Monday, November 20, 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Does your kid wear a swim cap during lessons? There are so many great reasons to wear one, from protecting your luscious locks to staying aerodynamic when you're in the water. Whatever the reason, swim caps can be troublesome - especially when you're trying to get one on a kid.
Check out the video for two straightforward ways to get that swim cap on!
Pull your hair back into a bun, ensuring it's all secured behind your head. Remember that you should be able to split the strap on your goggles to go on either side of your bun or ponytail, even when you have a swim cap on. Place your hair accordingly. Once your hair is secured, bow your torso forward with your swim cap in both hands. Align the front peak of the cap with your forward, then pull back from there to fit the rest of your head inside. Stand up and adjust!
With a friend:
Once your hair is secured, have a friend stand in front of you holding the back section of the swim cap. Grab the front portion with both hands and bow to align your head with the peak of the cap. Once you're in position, have your buddy pull the back of the cap over the rest of your head. Stand up and adjust.
This method works well for parents helping a child put on their swim cap, as it leaves the trickier part of stretching the cap over the head to the helper, rather than the wearer.
Does your child wear a swim cap to swim lessons? Share your tips and stories in the comments! And, we'd love for you to join us on Facebook and Twitter. Happy swimming!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Most parents will admit that maintaining a kid's long hair can be a struggle (even when it's not soaked with pool water). It can be a distraction for kids, especially those who are still learning.
As a swim parent, it makes a lot of sense to master at least a couple hair styles you can bust out when it comes time to hit the pool.
In this video, we take you through three hair-do's that keep long locks out of the eyes and looking great!
Ponytail & Barrettes
This style is simple and easy to pull off for any parent, no matter their skill level with long hair. Brush back the front section and tie it off - either with a sturdy barrette or an elastic. Then, brush the remaining hair back into a sleek ponytail. Quick and easy!
This style might look complex, but it's actually pretty straightforward to pull off! Part the hair horizontally on the back of your head. Split the top most section into two ponytails and tie off with elastics. Then, combine these two ponytails with the remaining hair into one larger ponytail. Approximately two inches down the ponytail, add another elastic to create a small section. Continue creating these sections until you reach the end of the ponytail.
Brush the hair onto one side of the head. At the top of the head, start a dutch braid (or inside out french braid). Pull hair from all the way around the head so that the braid falls off to the side. This one takes a lot of practice, but once you nail it it'll become your go-to, for swim lessons and everything else!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Have you ever got your kid's hair caught in the band of their goggles? It HURTS. This week's video takes you through how to put on your child's goggles - without pulling out any of their hair.
A few quick tips on goggles before you watch:
- Size them to your child's head before you head to your lesson. Goggles can be tricky to adjust and nobody wants them to leak or come off mid-lesson.
- You know how the band on most goggles splits into two parts on the back of your head? This is actually meant to secure them better - make sure you separate the band slightly once you get them on. (check out the video for a demonstration)
- For kids with ponytails, the band should split on either side of their hair. This will keep their goggles stable and their hair out of their way!
Any other tips on how to put on goggles? Leave them in the comments!