used as colours.
After Playing Holi
• Wash your hair with lukewarm water.
• Keep your eyes closed to avoid the colour from going into your eyes.
• Use a mild shampoo and make sure to rub hair gently, and lather with shampoo.
• Rinse hair with lukewarm water. It would be advisable to repeat this process 2-3 times.
• Follow this up by using a conditioner. The conditioner will soften the hair and prevent brittleness resulting from chemical colours.
• Towel dry your hair lightly; avoid using a hair dryer.
• Apply warm olive oil after your head bath. It would be best to oil your hair for 2-3 days after Holi. Oiling the scalp will help keep your hair moist as well as soothe the scalp.
Some Important Things to Keep in Mind
• Never smear colour in the eye area.
• Watch out for water balloons.
• If a water balloon hits you in the eye, wash immediately with water. If irritation persists seek immediate medical attention.• In the event of bleeding in the eye, cover the eye with a clean cloth or cotton. Rush to an eye specialist. Do not massage or rub the eye.
Just remember to play safe with colours as also to keep your hair glowing.