Synchronized Swimmers are unique in that their hair must be put in a high bun and coated with gel (Knox Gelatin) when they are competing at the Championships and in the show. This is not necessary for Wednesday league meets where a white swim cap is worn.
SYNCHRO “Gel” Kit Contents
Unflavored Knox gelatin: 4 to 6 packets. Mix ratio – 2-3 packets, minimum to ½ cup hot water.
Paper (disposable) hot cup: to mix gel in.
Pastry brush: 1” size or disposable paintbrushes.
Brush: to put hair up in ponytail.
Hair donut to form bun. Can be purchased at any beauty supply store.
Bobby Pins: (small size) to pin on headpieces. Need at least 1 pack per routine.
Rubber bands: an assortment of sizes.
Washcloth and old towel or sheet.
Thermos for hot water.
Makeup: Lipsticks, eye shadows, eyebrow pencils, blush. (One of the judging components for Artistic Impression is manner of presentation. When the girls are wearing makeup, just like in the theater, their smiles and expressions are more pronounced.
Nail polish remover.
Shampoo / conditioner (optional), to be used by the swimmers to get the “Gel” out. Hair must be washed with warm water to get the gel out.
WARNING: Gelatin will clog plumbing. DO NOT pour any down the drain! Check out this handy how-to synchro gel video.