Holi is undoubtedly one of the most widely celebrated and awaited festivals for the Indians and why not, it is all about fun, frolic and vibrant colors. Indians all over the country take a break from their routine life during Holi and come together to get involved in all sorts of craziness, starting from splashing colored water at each other to eating a lot of sweets and even bhang. In short, Holi is a time for all sorts of merriment. However, playing with colors during Holi does come with some disadvantages with the major one being the immense damage caused to our skin and hair, especially if it is a sensitive colour. The longer the colors stay the more damage they are going to cause to your skin. So, it is advisable that you get rid of the holi colors fast but without causing harm to the skin or hair. And in case you are wondering how to get it right, worry not as I have already jotted down a list of amazing but simple home remedies to get rid of Holi colors safely for you. Try out some of these holi cleaning hacks and remedies carefully as I am pretty sure that these remedies are going to help you get rid of holi colors fast and safely.
Usually, the color of gulal goes away quite easily but there are some colors available in the market which may be too stubborn to get removed easily. In fact, most of these colors are of bad quality and these are the ones which cause maximum damage to our skin and hair. However, no matter how stubborn the color is, we must not apply too much force while removing the color because then it is going to cause severe damage to our hair and skin. Therefore, we need to take up remedies which will enable us to get rid of these colors safely and easily.
I am sure that most of you love to play Holi and why not, it is too much fun. But, it is my request that you play it safely so that it does not cause problems to others. And, as far as removing all of the stubborn holi colors are concerned, the home remedies to get rid of Holi colors that we are going to discuss below can help you get it right.
So, are you ready? I think you are, so let us not wait any further and go straight to the main topic of discussion i.e. how to remove holi colors safely and easily using home remedies.
How to get rid of Holi colors safely using home remedies
Removing Holi colors, no matter how stubborn they are become easy if you use the right techniques and ingredients. Hence, I would like to draw your attention to all these natural remedies so that you do not face any problem when it comes to getting rid of holi colors this Holi festivals. Since it is our hair and the exposed parts of our body which are exposed to all these stubborn holi colors, I would like to talk about them separately. I will start with ways to remove holi colors from hair and then move on to remedies to remove holi colors from your skin.
Home remedies to remove holi colors from your hair easily
Use castor or olive oil
Castor oil or olive oil is one of the best natural ingredients that can help you to get rid of Holi colors from your hair easily. It is advisable that you oil your hair before you go out to play with the colors. This is because then the oil will form a protective layer over your hair. This will enable easy washing off of the colors later on.
The main reason why this happens is because when you apply oil, the colors do not settle down on your hair and so, when you wash your hair, they get washed off easily. Coconut oil and almond oils are also the other oil options that you can go with.
Massage your hair nicely with any of these oils because besides helping you to get rid of Holi colors from your hair, they will also help in nourishing your hair follicles. In fact, for maximum benefits, you may massage the oils the previous night before going to bed.
Egg yolk or curd remedy
The other remedy that I would like to suggest you in order to get rid of Holi colors from your hair is the egg yolk or the curd remedy. In this remedy, you need to avoid shampooing your hair immediately after playing Holi. Instead, before that, you must apply either egg yolk or curd evenly on your hair and then keep it about 45 minutes. After that, when you go to wash your hair, you will see that the colors are quite easily getting removed.
In the curd remedy, it is even better if you soak some fenugreek or methi seeds and then use it on your hair. This will actually magnify the good effects because you will receive the hair benefits of fenugreek seeds as well.
The egg yolk or curd remedy also helps in the reduction of the extent of damage caused by the colors because both these ingredients have the potential to nourish and repair the damage fast.
Coconut milk remedy
Coconut milk is another ingredient you can go for in order to get rid of the Holi colors from your hair. It also lessens the damage caused by the colors on your hair. In this remedy, you need to apply coconut milk on your locks before you go out to play the holi with various colors. Also, before shampooing the hair, reapply it and let it stay for about an hour. After that, when you wash your hair with a shampoo, you will see the colors coming off your hair very easily.
Home remedies to remove holi colors from your skin easily
There are various face masks of natural ingredients which if you apply on your skin will enable easy removal of the colors. However, it is best if you choose a face mask as per your skin type. Listed below are a few of the best face masks you can use to get rid of holi colors off your skin.
Remedies for oily skin
If you have got an oily skin, then you can go for the Multani mitti remedy. This will nourish your oily skin and get rid of the excessive oiliness as well as remove the Holi colors from it. Here you can make a paste using Multani Mitti and some orange juice and then apply on your skin. After keeping it for a while, you can wash off your face to enjoy a color free skin. Alternatively, the Multani Mitti remedy can be used by making a paste by mixing Multani Mitti in water and glycerin. This paste must be kept on your skin for at least 15 minutes before washing it off. Both of the methods are very effective. You choose any one of the two as per your preference.
The lemon remedy is also good for you. This is because the lemon will help you get rid of the excessive oiliness as well the citric acid present in it will help in lightening the Holi colors. Simply mix lemon juice with some honey and apply it on your skin especially on the parts where colors are there. After sometime, when you wash off the mixture, you will see the colors fade from your skin. The reason I asked you to mix honey is because at times using lemon dries the skin a lot but if it is mixed with honey, your skin will not get dry. Instead, it will get conditioned and moisturized with the honey.
Remedies for dry skin
If you have got a dry skin, then the best home remedy to get rid of Holi colors from your skin is to mix soybean flour in milk. Then add some glycerin and little bit of sea salt to form a paste. Scrub the parts of your skin filled with colors using this mixture. After 5-8 minutes, rinse it off.
The other remedy which is good for you is the papaya remedy. Here you need to mix papaya and honey. And, if you want to balance the effects, you may even add a bit of Multani Mitti to the mixture. In fact, I personally prefer using Multani Mitti along with papaya and honey because it doubles the results. Use this mixture as a scrub on all of the parts of your body where you have Holi colors. The stubborn colors may not come off in the first attempt but you will definitely see them getting lightened significantly.
Remedies for normal skin
You are the lucky one because you have got a number of options to get rid of the Holi colors from your skin. But, the best remedy as per my opinion is the massor daal remedy. Here you need to mix 2 tablespoons of massordaal in 1 tablespoon of flour. After that, add a bit of rose water and a pinch of turmeric in it and form a paste. Apply on your skin evenly and after 10 minutes, rinse off the paste. This will not just lighten the colors but will reward you with a very healthy glow on your skin.
All of the face packs I said in my previous one are the ones that need to be used after you have played the Holi. But if you apply a good moisturizer generously to the exposed parts of your body before going out to play Holi, then the problem of getting rid of the colors later on will be highly reduced. So, this is one of the easiest tricks and you must keep it in mind.
Apply foundation– If you are going to use a lot of dry colors while playing Holi, then I will suggest you to apply foundation before playing Holi. This will protect your skin a lot from all of the dry colors.
Put vaseline– Vaseline cannot be considered a natural ingredient but it is undoubtedly one of the safest commercial market products we have today. So, you can definitely apply it on your lips before you go out to play.
This will enable your lips to remain moisturized and will also not let the colors get settled in the cracks of your lips.
Apply dark nail paint– You can also not miss out the nails, so on the day of Holi, make sure you apply very dark nail paint. This is a good way to avoid your nails getting stained. After you finish playing, you can simply remove the nail paint using a remover.
Other important tips to remove Holi colors easily
There are some more tips I would like to give you regarding removing Holi colors. This is important for you in order to easily get rid of the colors as well as to ensure maximum safety to your skin and hair. So, please take note of these and accordingly act.
- Always use cold water while removing the Holi colors. This is because contrary to popular belief hot water increases the difficulty level when it comes to getting rid of the Holi colors. So, after playing Holi, you should use cold water and not hot water to remove the colors.
- Avoid washing your face and hair repeatedly as that can make it dry. Moreover, you will also end up catching a bad cold and cough and even a fever.
- Be very gentle with your skin and hair when it comes to getting rid of the Holi colors. This is important to note as many individuals become frustrated (because colors are not going easily) and end up harming their skin and hair. Many a times we do see people ending up with skin irritations, redness or inflammations while getting rid of the colors. And, as far as hair is concerned, if you are not gentle with it while removing colors, there will be even more hair loss and damage. So, please avoid that and be gentle as much as possible.
- Please make it a point to avoid hair and skin treatments like bleach, facial, hair color etc. just after Holi. This is because many such treatments include usage of chemicals and other products that may cause reactions on your skin and hair if used right after you have played with colors in Holi. So, it is advisable that you wait for at least a week or two before undergoing such treatments again.
Over to you: how do you get rid of holi color off your skin and hair?
Holi is all about fun and most of us get so carried away that we end up playing with a lot of colors. Later when it comes to getting rid of the colors off skin and hair, we find it really hard because most of the colors found in the market are quite stubborn and does not get removed quickly. However, there is nothing bad in playing with colors during Holi because it is all about colors but to avoid difficulties later on, it is necessary that you take some precautions from before and also use the right remedies to get rid of the colors safely and quickly.
I have already talked about some of the simple home remedies to get rid of Holi colors. As you can see, the hacks are really very easy and anyone can use it. The ingredients told to be used are also very common and are easily available in the market, and so there is no problem in using these remedies to get rid of holi colors off your skin and hair.
However, please do keep in mind that if you have too many colors on your skin and hair, then maybe you will not be able to get rid of them completely in your very first attempt. But you will definitely notice the remarkable improvements. For maximum benefits, also keep in mind about the additional tips I gave you. These will help you in protecting your skin and hair and also in better removal of the holi colors.
Lastly, I would like to request you all to use good quality colors because it is a matter of your skin and hair and it is best not to put too much risk by using poor quality colors. Gulal is actually a safer option, so you can consider that.
I am very hopeful that all of these hacks and remedies will help you in getting rid of holi color off your skin and hair. Even after that, if you have any quarries, do let me know and I will try to help you out.
Also, if you know about any other natural remedies to get rid of Holi colors safely, please do let me know. I would be happy to add that in my list. And, in case you find my article valuable, please do share it with others so that the word of awareness can spread to a larger number of people.
Till then, wish you have an amazing and safe Holi, 2019.
Eliana the chief editor at bodyandbeans is a professional yoga instructor and a fitness freak. She has done her master’s in history from Kolkata University. She is passionate about healthy eating and living practices.