How to Protect Your Hair With a Swim Cap While Swimming

How to Protect Your Hair With a Swim Cap While Swimming
While swimming is a fun water activity for many people, it has its drawbacks. Human hair is porous, and swimming without protecting your hair in a pool, lake or ocean, can result in damaging effects such as breakage and discoloration. Fortunately, you can easily avoid these types of issues by wearing a swim cap that can help protect your hair.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Choose a swim cap made of latex, silicone or lycra. Silicone caps are known to be the most durable and offer the most protection of the three.
Step 2
Hold the swim cap, upside down, where the opening appears vertical, and bend your head down.
Step 3
Stretch open the front of the cap, with your hands, and place the cap on your forehead area. Work it down over the rest of your head, tucking any loose strands of hair under the band.
Step 4
Gather long hair at the base of your neck, and push it up and under the swim cap once you have the cap on approximately halfway. Pull the swim cap down as far as it will go to ensure the best seal.
Step 5
Check to make sure there are no loose strands of hair sticking out from underneath the cap. If there are, secure them.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you have long hair, you may want to purchase a special swim cap designed for people with more hair than average. If your cap is sticky, apply some corn starch to it.
 
If you have long hair, you may want to purchase a special swim cap designed for people with more hair than average.
 
If your cap is sticky, apply some corn starch to it.
 
In general, swim caps will not keep your hair from getting completely wet. Use a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for swimmers after swimming, to further protect hair.
 
In general, swim caps will not keep your hair from getting completely wet.
 
Use a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner for swimmers after swimming, to further protect hair.

Article Written By Cynthia Measom

Cynthia Measom wears many hats. She's a writer and the owner and accountant of a nanny placement agency she founded in 2007. Measom received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in human resources.

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