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      18.06.2011 17:55
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      A great addition to your swim wardrobe

      My boyfriend has been training for a triathlon and to keep him company while he has been training, I've taken up swimming. I do enjoy swimming and find it relaxing and beneficial, however I do not like the chlorine! 

      It dries out my hair and irritates my scalp. I bought a speedo swimming cap to protect my hair and skin from the harshness of the chemicals.

      *Price and availability* 

      The caps are prices at £1.99 which is a very competitive price. I bought mine from my local sport shop but they are widely available in stores and online. 

      *Description*

      The hats come in a variety of colours. I have a blue one that is slightly metallic looking. 

      The cap fits snuggly on the head and covers right from the top of my forehead to the bottom of my hair line. 

      I have longish hair but due to the style it won't go in a pony tail, so sometimes find it hard to scoop all the hair up. However it does all fit neatly inside, even if you had really long hair you shouldn't have a problem because the silicone is really stretchy. 

      The cap is really good quality and quite thick, this means it shouldn't tear or rip easily.

      *My experience* 

      The cap is great for what I want it for. It doesn't keep my hair completely dry but it does protect the majority of it. After use I end up with a red band on my forehead but it soon fades and it is just a sign of a tight fit.

      It does look ridiculous on but it stops my hair from getting in my face  and prevents me stopping every two minutes to tuck it behind my ears! 

      Another advantage is that the cap can reduce drag in the water, making you more streamlined and faster. Speedo advertise that their caps can reduce drag by 5% more than other swimming caps.

      *Overall*

      I am very happy with my cap. I have worn it many times and it is still in fantastic shape. 

      If they are good enough for Micheal Phelps then they are good enough for me!

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      16.06.2011 21:43
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      A must!

      The Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap is a classic - you can buy it in pretty much any fitness shop and swimming pool I've seen. It's available in a variety of colours and patterns, and costs between £1.99 and £3, depending on where you buy it from.

      If you swim regularly, it's vital to protect your hair from the chlorine, especially if you have any artificial colour in your hair. Chlorine, even when washed out later, can cause dry, brittle hair which snaps off, and can cause discolouration in coloured hair - a dull green on a peroxide blond is never a good look! Using a swim cap isn't just about protecting your hair, however. It's a handy tool in timesaving - if you use a swim cap you can fit in a swim before going about the rest of your day / night, without the worry of wet, unstyled hair.

      The cap is easy to pop on - I like to tie my hair back into a flat bun, as there's a lot of it, and then simply stretch the cap over my head, so it sits just under my hairline. It's a snug fit, but you get used to it, and even the most vigorous of swim sessions won't budge it, meaning your hair stays nice and dry. Then I like to dry off the rest of me (and dry the cap, too) before pulling it off my head. Cap goes in the swim bag ready for next time, and there you have it!

      It's so easy to use that I do think it's an essential for swimmers, especially regular swimmers. The cap has the Speedo logo to the side (or front, or back - depends how you wear it) and looks in place in the pool - they're so commonplace, everyone seems to have one. If you don't - I recommend it, they're a simple bit of kit, cheap, and oh so effective.

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      20.02.2011 12:41
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      So this is how it feels to be bald

      I have always been a huge fan of swimming, being a competitive swimmer in my youth, nothing is more relaxing than an hour or two swimming lengths in a swimming pool, when I was younger the stinging in your eyes and the dry hair afterwards felt like a badge of honour and the swimming cap felt like an uncomfortable, inconvenient necessity.....however!!

      I now realise that a swimming cap is very important for anyone with hair, mine isn't what it was, which means I have even more reason to protect it from the chlorine found swimming in any local swimming pool, therefore after months of washing and re-washing my hair after a swim i purchased a swimming cap.

      I bought the cap at my local baths for £3.99 but have subsequently bought 2 more in various colours (Blue and White) from the Speedo store in Covent Garden in bubble cap design which look quite funky and remind me of my nan's old shower cap. When you buy them they look insignificant, a small piece of silicone in a plastic wrapper. I have noticed from reviewing this that caps are available from Amazon for £1.99 so might need to check this out in the future for ease on my pockets.

      I like their style, they are always a plain colour with the speedo symbol on the side, I purchased a speedo swimming cap, as I have always associated these as the best brand for swimming products, I still think this today.

      Using the cap for the first time is easy, just be prepared for a bit of a sting, open the cap, put some talcum powder between either side of the hat and shake it about, this is to ensure the silicone doesn't stick together, then open as far as you can and place over your head. The cap should be tight enough not to allow water to seap in, but not so tight that you turn bright red or feel like your head will explode.

      I have three swimming caps simply because past experience has shown that sometimes the movement of pulling as wide as you can and placing over your head can rip a cap, which is unfortunate, but understandable.

      I would say that a swimming cap is light and easy to move around, it's not like having to carry football boots and shinpads to a match, it weighs as little as a handkerchief so is no hassle to take swimming with you, it looks fine, although you do stand out wearing one from the everyday swimmers, some will view you with suspicion, some will expect you to be much better than you are whilst others will simply give you funny looks as they doggy paddle down the length of the pool making your life utter hell as you tread water behind them trying not to sink due to their chronic slowness.

      The swimming cap is also a performance booster in the pool, by having your hair covered, this is sleeker in flowing through the water, adding a little bit of extra speed to your swimming as your hair doesn't drag you back and the hat literally allows you to just cut through the water.

      Overall I would say the Amazon price especially is excellent and well worth buying, the Speedo store has a fantastic selection depending on what you need them for, whilst your local swimming baths will generally offer them at double the price, because its one of those impulse buys where they can charge what they like.

      Speedo is the last word for me in swimming excellence and this is a top quality item, it is definitely worth buying them for your kids too to protect their hair from the damaging chlorine found in swimming pools.

      A 5 out of 5 product from a tried and trusted swimming product provider, it's not something you could use anywhere other than the swimming baths, i've seen the odd person wear them in those freezing lakes people jump into on Christmas day, but I think this is more to protect from the cold than anything, and have once used mine in my bath when I was 10 as I wanted to evolve into a swimming machine before a county race and wanted the cap to feel like it was part of my body (But this is another story and it was only in the bath and not around the house, or in bed!).

      A great reliable product available at good prices.

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        19.01.2011 17:16
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        Great for regular swimmers to keep the chlorine smell at bay.

        As a swimmer and triathlete, I have been through numerous swimming hats over the last few years and I seem to accumulate a lot from races. One of my favourite and most comfortable ones was a blue Speedo hat that I was given at a race last year.

        As I swim up to 6 hours a week, the chlorine in my hair was starting to be a problem as you can still smell it, even after washing. I therefore swim with a hat most of the time to try to protect my hair and to hopefully make me a bit more streamlined through the water. I didn't actually use this hat until about 6 months ago as the one I was using before was fine until it ripped.

        The hat that I have is a dark blue colour and measures 24cm x 20cm and has a small Speedo logo in one corner on each side. This size for me is perfect as it can be put on quite easily without too much of a struggle. As I don't have long hair, I don't have the problem of having to tuck long hair in. When on, it fits quite snug over my hair and comes just over my forehead and over half my ears. When putting your goggles on over a swim hat, you should make sure that no part of the lens actually goes over the hat, otherwise you won't get a proper seal round your eyes and your goggles will leak. The hat is made of a thin latex-like material that makes it very flexible and also very durable. I am still using this hat today and there is no noticeable wear to it.

        I'm not sure if I actually get any aerodynamic advantage from it but I always like to think so as it makes me feel quicker. I have noticed that since using swimming hats, there is less of a chlorine smell on getting out the pool and it is easier to wash out. My hair also stays a lot drier, however this isn't too much of an issue for me but it may be for those with longer hair.

        I have seen these in shops and on the internet for around £2-£3 and for the money I believe they are excellent value for money. They can come in a variety of colours and should keep your hair a bit drier than without one. I would highly recommend one for anyone who is a keen swimmer. 5/5 rating because of the great practical product it is.

        Thank you for reading!

        This review may also appear on Ciao under the same username.

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          15.12.2010 09:38
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          A valuable piece of equipment for any regular swimmer

          Every year my husband's family go to Switzerland to climb mountains in the Alps. A little over a year after my (now) husband and I started dating I was invited to join them on holiday. I knew they were a very active family and wanted to make sure I was in tip top physical shape so I would be able to keep up with them on their adventures. I also suffer from mild asthma, so I knew the altitude might be a problem for me. At the time I lived in south central Texas- hardly the place to altitude train. Somewhere I heard that swimming was the best way to prepare for mountaineering without mountains.

          I started going swimming for an hour 3-5 times a week. I quickly realized I had two problems. First, I have long hair. Indoor pools tend to have very high chlorine contents (to keep the water from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria). Chlorine is certainly not your hair's best friend. It was quickly causing my hair to go from dry to straw-like. Second, I had a tumor near my eye removed when I was a small child. It left a teaspoon shaped indention between my right eye and temple. No matter how tight I made my goggles, water poured into that eye. Enter the Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap.

          The Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap is a stretchy, molded piece of silicone without any seams. It comes in a variety of colours including (but not limited to) black, several shades of blue, red, white and pink. They also come in a variety of prints. I bought mine in the USA for about $6, but there are quite a few on Amazon.co.uk for about £2 plus shipping.

          To use, stretch it over your head. It will cover from forehead to the base of your neck. It can be worn either entirely covering the ears or partially covering the ears. It protects your hair from the chlorine (and makes you more aerodynamic- well, that's not the right word since you are in water; it reduces your drag). Some people can manage to keep their hair entirely dry using this swim cap, but I always ended up with damp (or wet) hair near the edges. But in any case, it helped protect my hair from exposure to chlorine and reduced how much my hair tangled. Problem one sorted.

          Now, my second problem is quite unique, but I am going to describe how the swimming cap helped on the rare chance someone reading might have a similar problem. The dent in my head near my eye caused my goggles to leak. I solved this problem by shaping a silicone ear plug (like some swimmers use to keep water out of their ears) to fill the dent. This was held in place both by the goggles and the swimming cap. Without the cap, it would not stay in place.

          The Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap fits quite tightly. I found it quite comfortable, although my ears would become a bit sore from time to time from being pressed under the cap for long periods of time. I did not have problems with the cap leaving red marks on my forehead (as some other people have described). The cap is thick and high quality. It should not tear under normal use. I used mine several times a week for about a year without any visible wear. I suppose, it might stretch out a bit in time. For me, in the year I used it, it became slightly more comfortable (better molded to my head, but also perhaps a tiny bit looser).

          For the price, I see the Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap as extremely good value for money. After all, the cap helped to protect both my hair and my right eye.

          This review is also on ciao under the same username.

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            06.12.2010 00:46

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            Would recommend to anyone of all ages.

            I bought this Speedo Adults Unisex Silicone Swimming Cap when on holiday abroad. It was compulsory to wear a swimming cap in the indoor pool and I've heard of the Speedo brand before so opted for this swimming cap.

            They had several variations of colours available and it was very affordable to buy. They all seemed to feature a white Speedo logo and on some of the packets looked like it was starting to fade.

            I found it was easy to put on and fitted my head nice and snug, although when it was time to take it off it would require some effort and pulling force and once off would leave a red line across my forehead that would take all night to subside.

            When in the pool it fell off once after diving in. Instead of going to the bottom of the pool, it came up and floated for me to easily come along and pick it up.

            For a swimming cap it is very durable. Even when pulled about the 100% silicone cap seems to go back to its original mould fairly well. It is also lightweight to hold and fits easily into the pocket of swimming trunks.

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            30.11.2010 14:56
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            Great, inexpensive item that can save your hair!

            'How on earth can you get excited about a swimming cap?' I hear you cry. 'We've had words about this rubber fetish previously!'

            Well, for me this cap is an absolute essential. Why? Because I have dyed hair. It's coloured what I would describe as a bright and vibrant red (though other people seem to prefer the term 'GIIIIINGER!'). I use henna to do this because I'm a bit of a hippy at heart. The only disadvantage of the process, however, is that henna and chlorine don't seem to mix well. If I don't get a reasonably tight seal from a swimming cap, within a couple of hours of hitting the pool, my hair is liable to dry to an equally vibrant, but less aesthetically pleasing, green.

            Hence the importance of the swimming cap.

            So why this swimming cap in particular? Well, for a start it seals really tightly - my hair emerges from the pool in an all-but-dry state. This is great for my dye, but also for my scalp, which doesn't get nasty and itchy a bit later. However, the cap manages to achieve this without being overly tight - I can easily get it over my long hair and it's not difficult to remove either (there's nothing worse than shivering while you try to get the damn thing off once you're done exercising).

            Secondly, the material on the cap is really smooth - this is a long way from those bobbly old lady versions that appear to be made out of bath mats. This reduces drag in the water and assists you in swimming more quickly. I am absolutely convinced that it makes a difference to my speed in the pool, even though I'm hardly an elite athlete.

            Thirdly, it's cheap - costing just £2-£4. That's a darn sight cheaper than redying your hair or splashing out on expensive conditioner.

            The only disadvantage is that the rubber can be a bit sticky at the start of its life. But this is nothing that a sprinkling of old-fashioned talc won't sort out.

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              28.11.2010 11:30
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              Great swimming cap

              Me and my boyfriend like to go swimming now and again on a Saturday morning, and as we are going to mexico early next year we are both trying to get more toned up, so we have been going swimming every week recently.

              One thing I have noticed since going swimming every week is my hair is now a mess! It feels so dry and brittle, especially when I just get out the pool and wash my hair, it is so hard to brush and manage. I was reading up on the internet why this is, and apparently chlorine is really bad for your hair!

              So I decided to invest in a swimming cap to use whilst swimming. I bought this speedo swimming cap from Debenhams whilst I was in there last week. It actually cost me £5, and it is a nice baby blue colour, which I think is quite expensive as I have seen them a lot cheaper, but it is a really nice colour, and as swimming caps are so ugly I thought this colour would maybe make me feel a bit better about having to wear one!

              This cap comes in a nice plastic wallet which you roll the hat up into, so it keeps it small and compact and easy to just put in your bag. It fits really well, it has quite a tight fit so no water at all can get to my hair, but after wearing it for more than half an hour it actually gets really uncomfortable as it is so tight. It is made of silicone which is stretchy and it stretches easy enough to put onto your head. Although if they are wet I find it a bit more difficult.

              These speedo swimming caps have no pattern on or anything they are just plain with the speedo logo on them. They come in a range of colours, red, blue, black, I think my colour is a rare colour I haven't seen anybody with the same one on before.

              Overall, they just do exactly what they are supposed to do! They cover up and protect your hair from the water and are really easy to wash and store away.

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                26.11.2010 19:18
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                It's Cheap And It Works. What More Do You Want?

                I've been doing a bit of swimming recently as I've found too much running about training for the charity run in March 2011 is taking it's toll on my old knees. Swimming however, is low impact, and although I swim like an anvil, I've been trying my best to keep my head above water as much as possible.

                One thing I really hate about swimming apart from being told off for bombing by a life guard who looks about 12.... and anyway I wasn't actually bombing, I was diving and it went a bit wrong! Anyway, what I really hate is having my hair all wet and full of chlorine, not that I've got that much hair but hey, what I have, I cherish!

                So, I decided to invest £1.99 in a swimming cap. (Is that Dame Shirley Bassey I hear, singing hey big spender?) .

                Actually it's not just a swimming cap, it's a Speedo Adults Unisex Silicone Swimming Cap.

                Catchy name eh?

                I chose Speedo as I knew the name, and it's the only Speedos that I'll be wearing in the pool!!!

                I guess it's handy that it's unisex, so at least the wife can borrow it, unless we go swimming together. I mean it is quite stretchy, but that would be ridiculous.

                In my opinion, this is a great swimming cap as it's easy to get on, stays on your head, keeps all the nasties out of your hair and it's easy to remove and throw in your swim bag.

                The silicone means that it's soft and moulds to your head and in all honesty, you forget that you have it on.

                I'm not sure that I glide through the water any better with this on but with my technique, that isn't a surprise.

                They appear to come in various colours, mine is blue, but I've seen red, white and black bobbing about in the pool.

                All in all, for £1.99 this is a bargain and certainly does the job.

                Highly recommended by me, I'm giving it 5 stars.

                Thanks for reading.

                Moon Out.

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                  18.11.2010 08:04
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                  A tight fitting but comfortable swimming cap by Speedo, keeps the water away!

                  I go swimming usually once or twice a week, depending on how much time I have, and having coloured hair, I worry about the effect that the exposure to chlorine might have on my locks. I've heard some horror stories about people's hair turning green or becoming brittle due to the chemicals in the pool, so purchased one of these Speeds Silicone Swimming Caps from the swimming pool and sports centre I go to. I paid £2.50 for the cap, which isn't bad as although you can get them for £1.99 in some places, the swimming pool people did have one when I needed it the most, and I didn't have to make a special trip to buy one.

                  I have a plain black version of the Speedo cap, but they are also available in a range of colours including pink and blue that I've seen. I'm sure there are other varieties though.

                  I have very long hair, so I was initially worried that it might not all get into the cap, but I was proved wrong. Most swimming caps are fiddly to get on due to their stretchy, rubbery (or in this case silicone) nature, and this Speedo cap is no exception. I had to wrap my hair into a high bun at the back of my head before re-attempting to put the cap on, as it was proving too fiddly to put on with my hair half loose. Once secured though, the swimming cap looked as nice on as swimming caps can (they're not generally attractive) and with the Speedo logo on the side of the cap, I at least looked like I knew what I was doing!

                  The Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap is made from 100% silicone, and fits tightly but comfortably around my head and hair when I'm swimming. The silicone formed a watertight barrier against my head, and after swimming for an hour, and taking the cap off, I found that the hair underneath was nice and dry.

                  The only thing I have found is that my head tends to get quite hot in the cap if I'm not putting my head under the water a lot - I'm guessing that cools it down, but that's not a bit problem, and as long as the chemicals are kept away from my hair, that's the main thing.

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                  18.11.2010 00:55
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                  A reasonably priced swim cap that does just what you need it to do!

                  As I am a fairly regular visitor to the gym these days and I love a good swim it's imperative to me that I protect my hair. This is mainly because I don't want to end up washing it every single day and then having to dry and straighten it to achieve the look that I like.

                  I purchased my silicone swimming cap from my gym for £4.00 and while it's available cheaper online it was convenient for me at the time so I didn't mind paying a little bit more. The swim cap that I have is a red/pink colour and this is designed to be a one size fits all product.

                  I have noticed quite a few women in the gym wearing this same coloured swim cap so I'm guessing that it is quite popular with people and not just me (probably why they have such a big mark up from the £1.99 online price!).

                  The cap itself is made of silicone and is quite thick. It can be rolled up small and will easily slide in to one of the side pockets of my rucksack that I use to transport all my gym equipment. The colour is quite inoffensive but I don't really mind anywhere as I'm only going swimming so it's not like I look particularly fashionable anyway with my hair covered up!

                  The cap is a little stiff to pull over your head and it does graze my hair a little bit. I, personally, find it best to pin my hair back before I pull the cap over the top and then pull it right down to my ears to ensure that all hair is covered. I do find that there are usually a few stray wisps of hair that end up exposed and therefore got soaked when I am in the pool and subsequently these strands will go frizzy when I don't bother to dry them. This isn't too much of a problem though as these bits are usually at the base of my neck and they are covered by my hair when wearing it down so it's not really noticeable to anyone but me.

                  The cap works well, I can swim lengths for up to 30 minutes at a time and I haven't found it to let me down yet. Also, I like to go underwater quite a bit and it's been very good at staying close to my head and watertight. My hair is always nice and dry when I remove the cap and it just saves me so much time if I am visiting the gym quite regularly. I also find that I can glide through the water quite well when diving or doing turns and this is another plus point for me as it's not restrictive in any way. The cap feels very comfortable when I am wearing it and I don't feel like it's cutting off the circulation at all.

                  The cap is very easy to keep clean and I just wipe mine with a damp, soapy sponge from time to time to ensure that it's clean and hygienic. I think that the price is very reasonable and while it takes me a few minutes to grapple my hair in place it's well worth it for not having to dry and straighten my hair every single day. Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this product and it has not failed me yet, unlike some previous swim caps I have used!

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                    26.10.2010 02:00
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                    Useful when swimming

                    When I am swimming its good to be able to just get on with swimming and not worry about my hair getting in the way. Times like that are when my Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap comes in very handy.

                    My Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap is a plain blue cap with the Speedo logo on it on the side. I think the minimal look of the swim cap is just what I need, as I bought it for using it rather than posing in.

                    When I first got my swim cap it was as a replacement for another one I had before and I just hoped it would be as good as my old one was. Once I got used to the Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap I liked it more than the other one.


                    The Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap is light and easy to take with me in my swim or gym bag and it is small enough to roll up or fold if I need to store it when I don't have much space left in my bag.

                    I paid £2.99 for my Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap which I think is about the right price for it. You can pay more for fancier swim caps, but I just wanted a plain one so it wasn't worth shelling out extra for a fancy design.

                    When I use the swim cap its easy to slip on, but it can catch in my hair sometimes which I don't much like. I think this is a downside but as it doesn't happen all the time I can handle it.

                    The Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap is easy to care for as its made from 100% silicone. It stops my hair from becoming damaged by chlorine when swimming in the pool and also makes me more streamlined in the water.

                    If you can pick up a Speedo Silicone Swimming Cap cheaply I would recommend it as I have had plenty of wear from mine and its still going strong.

                    Many sports shops sell these and they are also sold online, which makes them easy to get hold of when you need one.

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                    16.10.2010 17:01
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                    good swimming aid

                    The days of swimming at school were always accompanied with the faithful Speedo caps. No trip to the local pool would be complete without a hoard of children lined up in these caps like penguins. So while the teacher stood at the side of the pool and barked orders for us to dive for bricks in pyjamas, totally pointless of course...I have never had to rescue a brisk, we would brave the cool waters in these caps. At the time they seemed pointless, but now I realise how practical Speedo caps actually are.

                    You can buy them for about three pounds from all leading sports stores. They come in a range of colours, so if you fancied pink or mauve then you probably could. They I am not sure pink would go with my bright green trunks these days. Made from a rubbery sort of silicone, the cap will stretch to fit over any head. They can be tricky to get to grips with at first and sometimes a little talc can be used to soften the blow and make them easier to fit. You simply pull over the head and stretch down just above the ear. While on, the cap keeps hair protected and out of water's way. It is pretty much air tight and you can go swimming and then whip it off and resume your everyday chores without worrying about the hair.

                    On the downside, it can mess the hair up and leave it a little straggly on top, because it does scrunch the hair down quite a lot. While on the head, the comfort levels are good though, it does not feel pinched and the caps last for ages. I think mine did me for a couple of years before it got a small tear on the bottom of it. Handy for swimming professionally or in private. It dries fast too and is easy to roll up into a sports bag, making it a very good buy.

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                    Recommended.

                    Following my back surgery last year, my physiotherapist advised me to take up swimming regularly because it would help strengthen my muscles, in particular the muscles in my back. So, I try to go swimming at least four or five times a week - and as I have long hair (down to my waist) it suits me to be able to wear a swim-cap to limit the inconvenience associated with going swimming.

                    As many of you are no doubt aware, the Speedo range is probably the most widely available swimming range in the UK and so it was the easiest to get my hands on. I actually purchased my swimming cap from JJB Sports for £3.99. There is a wide range of colours available, which actually isn't that important to me, but I opted for a white one as that seemed the most neutral colour.

                    This particularly swimming cap is made of silicone - which means that it is not only stretchy and provides a perfect fit, but that it is also very lightweight and takes up literally no room whatsoever in my swim bag. In addition to this, the swim cap is also very durable and is not prone to damage - and despite having it over six months and using it many times a week, the swimming cap remains looking like new.

                    Despite having long hair, my hair fits inside very well and my hair remains perfectly dry - although occassionally I may get a few strands wet if I'm careless when putting it on. I do however find it simple to put on - although I do feel there is a bit of a knack to it which clicks within a few times of using it. I've found it is important to put it on back first - and then snap it over the front.

                    All in all, I recommend this swimming cap for anyone who wants to keep a dry head when swimming.

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                      An excellent swimming cap at an extremely affordable price.

                      A number of years ago I was advised that regular swimming would not only be beneficial for my arthritis, but over time would also help to strengthen my lungs and therefore make my very severe asthma somewhat easier to control. I have always enjoyed swimming so was pleased to be given this advice, and from that day on I have visited my local swimming baths at least once per week when my health allows.

                      For me, a swimming cap is an absolute necessary. As you can probably see from my profile photograph my hair is almost completely grey now, but up until around eighteen months ago I used to have blond highlights threaded through the grey to give my hair a lift. As I'm sure you all know, bleached hair and chlorine do not always go well together - and I learned this the hard way while swimming the day after having my blonde highlights done. Yes, I came out of the water with a decidedly green tinge to my hair.

                      Since that day I have not set foot into the pool without my trusty Speedo Swimming Cap. This brand is sold in the majority of swimming pools and leisure centres, prices of course will vary so you should expect to pay between £2 and £4 depending on where you purchase your cap from. The range of colours available is huge, obviously it will depend on the size of the shop within your leisure centre as to what colours are available at the time of your visit but should you be after a specific colourway then I suggest you have a look on Amazon or in an actual sports shop.

                      I personally favour the lighter pastel coloured swimming caps, the pale blue one in particular is a very nice shade and for those who like to stand out even less than me there is white or a lovely subtle lemon colour. The Speedo logo is placed on the side of the swimming cap, on some designs it's repeated on both sides but on mine it is printed so that it sits only to the right of my head.

                      Being a silicone cap it will fold extremely small, you may be forgiven for thinking that such a very thin cap will not last very well - let me assure you, this is the most durable swimming cap I have ever used. I recall the very thick and bulky swimming caps of the 1980's, which in regard to their thickness were on a par with rubber bath mats. This Speedo silicone design is fabulous, it will dry out in the short time it takes me to dry myself and get dressed after swimming and even if folded and stuffed into a swimming bag while still wet is not prone to perishing or shrinkage.

                      I have owned this same swimming cap for around nine months now, and my previous cap was also a Speedo one which lasted for well over a year - only being replaced due to the fact that I left it behind after swimming one day. As time goes on they do not lose their elasticity and still fit beautifully snug on my head, allowing me to go swimming without wetting even a strand of hair (providing I've tucked it all in, of course!).

                      When I first bought one of these caps I was a little worried as it looked so tight, and although stretchy I was worried it would pull and tug at my hair during swimming. This is certainly not the case, however, and even the act of pulling on the cap is very straightforward due to the level of stretch the cap provides and also because the silicone is extremely flexible.

                      I have short hair so obviously my experience will be different to those of you with long flowing locks. Yesterday, in the interests of this review, I surreptitiously watched a lady piling a huge amount of hair into her Speedo swimming cap and it looked to be a straightforward and simple affair. I did notice she had plaited her hair prior to putting the cap on, so perhaps that is the trick for those of you with longer hair than I have.

                      If you find the cap is a little tricky to put on to start with I'd suggest pouring a little talcum powder inside (or spraying with Bastise, as I saw one lady do recently). This will obviously mean your hair will probably need washing after swimming (or at the very least, a good brushing) but it will help you learn the knack of putting on such a thin swimming cap without pulling your hair out at the same time.

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