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Best Swim Caps for Long Hair 2017

One of my friends Anne, she is an African American with very long hair, came to me and asked “Hey Jason, can you please help me find a swimming cap for my long hair, which do not let the water into my hair while I swim and keep my hair dry and where can I buy it?”

This is really frustrating situation and most of the swimmers with long hair face it whenever they go to swimming.

I was overwhelmed with her questions, and here is what I told her in my reply, hopefully this is useful to her and all of those swimmers with long hair and wanted to buy the best swim cap for their long hair.

First we wanted to list out top 5 best swimming caps for long hair right now in 2017, so that you can directly see the cap and buy instead of bothering further reading.

Top 5 Swimming Caps For Long Hair

Swimming Cap PhotoFeaturesPrice
Swim-Caps-for-African-AmericanSwim Elite silicone cap for long hair with nose clip
3 colors
Free nose clip
90 days money back guarantee
$$
Swim-Caps-for-African-AmericanSpeedo silicone long hair swim cap
One size fits all
Branded swim cap
Low price
$
Swim-Caps-for-African-AmericanSwede silicone long hair swim caps (2 pack)
Multiple colors
90 day money back guarantee
Unisex
$$
Swim-Caps-for-African-AmericanSwim Culture's swim cap for long hair with ergonomic ear pockets
Ergonomic ear pockets
Made from "AAA-grade" silicone
Lifetime warranty
$$
Swim-Caps-for-African-AmericanAnti-slip waterproof long hair swimming bathing caps
Multiple colors
One size fit all
Good for unisex
$

Great to see you here and that you are interested to find out more about the swimming caps, go ahead and dive into the details.

Things You Should Look Into a Swim Caps for Long Hair

Choosing the right type of swim cap is very important. There are many types of caps available in the market, you have to decide what you are wearing the cap for and then buy a perfect one for your particular need.

Swim caps are design for different purposes, few of them are good to keep hair away from your face and eyes while you swim and few of them are good for cold water or hot water swimming.

In the case of swimming caps for long hair or dreadlocks you should consider these things first because these are specially designed caps that protect your long hair.

  • The cap should be stretchable: not all swimmers have the same head/hair size so make sure to check that the swim cap you are buying must be stretchable. Due to stretching a swimmer with very long hair can easily put the cap on without fear of tearing it up. Extra expansion can make sure your hair fit into the cap easily and keep the hair dry while you swim.
  • Cap’s Material: Cap’s Material: Look for silicon material caps, which are very stretchy. These caps are thicker, easy to use, water proof and effortlessly fit on almost all head size not matter how big or small your head size is. Due to water resistance these caps are capable of keeping your hair dry.  Very durable and due to water resistance these caps are capable of keeping your hair dry while you swim.
  • Ear Pocket: due to technology advancement there are major transformation happening in product designs, same advancement is being seen in the swimming caps too. The newer swimming cap’s design is improved and now the caps come with ear pocket design which covers not only your long hair but also cover your ear so you don’t feel heaviness on your ears and it won’t let water go into your ear while swimming. It’s very irritating and uncomfortable and may affect your swimming performance.
  • No Snagging and Pulling your hair: pulling and snagging hair while wearing the swimming cap is very common to swimmers with long hair and it is very irritating thing and no one want to lose hair while doing so. Make sure to try wearing and removing the cap before you buy. Unfortunately you can’t test a cap if you buy it online, so the only option you have is to read the review and judge it by yourself or choose the one which we listed above where we have assured all of these features are present in the caps.

Where to Buy Swim Caps For Long Hair

The best option is to go to your nearest swimming accessories store and buy the one you like. If you don’t bother to go out and buy, you can buy it from sitting inside your home on the internet – there are many online websites you can buy from, here are few of the big names coming into my mind.

  • Amazon.com
  • SpeedoUSA.com
  • AquaSphere.com
  • SwimOutlet.com
  • SportsDirect.com

How to Put the Swim Cap on Long Hair

Now that you have decided which swim cap you will go with, it’s time for you to get some tips on how to put the swim cap onto your head before going into the swimming pool.

Here is the step by step process:

  • Knot your long hair
  • Wet your hair with water
  • Open the swim cap
  • Put the swim cap onto your head
  • Adjust the swim cap as per you feel comfortable

If you are still not sure how to put the swim cap, read this interesting piece of article with pictures Or watch this video

In the End

To close this answer to my friend’s quest of finding her the best swimming caps for her long hair is over, hope this article will be helpful to my friend and for my readers who are looking to buy their new swim cap. Feel free to share your thoughts by commenting on this article.

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How to Protect Your Eyes & Hair While Swimming

Hair & Eyes ProtectionAlmost all swimming pools contain chlorine, which is used to keep the pool free of bacteria and debris. The chlorine that is used in the swimming pools hardly can have any serious effect on your skin; it can irritate your eyes, but it does not have the same effect like undiluted chlorine. Despite of this, it is always better to have some protection – a swimming cap and goggles.

Chlorine has a drying effect: when you enter a swimming pool without a swimming cap (or with a cap that doesn’t fit you well) your hair shafts will start absorbing chlorine which at some point will cause your hair becoming dry. There are several steps you can take in order to prevent any damage caused by the chlorine.

Step 1: Before entering the swimming pool, you should take a shower (the majority of swimming pools require this). If you have a possibility – wash your hair thoroughly before going to the pool. This will impregnate your hair shafts and will help your hair to absorb less chlorine when in the water.

Step 2: Use conditioner. After applying the conditioner comb your hair the way that all the ends are coated. This helps your hair to limit the amount of chlorine absorbed by your hair. Note, that your hair should not be slippery, otherwise your swimming cap might slip off.

Best Swimming CapsStep 3: Put on a swimming cap. Even if you have very short hair, use a swimming cap. For many people it is pretty difficult to put on the cap. You need to hold the sides of the cap when you pull it over your forehead. If you have very long hair, do not try to put your hair under the cap from the first try. Put the cap leaving the long hair in the back. When you are comfortable with your cap, twist your hair and afterwards tuck it under the cap.

Step 4: After you leave the swimming pool, remove your cap accurately not to damage your hair, thoroughly wash it with a soap or shampoo and dry it. Wash your cap with fresh water, dry it and store; this will help to prolong the life time of your cap.
When in the swimming pool your eyes can get very irritated and that might disturb you while swimming. If you are wearing contact lenses, you need to remove them before getting into the swimming pool as the chlorine absorbs like a sponge. However, if you there is no way for you to swim without lenses, you need to keep in mind that the best you can do is to throw away your lenses after you exit the swimming pool. As a second choice you can order swimming goggles. In many countries this is a quite affordable product. You can get one for $20+, depending on the brand, quality, etc.

Swim GogglesIt is suggested that you wear swimming goggles when in the swimming pool. You need to get goggles that fit you perfectly; otherwise your eyes still can be in contact with water which in its turn may cause irritation. Probably all goggles are adjustable, so you can adjust them the way that is most convenient for you. After exiting the swimming pool do not forget to rinse your goggles with fresh water and store them in a special case. Take proper care of your swimming equipment and it will serve you for a long time!

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