View Full Version : Tips for long hair and swim caps

October 3rd, 2008, 09:46 PM
Okay...I ordered my swim cap for long hair but UPS rescheduled my SwimOutlet shipment (UG)and now its' not going to be here until next week. I have at least 2 more workouts I'll be doing with my regular size cap before my new one arrives. The darn thing keeps popping off my head all the time! Today was especially frustrating as it came off THREE times during my workout today. :doh:

My hair goes down almost to the middle of my back. It's curly and medium thickness.

Any tips to keep my normal Speedo cap on my head until my long hair cap arrives??

October 3rd, 2008, 09:51 PM
Why, just cut it. It will regrow to the current length by the time UPS arrives :D

October 3rd, 2008, 09:59 PM
Why, just cut it. It will regrow to the current length by the time UPS arrives :D
No kidding!!! :thhbbb:

October 3rd, 2008, 10:25 PM
This might be stupid, but I'm assuming you wet the inside of the cap and/or your hair before putting it in there. Girls on my team have told me that if they don't do that, the caps won't stay on. I don't really have that problem, being that I have short hair, so I can't give you specific advice. Sorry.

October 4th, 2008, 08:39 AM
I actually find that my cap pops off more easily if I wet the inside of my cap first.
I have fairly long, very thick, curly hair and this is a constant problem for me. The stylist I go to actually knows that my needs are long enough to braid it, but short enough to fit it all in my cap.

At this point, I tend to prefer caps I get from races since they are a bit larger. Silicone caps always seem too small and too slippery--they pop off the most.
I find that race caps, while they don't last too long, are larger sized, since they are designed to fit everyone. I also find that if my forehead is dry and the inside of the cap is dry, it makes a bit of a seal that seems to hold the cap in place. Sounds ridiculous, but it works.

I also find that it matters how much conditioner I've used. When I know it's a big swim day coming up, I don't use as much conditioner in the shower before that swim. Also sounds silly, but it helps.

I empathize with your plight. It's no fun!

October 4th, 2008, 10:16 AM
I haven't got any tips, sorry...
but I've got a related question.
what's the best way to wear such a swim cap, over the ears? or something else? (not especially with long hair)

October 4th, 2008, 10:27 AM
I noticed when I don't wet the inside or my hair, there is a little air bubble in there. It doesn't matter really because I don't have long enough hair to make it pop off, but I assume if I did, it could come off.

As far as tucking ears or not, during practice I generally don't simply for comfort. But if I'm racing, I feel like my ears are big brakes that will slow me down if I don't tuck them in. I don't know how true it is, but all the high level swimmers tuck them, and it makes me feel faster, so I do it.

October 4th, 2008, 10:32 AM
#1 or #2 buzz cut no problems with hair. The longest hairs on my head are on my eyebrows.

October 4th, 2008, 10:38 AM
Speaking of that, I just got my hair cut yesterday. Not a #2, but a #4 and some scissors. I can't go too short, or it looks weird. But, my hair was LONG, so this is a welcome change.

October 4th, 2008, 11:21 AM
Put your cap on and pull it as low over the ears as you can then put a home made "swim band" over it around the hair line, you get a dryer cap and it should stay on . Something like double capping but not as tight around the head. Put the goggles on over the caps.

I wear a bubble cap over a swim band and its very dry never slips my hair is medium lenght . The bubble caps in size large are the biggest caps and are good for swimmers with really long hair


http://www.geocities.com/lapswimr/swimband.html for details on the swim band its really simple and works over or under a cap.