Helmet hair up there

EVER turned up to a family do looking more like Young Einstein’s long lost sister than one of your own clan?

Helmet hair is a common problem among scooter and motorcycle riders. It’s more likely than bugs in the teeth and the dreaded sunglass or ‘‘racoon’’ sunburn.

Kristin Whitney, who owns Greg and Audrey’s Garage in Newcastle, gets more questions from women about how to avoid helmet hair than about obtaining a motorbike licence or wearing appropriate riding garb.

Whitney, who sells scooters and accessories for females, hosted a sold-out helmet hair workshop with professional hairdresser Chantelle Overy on Friday and will hold another in two months.

Among Ms Overy’s tips were: make sure your hair is perfectly dry before you put a helmet on, and try popping on a silk scarf under your helmet to stop frizz.

If all else fails, Sydney-based company Two Wheel Cool launched a product called Airhead online last month. It is a helmet insert for both sexes aimed at increasing ventilation.

Designer and company owner Bruce Hanlee said high humidity within the helmet caused helmet hair.

‘‘Helmet Hair is a serious concern. It can ruin expensive blow dries, flatten heavily gelled man spikes, or put daylong dents into painfully straightened hair,’’ he said.

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