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post #1 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Long hair & your helmet

Normally when I ride I just pull my hair back in a scrunchie. Which holds my hair back, but doesn't avoid the lovely knots I get from my hair whipping in the wind. I have fairly long hair, and was not born with a skillset to braid. What do you ladies do with your hair to avoid knots? Any tips or tricks? Tired of feeling like a four year old crying as I pull the knots from my rats nest at the end of a ride
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-16-2014, 08:54 AM
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i twist my hair to where it starts twisting up on itself. fold it half way up so that it looks like a cinnamon twist and then i tie it with a hair-tie. looks like a long cinnamon twist bun haha. that's what i do when i'm too lazy to do a braid.

using the "non-slip" hair ties will make sure your hair stays in place, but taking it out hurts.

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i have extremely short hair...so this isnt a problem for me

however, my girlfriend has rather long hair, basically is comes down to the small of her back, and any time she rides, she normally will either braid it & put 5-6 small rubber bands down the length of it. If shes in a hurry, she still tries to put the rubber bands in without braiding it, and then basically throws it over her shoulder, puts her jacket on, then zips it up inside.

Not sure if any of these ideas sound good, just offering some insight
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I braid mine but, as Hellonearth suggested, the multiple hair-band trick is a good alternative if you don't know how to braid.

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I always tuck it... pun intended...
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Their was a thread on this by WhyMista (of all people) Do you tuck?... I always tuck
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I always do a quick braid, it might not always look the best but is the most efficient. If I don't my hair is an absolute wreck.

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I need to learn how to braid. I tried the multi band thing the other day and got one stuck, that will take practice.
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I need to learn how to braid. I tried the multi band thing the other day and got one stuck, that will take practice.
yeah she actually cuts them out usually lol.
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I really wanted my wife to do the whole Princess Leah thing with the double side buns and an all white suit set.... but she gave me the look... The Eye of Sauron look to be clear... So I told her I'd settle for the Lady Godiva look.
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I was growing out my hair, got it to ~4in length, but shaved it off yesterday because the of the locks of hair that were obscuring my vision and flipping around in the helmet. Not sure how I feel about braiding my hair, maybe next time around when I decide to grow out my hair.

P.S. I'm a guy, so shaving it off works for me.
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I used to tuck my hair into my jacket. But I also used a couple extra (really elastic) hair ties at multiple points (like base, middle, and end) in case I forgot to tuck my hair in.

It worked, didn't have knots once I started it, but the hair tie at the end of my hair was super tight - it can come off easily when riding unless it's on tight.

Do Elsa's hair braid from Frozen!
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I use two thin hair bands to make a low hanging pony tail (bands sitting in the neck) and then dividing my hair into 3 somewhat equal strands. I throw the right strand to the front of my shoulder and when dividing the bulk into middle and left strand i throw the left strand over the other shoulder.

then i hold the middle strand with one hand and get one side to cross over. once that one cross over is done i hold it with the hand i got the side strand with to grab the right strand with the right hand.

that's ow i get it started.

once i've done 3-4 cross overs i turn my head all the way sideways so i can braid the remains in front of my chest/shoulder.


i ALWAYS stuff my braid straight down the back inside the jacket. the braid can't go down your spine cuz then it will bulk up in the neck leaving your head forced down.

having the braid come up to the front down your shoulder/chest left me with hair strands coming out of the braid and poking me irritatingly in the neck like bugs hitting me or fine needle pokes.

Since i got a layered hair cut i fixate the bangs and strands too short to stay in the ponytail with hair pins along the side of the head. On top they put too much pressure on my scalp with the helmet on.


it all just takes practise. i wasn't great at it but after a dozen times and practicing in front of the mirror with my arms getting to tired and heavy, I got it down now.
Sometimes tho i'd rather sweat in my helmet for 5min (gas stop) cuz most of the time my braid is falling apart at the base (neck area) and I have to redo it before putting the helmet on again.

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Wife says :"Chop it off, or braid it.. even when you tuck it there is still a crease." Guess thats why my wife got her hair cut shorter.
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