Love riding your bicycle, but hate having to tame the mane afterwards? After receiving numerous #ridereadyhair inspiration during our instagram collaboration with Cycling Mums Australia, we’ve got some easy-up helmet-friendly hairstyle options to help keep your hair looking and feeling great after each and every ride.
Arguably one of the more unpleasant sides of cycling is the aftermath. Hair matted in dirt, rain, grit and grime results in either a stuck-down look or a Doc Brown mad scientist vibe, neither is truly desirable. While not everyone with mid to long hair will worry about their post-ride hair, these easy to do hairstyles will at least keep your hair somewhat under control during your ride, making the aftermath a lot less troublesome!
The Half-Up Tuck (a.k.a The Chic Commuter)
This style is ideal for commuters who want to keep their hair looking great when they arrive at the office, but it’s equally lovely for general wear too!
- Pull a section of hair from the front right-hand side, and with a few bobby pins, pin the section of hair flat behind your head.
- Then take a section of hair from the front left-hand side, pull back and cross over the previous section, and pin into place while tucking it underneath.
Et Voila! In just a couple of minutes (if that!), your hair is tidy, neat and most of all helmet-friendly!
Loose or Braided Pigtails (a.k.a The Dorothy)
While kicking your cleats together won’t automatically get you home, you can ride there in style with The Dorothy pigtails. Don’t be fooled by the somewhat juvenile name, because low pigtails are great for those with long hair, or for those of you with too much of it! Pigtails are ideal for all types of cycling helmets and they suit just about anyone, win-win!
- Separate your hair with a centre parting which spans from the front to the back of your head.
- Pull your hair into two sections, using the parting as your splitting point.
- Using a hair-tie, you can choose to leave your tails loose, plait them or bunch them into small buns.
Even if they get a little loose after a thoroughly good ride, pigtails are really simple to neaten up and adjust!
The Plait (a.k.a The Lara Croft)
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.
- Comb your hair back ensuring all tangles are worked loose.
- Divide your hair vertically into three equal sections; left, right and middle.
- While holding all three sections, cross the right section over the top of the middle section, so that it becomes the new middle section.
- Now, cross the left section over the new middle section.
- Repeat crossing the sections over the middle, alternating between left and right.
If you find that you have too much hair for a single plait, why not split into a couple of Dorothys?
Braided or Twisted Buns (a.k.a The Princess Leia)
Your bike ride may not involve intergalactic space war, but if they work for Princess Leia, double buns will work for you.
- Part the hair with a centre parting, as you would when styling pigtails.
- Create two plaits, one from each of the two sections, and secure with a hairband.
- Roll each plait into a bun and secure with bobby pins. Adjust the height to suit your helmet and preference.
Top tip: We highly recommend this hairstyle for any bike rides taking place on May the 4th!
Low Ponytail (a.k.a The Classic)
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!
Finding a helmet to match your style.
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 Specialized S-Works Prevail with ANGi crash sensor 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:
- The all new integrated ANGi crash sensor gives 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.
- MIPS protection is the lightest, most ventilated MIPS protection to date and is exclusively available on Specialized helmets.
The team at Specialized also tested some of the above hairstyles. Discover which style delivered the least ‘drag for your do’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf5jL__kws0
It’s not just about the hairstyle that helps to keep you from looking like a mad scientist, there are some accessories which can help too! If you’re going straight from the bike to socialise with friends or your riding to the office and you need to give your hair a little sprucing up, consider adding a comb or brush to your bag, along with some dry shampoo and frizz-taming spray. Still, if you’re caught in a downpour or a tempest, a good hat never fails to hide the untamed mane!
Written by: Jessica Strange & Velosure Team
Photo credit: totalwomenscycling.com & @tornanti_cc