Any synchronized swimmers out there? I had a lot of e-mails in the last 10 years but this one from Shannon has stumped me. *laugh* Anyone have any ideas??

Love your books! Need help. My daughter is a synchronized swimmer. For performances they use gelatin in their hair that keeps their hair in place underwater. We are trying agar-agar but it doesn’t seem to gel as hard as gelatin. Can you help us with any vegan alternatives that would be waterproof?
Thanks very much, Shannon

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5 Responses to Swimmers?

  1. Raphie says:

    i guess a swimcap is out of the question?

  2. Raphie says:

    I’m totally avoiding studying for a stats exam, so I googled it and found this:

    Before Knox, swimmers used a combination of Vaseline, waterproof hair spray, or good ol’ fashioned Dippity-doo.

  3. Candace says:

    I know this is old but posting it here for others. I’m a vegan synchronize swimmer and agar agar works. When done right there is very little difference. I have had lots of people poke my head at competitions who couldn’t believe it wasn’t gelatin. I add about 1 tsb to 1 cup of boiling water and whisk until agar is dissolved. I continue to boil for about 5 minutes and then simmer. Agar agar will start to set at room temp so need to keep it warm while you work. Just like the girls using gelatin you’ll need multiple coats. For competitions I have a kettle/hot plate combo we got at Walmart for ten bucks.

    As long as the agar mixture is hot you can add more agar as needed. I usually test a few drops after leaving for a few minutes it should be thick. It’ll take about 20-30 to fully set.

    • Sarah says:

      Thank you, Candace! My daughter is starting out in synchro and was horrified at the Knox requirement. This will help so much.

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