Wearing a helmet is crucial for personal safety while riding a motorcycle; yet flat, helmet hair is often the unattractive result. Wearing a motorcycle helmet compresses and flattens the hair against the top of your head, causing your hair to lose its shape, style, body and bounce. Although the safety benefits of wearing a protective helmet, while riding a motorcycle, far outweigh the potential for unstylish flat hair, there are steps you can take to minimize the appearance of helmet hair.

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Wear a ventilated motorcycle helmet. A ventilated helmet will help lessen helmet hair and frizziness. Mist your hair with a light hairspray before putting on the ventilated helmet.

Put on a helmet skull cap or bandanna underneath your motorcycle helmet. Wearing a skull cap or bandanna will protect your hair from flattening underneath the motorcycle helmet, and help maintain your hairstyle. Helmet skull caps are available at motorcycle supply stores.

Apply dry shampoo or baby powder to your hair, after removing your motorcycle helmet, to bring the shape back to your hair. Make your own dry shampoo by mixing 1/2 cup of corn meal with 1/2 cup of almond meal. Place the mixture into an airtight container and carry it with you on your motorcycle trips.

Wrap your hair around sponge curlers before putting on your helmet. Only try this if there is enough space between the curlers and your motorcycle helmet; you don’t want too tight a fit.

Carry a portable hairdryer, curling iron or curlers and a wide-toothed comb with you on your motorcycle. When you arrive at your destination, bring the shape back to your helmet hair by slightly wetting it then apply a leave-in moisturizing hair conditioner. Wrap your hair around curlers or use a battery-powered curling iron if you need extra volume. Use the portable hair dryer to thoroughly dry your hair.


  • Wear a pony tail or braid under your helmet since the top of the hair is expected to be flat with those hairstyles.