Holi, the festival of colors, water balloons, thandai, water guns, vibrant and exuberant colors, is here.

Holi is a festival that is played across India with much fun and fervor.  But once the celebrations are over, the torturous task of getting all the color out of our skin and hair remains and in our zeal to get rid of all the color, we end up with dry, rough skin and hair. So, it is important that we use proper methods to cleanse the skin and hair post-Holi.

With these skincare and hair care tips, you will be able to enjoy your Holi without harming your skin and hair.


  1. Hair / Scalp: Chemical colors in dry or liquid state can cause a condition called “Acute Irritant Contact Dermatitis”. This gives rashes, redness with intense itching & burning on the scalp. It can also aggravate any existing allergies. Dandruff can also be worsened by the exposure to these harmful chemicals.

To protect the hair & scalp from these harmful effects, our hair need extra nourishment & protection. The simplest way of protecting the hair and scalp from damage from the Holi colors is to oil it! No matter what oil you prefer, oil is thick and sticky, it forms a good barrier over the hair and scalp and prevents the colors from penetrating the hair shaft or sticking too much to the scalp. Cover the head with bandana / cap this will protect the hair & scalp.

  1. Nails: Do not neglect your nails. Apply a protective coat of nail paint on your nails. Applying nail polish will protect your nails from the color and though your nails will get stained, the color will come off with the polish when you remove it with a remover, which it wouldn’t had you not put the polish.
  2. Apply Body Lotion / Moisturizer:  Along with hydrating and nourishing the skin, these products form the first layer of barrier against the color.
  3. Apply Sun Screen: This is very, very important! Be very generous with the sunscreen and apply it to all the exposed parts of the body. Everyone applies it on the face but don’t forget the ears, the nape of the neck, arms and legs. Besides protecting you from the sun, it will also form the second layer of barrier against the color.
  4. Use Safe Colors: Organic & Herbal colors should be used to plat holi. People often get skin burns and other infections after using colors that are loaded with harmful chemicals.




After playing Holi when we are back home in a colorful, unrecognizable state, what do we do first? Hit the shower? Try to wash off the color with soap and water? That’s the mistake most of us make. This is what you should do….

  1. Dust off all the dry color: It is easier to get rid of the color while it is still dry. Do not rush to wash off the colors. Take some dry towels and try to wipe off all the dry/ extra color.
  2. Make up remover: Do not use soap / scrub on the face. The skin is already dry due to the colors. Use a liberal quantity of any good make up remover on the face, neck, back legs and arms. It is gentler and more effective than trying to remove the color with soap/shower gel and water. Do not rub or repeatedly try to wash off the color as this may damage the already irritated skin
  3. Shampoo / Hair mask:  Remember to be very gentle and not scratch your scalp roughly in an attempt to get the entire color out.
  4. Shower: Since the skin is already sensitive, do not use any thing abrasive. Use a gentle shower gel or a moisturizing soap.


After the shower, it’s time again to hydrate the skin with rich body lotion or body butter. For the face too, follow with your normal skincare routine.

Taking these extra precautions, would make sure that you enjoy the colorful festival of Holi, without having to worry about the skin & hair.




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