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Ask the Expert: Latex vs. silicone swim caps?

December 19, 2007

Q: What's the difference between latex and silicone swim caps? Are silicone caps worth the extra cost? Lisa L., Austin TX

Margaret: It's helpful to wear a swim cap during your swim because it helps protect your hair from harsh chemicals and keeps the hair out of your face allowing you to concentrate on your workout. Latex caps are thinner and less expensive. On the flip side, silicone is non-allergic and more durable. Silicone caps are also easier to put on and remove and less likely to snag your hair. . However barring any latex allergies, it's a matter of personal preference of which style to wear.