5 Ways to Keep Your Hair Out of Your Face When Scuba Diving


Although it doesn’t sound like a big of a problem, in theory, the practice shows that the uncontrolled movement by hair can be one of the biggest annoyances and potential dangers during any form of diving. In this article, we’ll go through some of the most basic and easiest scuba hair wrap tips to keep it under control.

Two Possible Problems With Free Hair

Of course, both of these problems are related to hair long enough to roam freely in the water. In case you’re wearing a short haircut, you won’t have any of these problems, but if your hair is long, one of the following two will most likely happen:

–  Long hair will float in front of you and compromise the view. It will also get tangled along the way.

–  Loose hair will sooner or later go under the mask and move it or create a hole, so you may end up with a leaking mask even if it fits perfectly, which can be really annoying because the hair is probably the last thing on your mind that could cause the leakage.

There are probably many ways to prevent it from happening, but we’ll go through the five most spread scuba diving hair protection tips that are the simplest yet effective and will help you without taking much time and effort.

1. Ponytail

With a ponytail, your hair will stay at your back, but it is the least favorable option among the divers around the globe. There are two ways to use it:

– In case you have hair long enough, make your ponytail at the top of your head.

– If your hair is a bit shorter, place the ponytail at the upper part of your neck.

This way your mask strap position won’t be affected. But, there are some cons when it comes to ponytails. First, most likely they will, under the influence of the water and constant hair movement, loosen up during your diving, until it becomes undone and you end up with a handful of hair to deal with. The second con is the fact that you’ll need the elastic band to keep it tight, and when your hair becomes lose it will fall off and sink, this way becoming trash, and you’d want to avoid that.

The third reason comes with the hair tends to tangle itself even on a surface, not to mention under the water, with the salt and water currents there to move it and create even more chaos. Sometimes even the elastic band will tangle itself, so there is a possibility you’ll have to cut it out to set your hair free.

2. French Braids

Much harder to untie, the French braids are a way better scuba diving hair protection than the ponytail. This type of scuba hair wrap will prevent the hair from sliding and moving so the mask strap won’t be affected. This is the best option for people with layered hair, and it is also good for those with hair too short for ponytails.

Although it is worth mentioning that it does have a downside, because the hair did this way tends to tangle in the water. That’s why it is a good idea not to remove it until you hit the shower. Remember, salt from the water makes undoing the hair much harder, so rinse it before you do it.

Use the conditioner at the bottom of the braid, and then move slowly from the bottom up, spreading the conditioner using your brush or your comb.

3. Pigtails


Making two different braids will make things a bit easier. To create the pigtails you’ll have to separate your hair into two different parts, and then braid those parts separately. Once done, you should have two equal braids. This way your hair won’t move, while the tangling will be way less when compared to a French braid. It does take a bit more effort, but it is worth it. Don’t relax – you’ll also have to untie it carefully, using the same technique as with the French braid.

4. Head Scarves

In theory, they should serve as an underwater bandana, but in practice, they don’t come near to fulfilling the expectations. The headscarves do look cool at first, but these headbands with the wider strip of fabric that covers the whole area from the top of the head to the bottom of the neck tend to slip really easily during diving. Their elastic part that should hold the scarf at a place most often can’t withstand the heavy water pressure, so it is not uncommon to run into headscarves lying here and there at the bottom. You could try it out because they are affordable and might just work, but most likely you’ll have to try some other option.

5. Scuba Diving Hoodies

The absolute winner among the scuba diving hair protection tricks is scuba diving hoods. Most often neoprene-made, there are many different types of scuba diving hoods you could choose from; Beanie type of diving cap to full scuba diving hoods; Coldwater hoods to warm water hoods; More or less thick; Whatever you want or need, you’d probably find it. These are great because of a few reasons:

First of all, scuba diving hoods don’t let your hair get in a way so you won’t have to worry about it free-roaming around your head in the middle of your dive. Secondly, there won’t be that annoying feeling of dripping water that goes down the diver’s neck. And thirdly, they will prevent your hair from getting tangled. And yes, they also fit under your wetsuit, so it will look like one big unit.

If you wonder does the hair length makes any difference, the answer is – no, it doesn’t, but there are some differences in the way it should be used. If the hair is short to medium length, it is recommended first wetting the hair, and then put the hood on, over your head. You could do this by doing it in the water. Simply enter the water, lean back, wet your hair, then slick it back and move the hood over your head.

If the hair is longer, twist it and make a bun on the top of your head. Hold it firmly and move the hood over the bun to lock it, and that’s it. You won’t need any headbands, or any other form of hair products used to keep your hair in place.

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Sometimes hair can be really annoying during the scuba diving session. This article will help you find the best way to keep it firmly secured and away from your view. Of course, there may be some other way that works even better, but these five are, with more or less success, mostly spread around the world, among the divers, and you should place them on your scuba diving checklist. Pick one, try it out, and if it works – great. If not, try the other one, until you find the one that fits you the best.

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