Perfect hair care for Holi season

Hair needs special care during Holi due to the use of vibrant colored powders and water during the festivities. These colors, although fun and festive, often contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hair and scalp. The pigments in these colors can stick to the hair shaft, leading to staining and discoloration. Additionally, the water used during Holi celebrations may contain impurities that can further strip the hair of its natural oils and moisture, leaving it dry and brittle.Without proper care, prolonged exposure to these elements can result in hair breakage, split ends, and scalp irritation. Therefore, it is essential to take precautions such as applying protective oils or serums, covering the hair, and thoroughly cleansing it afterward to maintain its health and vitality during Holi festivities. Here are some simple tips to take care of your hair this Holi.
Pre-Holi Hair Preparation: Apply a generous amount of coconut or olive oil to your hair and scalp before stepping out to play Holi. This will create a protective barrier, making it easier to wash off the colors later and preventing excessive damage to your hair.
Cover Your Hair: Wear a cap, bandana, or scarf to cover your hair while playing Holi. This will provide an extra layer of protection against harsh colors and minimize direct contact with chemicals.
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Avoid Chemical Colors: Opt for natural, herbal colors instead of chemical-based ones. Chemical colors contain harsh chemicals that can strip away the natural oils from your scalp and cause damage to your hair follicles.
Post-Holi Hair Care: After playing Holi, rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove the colors gently. Avoid using hot water as it can further dry out your hair and scalp. Use a mild shampoo specifically designed for post-Holi hair cleansing to remove stubborn colors without damaging your hair.
Deep Conditioning: Treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment after Holi to replenish moisture and nourishment lost during the festivities. You can use a hair mask or conditioner enriched with natural oils like coconut, almond, or argan oil to restore the softness and shine of your hair.
Gentle Detangling: Be gentle while detangling your hair post-Holi to avoid breakage and damage. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to remove knots and tangles instead of harsh brushing.


Avoid Heat Styling: Give your hair a break from heat styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons for a few days after Holi. Excessive heat can further weaken your hair strands, making them more prone to breakage.
Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated from the inside out. Hydration is essential for maintaining the overall health of your hair and scalp, especially after exposure to harsh colors and chemicals.
Inputs by Dr. Amrendra Kumar, Director, Dermaclinix, MBBS & MD, AIIMS Delhi

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