All of us are eagerly waiting or dreading this festival which is due on 5th/6th of March.You know what I’m talking about ,right? 😉
Indians maybe knowing this,but others may know this too,since this festival is being played in most of the countries,either due to the presence of Indians over there,or some sort of native festival or fun activity of that country.(A different version of LaTomatina festival of Spain) 😛
Holi is a festival which not only is fun(according to some),but also worrisome.Lame rhyming!!! :-O Earlier,people used herbal colours,but with the passage of time,chemicals came in due to low cost,ease of availability and lack of knowledge.My parents ,when they were young,they actually made colours from flowers and food.Even though you use herbal colours,there’s no guarantee that the opposite person is using that.So why not be on your guard?
I always love playing Holi but due to skin issues and also coincidence with my exams(I hated my 10th and 12th boards schedule 😦 ),I never got to play it .Anyway,this year,I am going to play it and am sure,those who dreaded it due to the harm it does to your body,will find a way to enjoy it. 🙂
Skin and hair needs to be prepped up before holi so that it can withstand the damage.
- Avoid waxing ,threading,bleaching,facials or skin treatment before Holi as it leaves the skin sensitive and open pored.This will actually retain the colour in the skin,which we obviously don’t want.
- If you have dyed hair,then there’s possibility that after Holi,it has changed it’s colour,which may or may not look good on you.So avoid having highlights or light shades in your hair.If you do have,wear a scarf or bandana to protect you hair.(Everyone should do this actually)
- Trim your nails and coat them with a nail paint,which acts as a barrier against those colours.
- Apply Vaseline on your nails and cuticles,also underside of your long nails,to act as barrier.Don’t forget to apply it on the lips and behind the ears.
- Cover your body as much as you can so that,colour doesn’t stick all over your body.
- Oiling is the key,my dear friend!Coconut oil is a staple for the skin and hair.Apply it generously on your body and hair.It is easier to remove after Holi,acts as a protective layer and also conditions your skin.If you have dandruff add 8-10 drops of lemon in your oil and liberally apply the mixture in your hair.Do this ritual half an hour before going outside.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen as you get tanned easily while playing.
Post-Holi is a nightmare,isn’t it?Let me make it easier for you.
- Wash your colours with lukewarm water first.Most of the colours will go away with water.Lukewarm water doesn’t irritate the already irritated skin.
- Use oil to remove the colours.It dissolves most of the colours which makes it easier to remove them later.
- Use a body wash to remove the colours.Do not scrub your skin as it will cause more damage.Colours will go away with every wash.You can rub lemon wedges on the skin to remove the colours.
- After shampooing your hair,it is bound to get dry.So deep condition it with a hair mask or oil it again.Then wash it afterwards with a mild shampoo.
- Use aloevera gel or rosewater if irritation occurs anywhere.
- Moisturise your body after the bath.Just apply double the amount you use usually.
These are some of the tips which I follow whenever I play.Hope this year,you face the music and bask in this lively festival with open arms. 😛
Take care,bye,cya :-*