Ready to dive into India’s most colourful festival, play with the colours, dry & wet, indulge in mouth-watering sweets, bhaang & thandai? But what about your hair?
We know the colours are chemically based & we are warned by our mums to rub coconut oil into your skin but you hair will require a little more effort from your side. Especially if you have wavy, curly, chemically treated hair! Our hair is dry enough without the damage that the chemicals dyes will cause. In order to minimise damage, do the following:
- Oil your hair with coconut oil, olive or almond oil, generously. Massage it in from roots to ends a couple of hours before you go out.
- Braid your hair or pile it up in a bun; any style that stops colours from seeping into your scalp. Don’t keep it open!
- Cover it under a cap or a scarf.
- If you can, use a thin plastic shower cap under your hat or scarf as it will protect chemical dyes from drying out your roots (as if curly hair wasn’t already dry enough!)
- After you come back (tired and happy), shampoo your hair. Do not be harsh with your hair. If it takes 2-3 wash days for the colour to come off, that’s okay. Don’t dry out your hair massively in one go.
- CONDITION & DEEP CONDITION! Time to get some major hydration back into your curls. I suggest you deep condition twice a week for 2 weeks at least. Best way would be to apply the deep conditioner, comb through & cover it with a cap & sleep. Wash it the next day.
- Take a towel dipped in water, heat it in the microwave & place it around your cap for the hair mask to seep in well.
- Use only cold water to wash & rinse as hot will only increase the dryness & frizz.
- No straightening, blow drying the hair for a couple of weeks.
- Avoid playing with chemical colours as much as you can & be safe.
Try these out & your hair will be healthier for it. Happy Holi to you all! 🙂