3 Easy Hairstyles Perfect For Biking To Work

Aside from the towering hills (which we avoid at all costs), San Francisco is pretty much a cyclist's dream city. With a solid biking community, progressive laws, and streamlined routes, you're bound to see almost as many bikes as cars on the road on your way to work. The only pitfall to pedaling as your main mode of transportation? Arriving at your desk a sweaty mess with hair that looks dirty and tangled — or like you've been hanging out in a wind tunnel.

We tapped S.F.-based stylist Katie Nash to show us a thing or two about which 'dos survive the best under your helmet. In honor of National Bike To Work Week (which kicks off today) and our own city's Bike To Work Day on May 14, we tested out three unique styles that are perfect for girls with long tresses, so you can whip around the city and arrive at your destination without a hair out of place.

Model: Lana Kohn at Stars Model Management.
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The Half-Up And Braided Do
The wind doesn't stand a chance with this easy to execute, half-up braided look. Your braids sit firmly underneath the helmet, without getting messed up, while the rest of your locks are free to blow in the breeze.

Electra Loft 3i in Mango, $599.99, available at Electra and locally at San Francyclo, 746 Arguello Boulevard.

Bern Lenox Helmet, $60, available at Bern.
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Create a three-inch section of hair on the left side behind your ear.
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Begin to braid downward and secure with elastic.
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Repeat on the other side.
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Wrap your braid from left to right, cradling the back of your head and securing your braids on the opposite side with bobby pins behind the right ear. Be sure to place your braid low enough on your head so that it sits underneath the helmet.
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Repeat on the other side.
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Once your braids are secure with the bobby pins, remove the elastic and loosen the ends.
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And ta-da! You've got yourself a bike-friendly style.
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Sleek Side Ponytail With A Twist
This twisted style puts a modern spin on a classic — and will last no matter how far or fast you pedal.
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Starting on your right side, divide your hair into two sections, swooping back diagonally towards the nape of your neck, and secure into a low side ponytail.
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Begin twisting your remaining hair up and away from your face – following your hairline diagonally.
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Wrap this twisted section around your original ponytail and secure with an elastic.
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Elegant and efficient.
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A Trio Of Knotted Buns
You can bet this trio of twisted buns will snuggly stay in place under your helmet.
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Divide your hair into three equal sections.
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Secure each section in a low ponytail at the base of your head.
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Twist each piece tightly so it begins to wrap into itself.
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Keep twisting your hair into a bun and secure. Repeat on all three sections.
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And, you're finished. This fun style is going nowhere.
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