Saving Our Strands | Natural Hair & Swimming PT 2

Hello ladies and thanks for tuning into part 2 of my Natural Hair and Swimming series. This post will review the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, my brief stint wearing two swim caps at once, and focus on tips and tricks for maintaining your hair while swimming or visiting the beach.
I left off introducing the LYR Lycra Swim Cap, which was  designed to keep your hair out of your face while you swim, and protect from the chlorine in the water.

TYR Lycra Swim Cap

As I mentioned in PT 1 of my Natural Hair & Swimming series, I had mixed results using the speedo silicone cap alone, so I decided to double up after reading where one woman tried the technique with success.

Review | LYR Lycra Swim Cap

Two days after purchasing the swim cap from amazon.com for about $11, it arrived just in time for my swim lesson; I was ecstatic!

Product Deets:

  • Elastic band at base for secure comfortable fit: The base of this cap isn’t comfortable. I found myself adjusting the base farther back on my hairline to avoid having a headache.
  • Lightweight, quick-dry design.
  • Excellent recreational or fitness swimming cap.
  • Accommodates long hair: Although this is designed to accommodate long hair, my dense mane was difficult to fit under the cap
  • Fabric: 82% Nylon/18% LYCRA® Spandex blend: Not very much stretch if you have a lot of thick hair

First Impressions: Upon first use I noticed that the cap doesn’t stretch very much, regardless of how I wore my hair (high puff (which I do not recommend) or low ponytail). If you have highly dense thick hair, this cap may not be for you as it might be tough to stretch the cap enough to stuff your hair under it; this was the most strenuous part of putting on the cap. This cap, unlike the silicone cap, comes only in one size, which is purported to fit all. During the Lesson, I felt the silicone cap slipping off and finally removed it altogether. Under the silicone, the lycra cap had slipped off completely. The first use was a complete fail, as I had to take both off by the end of the lesson. The second time I used it, my hair was in a low bun and I could barely get the lycra cap over the bun and stuffing the bun was even more difficult. After the Lesson, in each case, my hair was completely wet and I can’t say how much chlorine was kept out of my hair. I can’t speak to whether or not this product will keep your hair out of your face effectively as my each time I wore the product, I had my hair secured with an ouchless band of some sort.

I gave up on this cap after two lessons.

I doubt I’d recommend this cap at all to a woman with hair that’s thick or dense.

Wearing Two Swim Caps Simultaneously

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I planned to wear the Lycra swim cap under the silicone cap for extra protection against the chlorine and to assist in keeping my hair dry throughout the swim lesson.

If you can find a swim cap that will stay on your head without it or the silicone cap slipping off, go for it because in theory it should work! For me, I believe that the material of the Lycra cap caused the silicone cap to become unsecured and slip off.

Maintaining Hair while Swimming | Tips and Tricks

The most important thing I hope readers take away from my experience is that you have options when trying to protect your hair from chlorinated or salted water. Having a swim cap, no matter how many you use, is just one part of it, though completely unnecessary.

Tip #1 – Pre-Condition | Prior to going to the pool or beach, add conditioner or oil to your hair. This will create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine.

Tip #2 – Protective Style | Wear a protective style while swimming. Whether it be a low or high bun, braids or twists this will make your job after swimming a lot easier. If detangling is a nightmare for you, do yourself a favor and protect your hair while swimming.

Tip #3 – Swim CapIf you decide to try out a swim cap, I definitely recommend a silicone cap, but based on my own experience I think the best way to wear a swim cap for women with highly dense hair is to wear it over a protective style. See Tip # 2 above.

Tip #4 – Deep ConditionBecause chlorine can be drying, it’s a good idea to deep condition your hair after your swim!

Tip #5 – MoisturizeAfter you’ve cleansed your scalp and strands don’t forget to moisturize!  I use the L.O.C moisture method.

Enjoy your summertime fun and relax without a care for how your hair could be ravaged by chlorine!

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