5 Gorgeous 'Dos For Cycling Chicks

[Update: This story was originally published on June 21.]
There’s nothing hotter than a smart, sassy local lady two-wheeling around town. And, of course, the wisest of those ladies knows that it's essential to wear a bicycle helmet…very much to the dismay of our tresses.
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Luckily, it looks like you don't have to sacrifice style for safety anymore, thanks to five hot DIY hairdos that we dreamed up just for helmet wearers. Local beauty maven Katie Nash tried and tested each of them on real-girl model Emily Mullé (from Ditto.com), and we can promise this: They're the antithesis of flat and oh-so-unsexy helmet hair. From interview ready to first-date sexy, these 'dos have got all of your biking bases covered.
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The Products:
Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine Polishing Crème, $22, available at Bumble & Bumble; Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode Hairspray, $27, available at Bumble & Bumble; Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo, $21, available at Oscar Blandi; KMS California Hair Play Sea Salt Spray, $15.95, available at Ulta.

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Look 1: The Fixie
A side-swept 'do that fits as snug as a bug under your helmet.

Nutcase Pixie Stix Street Helmet, $60, available at PUBLIC Bikes.

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Step 1: Create a deep side part and work a smoothing product into the hair. Comb the hair slick against the head.

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Step 2: Mist with hairspray.

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Step 3: Smooth the hair low and over to one side. Secure flat against the head with bobby pins.

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Step 4: Roll the loose ends upward around your fingers to create a barrel roll at the base of the neck.

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Step 5: Secure with more bobby pins.

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Step 6: Finish with hairspray.

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This sleek and sophisticated look is perfect for a bike ride to work or a hot date.

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Look 2: Hot Wheels
We'll show you how to get this effortlessly tousled mane and keep it looking fly while you're wheelin'.

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Step 1: Before you don the helmet, work a little dry shampoo into your roots. It will soak up any excess oil (or sweat!) as you ride. It will also give you added volume and fight any flatness the helmet may cause.

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Step 2: After massaging dry shampoo into scalp, spritz hair with wave-enhancing texturizer and work into the ends, separating and scrunching as you go.

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Step 3: Gather hair on top of head and twist into a messy bun.

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Step 4: Secure with a bobby pin and mist with a flexible-hold hairspray.

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Step 5: Once you arrive at your destination, remove the bobby pins and helmet!

Nutcase Sparkles Street Helmet, $60, available at PUBLIC Bikes.

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Step 6: Do your best sexy biker-babe head shake.

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No helmet hair found here! Now lock up and let loose!

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Look 3: The Modern Princess Leia
A beautiful braided 'do that will sit tightly under your helmet.

Nutcase PUBLIC Stripe Street Helmet, $60, available at PUBLIC Bikes.

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Step 1: Create a side part. Grab the section of hair in front of the ear and begin a French braid.

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Step 2: Braid the hair horizontally around the head, adding one inch pieces.

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Step 3: Continue the braid all the way around the head until you reach opposite ear.

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Step 4: Complete and secure with an elastic.

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Step 5: Sweep the loose braid upward toward the temple and tuck the end in, hiding the elastic. Secure with bobby pins.

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Heartbreaker!

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And from the back!

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Look 4: The Mojo
A boho wrapped style for gals on-the-go.

Nutcase SuperSolids Street Helmet, $60, available at PUBLIC Bikes.

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Step 1: Gather a scarf in both hands and place low at the back of the head.

Prep tip: Start with messy, tousled hair. If needed, use a texturizing spray to help create definition.

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Step 2: Wrap toward the front of the head just covering the ears and cross the ends of the scarf over each other.

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Step 3: Twist a second time to create a twist or knot at the hairline.

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Step 4: Bring the ends of the scarf back behind the head and tie in a knot to secure.

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That's a wrap!

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Look 5: The Twist
An easy-as-pie twisted 'do fit for cycling.

Nutcase Simi Mini Dots Helmet, $60, available at PUBLIC Bikes.

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Step 1: Part the hair down the center and lightly smooth any fly-aways with a polishing crème.

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Step 2: Starting at the hairline, grab about two inches of the hair, section, and pull diagonally. Split the section into two equal parts and begin to twist one around the other away from the face.

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Step 3: Add individual sections of hair every inch or so as you twist your way down and back toward the nape of the neck. Don’t worry if the twist doesn’t sit flat against your head, the look will be softer and more whimsical.

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Step 4: When you reach the nape of the neck, continue twisting along the neckline and secure with a bobby pin.

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Step 5: Repeat on the opposite side.

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Step 6: Tuck the loose ends and secure with bobby pins (do the same to any parts of the twist that may be loose). Mist with a flexible-hold hairspray and you’re ready to hit the road.

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This twist will make ‘em shout!

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Getting twisted!

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