Sticking your head in a helmet will keep you safer when riding a bike, motorcycle or participating in extreme sports. It's a must and the law in most places. Yet, it can be hard on your hair. Wearing scarves and hats can create problems, too. When you have to cover up your hair, there are some measures you can take to help minimise the damage. Deal with helmet hair as it comes your way with a little forward thinking and some insider knowledge!
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Anticipate compression. A helmet is going to flatten your hair to your head. It doesn't matter what you do beforehand. The temporary damage is going to happen. One way to deal with it is to expect it. Don't even try to style you hair. Instead, pull it flat against your head. Secure it with a band or barrettes. Pressing your hair to your head can help avoid kinks and tangles.
Carry a pick and quality hairbrush with you any time you must use a helmet. Fluff your hair into place after the ride is over.
Use hair styling products for quick touch ups. Many hair products are available in trial or sample sizes. These can easily be carried in a handbag or backpack. The quick and judicious application of some gel, smoothed into your hair using your fingers, can work wonders.
Combat humidity by carrying some baby powder for your scalp. It will absorb excess moisture and keep you hair from looking like a bird's nest. To check out the back of your head, even when there isn't a rest room available, make sure you have two mirrors. One of your mirrors should have a clip on the back for hanging. Keep clips, bands, barrettes, and scarves on hand for camouflage and quick fix-ups.
Corral your hair into a single or double braid if it's long enough. This will keep it secured and help retain some curl.
Carry a small hairdryer if you can. If you have curly hair, a small hand held hairdryer will quickly handle perspiration that can contribute to frizz. Set on style, it can also give your hair some needed body and volume.
Experiment with your hairdo. If you've never used styling products, a little mousse may be in order. If you have always relied heavily on a curling iron, a less structured approach may work better for your new carefree lifestyle. Choose a hair style that will tolerate some abuse. Layered styles that follow the curve of your head work well. Long, straight styles usually weather the storms of helmet wearing well, too.
Plan in advance for the return trip. Keep a scarf on hand to protect the helmet from any hair products you may have applied at your destination. If you are going to make multiple stops, leave the hair maintenance until you reach your final destination.
Tips and warnings
- Don't take your helmet off until you have completely stopped your bike. Trying to start on your hair when you are only blocks away from your destination can lead to a fatal mistake or accident. It's important that you wear your helmet and pay attention at all times.