Monday Mantra by Amrita Parekh
Holi is just around the corner and we can’t wait to play it! Although it’s super fun and one can get caught up in the moment, the regret of not having taken care of your skin and hair comes later when you are in the shower for hours. So to help you avoid that trauma, here are a few easy tricks to protect your skin and hair from any damage.
This is the best and most affordable precaution you can take before you play Holi. Apply generously to your entire body and if you are ok with it, then through your hair. Not only is it super moisturising but also builds a sort of barrier between your body and harmful colours. So when you end up showering, the colour will slide off much more easily.
It’s a must! You’re going to be out in the sun through the day and sun damage is inevitable.
Yup. This is a no-brainer. Drink tons of water the day before you play Holi (if your daily intake is two litres, then increase that intake to four). Also try and rinse off with a hose in between colour attacks.
If you aren’t open to the idea of applying oil to your hair before Holi (yes it’s not at all glamorous to look like a chipku), then apply leave-in conditioner to the entire lengths of your hair. Be generous- so if you usually apply just two pumps, increase that to five or six. This works especially well if you have coloured hair.
Its thick viscosity is the perfect barrier between colour and your skin on your hands and feet, especially nails. Apply on your hands and feet and massage it in to your nails and toenails so that the chances of you having green fingernails are minimal.
It’s the perfect antidote to colour damage! Splash chilled milk all over your face post wash. This helps make up for the loss of moisture and also neutralises any sort of rash or reaction that you may get. Try and use a milk-based shower wash or soap.
Most people complain of dry, irritated eyes after playing Holi. The remedy to this is- keep a bowl of rose water with cotton pads immersed in it in the fridge before you leave the house. After you’d showered and moisturised, gently place the soaked and chilled cotton pads on your eyelids and rest for 15 minutes. This should help restore delicate nerves in the eyes.
TURPENTINE OR KEROSENE
Only in very extreme cases- like you’ve got paint on your hair or permanent colour that refuses to wash off- use a little bit of turpentine or kerosene oil to gently rub off the chemical. Don’t overdo this as this cause long term damage.
Contrary to Bollywood’s most famous Holi scenes, white is not the best colour to wear on Holi. Opt for dark colours and loose, comfortable clothes that cover your arms and legs. This way the colour doesn’t come in direct contact with your skin. Also cover your hair with a quirky bandana or a cap, so that the colour doesn’t reach your roots. Whatever you do, don’t wear lenses.
A really effective way to restore your skin’s balance and texture is to use a pack a day after you’ve played Holi. Mix one teaspoon of Multani mitti, full-fat dahi and a pinch of haldi. Apply all over your face and neck and leave it to dry. Gently wipe off with cold (not hot) water.
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