When it comes to beauty and elegance actress Vidya Balan holds a special place and never fails to impress. She is proud of her ethnic beauty and widely admired for flaunting the traditional Indian style statement. The actress always gives us beauty goals and is known for her radiant skin and thick, shiny, voluminous hair. With Holi around the corner, we asked Vidya Balan what gets her into the spirit and makes the celebration a day to remember with each passing year. She reveals some of her beauty rituals, childhood memories and more in this tête-à-tête
Your Beauty Regimen: I don’t leave my house without massaging a Coconut-based Hair Oil onto my skin. I honestly feel that this is the most natural way to keep harmful colours away. Not just that, colour come off easy and the coconut based oil protects my skin from sun rays when I step outside! We make sure all the colours we use on Holi are organic. My mother always applies a Coconut-based Hair Oil to our scalp & hair too. We realized that using a oil on hair works better to help those colours come off and acts an as protective layer between our hair and the colours.
Your fondest childhood memory of Holi: Even before the main day, all the kids in my neighbourhood would start throwing balloons at each other after school. The night before Holi, my father would painstakingly fill the balloons so we could run out with buckets full of balloons the next morning.
That one Holi treat that makes your mouth water: While most people eat Ghujiyas for Holi, my sister Priya would drive up to Sattu’s in Sindhi camp (Chembur) and get Imarti. I grew up eating them every year during Holi and now Holi is incomplete without it! It’s become a ritual to gorge on them. When you are fully wet and unrecognizable, it tastes the best.
That go-to Holi hairstyle: I am very particular about my hair. Before I step out, it needs to look great. Even with oil! I massage a Coconut-based hair oil into my hair, comb it well and then tie it in a loose braid. This way I am able to keep my hair away from my face and just enjoy the festival.
Favourite Colour: Gulal! What else? We buy loads and loads of it and play majorly with Gulal but love other colours too…waise bhi, what’s Holi without a rain of colours.
Vidya’s message for Holi: Have a safe and happy Holi and don’t forget to show your hair and skin some much-needed love too!
We also spoke to renowned dermatologist, Dr. Aparna Santhanam for tips to take care of hair during Holi, she said, “Oiling your hair with a good amount of coconut based oil before going out to play Holi will not only prevent harsh colours from seeping into the scalp, but it will also keep the scalp cool throughout the day. It is a great idea to nourish your hair and scalp with some coconut based oil a few days before to get maximum benefits. Hair that is well-oiled is less prone to damages and the harmful colours that stick to the scalp will wash off with ease.”