On of our readers asks about using a helmet with his curly hair. Fitting the helmet on the head can squash your curls, so here’s the answer to such a common issue!
How to use a helmet with your curly hair as a rider
I have medium blonde curly type II and III hair. I’ve got your book and have seen a big improvement so far in my hair. One area where I struggle though is with wearing a helmet. I ride a motorcycle regularly, and every time I take my helmet off it unveils a dead rat. Do you have any tips or tricks to keep my mane awesome when using a helmet?
First of all, thanks for buying my book!
With regards to using a helmet with your curly hair, a good trick to prevent your curls from turning into a dead rat from being squeezed by the helmet is to do this:
- Add extra leave-in conditioner to your curls while damp. You can use a watered regular conditioner instead if you currently don’t use a leave-in conditioner in your routine.
- While your curls are still damp with the leave-in conditioner or regular conditioner, use a bandana and tie it across your head, in effect providing a cushioning for the curls.
I have used this trick in the past when riding motorbikes and using helmets and it does the job pretty well. Ultimately the curls will still get a bit squeezed from the pressure of the helmet, but this trick will make your curls hold up better and it doesn’t jeopardize your safety as a rider.
As an extra tip related to the use of helmets with curly hair, make sure to use a soft headband (see the link for your options) that pulls your curls back if your hair is any longer than a medium length. This is so that the curls on your forelock (i.e. front of the head) do not get pulled down over your eyes when you fit in the helmet. Likewise, this will help to avoid the curls moving inside the helmet and blocking your vision if the helmet isn’t fitted tight enough. Even if you don’t have curly hair but still have medium-length hair, it’s still a good idea to get a headband to pull your hair back.
Happy riding and let me know how that goes for you!
P.S. This is a question from one of our readers which was sent to me sometime ago. If you’re interested in having your hair-related questions answered and featured at Manly Curls, then feel free to send your question through the Contact Form. You can also post your question in the comments section of the site’s article that is relevant to your inquiry.