Designed for people with thick, curly, long, voluminous and dread-locked hair, the Soul Swim Cap is a larger cap that solves a problem for swimmers who struggle to cover their long locks. Made from 100% premium silicone that’s latex- and chemical-free, the Soul Cap comes in various sizes and is made to protect hair from saltwater, rain and chlorine, while also keeping it dry and tangle-free.
Soul Cap is a UK-based, Black-owned brand founded by best friends Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed. The pair started the company to create swim caps designed to accommodate voluminous Black hair. The caps have now found a diverse audience of swimmers who have been looking for a cap to suit their unique hair needs. Soul Cap advocates for diversity in aquatics—in 2020, they partnered with Olympic swimmer Alice Dearing, the first Black woman to swim for the UK—and work with Empowered Swimming and TankProof. These organizations provide free swimming education to disadvantaged communities, as well as access to swimwear that fits via Soul Cap designs. Clean by hand with mild soap and water.
Material100% Premium Silicone
Year of Design2021
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“Our biggest challenge was putting together a range of different sizes to cover most hair types. We tested different size variations on several different fit models, including family and friends. Then we mass tested the caps on those who were struggling with existing caps and the volume of their hair.”
“We believe that Soul Cap has given people the benefit of not having to choose between their hair and a sport they love. On a wider note, we think that highlighting the issue around lack of diversity in swimming has made a big impact. We’re excited to keep pushing the boundaries for greater equity in the sport.”
“We work with grassroots organizations such as Empowered Swimming, a group that provides free swimming education and access to swimwear that fits from Soul Cap. Empowered Swimming’s founder, Taj Omari, is a supporter of increased diversity and inclusion in swimming.”
Founded in the UK by best friends Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed-Salawudeen, Soul Cap is a Black-owned brand specializing in swim caps designed to accommodate voluminous hair. The idea for Soul Cap was conceived in 2017 when Chapman and Ahmed-Salawudeen decided to learn together how to swim. “One day we met a woman with afro hair who struggled with the size of her swimming cap,” Chapman recalls. “And that got us thinking: Why weren’t there more products for people blessed with voluminous hair?” The final product, available in five sizes, can be worn by people of all hair types. In 2020, SOUL CAP partnered with Alice Dearing, one of the world’s top marathon swimmers and the only Black swimmer currently representing the UK.
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