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SallyBR1's picture

I went back swimming early this morning - will be swimming laps twice/week for the Summer

I am letting my hair grow, and the chlorine is pretty tough on it - any suggestions on a VERY GOOD product to use and fight back the damage?

Merci...

pamilyn's picture

(post #43649, reply #1 of 88)

sally I know it is dorky but why not wear a swim cap? Pamilyn

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #43649, reply #8 of 88)

I look disgusting with a swim cap - plain horrible.


Cannot bring myself to go out in public with one...   it's true that it would be the best way to avoid damage, but...    

Adele's picture

(post #43649, reply #9 of 88)

Sally- have fun with it.  Get one with flowers on it, or go neon.  Find a couple outrageous ones, butterflies would work.  Who knows, you might start a trend- and it will save your hair.  I liked the idea of putting conditioner under it.  (or olive oil- LOL) 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

PeterDurand's picture

(post #43649, reply #10 of 88)

Sally, you are going swimming fer gauds sake.

 

KarenP's picture

(post #43649, reply #11 of 88)

I look disgusting with a swim cap - plain horrible.


Cannot bring myself to go out in public with one...   it's true that it would be the best way to avoid damage, but...    


Don't most pools require a cap if you have any length to your hair?  You could pretend you are a conehead in training! It'll be fun!

ehBeth's picture

(post #43649, reply #12 of 88)

So who's looking?
You're all supposed to be swimming swimming swimming.
Head down.
Swimming swimming swimming.

Put on the cap as you're getting into the pool - save your hair. You don't want it getting brittle from the chlorine, and losing the length to breakage. (Saw a woman at the manicure/pedicure joint on the weekend who was getting extensions due to breakage as a result of exposure to chemicals - caps are better than extensions - cuz then you have extensions and HAVE to wear a cap so the dang things don't disintegrate)

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ehBeth's picture

(post #43649, reply #13 of 88)

ooh, just remembered. My mother got some wild caps in Germany. They are regular swim caps underneath,covered in glamorous shells. One of my favourites is the white Elizabeth Taylor style turban. She's also got ####fruit patterned turban that is a bit Carmen Miranda-y. Mother makes quite a style-splash in the community pool each morning.

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Jean's picture

(post #43649, reply #14 of 88)

Now you'd look just adorable in one of these.



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pamilyn's picture

(post #43649, reply #17 of 88)

Sally, I don't know you, but you could make a fashion statement!! Like Jean's posts. I for one like funk, but I look good in hats in general. But really, you are swimming!! Is hunk hubby watching? Hunky swim instructor? Cute little 20 somethings? WHO CARES!!! Life is too short to worry about such things. Make it fun and save your hair!!! IMNSHO :) Pamilyn...Have a fun summer...

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Marcia's picture

(post #43649, reply #22 of 88)

Sally, please believe me...no one cares how you look in a swim cap but you. People are just not interested. On the beach, it would be a different story....

Jean's picture

(post #43649, reply #23 of 88)

Sally in a bathing suit?---People will be interested. ;-)

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #43649, reply #39 of 88)

Get this: yesterday I could not find my swimming suit AT ALL, so had to swim laps with a bikini.... Never again, I'll tell you, never again

Jean's picture

(post #43649, reply #43 of 88)

I take it bikinis were not made to swim in. LOL


As I recall, we pulled the caps on and painstakingly shoved the hair  up into it.  It's been a while though.


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MadMom's picture

(post #43649, reply #44 of 88)

I seem to have the same memory you do, Jean, and I remember it pulled the hair and hurt like the devil.  Of course, I always had long hair back then.



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Jean's picture

(post #43649, reply #45 of 88)

I remember a flap or rim inside that kept  your hair dry--er if you could poke it beyond that point.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #43649, reply #46 of 88)

As I recall, we pulled the caps on and painstakingly shoved the hair  up into it.  It's been a while though.


Yes, but I fear those were those industrial strength rubber caps we ALL wore!! The ones now are REALLY thin and small, but when I last wore one, I did just what you describe.


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #43649, reply #47 of 88)

Reporting back

Used the swimming cap - this time there was another woman swimming - impressive lady, she got third place in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon 2004 - now she's training for the Hawaiian Iron Man... anyway, she does her swimming early in the morning too. AND she wears a cap.... so I was not alone

However, my hair STILL got wet underneath - not the top of the hair, but the part I tied in the back. If I am going to look like a fool, I would prefer that my hair would end up dry. :-(

Gretchen's picture

(post #43649, reply #49 of 88)

Are you swimming at an indoor facility?  Our Y's, for example, require caps because of the filtration systems.
Sounds like you didn't have it all the way on although the nape of the neck may get wet anyway.

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SallyBR1's picture

(post #43649, reply #50 of 88)

Nope - outdoor pool

It is a public pool that is open to the general public at 10AM - however, Jim, the manager/swim instructor/pool guru (whose real job is as a LAWYER!) -
calls it "the best kept secret in Norman" - he opens it every day at 7:30am but only for his buddies. They can get there and swim in a fantastic olimpic pool, crystal clear, extremely well taken care of, paying NOTHING.

I cannot tell you how lucky we feel to be able to be part of it...

Edited to add: the hair thing: it was already pretty painful to put it on this morning, I don t know how I could get my hair inside in some other way. Maybe a different brand? Mine is a Speedo


Edited 6/10/2005 11:01 am ET by SallyBR1

MER02's picture

(post #43649, reply #51 of 88)

I used to swim a lot and am about to get back into it. (Starting today actually!)
Anyway, the point of the swim cap is not to keep your hair dry, but it is to keep your hair in one place and reduce the amount that your hair slows you down. It is much harder to swim with long hair than with it all in a nice slick cap.

Reconcile the fact that your hair is going to be wet. You are swimming. :) Put your hair in a bun with a rubber band. Standing in the water, fill up the cap with water and get it wet. Much easier to put on this way. Holding the left side with your left hand and the right side with your right hand, bend down and touch your forhead to the inside of the cap where it will be touching once on your head. In one quick movement, pull the cap, stretch it over your head and down. All the water will rush out of the cap and down your back. The big advantage to this method is that you will not have air pockets and you will not pull your hair out. This method does not hurt. If you want to do this in the shower, with clean water, then do it while you take your pre-swim shower. But that's a bit more akward.

good luck.

assibams's picture

(post #43649, reply #52 of 88)

The thin latex Speedo ones? We had to have those during school swimming. The best way with long hair is to hold your hair together (like a ponytail) and pull it up on the head then with the other hand pry the swim cap on from the neck forward. Others swore by the other way around - pulling the cap from the front to the back, but I found it easier like I did it. If the swim cap is wet it is easier to put on and won't tear your hair as much.


Oh, and your hair shouldn't be wet underneath, except for maybe the hairline in the neck.



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KarenP's picture

(post #43649, reply #53 of 88)

Edited to add: the hair thing: it was already pretty painful to put it on this morning, I don t know how I could get my hair inside in some other way. Maybe a different brand? Mine is a Speedo


I have always pulled my hair to the crown of my head to a ponytail, give it a twist, and roll into a someone bun shape. Hold that in place with one hand (I was always afraid to try to pin in in case the pins would stab  me) and with starting at the front of my head with the cap pull it back over my head.  Hopefully this makes sense and you could give that a try.  Your hair is always going to get at least damp, the cap is for the filtration system as Gretchen said.

TracyK's picture

(post #43649, reply #54 of 88)

This whole discussion is making my scalp hurt, LOL.

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MadMom's picture

(post #43649, reply #55 of 88)

Amen!  And it is bringing back painful memories of the agony of trying to put a swim cap on.  No wonder I just dogpaddle.



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Jean's picture

(post #43649, reply #56 of 88)

Seems like there are as many swimming cap methods as there are recipes for gumbo.

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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #43649, reply #61 of 88)

yup. we used to fill ours with water, hold it over our heads and then drop it. water everywhere.

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Astrid's picture

(post #43649, reply #62 of 88)

My speedo cap should be here next week, thank you for the reminders of how to put it on. I had forgotten how to do that, it has been a looong time since I've used one.

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soccermom's picture

(post #43649, reply #58 of 88)

<memories of the agony of trying to put a swim cap on>


Add the agony of putting a swimsuit on LOL, and swimming's a pretty depressing sport :)


 


 

 

 

ehBeth's picture

(post #43649, reply #57 of 88)

I use Assibams technique, and usually only have a bit of dampness at the back of my neck.  It took me about a week to get the particular twist and fold up move right.


Once I got used to the cap, I found I was more comfortable swimming, and didn't get distracted by what my hair was getting up to anymore.


 


 


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assibams's picture

(post #43649, reply #59 of 88)

Good, so my description is understandable, phew. I went back to reread and was getting ready to delete, because it sounded pretty weird and I was certain noone would be able to get what I had tried to describe.


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

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