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Make your own Holi colors at home!

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As opposed to other festivals, Holi is one occasion which screams out fun, food, and, frolic! This year make your Holi stain and chemical free, a small step towards making it more eco friendly, and, less hazardous. We bring you natural colour hacks that will make you fall in love with this festival of colours all over again!


Yellow

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Picture credits: lockerdome.com

The glitzy golden yellow can be brought about using the beauty hack used by royals. The stain which we fear the most is of turmeric; however it can be used for getting a perfect yellow which is natural and also a boon for skin. Turmeric is a known antiseptic and sunscreen, which will not only add to the boom of colours but also save you from getting tanned in the sun.


You can use it dry by mixing it with double quantity of gram flour or fuller’s earth (multani mitti) or add a spoonful to your bucket of water. Other options for getting a similar colour can be done by using dry petals of Marigold flower and grinding them in a fine powder.

Saffron

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Picture credits: www.rowhanisaffron.com

This might be an expensive affair unless you use it smartly. For a gorgeous hue of orange or saffron, soak a few stalks of Saffron (kesar) in two table spoons of water. You can increase this ratio as per the quantity desired. Leave this for a few hours and later grind it to a fine paste. Dilute this with the water you’re about to use for Holi. Saffron is known to improve our skin; therefore all you beauties need not worry and hop in for this natural trick.

Other methods include using The Flame of Forest commonly known as Tesu, Palash or Dhak, which is a source of traditional colour for Holi. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna used to play Holi with Tesu flowers. These fragrant flowers can be soaked overnight or boiled to get the perfect yellow tinge.

Green

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Picture credits: wallpaperscraft.com

Getting a gorgeous green can be very easy if you consider the goodness available from Nature’s bounty. The best of green at your hands is henna or mehendi. It is not only cooling in summers, but will also work as a great conditioner for your hair, thus avoiding it from getting rough. The lovely green colour will also save your trip to the parlour. However, it is best to use it dry since mixing it with water will leave an orange tinge on your skin.

If you wish to get wet, make a mixture of green leafy vegetables like spinach, coriander or mint and add this to water. Your green colour is ready to get splashed.

Magenta

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Picture credits: hawraar.net

We all must have tried getting our tongue coloured by chewing onto some beetroot. Well this works just right to get a marvellous magenta for you to play some natural Holi. Boil or leave overnight sliced beetroots in a bucket of water and work your way through to get the desired shade. You can also narrow down this colour to a lighter pink by boiling red onion peels.

Red

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Picture credits: www.keralatourism.org

Red Sandalwood has been known for ages to treat wounds especially skin related problems. It gives a cooling sensation and is best suited for people with sensitive skin. You can mix red sandalwood powder in water since applying it dry will cost you much. If you’re not able to get hold of red sandalwood, try using hibiscus flowers in the shade of red and boil it in water.