Beauty and the bike: how to banish helmet hair

Suffering from the dread demolition of your ’do into a flattened frizz of helmet hair? Here’s how to make sure it never happens again.

Liz Hatch never seems to suffer from helmet hair. We think we have her secrets.
Liz Hatch never seems to suffer from helmet hair. We think we have her secrets. Image by  Ken Conley via Flickr
A real bad helmet hair day.
A real bad helmet hair day.

As crimes against great hair go, a cycling helmet is one of the worst offenders. Wear one and you can pretty sure that when you take it off your swishy, styled ’do will be transformed into a flat frizz.

In the interests of hair happiness, we sought the expert advice of hairdresser and road cyclist Jason Cocking, Art Director at the Lisa Shepherd salon in London. His hot hair tips could change your life:

Prepare

“Take the time to dress your hair before you go out. Keep it simple and you’ll be laughing all the way. If your hair is long enough, a classic plait will keep it in place and stop it from falling in your face or sticking out of the side of the helmet.”

The scarf secret

“Wear a silk head scarf beneath your helmet: it’ll completely lock your hair down, look super chic when you take your helmet off and because the silk reduces friction, it’ll banish frizz.”

Revive

“Carry a styling product in your rucksack that is formulated to revive volume. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (£16.58) is a salt-infused styling spray that adds volume, texture and ‘wind-styled’ body to curly or wavy hair. Clynol Powder Punch (£6.47) is a silica-based texturising powder that gives instant va-va voom to straight hair. Apply a little to your roots and shape with your fingers to get a great volumised look.

It could be worse, you could be a short-haired bloke. Image by kathrynaaker via Flickr.
It could be worse, you could be a short-haired bloke. Image by kathrynaaker via Flickr.

Style on trend – & practical

“Sleek, low buns and ponytails worn at the nape of the neck are bang on-trend for spring/summer 2013 and wont interfere with your helmet: practical, smart and fashion forward at the same time!

  1. Kirsten Hey

    Or you could just not wear a helmet. Do the reading. They’re not essential.

    1. Marj O.

      No helmet, no ride!! Never, would I ride without the helmet. I’ve seen what a helmet looks like after a crash at 40k, without the helmet the guy would now be a pumpkin.

  2. Jude

    One of the reasons I wear a helmet is to keep my hair out of my face. It’s too short to tie back, but long enough to blow in my face.

  3. Shaun Humphreys

    Kirsten Hey they are not essential but they can save your life, if it was not for mine id probably not be here, so maybe they should be!!!!!!!

  4. Helen Breeze

    I have curly hair and turn my head upside down before putting on my helmet. If anything the helmet adds volume and holds the curls in place!!

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