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Old 05-30-12, 09:56 PM   #1
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Hair product to combat helmet hair & frizz

Can anyone recommend a good hair product to keep frizz at bay during my commute or that I can put on when I get to the office? I used to have a much shorter commute and then a ride in an air-conditioned train so my hair didn't look too messed up, but now I have a longer commute with no train and it's getting to be that time of year where humidity (helmet sweat) and heat make my hair frizz up.
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Umm are you a girl or guy? Buzz cut works for me, no extra hair products needed and no problems with hat/helmet hair.
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I'm a girl... I suppose I *could* buzz my hair, but I don't really want to.
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last time I was in Stockholm, I picked up one of these:


it's well worth the money
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Umm are you a girl or guy? Buzz cut works for me, no extra hair products needed and no problems with hat/helmet hair.
Yeah, if you're a guy, these work best
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Wear a skull cap under your helmet.
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Stetson hats are accepted in Texas, as I understand.
so put on a hat when you remove the helmet.
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I'm a girl... I suppose I *could* buzz my hair, but I don't really want to.
Do a mohawk then. And then dye it fire engine red. :-p

Is your hair long enough to tie into a pony tail, even if only for the ride?

My helmet tends to leave my hair looking like it is in chunks since I'm starting to grow my hair out from a crew cut and I usually use Gatsby. I think it's wax, but I'm not entirely certain. I can tell you it comes out of a plastic jar and it feels a bit like toothpaste, if toothpaste were a bit oily. I only use it to keep the frizzies down and maybe a bit of styling.
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Can anyone recommend a good hair product to keep friz
z at bay during my commute or that I can put on when I get to the office? I used to have a much shorter commute and then a ride in an air-conditioned train so my hair didn't look too messed up, but now I have a longer commute with no train and it's getting to be that time of year where humidity (helmet sweat) and heat make my hair frizz up.
Option 1: Grow it out long enough to pony tail it and tie it several times and tuck it inside your blouse. It help to keep it from becoming a mess.

Option two: Keep a hair dryer at work. Slightly wet hair and blow dry while finger combing.

Option three: Find some styling gel that works for you. I have a stylis who makes her own proprietary blend. It is a very thin gel that I applied to hair. It has enough moisturizer to help comb out the tangle without me screaming for mercy. Then it dried like water leaving no trace whatsoever......I'll market it as a bike specific product if I only know what is the ingrediant.

Option 4 (highly not recommended): Takes these guys advice and get a buzz. If you choose this option and regretted it, well at least you can return back here at BF and vent it out.
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Colleen, please do market that gel, lol.

My hair is long enough to do a pony tail and the tail part actually works well - I pull it through the adjustor strap on the back of the helmet. It's the front and top of my head that gets frizzy and weird. Kind of flat, with frizz and flyaways. I may try that hair dryer thing if I can't find a product that works for me. Thanks for the tip!
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^ nice.
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Option 1: Grow it out long enough to pony tail it and tie it several times and tuck it inside your blouse. It help to keep it from becoming a mess.

Option two: Keep a hair dryer at work. Slightly wet hair and blow dry while finger combing.

Option three: Find some styling gel that works for you. I have a stylis who makes her own proprietary blend. It is a very thin gel that I applied to hair. It has enough moisturizer to help comb out the tangle without me screaming for mercy. Then it dried like water leaving no trace whatsoever......I'll market it as a bike specific product if I only know what is the ingrediant.

Option 4 (highly not recommended): Takes these guys advice and get a buzz. If you choose this option and regretted it, well at least you can return back here at BF and vent it out.
I live in Florida - 'nuff said. My hair is thick, straight and fine. And so smooth it slips out of hair clips - forget the scrunchies. I used to wear it long (below shoulder blades long), redoing my ponytail several times a day because of flyaways. So I got a haircut that requires only finger-styling. It starts as a longish pixie cut and over three months grows out into short shag. Plays up my cheekbones and balances out my schnoz

Find a good stylist, discuss your workplace and personality and lifestyle with her, not just hair texture and bone structure, and tip her well.

Good Luck!
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I use LA Looks Mega hold sport styling gel. It's super cheap, unscented and it holds like iron. I wear my hair slicked back in a "school marm" bun all day, otherwise patients tend to try and touch it (it's very thick and curly.)

To make a solid bun, no matter how slick your hair:
1. make a high, tight pony tail
2. cut out the toes of a pair of knee-high panty hose in a color that blends with your hair, roll them up into a torus (donut). Place over the pony tail.
3. lean forward, arrange your hair so that it spills out from the center of the torus evenly. Use another pony tail band to secure it down in place. You'll have the core of your bun surrounded by a kind of "mane" of hair.
4. Stand back up, gather the hair that's spilling out, and either braid it or twist it around the base of the torus, secure it with bobby pins or more pony tail bands.

It sounds complicated, but I can assure it it's not. It takes me less than a minute to put my hair up like this. I wear it like this when I'm riding or at work, the rest of the time it's in a single English braid down my back.

ETA: Oh, and if your hair is still too slick, use pomade or hair wax (Bed Head makes some good stuff.)
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I think we will be needing pics of some of these 'dos
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LOL, I'll take some pics tonight if anyone is really curious. The person who taught me how to do this type of bun is a Marine, she said it's the regulation Marine bun. No idea if that's true or not, but it is a fast, bulletproof hairstyle!
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regulation Marine bun, man they have reg's for everything
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Pics of the bun please! Thanks for the gel recommendation.
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Pull all of your hair out of the vent holes in your helmet so it just sort of sticks out all over the place and be punk rock to and from work or, pull it into a bun on top of your helmet and show us THAT photo
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Pics of the bun please! Thanks for the gel recommendation.
Here ya go - I took these when I got home from work. The bun survived commute to and from work in driving rain and coastal winds, with a 10 hour ER shift in between. For work, instead of using bobby pins in the last step I use two extra elastic bands.





ETA: It took me like 20 tries to get photos where my head was actually in the frame. I suck at self-portraiture.

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Pull all of your hair out of the vent holes in your helmet so it just sort of sticks out all over the place and be punk rock to and from work or, pull it into a bun on top of your helmet and show us THAT photo
Hmm, go with a Roman Centurion sort of vibe? I could dig it.
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WoW, NICE BUN! I see buns out the backs of helmets all the time around town and it looks like it works out good for the office or???
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