How to remove Holi colors off your skin, hair and clothes

How Holi became a festival of the masses in our country 2

Holi, the festival of colors is finally here! Being an Indian and Nepalese festival originally, it’s now popular pretty much all around the world because it’s so much fun, wholesome and colorful! Imagine the vibrant colours everywhere, even in the air. Plus, going all crazy, splashing colored water and pelting each other with all possible hues is one of the biggest reasons why many of us wait so eagerly for Holi every year.

No matter how much we love Holi, most of us who have actually played at least once know that it’s also the time of immense damage to our skin, hair, and clothes. As much as we don’t want to miss out on the fun, we don’t want our skin, hair and clothes all damaged either. So here are some simple ways to clean Holi colors from your skin, hair and clothes the right way.

Removing Holi colour from skin safely:

Apply moisturizer or oil before going out to play:

Because prevention really is cure! So first of all, it’s really important to apply a generous amount of moisturizer or oil (like olive oil or coconut oil) on your face, hands and all exposed body parts before going out to play. This will not only create a layer on your skin to keep it safer from the harsh colors but also help in removing the colors with ease.

Use a mild soap or face wash and cold water:

Please do your skin a favor and don’t try to scrub the colors off your face rigorously. Use cold water, a mild face wash or soap to clean the colors off your skin.

Use milk and gram flour:

You can also opt for natural ways to remove the colors off your skin. Just mix some gram flour with milk to make a paste and apply it on your face; rinse off with cold water when it dries.

Never forget to moisturize well:

After cleansing, make sure you moisturize your skin well with a generous amount of moisturizer that suits your skin type. Never forget this step; your skin needs this!

Use Glycerine and rose water to soothe itchiness:

Sometimes, even herbal colors can cause itchiness and allergies. Just mix some glycerine and rose water and apply the soothing mixture on the itchy areas. You’ll be fine in no time.

Removing Holi colors from your hair:

Use Castor or Olive oil:

Before getting out to play Holi, apply either castor oil or olive oil to the hair. The oil forms a protective layer over your hair. So it not only protects your hair from the damage but it makes the colors come off easily when you wash your hair. You can also use coconut oil or almond oil as alternatives. Honestly, they all work pretty much the same! It’s best if you massage the oil the night prior to the day to protect your scalp.

Before getting out to play Holi, apply either castor oil or olive oil to the hair. The oil forms a protective layer over your hair. So it not only protects your hair from the damage but it makes the colors come off easily when you wash your hair. You can also use coconut oil or almond oil as alternatives. Honestly, they all work pretty much the same! It’s best if you massage the oil the night prior to the day to protect your scalp.

Apply egg yolk or curd mask before shampooing:

Avoid immediately shampooing your hair to remove the colors after playing Holi. Apply egg yolk or unflavored sour curd on your hair at least 45 minutes before shampooing. This will help remove the colours with ease and reduce the extent of damage.

Shampoo and condition your hair:

After the hair mask, you will have to clean it all off with shampoo and then make sure you condition your hair properly because your hair needs that love!

Removing Holi colors from your clothes:

The best way to remove colour stains from clothes is.. well, by not getting any on them! But who are we even kidding? The vibrant splotches of colours are going to make their way to your precious clothes. It’s time to play Holi after all!

Don’t worry though. Here are some of the easiest ways to remove those colors from your beautiful white clothes, like they were never there!

Lemon juice:

Use lemon juice on the color stains. The acidic nature of lemon helps lighten and eventually remove the stains. Soak the stained clothes in lemon juice for like 15-20 minutes and then scrub gently with your hands. Wash them as usual, but separately.

Bleach:

Go for this only if your clothes are white. Simply just soak them in hot water with some non-chlorine bleach. Wash and dry them separately. Voila!

White vinegar:

Add half a cup of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of detergent powder to around 2-3 litres of cold water. The acid easily pulls the colour out from your clothes and your clothes will be good as new.

Happy Holi!