How to wear a swim cap with long hair

How to wear a swim cap with long hair featured

Prep your hair before putting on the swim cap

Before you put on your swim cap, make sure your hair is as smooth and tangle-free as possible. Use a wide-tooth comb or brush to detangle any knots, and apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to smooth out any frizz or flyaways. This will make it easier to put on the swim cap and reduce the risk of hair pulling or breakage.

Hair oils and leave-in conditioners like this one from Ulta work well for this purpose.

Determine the right size and style of swim cap for your hair

Not all swim caps are created equal. Some are designed specifically for long hair, while others are better suited for short or medium-length hair. It’s important to choose the right size and style of swim cap for your hair type to ensure proper coverage and a secure fit. has a great selection of swim caps for all hair types and lengths, including silicone and lycra options.

Gather your hair into a low ponytail or braid

Once you’ve prepped your hair and chosen the right swim cap, it’s time to gather your hair into a low ponytail or braid. This will help keep your hair neat and contained under the swim cap, reducing the risk of tangles and breakage. Make sure the ponytail or braid is tight, but not so tight that it causes discomfort or headaches.

Tip: You can also use hair clips or bobby pins to further secure your hair in place before putting on the swim cap.

Put on the swim cap carefully and gradually

Putting on a swim cap can be tricky, especially if you have long hair. The key is to do it slowly and carefully, making sure to tuck all of your hair under the cap without pulling or tugging. Start by placing the front of the swim cap on your forehead, then gradually stretch the cap over the rest of your head, smoothing out any wrinkles or air pockets as you go.

Tip: If you’re having trouble getting the swim cap to stay in place, you can try wetting your hair first or using a small amount of hair gel or styling cream to help hold your hair in place.

Adjust the swim cap as needed for a comfortable fit

Once the swim cap is in place, take a few seconds to adjust it for a comfortable fit. Make sure it’s covering your entire scalp and that there are no gaps or air pockets. You can also adjust the position of the cap slightly to make sure it’s not pulling or tugging on any one area of your head.

Tip: If you’re still experiencing leaks or discomfort, try using a swim cap liner or a different type of swim cap altogether. Experiment with different styles and sizes until you find the one that works best for your hair type and length.

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