Many visitors are welcomed to India to be a part of Holi, coruscating festival of colours. But go back with damaged hair and colourful skin. Holi is a beautiful festival but the colours used today come with synthetic pigments that not only damage our skin and hair but also are hazardous to our health. This is why a little precaution will save you from a lot of disasters. Here you will find tips to protect your hair and skin from Holi colours.

Damage Caused By Holi Colours

Gone are those days when Holi was played with gulaal and flowers. These days the colours that are available in the market are synthetic in nature. These synthetic or chemical-filled colours contain chemicals like lead oxide, mercury sulphite and copper sulphate etc. These chemicals can penetrate in your skin and causing damage to your eyes, skin and lungs. These chemicals can also cause

  • Redness in the eyes
  • Excess intake of these colours can directly affect your lungs
  • Chlorine and Iodine can also cause asthma

How To Protect Your Hair And Skin From Holi Colours

It is pretty much clear by now that it is important for you to protect your hair and skin for Holi colours. Nothing to panic about, the process is a little time consuming but then you will be able to play a carefree Holi. Let’s start with skincare.

Skin Care Tips: Pre-Holi

Here are a few precautions you can take before you jump into the colours:

  • To start with a day before Holi, apply a good amount of body oil on your body. This will hydrate your skin and thus absorb fewer colours.
  • If fancy body oils are not available, you can use coconut oil, almond oil or even olive oil. on your skin.
  • Always remember to clean and tone your skin properly. The primary characteristic of the toner is that it reduces the pore size and prevents the seepage of colours through the pores of your skin.
  • You will be playing Holi outside obviously and you will be outside for a long time, so always secure your skin with a broad SPF sunscreen. Never forget to sun protect your skin.
Toner/Cleanser>>Body oil>> Heavy moisturiser>> Sunscreen lotion

Never forget the sunscreen, people remember to moisturise and tone the skin, but they often forget to sun protect it. Never do that!

  • You can also rub ice on your face, that will help to shut down all the pores and thus colours will be restricted.
  • I usually don’t recommend petroleum products, but to restrict these chemicals to enter your skin, apply vaseline on your eyelids, ears, lips, nails and other exposed areas of your body.
  • Apply a protective colourless nail paint so that your nails are protected.
  • Wear cotton clothes that cover most parts of your body.
  • Apply heavy moisturisers on your skin after you remove all the colours. Your dry skin needs treatment. Oil can also be used to moisturise the skin.
Avoid using makeup, it’s anyway not going to be visible after you are coloured

Skin Care Tips: Post-Holi

After you are done playing, it’s time to remove the colours. Remember that you are removing the colours from your skin and you don’t have to be harsh on it.

The more you rub your skin the more damage you’ll cause to it.
  • First of all, when it comes to soaps use a mild soap that is not alkaline in nature, it will dry up your skin.
  • You can use soaps that have Aloe Vera and mild ingredients like that.
  • Youse lukewarm water to remove the colours. Many people think that using warm water will help to remove the colours very easily. The fact is totally opposite to that. Warm water makes the colours stick more to your body.
  • Make face packs for your skin at home. Do not use the readymade face packs available in the market, they will just add on the chemicals.
  • Yoghurt and honey face packs will moisturise your skin from deep which is exactly what you want after the dryness caused by the chemicals
  • You can make your own cleanser at home using cold milk and any oil that you use (it can also be your body oil or vegetable oils). Mix well and apply with a cotton ball. This will remove the colour, repair the damage done by the sun and also moisturise your skin. Win-Win!

Hair Care Tips: Pre-Holi

You can take complete care of your skin but cannot avoid your protecting your hair too. Here is what you can do to protect your hair from the Holi colours:

  • Apply a leave-in conditioner or a serum on your hair. This will prevent your hair from getting damaged by the sun.
  • Oil your hair. You can use a combination of coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil. Dry hair is more prone to damage.
  • It is also good to add a few drops of lemon in this combination if you have dry scalp or dandruff issues.
  • Tie your hair. Do not keep your hair open. Open hair is an invitation to all the chemicals around.

Hair Care Tips: Post-Holi

After playing, go slow. Don’t rush to the washroom to wash your hair. Here is what you need to do:

  • The first thing that you need to do is, brush your hair. This will remove the dry colours from the scalp.
  • The next step should be making a hair mask for your hair. Take 4-6 egg yolks and whisk them with a good amount of coconut oil. The number of egg yolks depends upon the length of your hair. Add almond oil to this mixture and apply to your hair. Leave it for at least 45 minutes and then use a mild shampoo to wash it off.
  • This will not only remove the colours from your scalp but also protect your coloured hair from getting staining.
  • You can also apply curd both on your skin and on your hair 20 minutes before washing off the colour. Curd has lactic acid that will help you to remove the colour. Curd will also deep moisturise your skin and hair and prevent it from getting damaged.
  • If you feel your scalp is itchy, you can use apple cider vinegar and water to soothe the scalp. wash your hair with it.
  • You can also use beer at last for nourishment. But I don’t think anyone will be willing to waste a beer. If you are, go ahead! it will make your hair softer and cleaner.
  • Once the hair is dry. Apply a hair mask or hair oil to nourish and moisturise your scalp.

It’s always good to use organic colours that will not harm your skin and come off easily.

Play a safe and carefree Holi!


  1. Thank you for sharing skincare tips for pre holi and post holi. This information is very helpful to take care of skin in holi.Nice article!!


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