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When I decided to take swimming lessons, my one concern other than my fear of water, was my hair. What was I going to do about my hair! As a young African American girl, all I remember is being told, “Don’t get your hair wet!!” Well, as an adult the same saying is true. Your hair absolutely CANNOT get wet. In going from relaxed hair to natural hair with locs, I found myself still concerned about my hair. Now when it rains, I do not care about my hair getting wet, or working out and sweating. But, the chlorine in the swimming pool was another story.
I am sure you have heard horror stories about how the chlorine can damage your beautiful tresses if it is not treated correctly especially if you have processed or color treated hair. I could only imagine what my hair would look like with all of these locs on my head. Trying to get chlorine out of my hair was not something that I wanted to do after my swimming lesson. I wondered how long would it take before the chlorine started damaging my hair? I didn’t want bald or thin spot or any breakage because of swimming. Of course, I did not do anything to prep my hair before going swimming. I guess I was not too worried. 🙂
What I needed was a swim cap that was no ordinary swim cap to contain my hair. I went to Etsy and found a listing for a swim cap that would solve all of my problems. Dreadscapes Dreadlocks made the perfect swim cap for people with longer hair and even dread heads like me! I ordered my cap a week before my lesson because (of course) it would not take a week for it to arrive. Wrong! It took about two weeks. SMH, my planning was a little off and a little last minute. So, I just bought a swim cap before my first lesson. It was a cute green color, but was way too little for my head. It almost looked like I was wearing a wig cap it was so tight on my head. LOL During that first lesson, after putting my head under water and trying to float, my swim cap shot off like a rubber band! My hair was completely wet. Oh, no! It was going to have to be alright. Fortunately, I did not see any damage from the chlorine after wearing a too little swim cap for two lessons (I am a risk taker). I just washed and conditioned my hair as usual when I got home and I did not have any problems.
I was relieved when my Dreadscapes swim cap arrived because I didn’t want to keep on taking chances with my hair. What I really liked about this swim cap was that it was so big that it covered my ears. I did not like the water going in my ears (it felt weird and kinda freaked me out) when swimming so this swim cap was working out well. Win, win!
Now, I thought that my head was big, but to my surprise, my head is not that big after all. I ordered a medium cap and it was a little too big which allowed a little water seepage. My hair was a little damp but it was way better than before. So, I decided to order another swim cap in a smaller size. To my surprise, I received another medium Dreadscapes swim cap, this time in white. I also decided to ask the owners Kath and Kim of Dreadscapes Dreadlocks for a free swim cap to give away on my blog and they agreed! SCORE!
I found out about this swim cap because I wanted to learn to swim without worrying about my hair. I am sure there a lot more people who are concerned about the same thing or just do not want to get their hair wet at all. You may want to start swim lessons this summer, enjoy summer vacation by the pool, and actually get in the pool, but you are concerned about getting your hair wet. Do not deny yourself any longer. This swim cap might be for you because it is no ordinary swim cap. I am no expert or anything, but if you have locs, long hair, or a weave you might want to check out this Dreadscapes swim cap (I’m just saying!).
If you are a little hesitant about ordering one, I am here to help you out! I am giving away a black, size medium Dreadscapes Swim Cap to one lucky person!! My giveaway will start on June 13, 2015 at 12:00 am and will end on June 20, 2015 at 12:00 am (Central Time). Please see Terms and Conditions.