Hair Conditioner - heads-up!
I went to a new stylist today (always a real nail-biter but it turned out well). I told her I'm a diver and she asked what I do to protect my hair when diving in salt water. I told her I get my hair wet with fresh water (and she nodded 'yes') and then I put in conditioner (and she shook her head no). If I understood this correctly, conditioner is formulated to work to restore the hairs' proper pH. It will continue to work to do that for as long as it is on the hair. When we leave it on too long it actually weakens the hair, making it more brittle!!
LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER is not the same. It is formulated to leave in, so if you're using Stream2Sea's leave-in conditioner (like me - phew) you're ok. But if you're using something that says "rinse afterward", follow the directions and get that stuff out of your hair in short order. I didn't know there was a difference. Yes, I know the name of the product should have been a dead giveaway. I only got Stream2Sea because it's reef safe - totally lucked out that it's the leave-in stuff!
Dickey Bradd commented
I will take your advice. I spend most of my time on the beach or in the water. Therefore, the condition of my hair has always left much to be desired. Fortunately, I have decided to take a responsible approach to my health. Moreover, I even signed up for additional cosmetology courses at the NATIONALLY ACCREDITED PROGRAM IN OREGON. By the way, what kind of coating do you prefer for a manicure? My favorite kind is gel. It retains its shape and color longer than usual. http://www.nwcollege.edu