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Flaunt Your Long and Shiny Hair this Holi. Tips to Protect Your Hair from Holi Colours

Jul 15, 2023

10 mins

Srijita Biswas



Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, is a joyous celebration that is eagerly awaited by people all over India. It is a time when friends and family come together to celebrate and have a good time.


While the festival is a lot of fun, it can also be damaging to your hair. The harsh chemicals in the colours, combined with the sun's UV rays, can leave your hair dry, brittle, and prone to breakage and hair fall. That's why it's important to take extra care of your hair during Holi.

Woman with Holi colours on her face and an upset expression looking at her hair

Are you worried your hair fall and dry hair concerns will hinder your Holi celebrations? Then today’s blog is just what you need to get yourself Holi-ready with soft and shiny hair.


In today’s blog, we will share some tips and tricks for protecting your hair during Holi and keeping it healthy and shiny. From pre-Holi hair care to post-Holi hair care, we'll cover everything you need to know to keep your hair looking its best during this festive season. So, whether playing with colours or just soaking up the festive spirit, read on to discover how to take care of your hair during Holi.

Hair Care Tips to Protect Your Hair from Colours


Pre-Holi Hair Care Tips

Woman with a braid and a happy expression on her face.

  • Oil Your Hair Properly: One of the most effective ways to protect your hair from the harsh chemicals in Holi colours is to oil your hair. We recommend using a deeply nourishing coconut-based hair oil like the Parachute Advansed Gold Coconut Hair Oil for a relaxing massage before playing with the colours. The hair oil forms a protective layer on your scalp and hair strands and prevents the colours from seeping into your hair follicles. For best results, massage the oil into your hair and scalp and leave it on overnight.


  • Tie Your Hair: It's best to tie up your hair in a bun or a braid during Holi. This will prevent the colours from getting tangled in your hair and causing damage. Moreover, tying your hair in a tight bun or braid will also keep it from becoming a tangled mess.


  • Wear a Bandana or Hat: Another way to protect your hair from the colours is to wear a bandana or hat. Doing so will shield your hair from the sun's UV rays and prevent the colours from coming in contact with your hair.


Post-Holi Hair Care Tips


  • Rinse with Water: After the celebrations, you should first rinse your hair with water. Use lukewarm water to gently remove the colours from your hair. Avoid washing your hair with hot water since the excess heat damages your strands, making them dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.


  • Use a Mild Shampoo: Once you have rinsed your hair with water and washed off the colours, it's time to wash it with a mild shampoo. We recommend using a gently cleansing, sulphate-free shampoo. Massage the shampoo into your scalp, and rinse thoroughly with water. Repeat the process if needed, and follow it up with a mild conditioner.


  • Deep Condition Your Hair: After shampooing, it's important to deep condition your hair. One way to do it is by adding a few drops of coconut-based hair oil like the Parachute Advansed Gold Coconut Hair Oil to your regular conditioner. This will enhance the moisturising property of the conditioner and help lock in essential hydration.


Alternatively, you can use lightweight, mildly fragrant, and non-sticky hair oil, like the Parachute Advansed Jasmine Hair Oil, and apply it post-wash. The hair oil coats your dry hair and prevents excessive loss of moisture. In other words, it prevents your hair from becoming brittle and gives your hair a healthy and lustrous appearance.


  • Do Not Blow Dry: Avoid using heat-styling tools such as blow dryers and flat irons on your hair after Holi. Let your hair dry naturally instead. Heat can cause your dry hair to become brittle and more prone to breakage.


  • Trim Your Hair: If you notice that your hair has become severely damaged after Holi, it is a good idea to trim it. This will help to remove the damaged ends and promote healthy hair growth.



Holi is a fun-filled festival but can take a toll on your hair. Thus, you must take extra care of your hair to prevent damage, breakage, and hair fall. With the right pre-Holi and post-Holi hair care tips, you can enjoy the festival without worrying about the harm it can cause to your hair. 


Your hair care routine for Holi does not have to be too elaborate or complicated. For starters, you can follow the steps mentioned in today’s blog to get started. With these tips at your disposal, you can enjoy the festivities without worrying about damage to your hair.


Do you have any go-to hair care tips for Holi? Tell us how you will care for your smooth and shiny hair this festival season in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Can I leave my hair open when playing with colours on Holi?

While it is a personal choice, trichologists strongly recommend tying your hair in a tight bun, plait or braid before heading out to play with colours on Holi. Doing so will significantly reduce the damage caused to your hair and make washing off the colours easier for you.


2. Will Holi colours damage my hair?

Generally speaking, Holi colours contain chemicals that can damage your hair and cause problems such as hair fall, dry hair, roughness, and dullness. Usually, these are prolonged effects and the impact lasts for a long after the festival is over. The alternative? You can use natural colours and gulaal obtained from flowers and other natural elements, and take preventive measures, such as the ones listed in this blog, to reduce the damage caused to your hair by playing with colours.

About the Author:

Hi, I’m Srijita. I did my graduation in Computer Science from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, and I’ve worked in the digital, entertainment and lifestyle industry for over four years. I am a firm believer in implementing sustainable and clean products in all aspects of life. As a skincare enthusiast, I like to explore naturally-obtained products.

The views expressed here are solely my own.


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