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Are Swim Caps Waterproof?

Swim caps or swim hats are made from a variety of material come in two main types; the Lycra swim cap and the latex cap. Essentially they are both doing the same job – the main point of difference is the fit. Swim caps were originally designed for competitive swimmers to reduce drag when they swim, however people from every walk of life now wear them to improve their performance in the pool and to prevent their hair getting damaged by the chlorine.

It is a common misconception that a swim cap will keep your hair dry when swimming. If you have long hair and you wear a latex cap, it will assist in keeping hair out of the water. However, they are still not fully waterproof and it is still likely to get some in, especially if you are dipping your head under the water.

People with long hair will generally find the fabric caps easier to wear, as it won’t harshly tug on their locks. Swim caps are ideal for people with long hair as it can help protect it from the chlorinated water and can make it easier to manage.

Swim caps should be worn when swimming outdoors, as they will protect the hair/head from the sun.  Swim caps can cover your ears but they will not stop the water entering the ear canal, however products can be bought to help and resolve this issue, such as ear bands or ear plugs.

Swim hats are great with goggles, which sit over the swim cap.  Swim caps generally make it easier to wear goggles, as they provide a smooth surface for the band and won’t get tangled in your hair.

Many pools do insist that all swimmers wear a swim cap to help maintain good hygiene and cleanliness of the pool.  Loose hair can build up in the water and is dragged to the filters, where it can get stuck. This then means it has to be untangled and cleaned out – it can often be quite a strenuous process.

Swimbabes offer swim caps for babies, children and Adults and are guaranteed to find the perfect one for you. If you need more information about which cap is right for you just drop us an email or give us a call.

POSTED BY Becci Wilkinson
23 May 2017