Hello, fellow ocean lovers! It’s Erica here, co-founder of ScubaScreen, Divemaster, sailor, and a woman who spends nearly every day basking in the aquatic wonderland we all cherish. Living on a sailboat has given me an unmatched perspective on the challenges of maintaining healthy hair amidst regular diving, which ultimately led to the birth of ScubaScreen. Our goal? To provide women divers with hair care solutions that are as kind to their hair as they are to the ocean.
Having personally experienced the havoc diving can wreak on our tresses, I’d love to share my top seven haircare tips for women scuba divers, before, during, and after your dives.
1. Pre-Dive: Hydrate Your Hair
Before taking the plunge, rinse your hair with freshwater and apply ScubaScreen Wreck Repair Eco-Leave-In Conditioner. This reef-friendly formula is designed to detangle, condition, and protect your hair from the harsh effects of salt water. It locks in moisture, preventing your hair from absorbing as much saltwater during your dive.
2. Keep It Contained
During a dive, it’s crucial to keep your hair under control. I recommend braiding your hair or wearing a diving bandana or cap. This not only protects your hair from tangling but also keeps it out of your face and your gear.
3. Post-Dive: Rinse Immediately
Once you surface, rinse your hair as soon as possible with freshwater to remove salt which can dehydrate your hair. It’s a simple step, but it’s a game-changer for your hair’s health.
4. Shampoo with Care
After rinsing, wash your hair with ScubaScreen First Stage Eco-Shampoo. It’s designed to clean your hair thoroughly in fresh or saltwater and is free from harsh chemicals. Remember, what we use on our hair ultimately ends up in the ocean. By choosing products free from harmful substances like parabens and endocrine disruptors – which can be detrimental to women’s health – we’re not just protecting our hair, we’re safeguarding our marine home.
5. Condition, Condition, Condition
The magic ingredient in our Second Stage Eco-Conditioner is Rambutan seed extract. This element protection wonder shields your scalp and follicles from pollution, UV, and environmental stress. Just like our shampoo, this conditioner is also safe to use in fresh and saltwater. Maximise the magic of your conditioner! While chemically-packed conditioners might show results with a mere minute of application, natural conditioners like ScubaScreen thrive on a bit more patience. Let the gentle ingredients luxuriate in your hair for just three minutes, and witness a transformative hair care experience.
6. Let it Air Dry
Avoid blow-drying if you can. Air drying is the most gentle method and prevents further dryness and damage. If you’re in a hurry, use a microfiber towel to blot your hair gently. It’s super absorbent and less damaging than regular towels. When combing out the hair, apply some ScubaScreen Wreck Repair Eco-Leave-In Conditioner. This is a game changer when it comes to detangling the hair and preventing breakage. It’ll also continue to moisturise and condition the hair and has the added advantage of protecting the hair from pollutants in the air and UV rays!
7. Regular Trims
Lastly, regular trims help to keep split ends at bay. Even if you’re growing your hair out, ensuring you have regular trims will keep your hair healthier and stronger in the long run.
The ocean is our playground and, for some of us, our place of work. While we enjoy its beauty and vastness, we must also care for ourselves and our environment. With ScubaScreen, you’re not just choosing a product; you’re joining a community that values health, beauty, and the preservation of our oceanic wonderlands.
Remember, by taking care of your hair, you’re also taking care of the ocean. So, dive in, explore, and surface with hair as vibrant as your adventures beneath the waves.