Why a Shower Cap is a Curly Girl's Must-Have

Make Shower Caps Part of Your Curly Hair Routine

The shower cap gets a bad rap. (Hey, that rhymes!) When people think of shower caps, they usually imagine a boring, clear piece of plastic in the corner of every hotel bathroom. But people with curls know just how important a shower cap is for curly hair! And it’s versatile—a shower cap can do much more than just protect curls in the shower. 

If you don’t already know, you wouldn’t believe the amount of things a shower cap can do. In this post, we’ll share some of the things we love most about shower caps and how to make them a part of your curly hair care routine.



Shower Cap for Curly Hair Use 1: The Wet Plop

Let’s talk about “The Wet Plop.” This trend has gone viral on Instagram and TikTok. Originally born on NaturallyCurly forums, it’s a great step to add to your curly hair care routine. It helps keep your hair defined, frizz-free, and gorgeous through styling. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. After washing and applying your hair products (and before you air dry or diffuse), plop all of your hair together.
  2. The wet plop is typically done using a cotton t-shirt or towel, but we’re talking about shower caps here! We LOVE using a shower cap for curly hair plopping.


Shower Cap for Curly Hair Use 2: Deep Condition

One thing that is a must for almost every curly hair routine: deep conditioning! It’s essential for anyone experiencing breakage, dry hair, or those who color their hair. Not only is it an important curly hair routine step, it’s a great way to practice self care for both you and your curls. You can deep condition to add moisture, protein or other nutrients that your curls need.

So, where does a shower cap come into play with deep conditioning? It’s pretty difficult to keep all of your hair contained without one! Pop a shower cap on after applying your deep conditioner to prevent curl chaos. If you want to take your conditioning to the next level, try a heated shower cap—the heat helps further hydrate your curls! 

Bonus Tip: Bebonia curly clip-in hair extensions also respond well to deep conditioning!


Bebonia curly hair extensions showing a woman with a shower cap


Shower Cap for Curly Hair Use 3: Shower Protection

The obvious use for a shower cap as part of your curly hair routine is using it in the shower on “no-wash days.” For a lot of people with curly hair, washing every day isn’t just unnecessary—it can dry out curls and cause frizz. Whether you’re coming home from a workout or are at the end of a long day, there’s no need to completely redo a wash day. (We all know what an ordeal it can be!) 

If you need a shower but not a wash day for your hair, just pop a shower cap on your curls and boom: you get so fresh and so clean, clean and your curls stay nice and dry, dry.


Shower Cap for Curly Hair Use 4: Contain Your Curls 

There’s nothing more annoying than drippy hair when you’re trying to apply makeup or get dressed. If you’re not ready to dry your hair right after you get out of the shower (or if you’re air-drying your curls), a shower cap can help. 

These Kitsch shower caps are great both in and out of the shower. They have a firm but comfortable hold around the face and are absolutely gorgeous! Using a shower cap in this way is a great way to plop while you get the rest of your look ready.


Bebonia model wearing a kitsch shower cap to protect her curls


Shower Cap for Curly Hair Use 5: Protect and Store Curly Clip-In Hair Extensions

Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention our favorite way to use a shower cap for curly hair: storing curly clip-in hair extensions! You can use a shower cap as part of your curly hair care routine and part of your curly hair extension care routine. 

Plop your Bebonias into a shower cap to soak up conditioner just like your natural hair, or gently store them in a cap to keep everything all in one place. Many people wonder, “What is the best shower cap to use for my curly hair?” There are a lot of options, but when considering a shower cap for curly hair, you want to make sure that the one you choose is: 

  • Effective at keeping water out
  • Comfortable
  • Durable 

We also suggest finding one that is reusable/washable, like the ones from Kitsch. 

These are just a few of the ways we like to use shower caps as part of our curly hair routine. Is there anything you’d add?


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