by Grace Clarke
Grace ClarkeIt's National Bike Month, and I've begun cycling to work--a mammoth feat for many reasons--and although my gigantic orange helmet won't solicit any wolf whistles, the hairdo it helps create is catcall-worthy. That's right: my hair looks better post-commute than when I leave my apartment.
Not only is my hairline smoother, but if I pin my hair into three mini twists at the nape of my neck, I wind up with smooth, graceful curls. Why? The pressure of a helmet works to decrease frizz, and helmets also lock in heat, acting like one of those giant salon dryers, so your hair will hold a bit of whatever shape you've twisted, braided or rolled.
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Hairstylist Luke Chamberlain gave me a few more ways to helmet-stye my hair--for each of them, mist dry hair all over with an anti-humidity finishing spray (he likes Oribe Imperméable Spray), follow the tips, and remove any elastics and pins after taking off your helmet:
1. Windblown waves: Flip your head upside down, and spritz all over with hairspray. Without brushing hair--you don't want a polished look--gather it at the nape and weave a traditional braid. Secure it with an elastic a few inches up from ends.
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2. Kinked-out waves (like the kind we wish Carey Mulligan had in Great Gatsby): Divide hair into sections (three for fine hair, four or five for thick hair) and French braid each section, beginning at the hairline and continuing down to the nape. Tie off each braid with an elastic as close to the ends as possible.
3. Silky spiral curls: After parting your hair from your hairline to the back of your neck, brush hair into two smooth sections. Begin twisting one away from your face--the tighter the twist, the more spiraled the curl--and wrap the twist around itself into a tight chignon. Secure at the nape of your neck with either a few pins or an elastic. (I love Goody Spin Pins--no creases, no kinks.) Repeat on the other side. Blast the chignons with hairspray before you strap on the helmet.
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by Grace Clarke