Holi is one of the biggest festivals celebrated across India and the celebration can range from a whole day of colours, sweets, dance and music to even a week long festival in some parts. Unfortunately, while long ago, people used to play Holi with flower extracts and haldi etc, Holi is now all about chemicals and toxins in the colours. Some people even resort to motor grease etc to play dirty.
Our tresses are precious and it takes years of tender-loving-care to really make them look great on a day to day basis. And while we all enjoy the festival of Holi, it is not easy to keep your hair looking great after it has gone through the torture of water, excessive colours and dirt through the day. Many of us dread stepping out, just in case our hair gets all dirty and worse it causes dandruff or some kind of an allergic reaction. Here are 5 things you could do to keep your hair safe from all the damage this otherwise beautiful festival can cause.
Oiling your hair
Before you step out to play Holi, apply liberal amounts of coconut oil or olive oil to your hair. Make sure that your scalp also gets a good amount of the oil as the colour tends to settle down on the scalp making it difficult to clean out.
Tie it up
If you have long hair, tie up your hair in a single tight plait and roll it into a bun. Stray hair would be easy to manage as the oil helps to control it. In case you have fringes or layers, pin your hair well. A French plait is one of the best hairstyles for Holi as it looks classy as well has protects your hair well.
Cover it up
If you have short hair, the best thing to do is use a cap or better still tie a bandana around your hair to keep it covered. It will provide you with an extra layer to save your tresses from colour damage or sun damage.
Cleaning your hair
Shake out your head before stepping into the shower. Wash it out with warm (not hot) water and then apply a mild shampoo from your scalp to the ends. Repeat the process at least once till the water runs clear. Don’t forget to massage your scalp when you shampoo.
Use a hair pack to get the moisture back to your hair. You can use a combination of honey and curd, or mashed ripe banana and apply it for at least half an hour before washing it off. If you get dandruff, use lemon juice to cleanse out your hair for the next week.