3 Helmet-Friendly Hairstyles You Won’t Want to Hide

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When it comes to summer pastimes, is there anything better than jumping onto your bike and feeling the wind gust through your helmet? The answer is no.

While we love our two-wheeled transportation as much as the next gal, one thing we don’t love is helmet hair. In an effort to combat that flattened down tress mess caused by your all-important helmet, today we’re showcasing three stand-out hairstyles that not only look great, but hold up long after your ride is through (trust us, we tested ‘em).

So, grab a can of extra-hold hairspray, an arsenal of bobby pins, and your favorite helmet, and get ready to rock your next bike ride.

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The Fishtail – To create the fishtail braid modeled by ModEmployee Molly, it’s best to start with slightly messy two-day hair.

First, sweep the hair off to the side as if you were creating a side ponytail, spraying all over with firm-hold hairspray to add grit. Next, divide hair into two equal sections; grab a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the left side, pull it over the top, and grab it under the right side. Repeat these steps, alternating sides, until you’ve braided the entire length of your hair. Secure with a hair tie.

To add texture, gently pull at the braided sections to loosen them a little. Finish with hairspray, securing any fly-aways with bobby pins.

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Twisted Buns – For ModEmployee Bree’s twisted-up buns, you’ll want to have some styling wax on hand, along with firm hold hairspray and bobby pins. Then, starting with two-day hair, part it straight down the middle and work some wax through both sides.

Beginning on the left side, start twisting your hair back, being sure to keep it tightly wound against your head. As you twist, secure your hair in place by tucking bobby pins down and through the twist. Once you reach the nape of your neck, secure your hair with an elastic.

To create a bun, twist your hair into a rope and tightly coil it close to your head. Secure with bobby pins and spray with (lots of) hairspray to set. Repeat these steps on the right-hand side.

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Braided Wrap - For ModEmployee Beth’s braided wrap, we first parted her hair off to the side, spraying with hairspray for extra hold. Like the others, two-day hair works best for this.

Once the hair is sprayed, section off a one-inch portion on the same side as your part and create a braid. Then, on the opposite side, gather all of your hair — including the braid — into a low side ponytail. Secure with an elastic.

To create the rolled bun, begin rolling your hair upwards starting at the bottom of the ponytail. Once it’s all rolled up, secure with bobby pins (lots of bobby pins). Set with hairspray.

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Whether you’re spending the day riding your bike, cruising on your motorcycle, or heading off to the skate park, these fuss-free styles will stand the test of time and your helmet. What hairstyles would you like to see us tackle next? Let us know in the comments!

About Julie O.

A lover of all things vintage and vintage-inspired, Julie bought her first 1950s frock in the fifth grade. Since then, Julie has become a self-described connoisseur of vintage and thrift shopping, which she shares on her blog, Orchid Grey. When she’s not scouring the racks for the perfect vintage skirt, this native New Englander can be found deftly navigating the slopes of a ski mountain, taking road-trips to the beach, and exploring new places with a vintage camera in her hand.

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2 Responses to 3 Helmet-Friendly Hairstyles You Won’t Want to Hide

  1. Allison 05/08/2014 at 5:31 am #

    I love to bike and your suggestions are great! I have to say tho, I just went for the short pixie myself-it just makes it so much easier.

  2. Lesley 05/21/2014 at 7:29 am #

    I’m dying to know where that pink helmet is from….or if you have any other helmet recommendations!

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