Swim Caps Keep Black Woman in the Shallow End

The black community has been much less involved in water sports and activities due to a number of factors, but one alarming factor may be the possibility of getting their hair wet from swimming. Hair, a source of pride and heritage for black women, is responsible for keeping black women and girls in the shallow end because of something supposedly designed to keep hair dry: swim caps. One may think swim caps could be a solution, but they are almost never large enough to cover an afro nor are they fully repellant. There is a call for diverse caps and inclusive instruction as to how to put them on, as this lack of consideration is prohibiting and discriminating black woman from water-based fitness. 


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