4 Essential hair care tips for Holi

Posted by Elizabeth Alex on

Don’t let a little color on Holi stop you from having fun! If you don’t know how to deal with it before and after, I got you. Here are quick tips to bounce back from a little crazy.


Here’s what you need to do (these are true for any successful wash day)


Prepare your hair before shampoo or cowash. It’s like a putting sunscreen before you step out in the sun, you see? Protect your hair from the trauma your hair may go through in the shower, caused by water pressure, wrong products, quantity of shampoo used, etc. Anything can happen, so gently coating your hair with penetrating oils is what you need. Remember to scalp massage with hair oil also!


You want to use oils that can repair your hair once they enter the cuticle. As found on naturallycurly article.

  • Coconut oil is said to prevent protein loss in hair. (not if you're coco-sensitive!)
  • Babassu oil adds strength to weak strands.
  • Avocado oil has antioxidant properties and protects against further heat damage.
  • Mango butter is great for adding hydration and moisture.
  • Murumuru butter locks in moisture and promotes shine.
  • Cupuacu butter is great for absorbing water and promotes healthy scalp. Argan Oil promotes a healthy scalp and is rich in Vitamin E.
  • Grapeseed Oil improves hair elasticity. Has the ability to clean the walls of damaged capillaries.
  • Almond Oil treats hair loss and is rich in both Vitamin E and magnesium

Cleanse & Deep Condition

For thick medium-high porosity hair: Clean your hair with your favorite shampoo or cowash conditioner before you deep condition. Hair masks and deep conditioners work better on clean hair for you folks! Wait, unless it's a DIY. When you DIY, apply mask before shampoo.

For thin/fine or Low porosity hair: Apply your deep conditioner or hair masks before you shampoo. I am assuming you already use lighter products for your hair type so no, there won't be any build-up anyway. Your hair will thrive with this method.

Here’s a tip!

After you rinse your deep conditioner (talking to you medium-high porosity) or rinsing out your shampoo (low po boss babes) apply a conditioner to your mid-lengths and “squish to condish” (STC) to finish your cleansing routine. I explain how to STC on the caption of this post.

ON Holi day

Style on wet or damp hair - these products will add moisture. Remember, dry hair is more susceptible to damage so keeping it moisturized will help you prevent any possible damage during your fun Holi celebrations. That is precisely why I advice you to deep condition the day before Holi too. Stronger hair can handle anything!

  1. Leave your conditioner in

Use conditioners without drying alcohol (Use your non-CG conditioner if you have it lying around). Use safe budget conditioners in India to slather on your hair on the Holi day 

2. Seal all the moisture in with oil

Do not use the fancy oils I mentioned before! Those are for prepoo ONLY! Time to bring out raw local oils. Apply generously over your conditioner or leave-in conditioner. Use this link to Amazon Prime it today, if you don't have it already.

3. Do a Protective Hair style!

Oh yes you can totally just leave your hair wild and free, I wish I could say there’s no harm in that but ... COME ON! You know it's not true on Holi. Here are some fun options, you’ll figure out the best one for you; I am sure of it


Here's one more!

This is so cute! 

This is super pretty :) 

AFTER Holi Celebrations END

I hope you have/had fun on Holi! When it’s time to get back to normality this is easiest, fastest way is to DETOX. No shampoo will do right now. Keep calm and Bentonite it.

1. Detox first

Visit this article for everything you need to know about this natural Detox-DIY. You only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes. Keep this mask in your hair for Less than 5 minutes, rinse, and deep condition. Read the full guide to DIY Bentonite Detox hereOR Buy Detoxie Shampoo+ Mask here

2. Baggy Method, before next wash day.

Apply hair cream on dry hair, put a shower cap on it, and keep it for at least 20 min (or overnight if you experience extremely dry hair). Shampoo and then style as usual, to keep the moisture in.

3. Protect your hair while you sleep or travel.

I like to shove my hair in silk bonnet and then sleep on my silk pillowcase. Here's an affordable one on India Amazon.  


And that’s it. That should keep you protected before Holi, and help your beautiful hair recover after you have your fun. Let me know how it all pans out for you. And happy Holi!

Thank you for watching & reading!

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