I am new to the cruising lifestyle and would appreciate your advice. I will be going to the Bahamas with my boyfriend soon and we plan to shower in saltwater in the cockpit then rinse in fresh water.
What soap works best for body washing in salt water?
What shampoo do you recommend for color treated blonde hair?
|Dierdre Wogaman in the Bahamas|
I use regular shampoo and conditioner on my hair.
To get extra conditioning, I place a shower cap on after the conditioner is worked in. By having the conditioner stay on longer with out dilution, I feel that it must be better for my hair. Rinsing my hair, after my body, comes last.
By using a sun shower, we use less water than using the pressure water from the boat.
When I color my hair, I do everything in the boat and then climb down into the salt water to rinse. Therefore, I can use plenty of water to rinse. The last rinse is done back on the boat so I can do it with fresh water. I have a black colored towel in case I have not gotten all the color out of my hair; that way it will not stain the towel.
I have found that the liquid soap is easier to use on the boat, than bar soap, as it leaves less of a mess. No worries about the soap bar sliding overboard either.
I have found that Joy dish washing soap and a bar soap by the name of Kirk’s Castle (coconut soap) is very useful in salt water.
Only ones I’ve found to soap up in the salt water.
Wherever you are, ask the local fishermen or their wives!
They always know what is the best local soap (and dish washing liquid) for salt water.
2 more reasons for having Johnson’s Baby Shampoo aboard (see Pam Wall’s response):
- you can use it to wash your diving mask’s glass (does not make your eyes sting)
- it is gentle on your hair and so is ideal when you must wash your hair frequently (either with fresh or salt water), as we do aboard.
Related articles (on this website)
- Shampoo and soap for bathing in salt water? Tips (first responses, from Pam Wall and Kathy Parsons)
- Staying pink in a blue world, by Clare Collins
- Lipstick Sailor, by Lanea Riley
- Beauty and Da Boat, by Gwen Hamlin: Keeping ourselves looking good is not so hard, but it’s different! (Admiral’s Angle column#20)
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