I had an unusual challenge at the aforementioned family reunion. We had a formal banquet on Saturday evening. That in and of itself was not unusual; I'm sure many families do the same. But after traveling 15 hours to get there, living out of a suitcase, and taking two young children who EXPECTED to use the pool?
I worried just a touch about that formal evening.
Just in case, I had packed all my hair products and tools, so if I had to wash my hair, I could. But I didn't really want to add Memphis humidity to the mix of stress when it came to my hair on this already stressful trip.
So I wore my old lady swim cap.
This cap is tight, and I already had a headache, not to mention the fact that I'm usually ashamed to be seen in it. But I knew it would protect my hair from all the splashing involved with swimming with children. I also knew that I would have my hands full with my 3 year old who thinks she can swim, so I hold her as tightly as I can while simultaneously letting her kick and wiggle like a fish.
To my surprise, I got compliments for my cap! And I looked around and saw other women wearing clear shower caps, and I had to admit that my flower cap was actually pretty. And it went with my suit, so that was a bonus. I looked pulled together, in spite of myself.
I have also noted that this cap will keep the hair dry if you don't swim on your back, so that's a bonus too, if you're looking to swim without getting your hair wet.
I know, swimming and dry hair do not go together, and it sounds ridiculous to even mention it, but it really comes in handy if you're swimming laps in the 10 degree winter, or you go to a family reunion in Memphis and need to look good later that night.
cross posted at imswimming