The festival of colours is one of the most highly celebrated festivals in India and plays a very significant role in defining our country and its culture. This is the day which signifies the victory of good over evil, and welcomes the arrival of spring. Love dominates the atmosphere and the hearts of the people. Most often we’re so indulged in the pichkaris, gulaals and water balloons that we completely forget about what all the chemicals present in the colours could do to our hair. Some people protect their bodies by wearing certain kinds of clothes, whereas some use lotions to keep their respective skin tones from getting affected too much. But what about the hair? People take very little or no precaution at all, to protect it from getting damaged.

Let me tell you exactly what kind of effect the colours have on your hair, and why it needs to be protected. It consists of solvents like lead, aromatic compounds, triethylamine and benzene and some of the darker shades of colour, like red, green, black and blue contain mercury sulphite, copper sulphate and lead oxide in an excessive amount. When all of these chemicals come in contact with your skin, it leads to the eruption of rashes, allergy- along with various other skin problems. So, what kind of effect do you think it’ll have on your hair, which is more fragile compared to the skin?

Here are six tips you can keep in your mind before you go out to play Holi:

1. Oil your hair.

Coconut, Olive Oil, Castor Oil or even Jojoba Oil should be applied to your hair 20 minutes before you start playing Holi. It helps in smoothing the texture of your hair, and doesn’t let the colours to stubbornly stick to your hair strands. It makes it easier for the colours to be washed off later on. It also prevents your hair from getting too dry because of the powdered colours. No matter what kind of colours your hair gets splashed with, oil will prevent it from getting damaged.

This is a very integral precaution because oil almost does 90% of protection by building a thick layer around your hair.

2. Lemon drops on your scalp.

If you have a sensitive skin, then make sure to put a few drops of lemon juice to your scalp to make sure no infection finds its way onto your scalp. Lemon is composed of citric acid, which kills any kind of bacteria which may irritate your skin or trigger a negative reaction.

3. Roll your hair into a bun.

If you keep your hair open, it will be easier for the chemicals to find shelter within your hair. Tying your hair into a tight bun will act as a barrier against the colours.

4. Don’t wash your hair.

There’s no point in washing your hair before Holi because after playing with the colours, you’d have to wash your hair again, and washing your hair so frequently will lead to your hair looking dry and lifeless. It will strip your hair out of the necessary amount of oil and moisture that is required for lustre.

5. Wrap a dupatta around your head.

If you’re interested in taking severe precautions for your hair, you can always wrap your head with a dupatta/scarf. It will not only save you from colours, but it will also protect your hair and skin from the sun. Holi always takes place in the scorching heat of summer, so wearing a dupatta will definitely prevent your skin from getting a tan, and also act as a camouflage for your hair.