The season of colours is right around the corner. Its time to play holi! But when you will be having a blast with all the colours and water splashes around you, your hair might not. It doesn't matter if you use herbal or organic colours, harsh chemicals will damage your scalp and hair. Not sure what to do? Here are some tips to prep your hair before and after holi to reduce the damaging.
Pre-Holi Care: Things you can do to prepare your hair before playing holi:
Oil your hair
Massaging your scalp and hair with warm oil is an excellent way to nourish and strengthen your hair. You can apply some coconut oil before playing with colours. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, which will help in preventing scalp infections. It will also, prevent colours from sticking to your scalp and hair and will make it easier to wash it off later. It will act as barrier and protect your hair from harsh chemicals. It is a natural and effective way to keep your hair healthy, strong, and beautiful. Make sure to apply it one or two hours earlier before playing with colours.
Cover your hair
It is always better to use a scarf, bandana, or a hat to cover your hair to prevent any damage that may occur during the festival. Chemicals are the major concern but long exposure to sun is one of the main causes of hair damage. When UV rays reaches your hair, it damages the cuticles (outer layer of hair) making it look dull, dry and brittle. It can also break down hair protein which can lead to split ends and hair breakage. Therefore it is important to cover your hair when you have to spent the whole day out throwing colours.
Tie your hair
In addition to covering your hair you can also tie your hair in a bun or a ponytail which will prevent your hair from getting entangled and easier to manage. It will also help to prevent any tangles or knots that may be difficult to remove later on. Remember that you have to tie them gently without pulling or twisting it too much as it may damage them. You can consider using hair net to keep them contained. Overall, tying your hair during Holi is an important part of pre-Holi hair care, and can help protect your hair from damage during the festival.
Post-Holi Care: Things you can do to nourish your hair after the holi festival:
Rinse your hair properly with lukewarm water for a few minutes. Make sure you remove all the colors from your hair.
Use a mild shampoo to clean your hair. Apply the shampoo to your scalp and hair, and then massage it gently with your fingers. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Condition your hair after shampooing. Apply the conditioner to the length of your hair, and then leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
In addition to washing your hair thoroughly to remove all the colors, you can also use some natural remedies to help repair any damage that may have been caused during the celebration. Like, applying a hair mask to nourish your hair. You can use a store-bought hair mask or make your own at home using natural ingredients like yogurt, honey, and coconut oil. Apply the mask to your hair, and then leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Consider using one of these DIY Hair Masks
Aloe vera and coconut oil mask
Aloe vera and coconut oil mask work wonders for dry hair especially during holi season. Filled with essential vitamins and minerals it not add moisture to your hair but also nourishes it gently. It's very easy to make this hair mask. You just need to mix equal proportions of Aloe vera gel (store bought or freshly extrated) and coconut oil together.
Once you have mixed the two ingredients, apply the mixture to your hair, making sure to spread it evenly from root to tip. Massage your scalp gently to stimulate blood flow and promote hair growth.
After applying the hair mask, let it sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the nutrients to penetrate your hair strands. You can also cover your hair with a cap or a towel to help hair mask work better.
After letting it sit for 30 minutes, wash it off with a gentle shampoo.
Yogurt and honey mask
Yogurt and honey are both natural ingredients that have been used for centuries to promote healthy skin and hair. Yogurt is rich in protein and lactic acid, which work together to strengthen hair and prevent breakage. It also contains probiotics that can help to soothe an itchy, irritated scalp. Honey, on the other hand, is a natural humectant, that can help to lock in moisture and prevent dryness. How to make it?
Take ¼ cup of yogurt (room temperature) with 2-3 tbsp honey in a bowl (you can also add 1 tbsp coconut oil if you want) and mix them together.
Once you have mixed the ingredients well, apply the hair mask for 20-30 minutes with a cap or towel on for better results, then rinse it off under cool water.
Egg and olive oil mask
A hair mask made with eggs and olive oil can help nourish, strengthen, and encourage healthy hair growth. Olive oil contains healthy fats and antioxidants that can help moisturize and protect hair from damage, while eggs are high in protein and vitamins that can assist in the repair of damaged hair.
To make this hair mask mix one egg with two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off with shampoo.
You'll be amazed at the difference it makes in the texture and appearance of your hair!
Using such ingredients in your hair mask will give your hair the nourishment it needs to look and feel its best after playing holi.
Cover your hair with a hat or scarf to protect it when playing with colors.
For nourishment and protection, apply a hair mask before and after coloring.
When washing your hair, use cool water to avoid drying it out and causing damage.
To maintain nourished and healthy hair, use shampoo without sulfates.
To nourish and protect hair from the sun, apply a leave-in conditioner before going outside.