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If you ride a motorcycle, you know all about helmet hair. Defined as ...."hair that lies flat to the skull at all points where said skull comes into contact with protective helmet."

I have a lot of hair - thick hair. Hair that hurts after wearing my helmet for an entire day. Hair that may not even become unstuck from my scalp after a good scrubbing in the shower. Yep, I know all about bad motorcycle-related hair.

Is there anything that can keep it from happening?

I have tried to disguise my flat hair for photograph taking - not too successfully. This method requires a willing, able-bodied assistant.

Helmet versus helmet hair

Often, I utilize the "I will never remove the helmet"
approach.

All I really want is something that make the flat hair go away after the helmet is removed. Until some creative inventor markets a solution, I will resort to baseball caps.

If you have long hair, you might want to tuck it away in a leather hair glove.

Since 2007 we have asked our visitors the question "How do you deal with Helmet Hair'? And you have answered our question. Since that time we have received nearly 300 responses from visitors to our site. These responses have generally centered around three main themes - hair care products, hairstyles and head gear.

Hair Care Products & Accessories.

Have you heard about Menthogen? Our visitors are awesome. Everyday we receive submissions and comments from you and its a highlight of our day to read them all. Because of you we have learned about Menthogen ( M-Gen ) and your experiances with using M-Gen. If you would like to know more about Menthogen please read this article we've written about Helmet Hair Solutions that we've learned from you.

But M-Gen isn't all that you told us about. Check out some of the products our visitors have recommended we have 3 pages of tips sent in by our visitors.

Hair Care Products and Accessories:
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Hairstyles

Some of our visitors are convinced that there is a certain style you should wear your hair if you want to avoid helmet hair.

Who am I to disagree?

One of my favourite threads is about Lydie and her amazing flat top haircut and when she went red in 2012!

But our visitors have many more suggestions about the best way to wear your hair if you are going to avoid helmet hair.

2 pages of motorcycle hairstyles sent in to us - here and here!

Headgear

Headgear. We're not talking about Helmets here, although you should always wear one, we are talking about things like do-rags, scarves, helmet liners, ball caps. Have a look at the responses from our visitors on what you should wear if you want to avoid helmet hair!

How Do you Deal with "Helmet Hair"?

If you are a rider, or a passenger, then no doubt you've had it - helmet hair. Hopefully, you also have some methods for dealing with it. Share your tips on curing the dreaded helmet hair!

I'll post all submissions that are consistent with the content of "Her-Motorcycle.com" - so just keep it clean, and you'll see your story once I've had a chance to review it.

NOTE: If you have questions about the form, click on the little blue question marks for helpful tips and more information.

Read tips from other readers of Her-Motorcycle

Here you will see submissions of other readers, as well as comments. If you are the first, don't be shy - remember, we women motorcycle riders are the adventurous type, right?

Double ponytail with scarf/headband for biker girls that suits any face shape 
Oke, so I'm a girly girl and I usually do my hair with lots of volume and curls (I have very straight fine hair). My face is very full, with broad cheekbones …

Call Out to Smart Designers 
Who designs these helmets? Most likely men who don't think twice about their hair. I've often wondered, why haven't those hip, smart, female cyclist/biker …

I'M USING AIRHEAD HELMET LINER WITH A GREAT HAIR STYLE 
Ok, I'll admit. I'm a little helmet-hair obsessed. But when you're an American girl living in Roma, Italy - it really is necessary to care about your hair. …

Use a "BUFF".  
Long hair doesn't tangle, Straight hairs stays flufffed when you remove your helmet and curly still looks great too. You can find them online or at …

Artificial Ponytail 
I've had this "dilemma" for a while now. How to balance the love to ride with a decent, somehow glamorous or at least acceptable hair do when on the road, …

Helmet Hair 
I get a layered cut so that when I take the helmet off I can brush my hair into some decent look. I bend over and brush my hair forward then stand up and …

Another Helmet Hair story 
My first trick for helmet hair is that I got a cooler bike! LOL! In all seriousness though, I have very fine, and now curly hair which is completely …

DON'T USE AIRHEAD 
I heard about the Airhead Helmet liner on this forum and decided to give it a try. The order was placed on 3/4 and payment was made and accepted. …

PLAITING 
I got so sick of my shoulder beards getting knotted up when they escaped my jacket as i was riding along i decided to do something about it.I hate waxing …

Helmet Hair 
Now in my 50s, I put hold product in my hair dry upside down, style it, lightly put in bun wrap in scarf, then helmet. After ride remove all, fluff and …

REDONE HAIRDO 
I udated my haircut, still not a flat top but something different. And why not? I also coloured it

Silk 
The police officers in Los Angeles have these little silk caps they wear under their helmet so I bought one and it's wonderful. My head doesn't itch or …

Flairhair 
Flairhair.com has the coolest bandanas and hats. No more helmet hair. I always have one with me.

I wear a flat top haircut,also 
I have been wearing a flat top haircut for over 20 years on and off,each time I go back to it. I feel young with it, Husband Likes the look on me. When …

A Perfect hair style, multipal mini buns 
I found a way to have great looking hair after a long days ride. No more helmet hair. Either the night before or the morning of, with wet hair, section …

Get a Haircut  
This is my helmet hair care, Did the same as Flat Top Annie today... didn't colour it up hey.. It still works!!

I got my flat top cut shorter and went RED for 2012 
I just love how low maintenance my flat top haircut is, no helmet hair anymore! I had it cut a little shorter and went red for spring and summer 2012. …

There is this new product... ( Airhead ) 
http://www.twowheelcool.com/airhead/ Haven't used it but buying one right now to try out. -- small edit to add the name of the product in the title …

Fluffy not flat :) 
Don't know if this will for you but I have very curly hair so I just add a little water comb it out and turn my head upside and fluff. Accentuating my …

R u sure u should b riding if yur so worried aabout yur hair! 
If yur that worried about yur hair...ya shouldnt b ridin, where r the real women riders...grow a vagina, not balls, cause vaginas can take a pounding, …

Before and after pic's of my flattop haircut 
Thank you to everyone for all of the kind words on my haircut. Tell me what you think about my before and after pic's Lydie

Cure for Helmet hair 
For long hair a french plat helps. the tie is outside of the helmet so no painful pressure point. The French Plat weaves close to the head and in not uncofortable …

I Cut it all Off 
Well my husband would not let me cut my hair and I had to ride on the back of his bike. I hate the heat of Texas so when he left 2 years ago. I got my …

I got a Flattop haircut 
I had long hair and 3 years ago I went to the barber and got a flattop same as my hubby's I love it and so does my hubby 1/2 on top 1/16 sides and back. …

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You are beautiful..... 
I have curly hair and once i remove my helmet its absolutely wild. I say wear it loud and proud. Rock the style knowing that you just had another awesome, …

forget the hair styling products and/or get a 3/4 helmet 
Keep it styling product free, i.e. no hair spray, mousse, gel, decoupage or paste. It just makes it worse. Blow dry your hair before starting out, it …

Hats 
I keep a hat in the saddle bag at all times!

Osis Powder 
My friend and I have discovered the Use of Osis Powder. You can get it at beauty supply stores. Or ask a salon to get it for you. You dust it over your …

Pixie Cut 
If you can rock short hair, a short pixie cut looks super cute no matter what you do (or don't) do to it.

Mousse & Scarf 
I put mousse in my hair, then I wrap it up in a bun with a silk scarf. Protects your hair from the cushion under the helmet. Carry along a small bottle …

Be Fun About It 
Just like all of you, I don't like having helmet hair. But it comes with the territory. With all the solutions out there and trying stuff that didn't work, …

New Do Rag 
Look, I'm not on commission here or anything - but I am loving the new "Do Rag" I found here on this site, at 2UpTouring. It has a pocket in the back …

Helmet Liner 
I just purchased my first motorcycle last year, and as I was shopping for helmets I called a friend of mine that rides with her husband and she suggested …

Helmet Hair Solution 
I know Helmet Hair all too well....I have very fine straight hair and after a day with a helmet it's bad. I have found that if I wash my hair before I …

Clean Hair Free from Products 
I have extremely long hair. I find that washing and drying my hair and leaving it without products (gel, mousse, hairspray, etc.) in it and then wearing …

Shave It Away? 
I guess the only real cure to helmet hair is to shave your head....otherwise try to ignore it!

Helmet Hair - My Solution 
Well in 85 degree or better FL heat it is difficult to look good after hours of riding. The only thing I have found that helps me is, just before I put …

For Shoulder Length or Shorter Helmet Hair 
I use my Schwarzkoph OSiS. Small red bottle. A bit pricey, but a little goes a long way and it lasts FOREVER lol. Place on the roots of dry hair prior …

Wear hair tied down and wear a thin hood under... 
Well what I do, and i have hair that falls down to my breasts... I tie my hair into to braided pigtails-down lw on the head. Then if I'm wearing a hood …

Wen and Reverse Braid 
I have long red unruley hair. I put it in a fairly tight french, or reverse french braid when my hair is damp. At the end of the day when I take out the …

Ball Cap and Sunglassess 
I always take a ball cap with me and tuck a hairbrush in my tank bag. And just in case, a pair of well placed sunglasses will work in a pinch.

I wear a cap or bandanna after I take my helmet off!! 
I wear a Harley hat, bandanna or some sort of hat on my head after I take my helmet off!!

Hair Help 
Carry a travel sized spray bottle, spritz your hair with water the minute the helmet comes off. Finger fluff.

Jooouge, Baby, Jooouge! 
There is a product by SAMY Salon on HSN. It is gr8! They have travel sizes, and comes in sprays, creams and mousses. Can easily fit in saddlebag, windshield …

Help! 
Hairbands, braided, bandanna or baseball cap. If anyone knows a way to keep it from getting super flat and stringy looking let the rest of us know, would …

Pigtails! 
Two tight braids, and just squish the bits of hair back in when you take your helmet off.. Plus it looks sooo kYooT when they fly along behind you while …

Cut it Off 
After dealing with thick, long helmet hair on several long overseas trips, I finally solved the problem by cutting it all off! Now my very short hair finds …

Leave-In Hair Conditioner Product 
I have dark wavy hair with a simple long-layer cut/bangs. I do not wear a helmet most of the time, but if I do....I use Rockstar Groupie leave-in conditioner …

My Cure for Helmet Hair 
Open another button on my shirt...

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Easy 
Take off your helmet...mess the hair with your hands, learn to love it...put the helmet back on and ride safe....

Take a wig with you.  
When you want to look cute, it can be rolled up and stored in your pocket or back seat. 2 minutes in the bathroom and you are a diva again!

Plastic Headband 
My hair is medium length and although pulling it up in a ponytail helps...there is still the lumpy flat look to the top of the head. I have started using …

Butane Curling Iron 
I live in Texas. There's not much we can do in 105 degree heat to keep from having damp,(aka wet), FLAT, hair once that helmet comes off. Destination reached, …

Knitted Skull Caps 
My hair is baby fine and slightly wavy, but once mashed by a helmet there is nothing short of a shower to revive it! I always wear a skull cap or bandanna, …

Work Hair Fix 
Hair dryer and brushes to fix it once I'm at work. Baseball caps just won't cut it at work..

Helmet Hair Tip 
I have short hair, all spiky with hair glue, so I just run wet fingers thru it to respike']

Wear the hair on the helmet! ;-) 
I love my helmet hair..it says I am a motorcycle rider! And it means I have a smile on my face cuz I been riding...I wear my helmet hair proudly! and …

Hats, Hats, Hats! 
I have short hair and so braids are really not an option but I too have found that a cute little hat is a lot of fun and in a sea of doo-rags, you do stand …

Brand New Ponytail Wrap Called Wrapter 
I got to test out a new wrap that holds your ponytail and keeps it from tangling in the wind while riding (similar to the leather ones) only way better! …

Gotta Love Helmet Hair!  
I just wear my doo rag the entire day! Then deal with the helmet hair at the end of the day by taking a shower! You just have to deal with it or stop …

85MPH Hats 
85MPH Hats--I found these at a bike show in Tulsa, OK. If you like to wear baseball caps this is for you. They look like baseball caps but better. They …

Hair pulled up and tied before putting the helmet on... 
When I first started riding, I would put my hair in a braid down my back but when the helmet came off, it looked terrible cause my hair has thinned and …

Think Childhood...  
Braids... braid your hair... take them out when the helmet comes off and if you've got longer hair or even medium length hair, it's a nice wavy natural …

Get On it and Go 
I have to agree: If you're worried about how you look, you're into the wrong sport. My husband sure doesn't worry about how his hair looks and neither …

Use a Buff 
I have long fine hair. I find using a buff over my head (just face exposed) works pretty well. It also keeps the helmet from pulling out my earrings …

You mean you don't look like all those models pictured on motorcycles? 
I just think it is so funny how women are pictured on motorcycles with long thick flowing hair on magazines. Yeah right! We all know what our hair would …

Wear a Silk Scarf Under Your Helmet 
Each year after a season of riding my color-treated hair was fried and it took the entire winter to get it back to normal. I finally found three things …

I Wear a Bandana Under My Helmet 
I wear a bandanna when I know I'll be around people and taking my helmet off during our rides.... You can get them in lots of fun colors that match any …

Wear a Silk Flydana Under My Helmet 
I always wear a silk flydana under my helmet or even a cotton flydana. This way it absorbs the moisture and does not soak into my hair. I also make sure …

Less Hair Spray 
I try to use as little hairspray as possible, my hair doesn't tangle and matte together so much.

Braided! 
Now that my hair is long, I keep it in 2 braids. When I pull off the doorag or helmet and those loose hairs go flyin', I wear my pink HD ballcap :)

Deal with it...I guess 
I carry my hairbrush with me. But I love the ride so much that the helmet hair doesn't bother me so much. Luckily though, I have long hair, so taking …

Curl It! 
I have medium length, thick straight hair. Every day I curl the ends with a curling iron to give it some body and shape. Right before I put on my helmet, …

Simple Braids then Shake it Wild! Messy Hair is Sexy 
Hey, I'm a new Rider and happen to be a hair stylist. I usually get super tangles since my hair is long, so I usually braid it in 2 or a low loose ponytail, …

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Motorcycle Helmet Head Itch 
What can i do to prevent my head from itching when wearing a motorcycle helmet?

Chill 
I don't worry about it, it's what happens and I'm more interested in riding than what I look like either on or off the bike. I'm a gal who does stuff, …

Long Hair with Bangs Options 
I have long hair with bangs. I usually let my bangs grow longer right before riding season. They tend to lay better after having a helmet on when they …

Wide Stretchy Headband!! 
I started using a wide stretchy headband (I like the ones that are thin in the back), and I'm happy at last! Trying to fight the flat bangs and screwed …

Under Armor Skull Caps 
The caps that athletes wear. They are meant to wick away perspiration. They have a silky feel and create a barrier so that your hair does not rub the inside …

Don't Put Any Products On Before You Put Your Helmet On 
I had long hair and now short and I've found the best thing to do is just wash it dry it and not put any gel, mousse or anything on it before putting on …

I Just Deal: Posted 7-2009 
I have unruly curls. Air-drying my hair leaves it looking as if I walked out of a cave and not a shower. My hair is neither wavy, nor tightly curled. …

I Suggest a Pin! 
I haven't actually found a pin yet, but I've seen stickers that say "Hairdo by Helmet". lol If we all had a pin, we could wear it after removing the helmet, …

Use Hypnosis 
Wear a tube top or low cut blouse and no man will ever look high enough to notice your hair.

Tigi Bed Head Manipulator 
A good scoop of tigi bed head manipulator on hair after styling will help to work sum life back into your hair after you remove your helmet, also there …

Get a Motorcycle Helmet Liner 
The best way I have found to prevent helmet head is to wear a Motorcycle Helmet Liner to keep your hair in place under a helmet (or a hat for that matter). …

Low Ponytail 
I have come across the problem of helmet hair recently since I decided to grow out my hair and learn to ride a motorcycle. I'm still new at this but recently …

Solution for Me 
I am a hairdresser and helmet hair use to drive me crazy, I tried everything then I figured out that if I part my hair on the opposite side of where I …

Moooooouse 
If you mousse your hair after washing it, you can spritz it down after removing your helmet. I bought a trial size hair spray bottle, dumped it, washed

Bandanna Headband and Ponytail 
I have medium-length hair, and trust me, I've tried it all... My favorite and least time-consuming hair do is a low pony-tail (because a high one hurts …

In the Wind 
I use a product called "In the Wind" to keep my shoulder length hair from tangling. I can run a brush right thru my hair when I stop. Best if I use …

Wear a Bandanna 
I'm not known to wear a helmet unless I'm in a state that requires it, so I was unfamiliar with "helmet hair" until last summer! This method has worked …

For Long Hair - Wear a Buff 
I've only been riding about 6 months, however the biggest teething problem I encountered was how to tame the wild mane of hair the resulted even after …

Don't Bother 
If you are so concerned about helmet hair, don't bother getting on a motorcycle.

The Dannaband Solves Helmet Hair 
Dannaband.com offers a combination headband/bandanna that works perfectly for women riders; it is also quite stylish. The sisters that launched this …

Who cares! We're hot biker babes! 
Guys love us 'cause we ride, girls too for that matter. Forget the hair! Guys don't care, do they? Too much time is wasted on what we look like instead …

Silk or Satin Scarf 
I have been using a silk scarf under my helmet. I look rather like Doris Day with the ends flying out behind me but this seems to help with helmet hair. …

Use a headband 
I have baby fine hair that doesn't stay pulled up in a ponytail, and if I leave it free under the helmet I get the worst helmet hair imaginable. I purchased …

Wear a helmet liner!!! 
Wear a good helmet liner DESIGNED for motorcycle helmets, like the ones from SLIKS. It makes a huge difference when you have the satin side against your …

Bandana! 
I have long, thick, fine hair. It braids well, so when I am planning a ride, I do my hair in two "Laura Ingalls" braids. I tie a bandana on, and I put …

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Help With My Bangs! 
I don't have a tip but need one about bangs. I have bangs and they get really flat and out of whack when I wear a helmet. I know that I can wear a headband …

Styling produt on wet hair; dry; curling iron; dew -rag to cover. 
-After washing your hair make sure you use a styling product (gel, mousse). Dry your hair as usual. A few curls with the curling iron and DO NOT comb out …

Get a perm 
You hair will easily fluff up with a pick when you take your helmet off.

still puzzled by it, but perhaps cut it off! 
My problem is not the flatness but the boofy-ness. I have thick, messy, waist length brown hair, which after I take my helmet off has either gone all frizzy …

3 things that work for me: short hair, hats, blow drying beforehand 
Normally my hair is naturally curly, so for me it's fun to experience life as a straight haired person when I take off my helmet. However, here are a …

Roll your hair into the helmet 
Ok, this can only be done if you have long enough hair. Divide your hair into about 4-5 parts. Take each part and twist it then coil it and lightly pin …

wear sunglasses on top my head 
my hair has always been extremely oily, helmet or not.If im just going in to pay for gas, I leave my helmet on too. When I have to take my helmet off, …

fluffing 
i have a lot of hair--but not thick-- upon getting off my bike-- bend over-- pretend to check my boots or someting and fluff like crazy and whip the sun …

Hairzing 
At a motorcycle show in Long Beach, California, a vendor by the name of Hair Zing was there. This really cool tool you can wear inside your helmet. You …

"foam" rollers 
I bought my bike specifically for getting to work 40 miles away. I quickly learned that my almost shoulder length hair would no longer have that "professional" …

Helmet Hed 
If you haven't tried it or checked it out your missing out. It's simple, easy and works great!!! www.helmet-hed.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/helmethed …

A small bottle of spray on conditioner. The tangles come right out! 
I have long, thick, wavy hair (thanks MOM) that is layered. I've tried everything but the babypowder tip. I carry a travel brush and a small bottle of …

A ball cap 
I am not comfortable with any clips or ponytail holders under my helmet, I end up with a headache from the added pressure. So, I have several ball caps, …

ChemoBeanies! 
https://chemobeanies.biz/ These are the BEST for helmet hair, either to wear under your helmet or to keep handy to slip on in 2 seconds after removing …

water bottle 
Carry a small water bottle.If you r afrain of it leaking, put it in a zip-lock bag. Also in the summer it does double duty by cooling you off with a wonderful …

Solution to Helmet Hair!!!!! 
I have been an independent consultant for over 2 yrs for a company that sells unique, functional, attractive, and comfortable hair jewelry. Our patented …

Top Knot 
I comb my hair up toward the top of my head and grasp hair with other hand and lightly twist hair (but not too tight or it hurts later)twirling it around …

Clip on hair!  
Clip on hair pieces! Put your hair in a pony and when you take off the helmet clip in a hairpiece that adds style and fullness!! It's easy and awesome! …

Bandana's & Hair Ties 
Hi, I ride alot come cold or hot, I have waist length hair. I use the old fashion square HD Bandana, fold it in a triangle, then fold to a strip about …

Braid It ! ( more pictures ) 
Braid your hair, not just a braid that goes straight back, but a side braid. I normally use a thin scarf, tie it at the knot before beginning the braid …

Braid It ! 
Braid your hair, not just a braid that goes straight back, but a side braid. I normally use a thin scarf, tie it at the knot before beginning the braid …

Nuka Beauty Organic Argan Oil 
I used Nuka Beauty Organic Argan Oil,I feel good.Grown in North Africa and mainly in Morocco, Organic Argan Oil is rich in antioxidants and omega 6 fatty …

Menthogen popular now - beats helmet scalp itch & freshens up at pit-stops 
Menthogen is a little bottle of 'GOLD' that fits in your pocket or backpack and is a God-send that I would NOT be without. It stops helmet scalp itchiness …

Short, Spiky and Wild 
I have naturally curly hair that tends to go very Shirley Temple on me when it gets shoulder length. I used to French braid my hair like the other rider …

Go Bald 
Every time I take my helmet off I think ohhh noo helmet hair, then I remember Im bald. When I wake in the mornings I also suffer with Ohhh nooo I'm going …

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