Protect Yourself From That Nasty Rani Pink Holi Colour!

Protect Yourself From That Nasty Rani Pink Holi Colour!

Sue Castellino
A still from Ke$ha's Hit Song Take it off
A still from Ke$ha's Hit Song Take it off

Ke$ha may like to dance around in holi colour, but It has come to my attention that on Women’s Day, many women are nervous about the other celebrated festival, namely – Holi.

Yes Women’s Day and Holi might have fallen on the same day, but seriously, which women out there wants to have her newly streaked hair turn blue?! My pet peeve are my nails that look like they’ve had a war (and lost) with the Pink Rani (the most pigmented Holi colour). So here are some quick tips on how to avoid some of that colour, but you as well as I know, these are definitely not full proof methods, cause those colours are BRUTAL!

1. Save Face

Holi Face (picture courtesy mymodernmet.com)
Holi Face (picture courtesy mymodernmet.com)

Okay ladies, I dont know about you but my skin on my face is very sensitive, and those colours make my skin itch the next day. Although I don’t play Holi anymore, as I think it’s a complete waste of water, I used to a few years ago. What really helped me was moisturizing the night before and then after the ordeal is done. My trick is to use tinted moisturizer (or a mix of cream and a bit of foundation) with a little almond oil. The cream keeps your skin soft where as the oil and the foundation protects from colour. Okay I’m a bit OCD, but who isn’t? I didn’t want to look like the plum girl from the Willy Wonka factory!

Psst! for the Body just use cream and almond oil skip the foundation, do that only for the face.

2. Take a Cold Shower

Holi (picture Courtesy Indiabest.co.uk)
Holi (picture Courtesy Indiabest.co.uk)

What most people don’t realize, is that some of these chemical colours actually become stronger when mixed with hot water, making them more pigmented. So when you’re rinsing off, have the a COLD shower. Just like mehendi, that gets darker the longer you keep it so do these, so try not to let the colour dry on your skin or stay on it for too long.

3. Olive Oil For the Hair

Holi Hair (Picture Courtesy Pison Jaujip)
Holi Hair (Picture Courtesy Pison Jaujip)

You might think Coconut Oil is best for the hair during Holi, but from experience coconut oil feels much to heavy on the head. Plus which boy is going to flirt with you when you smell like a packet of coconut oil chips? Opt instead for Italy’s finest – Olive Oil, the sasta kinds that you get at the local banya obviously. It’s light and doesn’t have a terrible odor, and offers slightly more protection than most.

4 Paint Your Nails

Holi
Holi

The best way to protect your nails is to actually colour them. The varnish acts as a layer against the colour and once you’re done playing you can simple use nail polish remover and the worst of the damage should be minimal. As for the sensitive skin around your nails, using a fair bit of almond oil would help but the best option is for a thorough mani/pedi. Book now so you can look as clean as ever for work the next day.

5. Your Clothes

Daag Acche hai
Daag Acche hai

You have got to be kidding yourself if you really thought I was going to give you tips on how to rid of this! It’s Holi, wear white, ivory pastels, really show off your colour. Remember, you are going to get wet, and wet clothes tend to get translucent so try and wear decent undies, they are going to show – you know it, you’ve seen it… so, cover it up.

Have a Happy Holi guys from the MissMalini team!