Hair Care for Holi

Here's the damage that these colours can do to your scalp and skin.

  1. The colours, in dry or liquid state, can cause a condition called 'acute irritant contact dermatitis'. This causes redness and rashes with intense burning and itching in the scalp.
  2. They can also flare up existing allergies.
  3. If you have pre-existing dandruff or acne it can actually worsen because of the colours.
  4. Hair exposed to colours can become dull, dry and brittle.
  5. Accidental ingestion of colours can cause toxicity, as they're usually prepared from metal oxides.

Colours, heat, dust, dirt - all of which make for a successful Holi can prove equally disastrous for your hair. Add to that, the over exposure to chemicals that strip your hair of its protective coating through the inevitable repeated shampooing and you've got the perfect recipe for a hair disaster. To survive such harsh treatment, your hair needs that extra nourishment and protection.

  1. The simplest and most effective method would be to massage your hair with a good hair oil, an hour or so before getting into your Holi celebrations. The hair oil is also known for forming a protective coat on the external covering (cuticle) of your hair. This protects it from chemicals and dust and dirt. This also causes the colour to come off the hair easily after you have finished playing. It effectively prevents the harmful colours from settling down. This oil takes care of any dryness caused by the weather. It's also the best way to provide your hair (and skin) the extra nourishment it needs to survive the day. For better results soak a towel in hot water and wrap it around your oiled hair. Leaving it like this for even half an hour will be enough to ensure penetration.
  2. You can also oil your hair and scalp with olive, coconut or castor oil. Add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent dandruff and infection triggered by the chemical colours.
  3. While going out to play Holi, cover your hair with a bandana, or cap. This will save your scalp effectively.
  4. Avoid synthetic colours and powdered dyes. Instead opt for skin-friendly vegetable or natural colours.
  5. Apply a thick layer of moisturizer, petroleum jelly or coconut oil on your face and other exposed parts to prevent dyes and colours from coming into direct contact with your skin.
  6. Dry rose petals and petals of other flowers can be powdered and used as dry colour (gulal). They are safe and good for the scalp. The use of natural colours made with vegetables and fruits should be encouraged.


  1. The best option would be to play with natural homemade colours. Your skin and hair will feel tampered with the use of skin friendly natural products.
  2. If natural colours are not possible, then ensure a better quality of colours. Buy colours from a reputed shop or vendor.
  3. Use more of red or pink colours which looks good and can easily take off. Gaudy purple, green, yellow, orange have more harmful chemicals in them and should be avoided.
  4. Make sure that your face is well creamed/ OILED before and after the play.
  5. Apply thick coating of paint on your nails- both in fingers and toes so that they remain protected.
  6. Oil your hair well, so that colour doesn't stick on your hair and can be washed off easily later.
  7. Cover your hair. Make use of hat or caps to protect your hair from being coloured with hard-to-rinse dyes.
  8. Make sure that powder or any other product does not get inside your eyes. Eyes are extremely vulnerable on Holi because of their strategic place in body and also because of the use of harmful chemicals in colours these days. Please ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times. Use a sunglass to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets.
  9. CLOTHES: Rags like tattered denims and bright shades like black, blue, green, purple are highly recommended.
  10. Try to save yourself off from all possible attacks on the face. In case you’re such attempts fail, keep your eyes and lips tightly shut if you are attacked on your face.
  11. If possible avoid going outside your home, at least for the peak hours of celebration. The premises of your home ensure that you are safe from pouncing hooligans, even friends who can be a little rough on the day.
  12. When traveling keep the car windows thoroughly shut, even if you don't have an AC car.
  13. Do not use permanent dyes. If someone has applied it on you, do not rub the face with soap immediately in order to get rid of it, especially when it is wet. Instead, use good quality cleansing milk for removal. It's better than using soap, which will dry up your skin.
  14. Rotten eggs when thrown on your head, flying missiles from locality buildings…are still not too bad, will be smelly yet is a good conditioner for your hair. But tar, shit, Mobil, stones and all the rubbish that you can be hit with is not. Avoid being a prey to hooligans.
  15. Remember you also have police on your side and if any untoward revellers misbehave, you can make your complaint. Mark out the locality, building and if possible the person.
  16. Take a bath much later after the entire Holi celebration is over. Taking frequent baths, washing the face again and again, will ruin your skin. You will also lose hair, for too much soap/shampoo has a drying effect.
  17. If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with gulal altogether. Going to a dermatologist (skin specialist) serves no purpose, after the damage is done.
  18. Avoid running on jumping on wet floors, so that you don't slip and injure yourself. Bones are especially vulnerable on this day.
  19. Avoid over indulgence in bhang, drinks or food... so that you don't repent later.
  20. Do not drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.



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