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Ways to make Skin-friendly Holi colors at home 

Holi - the bright and vibrant festival knocking on our doors. Every year Holi is filled with sweet dishes, worshiping, Colors, and lots of joy, energy in the atmosphere. Many people love to play Holi, but the use of harmful artificial colors either spoils their mood or they hesitate to use them. Well! You should hesitate, in fact, to avoid these artificial colors mixed with chemical solvents and toxic agents at all costs due to their harmful effects on the skin and the environment. 


These harmful colors impact the health of an individual and in the time of Covid-19 where people are already on the vulnerable side, these colors should be avoided. You can use alternative colors that not only keep your skin safe but also protect the environment. Although there are several eco-friendly colors available in the market, you can create them at home. Creating skin-friendly colors at home will not only ensure the quality, but you will also have trust in the process. 

So, rather than buying colors from markets, you can opt for homemade natural and skin-friendly colors. 

Here is the list of colors and ways to create them at home -

Red or Magenta - Red or Magenta color can be obtained from beetroot. To create homemade Magenta color, take beetroot and grate it on a plate. Take the grated beetroot and squeeze out all the juice, keep juice and grated beetroot separate. Take a good quantity of cornflour or talcum powder in a bowl, start pouring juice into the powder slowly, and continuously mix or rub the mixture to create a hard mixture with your hand. Place a plastic wrap on a table and then place the mixture on it, leaving it to air dry for some time. After some time check whether the mixture is dried, if it's completely dry, then grind till you achieve the desired powder quality.


To create red, you can add Sindoor, double the amount of talcum powder you added. However, do not use Sindoor if you are allergic. stick to beetroot juice. 


Yellow - To create yellow is easy, everybody knows turmeric is naturally yellow, but you cannot use an excessive amount of turmeric. So, to create yellow color, you need Turmeric, besan or gram flour, powdered Multani mitti or you can use wheat flour. Take turmeric in a bowl, mix it with a double amount of gram flour, wheat flour, or Multani mitti. To add a little fragrance you can add some talcum powder. Your yellow natural skin-friendly Holi color is ready. 


Orange - To make the orange color,  you will need Orange (fruit). Peel off 4 to 5 oranges or according to the amount of color you want, grind the peel by adding a little amount of water. Take out a bowl and add a good amount of powdered Multani mitti also called fuller's earth or you can add talcum powder. Slowly add the grinded mixture/paste into powder and mix or rub using your hands to create a hard mixture. Take out all the mixture and spread on, paper wrap to air dry. After some time, check if the mixture is completely dry, if yes then grind the mixture till you create the desired powder form. You can also use orange flowers such as daisy, marigold, Palash, Tesu or add a little pinch of saffron into the mixture instead of orange peel. You are ready to use the beautiful orange color. 


Garden Green - Garden green is not your usual bright green, it's something similar to the dull tone of green in the garden. You can create this natural and beautiful shade by using Henna powder. Take some henna powder in a bowl, and mix it with equal amounts of flour. Mix it and you will get the perfect garden green shade. Try to use Heena powder which does not contain amla or other mixtures, natural Heena will be good. You can happily smear this mixture on hair as they will provide natural conditioning. 


Purple -  To create purple color at home, you will need some ingredients that are not usually such as a black carrot. Grate or grind black carrots, squeeze out the juice, and slowly mix into the mixture of cornflour or talcum powder. You can also add some drops of rose water for fragrance, although talcum powder will have its fragrance. Let it air dry and grind, sieve into the usable texture. 


Gray - Gray is another unusual color for Holi, but it can be created with natural products safe for the skin. To make a Gray color, you need Amla also called Indian Gooseberry. To begin with, take out the seeds, and grind the mixture in the grinder. Squeeze out the juice, mix the juice slowly with cornflour powder and let it dry for some hours. After some time, sieve it or can also grind to create a finely powdered mixture. Amla is healthy for both skin and hair, you never know your hair might be shining the next day. 

Brown - Brown color is something unusual for Holi but looks beautiful when used as a powdered form. To create brown color, boil tea or coffee leaves in water, the liquid will come out in a light brown shade. Take some talcum powder or flour or Multani mitti in a bowl, and slowly start mixing the water and rub it using your hands to create a hard mixture. Grind this mixture into powdered form and you will get a beautiful texture and brown shade. Most importantly all the ingredients are perfectly suitable for skin. 

To wrap up - These are some of the beautiful colors you can create at home perfectly suitable for skin and hair. However, if someone is allergic to a particular vegetable or fruit, you can avoid creating that color or use an alternative source with the same process.  Apart from these, you can create other natural colors with flowers as a source with a similar process mentioned in Red color.