It’s easy to make a favorite dress cycle-friendly (just add leggings) — but how does a lady style her hair? Wearing a helmet is a must, but the combination of humidity and the snug fit can impart less-than-comely creases and turn the most magnificent manes into a frustrating tangle. Happily, a host of charming hairstyles accommodate the singular demands of protective headgear!
Whether your hair is cute and curly, short and sassy, or long and lovely, we’ve got a ‘do for you! Get inspired as three marvelous ModCloth employees model these helmet-friendly hairstyles!
Curly hair like Executive Assistant Shanti’s can be prone to frizzy unruliness beneath a bicycle helmet, so try styling your spiraling locks in French braids for a timeless and practical look. Sweet yet sophisticated, these pretty pigtails will keep your hair close to your head for a helmet-friendly low profile.
Check out this YouTube tutorial to master the basic technique of French braiding! For pigtails, part your hair into two even sections at the back of your head, securing the side you aren’t working on in a ponytail to keep things neat. It helps if you have a friend or loved one to lend a hand, and don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect — French braids lend themselves to an artfully messy look.
Keep short hair tangle-free with your favorite vintage scarf! Styling is simple, just don’t forget to check the fit of your helmet after donning your scarf so that you stay safe!
To get this look, modeled by Writing Development Editor Hannah, take a scarf, fold it in half into a triangle, and wrap the long edge around your head so that the point of the triangle falls just above the nape of your neck. Secure the ends in a knot and slip the pointed end of the scarf under the knot. Push in the extra folds of fabric for a nice smooth shape, adjust the position of the scarf as necessary, and you’re good to go!
A French braid headband provides an elegant method for keeping long hair tidy while still allowing you to show off your tresses. This sweet style, modeled by Community Manager Maggie, will keep your locks out of your way. Attaining this look can be a bit tricky, but with a buddy, some practice, and a thorough tutorial like this one, you’ll achieve success in a snap!
Do you have any tried and true techniques for avoiding helmet hair blues?
— Post by writing intern Sophi Newman