Monday, 22 September 2008

Solutions to a "Helmet Hair" problem

According to a survey commissioned by Cycling England, and reported in the Independent, 27% of women are put off cycling to work by fear of "helmet hair". It doesn't say whether many men share this concern, which until ten minutes ago, had never even occured to me. But perhaps we should be worried too.

Thankfully, as ever, Bike Forums has been ready with answers for the last three years. If I want to be sure that people don't point at me and laugh at my helmet hair, all I have to do is pick one of their many solutions:

  • Shave my head
  • Grow a ponytail
  • Wear a bandana
Immediately, my worries are over.

So, why are all those people still pointing and laughing? 


disgruntled said...

there's another solution, but I won't mention it because it always starts an argument... but let's just say you don't see Elle McPherson suffering 'helmet hair'

(I always thought 'helmet hair' was that really stiff hair-sprayed style that American woman politicians seem to go for - guaranteed to stop a bullet!)

gom1 said...

I was in London for a meeting today, and passed a group of messengers, complete with super-cool fixies. I would have asked them how they handle the problem of helmet hair, but since they were younger, bigger and fitter than me it didn't seem like a very good idea. It also occurs to me that a wig would be a solution. Surely you can't be suggesting that Elle McPherson doesn't have her own hair?

disgruntled said...

Ah - you didn't see the picture of her cycling without a helmet?