I went swimming for the second time in two weeks yesterday, and unfortunately my old swimming cap which is more than a decade old, was too loose. It still fits my head but the sides and back aren’t tight enough, which will cause the cap to shift underwater.
So what did I do? I decided to enter the pool without my cap, and with just my swimming goggles. Big misjudgment there. The moment I submerged my head below the water for a breaststroke, my long fringe would obstruct the front of my goggles. I took a break by the side of the pool and tried to wedge my fringe under the goggle straps, kind of like an improvised headband… but to no avail. I continued with the inconvenience anyway, mindful of the fact that I had trouble seeing what was more than two metres ahead of me.
Thirty minutes later I promptly and accidentally, hit someone swimming in front of me. No big deal, just a minor bump and both of us were unhurt.
I got the hint by then: Don’t go swimming without a cap if you have long hair. Not just because it might obstruct your vision, but also because chlorinated water has a really nasty effect on long hair. The cap is supposed to help shield your hair from chlorine. It won’t protect your hair completely, but it slows down the negative effects. More than twenty-four hours later as I am typing this, my hair still feels dry, brittle, and extremely hard to style with a hair brush.
The irony of it all? I have to trim my hair anyway by the first week of April because of reservist. Such are the tough trials and tribulations of trying to grow long hair as a Singapore male.