You are likely to struggle when wearing a helmet if you have long hair because it tends to either slip off or not fit at all if you can’t manage to sleek down your hair into a ponytail.
Below are a few guidelines on how to wear headgear if you are having trouble wearing it with your long hair and some of the essential features to look for when buying a headgear. This will ensure that your hair and the entire head are protected throughout the cycling adventure.
Apart from that, we will discuss a few hacks and tips on how to minimize knots, manage sweat and the fly away fringe to keep everything under control to avoid being distracted as you ride your bike.
• Plait it up – there are very many styles to plait hair, and if you are not familiar with how to go about it, then you can check out some tutorial from youtube. Plaiting the hair reduces its volume; hence it perfectly fits in the helmet. Besides that, braids also minimize knots that form as a result of the hair rubbing against the helmet resulting in friction. Apart from that, they secure the flyaway hairs that are likely to interfere with your vision when it’s windy. Mountain biking requires maximum concentration, and any distraction could lead to fatal accidents; thus you need to keep the hair out of the way throughout the cycling adventure.
• The rope method – this is another hairstyle that is very convenient for cycling. The first step is to put your hair into a ponytail then divide it into two sections. Twirl each part separately then twist them tightly. Twirling the sections ensures that the strands are secured and will remain in place for the rest of the day. After twisting the braid, you will need to secure the end with a rubber band to prevent it from untwisting. This method is easier to achieve hence reliable on days when you don’t have much time to spare to do your hair before heading out for mountain biking.
• The bun method –apart from the braiding methods, this is also another reliable method to secure long hair into a helmet when cycling. You can watch the simple steps on youtube because so many people have illustrated how you can achieve the bun in different ways step by step. The best way however is using the sock method because it holds the bun firmly no wonder how strong the wind is. You can either decide to do a messy bun or a neat one depending on your preference, but they hold the hair long enough. Lastly, this method protects your hair from friction that leads to breakage because it is all secured in the bun.
• Buy a properly ventilated helmet – ventilations allow free circulation of air through your hair; thus they prevent it from stinking. Invest in a high-quality helmet which is a bit costly but worth it because it is breathable and you end up feeling fresh throughout your adventure. The holes also reduce the weight of the helmet; hence they improve your comfort, and you don’t end up straining your neck.
• Clean the helmet often – most helmets are designed with a removable lining that absorbs the sweat and might end up stinking and being clogged with oil, sweat, and dirt. Therefore, it is always advisable to clean the helmet thoroughly to ensure that your hair remains clean too. Proper maintenance of the helmet will save your money because you will not be forced to replace it after a short while.
• Wrap your hair a scarf – some people prefer wrapping their hair using a scarf before wearing the helmet because it reduces the friction that results from frizzing. It also compresses the hair; hence it lays flat and doesn’t budge for it to fit in the helmet perfectly. If you are not a fun of head wraps and scarfs, then you can use caps because they pretty much do the same thing and are even more secure and don’t require any skill to put on.
• Use rosemary leaves – it’s almost impossible to avoid sweating because mountain biking involves intense activities. Adding a few rosemary leaves in your shampoo or water in a spray bottle comes in handy because they tend to reduce the odor of your sweat; hence your hair doesn’t stink. They also refresh your hair and scalp; hence you feel relaxed throughout.
• Pack an emergency kit – sometimes the wind might be too strong so no matter what precautions you take, you end up with flyaway hairs. That’s why you should always carry your emergency kit to fix the hair in between your riding adventure. It should contain tangle teezer to brush the hair, dry shampoo that holds the hair stands together for a longer period, sea salt spray and a few Kirby grips to secure the hair after brushing.
• Ensure that the helmet is adjustable – the best helmets are designed with straps to allow you to adjust the size for it to fit you perfectly. That way, you can adjust the helmet to accommodate your hair no matter its volume or how long it is. It also allows you to fit a thermal skull cap to increase add warmth if you are cycling through an icy region. You can also fit a cycling cap which is meant to deflect rain from the eyes to ensure that your vision remains intact throughout the mountain biking adventure if you are cycling in the rain.
• Make sure that the helmet is padded – not only does padding guarantee maximum comfort but also wicks sweat from your head hence keeps your hair dry at all times. Sweat results to stinking and no one wants to go home with stinking hair so ensure that you buy a helmet that has padding on the inside. The padding also reduces the risk of obtaining severe head injuries in case of an accident because cycling trails are normally rough.