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Get the Best Hair Protection From Your Swim Cap

Since Curly Bella has a relaxer, water is not her friend after a blowout. If you're in the same boat, or frequently swim and don't want to get hair that wet, choose a cap with the best protection. Now, realistically, your head will rarely stay totally dry once you dive in, but there are a couple tips to get a good fit.

  • Check the material. Silicone offers great protection but can slip off your head easier than other materials. Look for foam lining the front interior of the cap to help it stay on with a tighter seal.
  • Look for a chin strap. It may not be the cutest, but this little detail helps the cap from popping off your head on those cannonballs.

To keep hair safe, just double up! Excessive (perhaps), but it keeps you dry. To do this, you'll need a second, well-fitting silicone cap that covers your ears and a pair of scissors. Learn what to do by reading more.

Since Curly Bella had trouble getting just one cap over her massive curls, she simply folded an extra cap and snipped the back part off, creating a thick headband (called a swim band). Not only does it prevent leaks closest to the water, it's also much easier to slip on than the whole cap. Simply put on as if you were putting on a fabric headband, over your head and around your neck, and then pull it up over your ears to cover your hairline. Finish up with a cap as described above. (Now, we won't talk about the time she first wrapped her hair in plastic wrap for three levels of protection . . .)

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