This is the final article in this series, and here I will discuss buying and using the most expensive, and the most realistic-looking mermaid tail for swimming: one made from silicone and/or latex rubber.
These are by far the best tails, the most real looking, the most beautiful, and the most expensive. The cheapest ones go for around $1,000, but you can also spend $5,000 or $10,000 on one of these custom-made beauties. This is because of the hours and weeks of time which go into the crafting of these tails. They are hand-cast to your measurements, then hand-painted. The materials are expensive and they are carefully constructed.
The great thing about silicone-latex rubber is that it feels and looks like real skin. This is the same material used for prosthetics. And there are colorful silicone paints which bond with the rubber, so that they will never rub off. Thus you can have a very realistic looking tail of bright, shimmery permanent colors.
Silicone-latex rubber also stretches very easily, and is durable. You can stretch it a lot and it won’t break. It is very strong. Of course, just as with the other tails, there are friction points on your tail, namely, the fluke. Over time wear will show up even on a silicone tail, and it could get tears in it. You must take good care of it.
The silicone-latex tail is very light, even though it looks thick. One of the mermaid tail companies lines the inside of their silicone tails with neoprene foam, so that it is comfortable against the skin.
This tail is very tight and fits your legs like a glove. To get into it is a little tricky; there is no zipper. Basically, you have to unroll the tail down to the monofin, put your feet into, then roll the tail up over you, lying down. It fits very tightly, like a second skin, so be sure you are at the water when you put it on. Again, never stand up or jump on dry ground in this or any other swimmable mermaid tail.
The downside to a silicone-latex tail is that it can get very hot when you are not in the water. It is rubber, after all. The other downside is its prohibitive cost.
Caring for a silicone-latex tail is simple, just like for the other tails. After each swim, rinse it out very well, hand-washing it in the bathtub when you feel it needs it. It can hang to drip dry, then lay flat to finish drying. The monofin stays in the tail-no need to remove it.
So there you have it, three articles, discussing three types of mermaid swim tails: spandex, neoprene and silicone. Prices range from $100 to $1,000 and up. All of them have their good and negative points. But with this information you should be able to make a well-informed buying decision. Happy Mermaiding!