Splish splash I was takin’ a…
Do you guys remember when The Boss and I went snorkeling on our honeymoon? I wore wet suit and a swim cap.
Well that was back in 2008. And for the last several years I’ve occasionally looked for proper swim hijabs without much luck. I did find one a few years ago that squeezed so tight around my face and was so loose around my head I looked like a fish with a dunce cap and unibrow swimming in the lap pool.
So the folks at Capsters sent me a swim hijab, which is my new favorite pool accessory. Yes, it just surpassed my nose plugs.
A quick side note. I want to say that I love Capsters because of my swim hijab, yes, but first for the work they put into designing a hijab that is FIFA approved. You guys might remember a few years ago when there was a major controversy around the Iranian women’s soccer team because the International Football Federation (FIFA) banned hijab. Apparently wearing hijab while playing posed a suffocation hazard.
So…I guess that means FIFA is currently working on banning teeth? I mean, there is an obvious danger of being bitten on the field. When I was growing up playing sports the only thing we worried about was getting concussed. Now we have to fear asphyxiation and man rabies. Times are changing. I blame social media. Thank you for reading my blog.
So there was a petition to lift the FIFA ban (which I proudly signed!) and then Capsters designed a hijab suitable for all levels of soccer play. GO WOMEN! But now it’s time to draw our attention to the International Basketball Association (FIBA’s) decision to…wait for it…BAN HIJAB.
This really needs to end you guys. And we can all help by spreading the word. I didn’t know about FIBA or the ban until earlier this year, but bringing attention to this type of discrimination is the first step in seeing change. And hopefully *when* the ban is lifted Capsters will design a FIBA approved hijab for girls and women!
Okay. Moving on…
So my swim hijab is super easy to put on and pull off and the material is sturdy, but light weight. And it has this sort of headband piece in the front that is snug-ish, but doesn’t cut off your face circulation.
So far I’ve been really comfortable with this hijab in the water though I did have to make a slight adjustment after that amazing jump of mine into the pool.
Depending on how small of a face-head combo you’re working with you could email Capsters and ask if they could size a hijab smaller for you. What works for me is wearing one of those skinny gripper/stay put/no slip grip headbands because it keeps all the little baby hairs/sideburns pulled back into the hijab since they can’t reach a ponytail/bun/braid.
Capsters is giving away one of their swim hijabs to a lucky reader! The winner will get to choose their color. This offer is open to readers in the U.S., Canada and Europe and ends July 21.