Hello, my name is Joanne. I live in London I am the creator of Swimscarf. I wanted to design a swim cap for long hair that keeps hair dry, is stylish, comfortable and versatile. I am passionate about fashion and advocate healthy living. I have an active lifestyle and am a single mother of two children.
The challenges that come with bringing up two children on my own has had a huge impact on my health, with my youngest being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
A few years ago, my blood pressure shot up to dangerous levels. My doctor recommended swimming to get my blood pressure down. However, as a child, I avoided swimming because my mum did an agonising routine of washing, combing out my hair and using a hot comb to straighten it which sometimes burnt my ears.
Having followed the doctor’s advice, I have lowered my blood pressure and love swimming.
I have not taken any conventional medication to control my condition and have been living a healthy lifestyle by eating well, drinking green smoothies and swimming on a regular basis.
On holiday, I longed to jump into the pool but didn’t want to get my hair wet. I hated wearing my regular swim cap, as it was too tight and I didn’t like how I looked. It was very uncomfortable. I wanted to look stylish and not balding, as some caps can make you look like this. I also knew that chlorine in pools and regular hair washing stripped our hair from its natural oils and that there are others like me who don’t have the time to restyle their hair after swimming.
I wanted to design a cap that was functional and fashionable at the same time, and that would appeal to others, especially for those with long hair and for those that didn’t want to get their hair wet. This led to creating and designing the Swimscarf.
I know my own wellbeing has increased since changing my lifestyle and swimming more. I feel more relaxed and able to face what challenges life may bring and am always encouraging others to find activities that bring wellness. I would love to see more people swim with confidence especially those who find it a chore to manage their hair or are put off from swimming because their hair will get wet. The Swimscarf reduces this and gives a better swimming experience.
I am grateful for the support I have received and thank you for visiting my page.
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