How to Protect Skin and Hair from Holi Colors?

Shiny holi colors are manufactured by mixing powdered glass and a variety of chemicals. This explains very well how harmful are these synthetic holi colors for our skin, hair and overall health. The best way to protect skin and hair from harmful effects of holi colors is to make natural holi colors at home. However, you don’t have full control over your guests who might bring synthetic holi colors with them.You can only request them to play holi with organic herbal holi colors but can’t force them to do so. In such a situation, hair and skin care becomes essential. Here are some tips on how to protect your skin and hair from Holi colors as well as tips on how to remove holi colors gently after Holi festival is over.

Hair and Skincare Tips for Holi

You must prepare yourself for the holi colors before you start playing holi. Here’s how to protect skin and hair from Holi colors.

  • Wear comfortable clothes but make sure that your clothes cover the maximum parts of your body. A full sleeves top is what you need to protect your hands from Holi colors. Also wear leggings or pants that cover your legs completely. If possible, wear a socks to even protect your feet.


  • Before going out to play Holi, apply some oil like coconut oil, mustard oil, castor or olive oil on your skin, more on your body parts that remain exposed such as face, palms etc. Do this about 1 hour before playing Holi. This prevents the holi colors from coming in contact with your skin. Also the color doesn’t seep deep inside your skin.
  • Apply sunscreen lotion on your skin after about 15 minutes of applying oil. Till this time, the oil would have been absorbed by the skin. The sunscreen lotion will prevent the harmful UV rays from penetrating into the skin.
  • Apply nail polish on your nails so that they don’t get colored with holi colors. After Holi is over, you can easily remove the polish with the help of nail polish remover.
  • Rub petroleum jelly under nails, behind the ears, over the lips and any where on the exposed skin where you think, the color might get struck.
  • To protect your hair from becoming dry and brittle due to the holi colors, apply some hair oil like olive oil or coconut oil to your hair and scalp. This will prevent the holi colors from going deep into scalp skin or hair roots.

How to Remove Holi Colours?

You must rub off the dry holi powder colors (abir, gulal) as soon as they are put on you by someone. Also remember to wash off the wet holi colors immediately with cold water. However, don’t be bothered to remove these holi colors to the extent that it spoils your spirit of playing with holi colors. Just relax and remember that you have taken enough precautions beforehand and you can remove holi colors easily after your holi fun is over. Here are some tips to remove holi colors from your skin and hair.


  • Wash off the hair with plain water. This will make most of the colors comes off easily. After this, apply a mild herbal shampoo to wash off the remaining holi colors from your hair. It would be easier if you had earlier applied oil to your hair before playing with colors.
  • To remove the holi colors from your skin, first wash it with cold water. Then rub lemon wedges over the skin and wash it off. Put lots of moisturizer on skin and leave it for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Now when you go to have shower, mix some drops of lemon juice in lukewarm water and have a bath with a mild moisturizing soap. Don’t use hot water. Rub your skin with soap gently. Don’t use any hard object like brush, towel or pumic stone to scrub your skin
  • If holi color does not come off, apply some warm olive oil to your skin. Take a soft cloth and rub the skin gently.
  • If after bathing, you see that holi color hasn’t gone off, apply curd or make a pack with gram flour (besan) and milk. Its consistency should be like that of a paste. Rub your skin with this pack gently. It softens the skin while removing the color.
  • For removing holi color from face, make a face pack by mixing gram flour & curd for oily skin and by mixing gram flour and fresh cream for normal to dry skin. Apply it on face. Massage gently to take out the color left on your face.
  • Always avoid bleaching, waxing or facial for about seven days after holi and even before holi because all these beauty treatments make skin more porous which lets the holi colors go deep into your skin.

If you take all the above precautions, you can effective protect your skin and hair from Holi colors. Now, play Holi without any worries!

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