bike 101: 7 bike friendly hairstyles we love

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{Today’s Bike 101 post comes from Alison of Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies in NYC. Alison and I have been exchanging emails for a while now – ever since I found her adorable bike shop and she came across my blog. I’m always inspired by strong women who take a vision and turn it into reality, which Alison did when she opened up her bicycle accessories shop called Eleanor’s (named after her and her husband’s grandmothers, who shared a moniker and their love for bicycling). Today, Alison brings us her take on stylish hairdos that play nice with your helmet…

You can find more great cycling tips from Alison on her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. For a look at her shop, click here.}

We all know how the feeling of stepping outside with your bicycle, dressed to the nines, with your hair done just so, and then coming to the realization that the only thing standing between you and all-day perfection is your bike helmet.  It’s a fact: helmet hair should be avoided at all costs, with the exception of wearing your bike helmet.  Safety first, right?  Of course.  We pulled together some of our favorite bike helmet-friendly looks that will complete your ensemble and let you stay safe on the streets.

1. We love this low double-knot for everyday bike riding.  It doesn’t take a ton of time or products, but it sure looks like it does.  You probably won’t have any bike helmet interference, but the best part is that even if you do, you can touch it up in a flash.

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2. For a bit more detail, this low, braid-wrapped bun is just the thing when biking to work or more formal celebration.  Equally elegant under your bike helmet or at a cocktail party, this is an easy style that’s sure to impress.

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3. This retro up-do fits snugly inside your bike helmet so it won’t get mussed up during your commute to work.  It’ll add a vintage look to your outfit and, thanks to some bobby pins and hairspray, will stay secure all day long.

imagePhoto Credit: Fashionising

4. For a quick fix and a bit of warmth, try a headscarf or a turban (we like these from Chi Chi Dee!)  This accessory is all the rage now, and it’s just the thing for perfecting a bohemian look.  The wrap will not only keep you warm on chilly days, it’ll keep your tresses in place under your bike helmet while picking up the kids from school by bike.

imagePhoto Credit: Chi Chi Dee

5. This low up-do is one part ponytail, one part French braid, all parts sweet and stylish for cycling to meet friends for brunch.  In a few minutes you can throw your hair into this woven ponytail and top it off comfortably with a bike helmet.

image                        Photo Credit: Sacramento Street

6. If your curls are just plain out of control, tame them with this easy twisted ‘do.  It only takes a couple of minutes, and the result is simple, pretty, and best of all, it’ll stay secure when you ride your bike.

image                                   Photo Credit: Real Simple

7. Milkmaid braids are gracing the heads of every “It Girl” we see, lately, and we can understand why. This breezy, feminine look might seem elaborate, but it’s actually easy to achieve, and we like that the braids keep your hair tidy whether your bike-bound or not.  It may take some practice, but with some perseverance and a few well-placed pins, you can perfect this look.

imagePhoto Credit: Hair Romance

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12 Responses to bike 101: 7 bike friendly hairstyles we love

  1. Fiona says:

    I really like the hair styles although some of them might be too much of a fuss for everyday. I’d like to try number 5 but unfortunately the link is just to the general site. Do you maybe have a way of asking Alison for the tutorial?

  2. Alison says:

    Hi Fiona!

    Alison here from Eleanor’s Stylish Bicycle Accessories for Ladies. Here is the tutorial video showing how to recreate bike helmet friendly hair style #5. Let us know how it works out?

    http://youtu.be/17NCHN4VPCw

  3. Leanne says:

    What a great post Alison! Love these hairstyles :o) Well-picked, and thanks for including my turban!

    Best wishes,

    Leanne xx

  4. Katya says:

    I recently found your blog, and I’m a PhD student in a not-so-big city myself, so all the tips are very handy!
    Good luck with your career plans – I admire that you have time for personal plans (including this beautiful blog) and for teaching.

    Speaking of biking, do you apply any make up when you bike? I like a little bit of make up on my face for the day (just to make the color better etc.), but the wind from biking doesn’t help. Any good solutions?

    • simplybike says:

      Hi Katya,

      I wear a bit of make-up (really just eye stuff) daily and it hasn’t been an issue with biking. In the summer, I find that I have to rinse my face or wipe it with a damp paper towel when I get somewhere because I sweat so much when it’s hot, but that’s really no different from walking or taking public transport w/out air conditioning. Sorry, I don’t have anything more to offer than that!

      • Katya says:

        Thanks!
        I actually carry a small towel in the summer, too – NC gets too hot and sweat goes all over my face. But spring/fall rides make me cry because of wind, so this is what’s messing with my face right now.

        I like your posts on biking in work clothes – it’s so nice that you don’t sacrifice looks for biking.

        • Val says:

          Hey Katya,
          I always wear big lightly shaded sunglasses when cycling, because my contacts dry out quickly from the wind. Might work for protecting your eye make up as well

        • Maria says:

          I like the review and in fact came in and boghut one from your other store. The review is a bit long at 9:00 plus minutes. But at least it is a legit review and not some on-line store that doesn’t stock the product. I got to come in? and actually make sure it fit before dropping the big bills.

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