Here are some easy Helmet-Friendly hairstyles to Try. Do you love riding your bicycle, but hate having to tame the mane after you take your bike helmet off? We’ve put together a list of hairstyles to give you some easy-up bike helmet-friendly ideas that’ll keep you feeling (and looking!) great after each ride.
Arguably, the least pleasant side-effect of cycling is what it does to your hair.
There’s nothing worse than stopping for a coffee after ride and catching a glimpse of yourself in a window… That’s when you realise your hair is stuck-down in the shape of your helmet, your fringe is spiked up like a boy band member from the 2000s, or it’s gone crazy-scientist levels of frizzy.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Here are some of the biggest culprits that are sabotaging your ‘do:
While not everyone with medium to long hair will need to worry about their post-ride hair, these easy hairstyles will keep your hair at least somewhat under control during your ride.
Even in the worst case scenario, if your hair doesn’t look Instagram-ready after your ride, it’s not a big deal. Your hair looks messy because you worked for it, which is infinitely better than being a couch potato with great hair!
In a perfect world, you’d have everything you need to tame your ‘do right after a bike ride.
But more often than not, you’re caught unprepared and don’t have your stash of hair products, sprays, shampoo, conditioner, leave-in, hairdryer, straighter, rollers, and bobby pins with you.
Who can blame you? It’s not like anyone goes for a ride with their entire stash of beauty products in their bag (but more power to you if you do!).
Here are a couple of easy-to-carry products you can take with you if you want to spruce up to socialise after a ride:
If you’re cycling on the weekend, bad hair is a lot easier to manage. You can simply go home after your ride, wash it, and style it back to perfection. But it’s not that easy if you’re going into the office and need to look presentable as soon as you hop off your bike.
This style is ideal for commuters who want to keep their hair looking great when they arrive at the work, but it’s equally lovely for general wear too.
Because this hairstyle leaves most of your hair at the nape of your neck, you might find yourself sweating more if it’s a hot day or if you have a long ride. To avoid letting your neck get too hot, save this style for cooler days or short rides.
While kicking your cleats together won’t automatically get you home, you can get there in style with the Dorothy pigtails.
Don’t be fooled by the somewhat juvenile name. Low pigtails are great for those with long hair, or for those of you with simply too much of it. Pigtails are ideal for all types of cycling helmets and they suit just about anyone. Win-win.
After your ride, you can even undo your pigtails and enjoy your naturally beachy waves.
If you prefer to lock your hair down and really tame the mane for your bike ride, then you can’t beat the security of a well-braided plait.
If Lara Croft’s plait can stay in one piece while being a total badass, then your plait will survive an action-packed bike ride.
Your bike ride may not involve intergalactic space war, but if double buns can work for Princess Leia, they can surely work for you too!
Top tip: We highly recommend this hairstyle for any bike rides taking place on May the 4th!
Last, but most certainly not least, the low ponytail is a popular go-to hairstyle for cyclists who don’t want to faff with plaits, parting hair or strategically placing bobby pins that hold your hair together.
Pull it. Comb it. Tie it. Simple!
Whether you prefer your tail to cascade down the side or billow behind you like a majestic hair-cape, wear it how you like it!
Of course, some of these hairstyles may not work with the type of helmet you have. It’s best to try out a couple of styles to see what suits you and your helmet.
One of our favourite helmets is the S-Works Prevail II + ANGi MIPS Helmet which features a Ponytail-ready HairPort SL II fit system that allows the rider to pull their ponytail through and keep it off the back of the neck.
Another great feature is the safety aspect of this helmet is the integrated ANGi crash sensor to give you and your loved ones peace of mind like never before. The sensor will detect a crash and send a text message to specified contacts in your phone. It also syncs with the Specialized app and STRAVA® to provide GPS-based activity tracking.