Natural Self Care During Holi, Skincare, Hair Care, Natural Holi Colors

Holi: 8th March 2012
Ideally, the joyous festival of Holi is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring while the colors used in Holi are to reflect of the various hues of spring season. But unfortunately, in modern times Holi does not stand for all things beautiful. Like various other festivals, Holi too has become ruthlessly commercialized, boisterous and yet another source of environmental degradation.

In earlier times when festival celebrations were not so much commercialized Holi colors were prepared from the flowers of trees that blossomed during spring, such as the Indian Coral Tree (parijat) and the Flame of the Forest (Kesu), both of which have bright red flowers. These and several other blossoms provided the raw material from which the brilliant shades of Holi colours were made.  Over the years, with the disappearance of trees in urban areas and greater stress for higher profits these natural colours came to be replaced by industrial dyes manufactured through chemical processes.

So these colors not only effects your skin and hair but also affects your overall health. So we encourage people to celebrate an eco friendly Holi! And suggest you to take great care of your skin and hair before you go to play holi to avoid the harshness of chemicals which can affect you when you play with others.

Some tips to take care of your Hair & Skin are:

Hair Care Tips
The simplest and most effective method would be to massage your hair with a coconut based hair oil an hour or so before getting into your Holi celebrations. The coconut based 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. If you do not like coconut oil, then, a mixture of jojoba and rosemary oil makes the right base oil for your hair. It effectively prevents the harmful colours from settling down.

While washing the hair, first rinse with plenty of plain water to wash away the dry colours and tiny particles of mica. Then apply a mild herbal shampoo, working it into the hair with the fingers. If you prefer home made shampoo (made with shikakai, reetha and amla or Indian gooseberry soaked overnight, boiled and strained in the morning) you can use them. Massage the scalp gently and rinse thoroughly with water again. Add the juice of a lemon into a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. 

Within the next few days give your hair a nourishing treatment. Mix egg yolk with almond oil or olive oil and massage it lightly into the hair and scalp. Wash your hair after an hour. Conditioning with henna would help to restore damage, adding shine and body. To the henna powder, add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two eggs and enough curd to mix into a paste. Apply on the hair and wash your hair after an hour.

Skincare Tips
Apply thick layers of sunscreen. Sunscreen helps you to get sun tan and burn. It helps you to protect from the sun exposure. Sunscreen lotion of SPF 30 or more is effective and recommended. Wear a water proof sunscreen for holi. Prolong exposure of sun with colors can damage your skin badly. Apply the layers minimum half an hour before you start playing.

To protect your skin from damage apply a thick layer of body oil. You can apply almond or coconut oil as they are thick in texture and will protect your skin from strong holi colors. Also apply oil to your arms and other exposed parts. All the precautions apply to your neck, feet as well.

 Nails are the worst effectors. Apply a dark color thick coat of nail paint before playing holi with colors. Apply oil and massage your hands, fingers and cuticles.

Apply a moisturizing lip balm or a thick coating of lip gloss to protect your skin from the color damage.
Wash all your skin with cold water once and brush your teeth to remove the teeth stains.

Use a soft cleanser to wash your skin you can also use a homemade scrub made off with milk and besan to wash your face. Scrub on the affected areas and lips for few minutes and then rinse with luke warm water. Avoid very hot water as it will dry down your skin further.

For body color dip your hand and feet in some luke warm water and then remove the color with the scrub. Apply a good herbal moisturizer after holi bath, which will avoid dryness of the skin. Refrain from excessive brushing and scrubbing as it can damage your skin further.

Apply calamine lotion and Aloe Vera gel in case of allergies redness or any other skin damage.

Avoid any kind of beauty treatments for few days can it can cause damage and further skin allergies. Avoid waxing, facials or threading. You can apply a homemade facial mask of ripe banana, egg yolk, milk cream, honey, dahi and almond oil. If you have oily skin use tomato juice instead of mil cream and the replace egg yolk with egg white.

Last but not least
Use only herbal holi colors. Its true that you can't tell people coming to your home to bring herbal colors. However, you can buy a lots of herbal holi colors and offer to play holi with them only with your guests.
Buy Eco-friendly Holi colours by Craftsvilla.

Enjoy the true spirits of holi day festival by casting a magical spell on your loved ones with exclusive holi gifts and hampers by Indiangiftsportal. (They Deliver Worldwide. FREE Shipping in India.)
Make your own Holi colours
Holi festival lovers will be thrilled to know that it is possible to make simple natural colors in one’s own kitchen. Here are some very simple recipes to make natural colours:

Method of Preparation

1) Mix turmeric (haldi) powder with chick pea flour (besan)
2) Boil Marigold or Tesu flowers in water 
Yellow liquid color
Soak peels of pomegranate (Anar) overnight.
Deep Pink
Slice a beetroot and soak in water
Orange - red paste
Henna leaves (mehndi) can be dried, powdered and mixed with water.
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