Swimming cap for natural hair a hit

Nomvuyo Treffers created the product due to frustration at the lack of good quality swimming caps for people with afros, braids, dreadlocks or naturally curly hair.

A model wears the Swimma cap. Picture: @swimma_caps/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The creator of a new swimming cap range says she hopes that her product will enable people with afros and dreadlocks to no longer feel like a fish out of water.

The Swimma cap range featured at Cape Town's first natural hair festival last weekend.

Nomvuyo Treffers created the product due to frustration at the lack of good quality swimming caps for people with afros, braids, dreadlocks or naturally curly hair.

Treffers, who has dreadlocks, says the product was created for people like her who have never enjoyed swimming because there was no adequate protection for their hair.

"People didn't only just order, they'd give feedback and tell us that they've given up on swimming. They wished they'd had this type of cap when they were at school because they had braids, afros or any type of big hair. So it's actually quite an emotional thing," Treffers explained.