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In the 1930's and 40's, many women wore decorative, chic swim caps to protect their hair from getting wet and being damaged by chemicals. Today, competitive swimmers wear a more functional cap made of latex or silicone to aid hydrodynamics. Don't assume that they are only for professional swimmers, though. Chlorine can do a lot of damage to your hair, especially if it is color treated. Go for a retro look when lounging in the pool with a floral decorated swim cap.