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Best friends for over two decades, Michael and Toks decided to learn how to swim together. One day, the duo met a woman with afro hair who explained her struggles with the size of her swimming cap.
Unfortunately, many swim caps do not take into account thick hair. This observation prompted the two to create Soul Cap. It is a brand that sells extra-large swimming caps “created for swimmers who struggle with their hair.”
The brand founders “went through dozens of designs and sourced hundreds of different samples to find the products and manufacturers that met [their] high standards.”
Many people were introduced to the brand after searches for larger swimming caps began trending on Google. This was a result of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) banning the brand’s swimming caps at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
The organization claimed that “the athletes competing at the international events never used, neither require to use, caps of such size and configuration.”
“For younger swimmers, feeling included and seeing yourself in a sport at a young age is crucial,” Soul Cap co-founder Toks Ahmed wrote in a recent Instagram post. “FINA’S recent dismissal could discourage many younger athletes from pursuing the sport as they progress through local, county, and national competitive swimming.”
Despite the controversy, Soul Cap is innovatively tackling a niche market. The brand is pushing for more Black people to feel supported while they swim. However, these caps are also great for any and everyone with thicker hair. The caps come in a variety of sizes and colors.
Soul Cap XL, $16.99
This cap has extra room to help hair fit comfortably. It’s also available in three different colors.
Soul Cap Jr, $12.99+
This is a swimming cap specifically for kids to help keep their hair healthy and safe while in the water.
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