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Pre & Post Hair Care for ‘Holi’

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Please note that this article is authored by Parachute Advansed hair oil. If you have read the previous post on hair care during holi, here is a recap.

The joyous, riotous, festival of colours, Holi, is around the corner and you walk the streets in constant apprehension about youngsters pelting you with water balloons from rooftops.

However, you needn’t feel terrorized by colours as knowledge about the damage they can do and how to prevent or tackle minor problems that may arise as a consequence, can put your fears to rest.

The damages

  • Colors in dry or liquid state can cause a condition called ‘acute irritant contact dermatitis’ i.e. rashes and redness, with intense burning and itching in the exposed areas resulting is flaring up existing allergies.
  • Hair having dandruff hair clubbed with colour can worsen the scalp and lead to chronic itching.
  • Hair exposed to colours can become dull, dry and brittle. Accidental ingestion of colours can cause toxicity, as they’re usually prepared from metal oxides like lead.

Prevention is better than a Cure!

  • Use organic colours as a substitute for Holi colours.
  • Apply Coconut based Hair Oil on your scalp which will act as a barrier and prevent colours from directly coming in contact with hair and will lessen the damage.
  • Wear a hair-band/ scarf or a bandana around your head to protect your hair from entangling or damaging due to artificial colours.

Handling the aftermath

  • Remove colours as soon as you’ve finished playing Holi. If colours don’t come off in the first wash, rub warm coconut based hair oil and lemon juice generously over hair, leave for an hour and wash again.
  • Before washing your hair with shampoo a quick massage with coconut based hair oil on scalp and hair length will protect hair from excessive dryness caused by colors.


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