The Best Cheap Shower Caps of 2019

There are many ways to damage hair.

"Shampooing daily cleanses off the protective layer of sebum that covers the hair, causing the shaft to dry out so it easily gets statically charged and consequentially more prone to friction," according to a study published in the Feb. 2017 issue of the International Journal of Women's Dermatology.

The same study notes that dyeing, bleaching or blow-drying hair can age it prematurely. These aren't shocking points, but they do highlight the benefits of using a shower cap.

A waterproof cap keeps hair dry in the shower and prevents dyes or color treatments from washing out. 

Clear, disposable bath caps (that hotels use) can be purchased for a few cents each. Meanwhile, a brand-name "Shhhowercap" costs upwards of $40. This article looks at the best shower caps in between.

Here are the best-reviewed shower caps that have sold for $15 or less on Amazon in the last year:


Good Price: $7 | Great Deal: $6

This snug, waterproof shower cap is fashionable and lasts for years, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers say the cap is too tight; others say the elastic stretches-out over time. A few customers say their cap developed a mold- or mildew-like smell.


Good Price: $11 | Great Deal: $7

These shower caps are very thick, according to several Amazon customers. (One reviewer described the cap as a shower curtain for heads.) Some customers like this heftiness, but others complained about it. Strangely, reviewers can't agree on whether these caps run small or large.


Good Price: $6 | Great Deal: $4

This extra-large shower cap is huge according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers complain that water seeps in around the ears; others say the sizing-band loses elasticity.


Good Price: $13 | Great Deal: $11

This oversized shower cap is effective and adjustable, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers complained that the adjustment knob became unusable after the elastic pulled all the way through it. Others were upset that there is no satin lining in this cap, despite its name.


Good Price: $10 | Great Deal: $9

This is a well-made shower cap that keeps water out, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers complain that the cap has a funky smell from the packaging; others say the elastic is too tight.



 
 
John DeFeo