You know Spring has arrived when your favourite festival is right around the corner. You can spot it from a mile away with someone throwing water balloons at you or gulaal coming your way! And although we love the goodies and indulgences the festival comes with – from hot bhajiyas, to jalebis and bhaang, it’s only fair that we treat our hair and skin to the same kind of TLC. This time around you can guarantee that with these 10 effective haircare tips for holi we’ve rounded up!
10 Haircare Tips For Holi
1. Make Oil Your Best Friend
This one is a no-brainer! How many times has your mum insisted on oiling your hair as a kid before playing holi? Although haircare during the celebration might seem secondary to skincare, it matters just as much, if not more. Oil your hair with coconut oil, olive oil or any other at least 30 minutes prior to playing. You can even add a touch of lemon juice if you have dandruff. This will help your hair brave the harshness of the chemicals and industrial dyed mixed colours.
2. Tie Up The Mane
It’s not a surprise that what we see in movies does not happen in real life. So ladies, let’s keep that open-hair-yet-glamorous-Deepika-Padukone look on the side and stray away from damaging our tresses. Open hair tends to absorb more colours especially if mixed in water. So tie up! Braids, or even a simple ponytail, you get to try cute hairstyles! Win-win for everybody!
3. Shield Your Hair
One of the easiest ways to protect your hair is by simply covering it. This will help you avoid post-colour frizzy, brittle and dry hair and an itchy scalp! Shower cap, hat or a cool summer bandana look, if it covers your hair, it does the trick. And looks good while at it! This is probably one of our favourite haircare tips for holi.
4. Use Beer
If you still find your hair being dry and frizzy post holi celebrations, use beer to wash it. This will not only soften it but give it volume and a lovely shine. Mix 3 tablespoons of beer to 1/2 a cup of water and rub the mixture into your hair post shampoo. Rinse off after and save the rest to drink later. All haircare tips for holi should be so, no? Cheers!
5. Post-Holi Itchy Scalp Haircare
This tends to be inevitable, so instead of scratching your head to glory follow this homemade remedy. Use a mug of water combined with 2 tablespoons of vinegar to get rid of the irritation. You can also use Apple Cider Vinegar as an option. Save it for the end as the last rinse post hair wash. If the problem persists, consult a doctor.
6. Use a Homemade Conditioner
While we’re on the subject of some TLC for your hair, switch to a quick and easy homemade conditioner instead of using chemically mixed conditioner for your coloured hair. Take one ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, coconut oil or castor oil. Mash or blend them into a smooth paste and apply it onto your hair. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and cover it with a shower cap to work its magic. Wash hair as normal later.
7. Apply a Hair Mask
Oiling, shampooing and conditioning can only help so much. While we may take as much precaution as is possible to take, there is still considerable damage to the hair despite it. Go a step further and apply a hair mask for that extra bit of lovin’ for your hair. Hair packs not only nourish your hair and make it super soft and silky but also help maintain the pH balance. To make the mask, mix an egg, coconut oil, almond oil and argan oil (substitute with castor oil if unavailable) with a tablespoon of yogurt and a teaspoon of honey. Leave the mask overnight and wash the next day. This will help your hair become soft, manageable, shiny and lustrous, not to mention damage-free.
8. Stay Away From Shampoo
It’s only natural to instinctively reach out for the shampoo post holi craziness. But believe us when we say that this definitely won’t help. To remove all the colour properly, first rinse your hair and let the colour run away completely. Once the water is clearer, reach out for the shampoo and continue the same regimen.
9. Prevent Your Scalp From Looking Like a Rainbow
We know however hard we try, sometimes the colours end up staying a little longer than welcome on our scalps. Before washing your hair, you can apply egg yolk on your scalp for 30 minutes before shampooing your hair. If you are not comfortable with egg, mix fenugreek (methi) with curd and apply the mixture on your scalp. That would help you take off the colours from your scalp and hair!
10. Continue The Tender Loving Care
For the next couple of weeks, continue oiling your hair. Steam a towel, wrench the excess water and wrap it on your hair. Do this a couple of times. Your hair will be back to normal in no time!
So have a blast this time but do not forget to follow these haircare tips for holi!
Happy Holi From Us To You!
Buraa Na Maano Holi Hai!