Holi!!!Just the name conjures up brilliant images of dazzling colour,fun,frolic and Masti!!!!!! But hold on-what happens the day after??You are left with itchy coloured skin,stained nails,red smarting eyes-.the list just goes on…..In fact at times people who are allergic to certain substances might find it difficult to breath or take almost a month to recover from the rashes..This is caused by the chemicals mixed in the colours,which may contain heavy metals like chromium,lead,and mercury.Most Holi colors sold in the market are oxidized metals or industrial dyes mixed with engine oil. Sample this: Green &blue come from copper sulphate, purple is chromium iodide, silver is aluminum bromide, black is lead oxide and shiny colors are result of powdered glass being added to the colors. Asbetos and silica normally form the base for these colors.It is very hard to remove these chemical colors from the skin as they enter into the body through the skin.Sometimes these colours accidentally enter into eyes and can cause reddening and itching.
Tips to safeguard your skin and hair :
1.Read the labels-Some brands specify that the color is for industrial use
2.Use only branded natural colors which are now available in most stores.
3. Examine the color powder carefully :if you can see glass powder or smell diesel oil,totally avoid these colors
4.Apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel to your skin and hair,before playing Holi.
5.Slather on sunscreen or aloevera gel :the mixture of chemicals and the hot sun overhead is a potent combination for sunburn and suntan. 6.Apply Vaseline under your nails& on your lips: This will prevent the colours from seeping in&staining them
7.The Lemon Rub:Rub some lemon wedges over your skin for some time and then wash it off.Lemons can naturally bleach the skin&take off stubborn stains.After washing it off,be sure to apply a herbal moisturiser or aloe vera gel to prevent the skin from drying up.
8.Protect your hair: Oil your hair with a nourishing herbal hair oil or olive oil and tie it up before you step out.Later rinse off the colours with a gentle herbal shampoo&deep condition it with a jojoba based conditioner.
9.Apply a hair pack of coconut&fenugreek :This reduces the dryness caused by the harsh colours.Read more at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/go-coco-nuttya-coconut-fenugreek-hairmask-to-reduce-hairfalland-dandruff/ Make these natural colours at home…..All you need is some time and patience and you can!!!!!
- NATURAL COLOURS:
- Dry Yellow Colour: Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with four spoons of besan for bright yellow colour
- Wet Yellow Colour: Mix Two spoons of turmeric in two litres of water and stir well.
- Dry Green Colour: Make a paste out of different leaves like spinach, coriander, mint etc in water and leave it to dry. Another method is to mix mehndi and any flour.
- Wet Green Colour: Take four spoons of henna and mix in two litres of water.
- Wet Magenta Colour: Grate beetroot and soak in one liter water for magenta colour.
- Dry Green colour–Pure mehendi / henna powder. Mix with equal quantity of flour to get a lovely shade of green. Mehendi will not leave its imprint on your face as it can be easily brushed off.Make sure the henna is pure and not kali mehndi as it has dyes mixed in it
- Wet Brown Colour: Boil tea or coffee in water and cool it
- Wet Black Colour– Boil dried fruits of Amla / Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave it overnight. Dilute with water and use.
Well what you are waiting for???…This year play Holi the safe way!!!! HAPPY HOLI TO YOU ALL !!!!:)