Best Shower Caps for Long Hair | Dreadlocks, Braids or Hair Extensions

Unless you landed here by mistake, I’m assuming you have long hair!  I’m also guessing you struggle with keeping those long beautiful locks dry when you are in the shower or soaking in the bath tub.  Let’s face it, if you have especially long hair-the kind that turns head and gets you compliments – goes well down your back, dreadlocks or long braids (natural or extensions)- you know getting wet when you didn’t want to can be a huge frustration and time-consuming to dry.

big hair needs a big shower capAnother reason you may be looking for a large shower cap is to protect your expensive hairstyle you’ve had done at the salon for special occasions: graduations, weddings, prom dates, etc.  You’d hate to ruin that hair style after you spend a chunk of money on it…apart from the major embarrassment of messing up your hair right before the big event!

Realistically we’re not going to wash it every time we get in the shower because long hair takes a long time to dry…and it can be a major pain!  Because of that we need to find a extra large shower cap that will keep our long hair dry and prevent the problem – it can be especially annoying if you get your dreads or braids wet when you didn’t want to – especially in cold winter months when it can take a long time to dry them out completely. Of the shower caps we’ve tried, our top pick is the XL Shower Cap By Simply Elegant but continue reading below to see the reasons why and other good extra large shower caps.

The problem with most shower caps that you find is they are made for an “average” amount of hair. Shower cap manufacturers don’t make them all large enough for long hair because many people with short or modest hairstyles will find them baggy- there will just be too much material and the cap will flop around on their head or slide down – apart from annoying, because they are too big, water can also get inside and defeat the whole purpose of keeping their hair dry.

Also, it’s seems like a minor cost but many companies go to great lengths to cut the cost of their products big hair styleand maximize profits. It may be just a question of a few cents – a little more material to make the cap, a little bulkier package to store and ship. So unfortunately those factors make the average store-bought shower cap just too small for anyone with long flowing hair, thick dreads, extensions or braids. 

So, enough of that, let’s get on to the good news.  There are several really good options for people with long hair and shower caps made specifically for you. They actually aren’t necessarily more expensive (they may be slightly more expensive to make as we mentioned above but they are competitively priced).

Top Picks for Best Shower Cap for Long Hair:


Satin Dream Jumbo XL Shower Cap By Simply Elegant: 2018 Review

The Satin Dream Jumbo XL Shower Cap By Simply Elegant is specifically design for big hair! The shower cap is large enough to for crochet braids, weaves, locs, extensions or long natural hair styles.  The company was started by a woman with large hairstyle that was tired of cheap, poor quality alternatives and created the “Satin Dream” specifically to solve the problem she was having.

The shower cap comes in two sizes: Large and Extra Large. The patent pending drawstring is designed to keep the cap snugly on your head and tight enough to keep all your hair conveniently tucked up underneath without falling down- while still being comfortable enough that it doesn’t squeeze too tight.

Satin Dream Shower Cap is flattened when shipped, it measures about 15 inches across (this is huge compared to normal sized shower caps). The elastic opening, has a diameter of 9 inches but when fully extended can stretch to an amazing 20 inches. The important difference between this is shower cap and other models is that it does not just stretch at the headband but also can be adjusted to your exact head size for maximum comfort. You can toggle increase or decrease the size of the opening to fit your head.  The adjustment is a simple toggle rather than an elastic band that would eventually become loose or stretched out.

The large and extra large sizes are very similar in dimensions as far as the measurement across and of the opening, the main difference is the volume of the hair that can fit inside the cap– this is due to the number of yards of material used to make the two sizes (the original XL Satin Dream uses almost a full yard of vinyl. Later, the “Large” version came out for less voluminous hair. It still uses over half a yard of material which has much more volume than the average cap on the market. We’ve heard from readers with hair up to 34″ long that have used the Satin Dream and say it was big enough- can’t think of many hair styles I’ve seen that would be longer than that!

The shower cap is made with the high quality EVA materials and is eco-friendly compared to competing products that use PVC.  The material is design to resist mildew and dry quickly to prevent mold or musty odors.

To keep the shower cap clean and give it longer life, the manufacturer recommends washing it by hand with mild soap

Pros: 

  • Extra large
  • Designs for all hair styles
  • Durable
  • Cool design
  • Headband keeps snug fit
  • Lifetime Warranty (defects)

Cons

  • Expect to replace it every 6 to 8 months
  • Only one style/color

Click here to see a video review of a customer that bought the Satin Dream on Amazon.


Another popular large shower cap is the Dilly’s Collections -Microfiber Shower Caps.  This is a more colorful design, still black but with lots of cat illustrations…if you like cats. They are designed for long hair and users with 18″ have reported good results. However, these are not as large as the Satin Dream and probably would not be a good choice if you really have long, thick hair like dreads, braids or weave. Because they are made out of microfiber, it’s also recommended that you don’t use directly under the flow of a shower head, so probably not an ideal solution as you would have to be careful you didn’t get the cap too wet or risk getting your hair damp underneath. Because of that we still think the previously  reviewed product is our top choice for long hair.


Shower caps are relatively cheap, a lot of them sell for $12 and under, but if you are on a budget or just don’t want to spend money on a plastic shower cap you can make one for FREE using just a plastic shopping bag from the grocery. Check out this quick video for a DIY free shower cap. The video is specifically made for people with dreadlocks…or other long hair styles where you need good coverage and enough space to fit all your hair under the plastic to keep it dry while you shower…or if you are soaking in the tub and don’t want your hair to get wet:

 

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