Today’s swimming silicone cap is worn in school settings and public pools to protect the pools filtration system from hair clogs. Another reason people choose to wear swim caps is to protect their hair from getting wet, saving on the time needed to return to class or their regular activities after being in the pool. It also keeps long hair out of the eyes. There are many people bothered by chlorine and other chemicals in the pool and the swim cap protects their hair and sometimes their ears from them.
What are the benefits of the silicone swim cap? It is waterproof, not allowing water under the cap, so that your hair will be completely dry when you remove the cap after swimming. Because silicone stretches so much, it’s the perfect cap for swimmers with long hair. Most swim caps cannot cover that much hair when it is bundled into and under a stretchy water-proof cap, but if that cap is made of silicone everything changes.
To pull latex over a head of dry hair, many people will have to slightly wet their hair to get the latex to slide over their heads. This is not necessary for silicone caps. Your hair can be completely dry when putting the cap over it.
Silicone caps are made from a thick layer of material that is soft and stretchy, but it doesn’t tear when pulled. A silicone cap can stretch up to twice its labeled size. It also has a long life, lasting for months and sometimes years of constant use and exposure to the sun and the harsh chemicals in pools. The silicone cap’s edges are made to adhere to the skin sealing the hair in a water-proof enclosure. Most importantly, despite all these other advantages, it is still comfortable to wear.
Another benefit of silicone is that it is hypoallergenic. It has no odor and its allergy free. Still, the swimmer doesn’t have to sacrifice design for function. Silicone can be dyed in a variety of colors and molded to have many different textures. The design of your swimming silicone cap can be varied with a wide range of prints, solid colors, and textures.
The silicone swim cap is used in recreational and competitive swimming. In fact, competitive swimmers prefer silicone over latex for its longevity and its performance. It also gives them a more hydrodynamic feel when gliding through the water at faster speeds.
Swimmers have their chose of swimming caps. They can choose from silicone, latex, Lycra, and rubber. Today, the most popular material for competitive swimmers is silicone.