It is a common misconception that the point of wearing a swimming hat is simply to keep your hair dry. It is highly unlikely (unless you only swim breaststroke and don’t dip under the water) that a hat will do this, so don’t worry about keeping your hair dry. If you are concerned about the drying effect of the chemicals in the pool water make sure you wash and condition your hair thoroughly when you get out of the pool, and you shouldn’t have a problem.
Swimming hats are actually designed for a number of uses; keeping long hair out of your face to ensure maximum visibility and to increase how aerodynamic you are as you move through the water; therefore improving your style and speed. There are also some bonus effects which wearing a swimming hat will have, including making you more visible in the pool and for reducing the amount of hair clogging the pool filters..nice…
There are many different types and styles of hat on the market and it can sometimes be a little overwhelming when trying to choose the best one for you. Usually swimming hats can be found in two materials; latex and silicone.
- Latex hats have been around since the 1920’s and provide a tight fit, so are popular with many competitive swimmers. The problem with latex hats is that they do not last long due to the effects of the chlorine in the water, and they can be difficult to put on and take off. Some people can also have a bad reaction to latex if they have allergies, and red ears and a swollen head is not a good look, not to mention un-aerodynamic!
- Silicone swimming hats are a newer invention and were first created for people who were allergic to latex. They are also much easier to get on and off and last longer than latex as they don’t get as damaged by the chlorine.
How to put on a swim hat video – if only it was this easy!