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My daughter just finished another season of high school swim and had one of the best season's of her career to date. Her hair also survived the season better than it ever has before, too!! So, what was in her swim bag this season? Let's take a look:
The biggest difference this year (apart from her dropping times meet after meet), was that her hair did not get trashed this year from the chlorine! Prevention really is your best friend when it comes to protecting your hair and skin from the damaging effects of chlorine.
We invested in some good quality hair/body products this season. Triswim makes a line of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion that removes the chlorine from the hair/body and then protects it. We bought the travel size set of the Triswim products to put in her swim bag and got the full size ones for home and refilling the small ones.
She also found that if she put a little conditioner in her hair before she put it up in a silicone swim cap, that it helped to protect it even more. Silicone swim caps are thicker and more gentle on the hair than the latex ones.
Even though most pools have kickboards and pull buoys that can be borrowed for training, my daughter prefers to use her own pull buoy to work on just her upper body strength during her strokes. The short fins make working on leg strength and endurance more effective. The shorter fins provide more resistance that the traditional length fins. I like that you can purchase the shorter fins – we used to always have to buy the long ones and cut the tips off. The pull buoy, fins and other wet equipment goes into a mesh bag for transport and to dry out.
Rounding out her essentials is a quick-dry, microfiber towel that does not take up a ton of space in her swim bag and her favorite Vanquisher goggles. Everything gets packed into the Speedo backpack that has plenty of compartments for caps, goggles, hair care supplies, a sealed compartment for wet suits, and room for dry clothes for after practice.
High school swim season may be over, but in a few short months it will be time for summer swim season!