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Having long hair looks amazing in your selfies but handling the locks while diving can be a head ache. It’s important to avoid unneeded distractions when you are diving. Hair can get caught in your mask and cause leakage or get caught in your equipment. Nobody likes to cut a gap in their hair to escape from a hairy situation (yes, pun intended). We have had some discussions about the different ways to keep your hair in check and from distracting you. As a diver with long hair I have tried all the methods I can think of. Ultimately it comes down to your hair length and preferences but here are some options if you haven’t tried them all:
The Tiger Tail
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Named after all the hair ties that resemble the stripes on a tiger’s tail, this is my go-to style at the moment because my hair is damaged. I find that simply tying my ponytail with lots of hair ties works to keep it from knotting. This is ideal if you don’t have a fringe or short layers. I avoid plaiting because I find it damages the hair when undoing the braids. Make sure to keep a steady supply of hair ties in my dive kit if you opt for this one.
The Pony Tail
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This is not necessarily the best option but it will probably be your default style in a pinch. It will keep hair out of your face but it won’t stop tangling or your hair from getting stuck in your first stage. Make sure to tie your hair tight enough so it doesn’t slip out.
The French Braid
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If you have layered or mid-length hair this is a great way to style your hair, keeping in mind to start the braid on the crown of your head if this is the case. Be careful when taking it out. Taking a shower after exposure to salt water and undoing the braid under running water will keep your hair from getting damaged. Salt water will make your hair stick together.
Pig Tail Braids
This style is much easier to do than the French Braid. Undoing your braids is also easier. If you have really long hair you might also find it easier to roll your braids into buns to keep them from floating up. Like the French braid be mindful of taking it out after salt water exposure and leave the undoing for under a running shower.
This is a great option for shorter hair or just to keep unruly hair out of your face. If you have long hair with bangs this is an ideal way to round off one of the previous styles.
If you have this piece of diving equipment it can solve your hair troubles with little worry. It might not be the best option in your repertoire if it makes you feel anxious or while diving in tropical waters but this method will hold your hair in place without question.
Hopefully these tips can help you to find the style that suits your needs best.