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Dec 27th, 2002 at 2:30pm
 
I like to ride my bicycle alot and ALWAYS wear a helmet.  I used to pull my ponytale through the opening in the back of the helmet but found that it was damaging my hair.  This past summer I rode with my hair in braids most of the time.  As you can see from my photo, I found that tucking the braids up into the vents allowed me to keep the braids off my neck and back.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for handling long hair with helmets? ???
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Reply #1 - Dec 27th, 2002 at 6:33pm
 
Iīm a passionate horsewoman and have to stow away my hair somewhere when I put on my helmet. Sometimes I wear a braid which I pull into my shirt for not running the risk of getting caught by a tree. I like a bun as well but made the experience that if your hair is very long or thick the bun will come into conflict with the helmet. Third possibility and usual in riding is using a hairnet to handle your hair.
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Reply #2 - Dec 31st, 2002 at 11:10pm
 
Hmmm...I dunno about bicycle helmets. 

For motorcycle helmets, when my hair was a bit shorter, I wore a slightly too-large helmet, and piled it all up in the helmet  Grin

A friend sent me a "hair glove" a couple  years back for my birthday - it's a sleeve thingy that wraps around a low pony tail, and has a little hook to hook onto the ponytail holder.  I originally was given a short one (4") but now I need longer ones to be of much use.   Cheesy

They make them in leather and in neoprene... http://www.hairglove.com
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Reply #3 - Jan 2nd, 2003 at 3:39pm
 
I have too much hair to put up into the helmet - bike helmets must fit snug or they are useless.  I have seen the hairgloves, but never tried one.  I hate to spend a lot of money and then find it does not work.

I have thought about putting my hair in a single braid and then wrapping the braid or putting it in a pantyhose leg and attaching it with a pretty bow.  Guess I'll just have to be creative about this.
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Reply #4 - Jan 4th, 2003 at 8:44pm
 
I think it is great the way you wrap the braids around the outside of the helment.  Extra protection for yor head.   Smiley

Is there a sunscrean that you can put on your hair so it won't get damaged? 

I try to keep my hair covered when I'm out in the summer sun, but many times I'd love to have it down.
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Reply #5 - Jan 6th, 2003 at 1:31pm
 
If I am going to be out all day (such as when I do week long bike rides), I will use a little aloe gel on my hair.  It helps hold it in place and acts as a sun screen.  (If you want to try this, be sure it is 100% aloe gel, some aloe has alcohol in it which will dry your hair - a definite no-no). 

I am always trying to figure out better ways to deal with my hair while biking, so any suggestions are always appreciated.
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Any horsewomen out there?
Reply #6 - Feb 6th, 2003 at 11:04am
 
I was surfing the net the other night looking for hairstyle's for the 40's for me to wear to my son's wedding (he is wearing a zoot suit  Roll Eyes ) and I found snoods were quite popular with that time.  While searching for snoods I found many of them in with clothing and accessories for horse riders.  They usually had a bow with a small snood that attached to it.  Not being a horseback rider, I have not seen anyone wear one with a helmet.  Can anyone direct my to a site that would show a person wearing the snood with the helmet.  [and just to clarify, I am NOT going to wear my bike helmet to the wedding  Grin ]
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Reply #7 - Feb 7th, 2003 at 8:06am
 
I donīt know what a snood is (foreigner  Wink ) but I guess it is what I called a hairnet? You need not to wear a bow because a lot of them can be fixed on your hair. The bow is worn as an assecoire for dressage. For military or jumping there are hairnets which are fixed on the head and then supported by the helmet.
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Reply #8 - Feb 7th, 2003 at 10:37am
 
Yes, a snood is a type of hairnet.  Obviously I am not familiar with the protocols of hair and horseback riding.   Grin  I guess I will have to do some searching in that area as well!  Thanks.
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Reply #9 - Feb 8th, 2003 at 1:04am
 
During the summer I wear hats often to protect my hair and face from the sun...to keep my hair off my neck I use a snood...I found this great web site that sells plain and beaded (for the wedding) snoods.

http://www.snoods.com

I have a couple of snoods from her...hopes this helps

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Reply #10 - Feb 8th, 2003 at 7:53pm
 
Thanks for the site.  Funny, I just found that same site a couple days ago!   Cheesy

I'm still looking for a pattern for a snood if anyone knows of one.
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Reply #11 - Jan 18th, 2004 at 4:42am
 
i love 2 ride my bike and find my hair stays back and is not damaged when put my hair in a loose ponytail down my back and roll it up into a shower cap, i just slip on my helmet and ride. I even ride with a conditioning treatment in. Wink
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Reply #12 - Jan 18th, 2004 at 5:00am
 
Thanks for your suggestion, however I can't get my hair up into my helmet - too long.  I can't leave it in a pony tail because of the type of bike I ride.  I have found that putting it in braids, then putting a little cap over my hair helps protect it from the helmet harness.
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