Eek, helmet hair!


Those of you who wear helmets most probably have experienced the horror of pulling off the helmet to find your gorgeous hair style destroyed, hair matted to your head.  Is there anything we can do to remedy the situation?  We ask top hair stylist and keen cyclist Kell Skott , from award winning Kell Skott Haircare to help solve this potentially outfit ruining issue… 

Kell and his gorgeous dogs in their Lambton Place salon


“In a recent survey amongst women of 18 to 34, 27% of them said that they would not ride a bicycle as they were concerned about ‘helmet hair’.


So, it’s a real problem and unfortunately one that is an inevitable consequence of wearing a helmet – well unless you shave your head!


Shaggy, slightly more informal haircuts mean you can get away with it more than if sporting a sleeker style, but really the combination of heat and humidity, even with a well ventilated helmet is always going to be a tough one for all but pixie cuts or very short hair.


If you have long hair, then a low ponytail is the best option, but make sure you use a soft band to save marks when taking your hair down.  Lots of the newer women’s helmets are designed specifically to work with ponytails, just look out for one with a ponytail ‘port’.


To avoid helmet hair, make sure you don’t put your helmet on when your hair is wet or it will dry with ridges in from the helmet.


Spray your hair with a light spray before putting your helmet on and then brush through after taking it off.  You can also try tipping your head upside down and running your fingers through it with a light wax.


Finally, if you have really had enough of helmet hair, then you could hope that this invention becomes mainstream….


The Hovding

The Hövding is an airbag for your head. Mounted in a collar, which can be disguised as a stylish scarf, the bag explodes on when you crash and surrounds your delicate head with an inflated hood.

Hövding means “chieftain” in Swedish, and the air-helmet was designed by Swedes Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin as a university thesis project. The collar contains the bag itself, helium to inflate the airbag and sensors, which tell the Hövding when to fire. The sensor unit consists of gyroscopes and accelerometers, which constantly monitor movement and deploy the bag when you’re in danger. The device is charged by USB (firmware can also be updated via the same port) and you switch it on by zipping the collar shut around your neck.


See it in action here!”

Thanks Kell! We’re working with Kell and Innocent to give you the chance to win a super exciting prize. We’ll let you know as soon as its announced over at the Notebook.


  1. It’s been great time to read your article, really informative thanks keep it up.

  2. Dave H says:

    Oct 22, 2011


    Of course the solution is to ride a bike in the same way you would use any other form of transport without wearing a helmet and wearing normal clothes.

    Seriously though you stand more risk of a serious head injury riding in a car than riding a bike, and no-one is advocating helmets and flameproof overalls for everyone using cars.

    I’ve been riding bikes on the road as transport for approaching 50 years. In that time I’ve been totally soaked twice – I have no waterproof clothing unless you count a good tweed jacket as such. I’ve come off many times and had collisions with motor vehicles over the years – I wrote off one car that ran into me, and survived that with a chipped bone and bruising, not wearing a helmet actually saved my life as there would have been a very high possibility in that crash that my neck would have been broken or my brain severely twisted inside the skull, had I been wearing a helmet – I know because I saw how close the road came to my head.

    Worth remembering too that at 20mph 167% of the test impact speed for helmets, the skull of a healthy person is at just 30% of its impact capacity, whilst the helmet is at 250+% of its impact capacity. Beware too of the ABS visors as these are not tested and can shatter – embedding the fragments in your face, and a typical cycle crash – over the ‘bars plants the front of your face in the road and the peak/front of a helmet will then enhance the force with which your jaw and nose dig in to the ground.

    Very few tests have delivered the real world of oblique impact of a helmet fitted to a full body test dummy, which does not incorporate the natural human reaction of curling up into foetal position, and rolling through a crash.

    Best solution – learn to fall off a bike and roll – you will fall off sometime just as all parachute jumps have to make a landing. Wear gloves and clothing that can be fallen in – remembering that skin and flesh are a wonderful self-healing protective layer for your more important parts and a healthy muscle tone works to absorb shocks that would otherwise break bones.

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