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February 11th, 2011, 01:15 PM
Hello everyone who bothered to read this. :3

I've got a small question. I'm heading to Mexico in a few months and I plan on snorkling for the first time in the ocean. I'm wondering what kind of protection I can use on my hair. Is it okay to leave the water in my hair while I play around on the beach (I'm planning on building a sand castle. I know, I'm a giant child) or should I wash it out right away? I don't use commercial products on my hair, just my natural sebum, shampoo bars, ACV rinses, and occasionally Camellia oil or AVG to help if I get frizzy. I'm going to bring along my giant purple sun hat for protection out of the water but other than a swim cap I don't know what would work for the ocean.

Thank you in advance for any advice.

February 11th, 2011, 01:23 PM
Hmm, I suggest oiling your hair before entering the ocean and doing a quick ACV rinse as soon as you get out. Yes, it might be a pain in the rear if you just want to play on the beach, but it would be beneficial to you hair :)


February 11th, 2011, 03:28 PM
In your situation I would apply Castor oil, well diluted in a lighter oil of your choice, to your hair and scalp. It will prevent seawater penetrating your hair shaft or drying out your scalp.

Enjoy your trip!

February 11th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Hi Perki, I'm new here, too! Brand new! I snorkel and scuba. Before I go on vacation I condition my hair like crazy with Kerastase aqua-oleum topped with deep conditioner. Leave it on for an hour. I do this weekly for about a month.

Once at the seaside, I use a Kerastase product (comes in a red hockey puck) made especially for hair that's going swimming. I forget what it's called. It's in their red line.

For snorkeling or scuba I put on the hockey puck products and clip my hair to the top of my head (so the clip doesn't get in the way of the scuba mask strap). When I come out, sin of sins, I just comb through a bunch of Suave coconut or Organix coconut conditioner and braid my hair and play all day.

At sunset I rinse well and use just a bit of shampoo on the scalp, unless I'm in the water again the next day. In that case, i just rinse.

Enjoy your vacation! :magic:

February 11th, 2011, 06:00 PM
I found heavy coconut oiling and then putting my hair in a bun to work very well. Maybe because coconut oil is absorbed into the hair?

In any event, in order to use enough coconut oil to work, I had to use a bit stronger shampoo to get all the oil out, so keep that in mind.

Jenn of Pence
February 12th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Paying attention to this thread, 'cause I'm going to Mexico next week! 8) I just can't get the hang of snorkeling, but maybe I'll come around this time and be a little mermaid all week. Then my hair will be prepared! :D

February 12th, 2011, 02:01 PM
Lucky you! Hope you enjoy your trip :)

I actually find that salt water makes my hair feel great. I know it is supposed to be drying, but after a swim in the ocean, my hair is super soft. I do get tangles if I swim without it contained, though. Pool water makes my hair feel crunchy, so I usually will rinse my hair with regular water before swimming in a pool (I've heard that saturating it beforehand will inhibit pool chemicals entering your hair). Maybe you could do this before swimming in the ocean?

How about wearing it in a braid, or multiple braids? I find this helps too :)

February 14th, 2011, 03:06 PM
If I still had my thick coating of Sebum I wouldn't worry about it at all (I was VERY water-repellant) but since I started shampoo-baring my hair doesn't have as much sebum to protect it. I'll try the castor oil (maybe mixed with some camellia oil) and braid my hair while I snorkel. Hopefully that works. I'll try and post some pictures (sorry, fat lady in a bathing suit, apologies in advance, haha) when I get back to show the results!