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At long last, you’ve decided wearing helper hair is your next step.
You’ve researched the style to try, you’ve settled on a color, and you’re THISCLOSE to pulling the trigger on that first purchase.
But, something hits you like a ton of bricks.
How in the heck do you swim with wigs or toppers?
The one thing I truly believe throughout hair-wearing is that you can do anything—I repeat ANYthing—you would normally do, in your new, fab hair.
Even swimming. Yes, even swimming! You just need to adjust your expectations a bit.
Let’s talk about how swimming works with both a wig and a topper.
Can You Swim in a Wig?
The short answer is yes, but you’ll need to be aware of a few things.
I highly recommend that you swim ONLY in a cheap, synthetic wig.
1) Chlorine and salt will wreak havoc on your hair. If you’ve spent some serious money on human hair, the last thing you want to do is shorten its lifespan, right?
2) Splashing around is ok, but if you plan to submerge your head at all, the wig will stretch out if it’s both wet and taut on your head.
In my opinion, shortening the lifespan of a wig and having it stretch out a little is fine if I’ve spent only a few hundred bucks on a wig, but if I’ve spent a ton of money (maybe even thousands) on human hair?
If you’re just laying by the pool or playing in the pool with the kids, but not doing any major swimming, wearing any synthetic as your normally would in regular day-to-day activities is probably fine.
(“But, Lauren, if I’m just sunbathing, can’t I just wear my human hair?”
Please don’t. The sun will do nothing but oxidize and fade the color. I still think it’s best to use synthetic even when just sitting around by the pool!)
Speaking of sun bathing, sunhats can be difficult with helper hair, so a visor is a good way to keep the sun out of your face. You’ve probably seen these visors—they don’t close in the back so they are easily adjusted no matter how much hair you are wearing on your head.
Also, since I wear longer hair, I’d probably do a cute side-braid or something to keep cooler.
If you are wanting to do some sort of water sport or fully submerge your hair, then you need a few tools to keep that puppy secure.
Even though it might seem a little cumbersome, I’d recommend the WiGrip under your wigs to make sure it does not slip back—especially if the force of the water via swimming threatens to push your wig back (you may recall reading about this product in my post about wearing wigs in a ponytail).
If you’re worried about how the hair will look after it gets wet, particularly at the hairline, you could always wear a cloth headband or a bandana over the hairline. A sport headband might be a good solution, and I’ll talk more about this in just a minute.
Can You Swim in a Topper?
There are considerations to take into account with swimming in a hair topper as well.
I still recommend synthetic hair, since chlorine and salt can be very damaging to any kind of hair fiber. Preserve that human hair, and only take risks with synthetic!
Splashing around or sunbathing is super-easy in a topper. I’ve done this a zillion times.
If you want to go underwater or doing any sort of water sport, you MUST secure your topper with something.
Not only do you want the extra security that your hair won’t fly off the second a wave hits you, but, your bio hair is extra fragile when it’s wet.
You want to be 100% sure that the topper clips will NOT pull on your delicate hair. So, it’s necessary to use something to ensure the topper doesn’t budge.
One good solution is a sport headband.
There are several different ways to wear this product (it’s so versatile!), including like a headband/hairband.
This will work to both keep your hair out of your eyes, help with any hairline issues, and ensure your topper stays in place in the water.
Hair Under Hat Products
There are some products worth checking out if you’re looking to have the look of hair under a hat. These would work if you’re 100% bald, or they can be placed over your bio hair.
Milano makes “hat falls“. These hats have human hair attached to them, so it just looks like you are wearing a hat. With this particular product, you can wear any hat.
These are great for vacations!
Milan also makes velcro hat falls. Basically you pick the hair, then pick the hat. The hair is attached to any of their special hats with velcro.
Hip Hats with Hair is another company that will use human hair under a hat…the site is a bit difficult to navigate but their products come recommended by other hair-wearers.
How to Swim With Wimpy Bio Hair
Prefer to forgo the wig or topper while swimming? You can always make do with a stretchy headband and a ponytail bun…I’ve done this before for a cute, casual look.
They are really inexpensive, so if it gets ruined, no big deal!
There you have it, friends. My semi-ultimate guide to swimming with helper hair.
It does take some planning, but you can enjoy all the summertime activities you are used to, even if you wear hair.
Those that wear hair, how do you get around this issue?
Those of you considering hair, do you think any of these solutions could work for you?