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Long Hair Care And Motorcycle Riding

Updated on August 29, 2013

Long Hair Care And Motorcycle Riding Is A Must!

Wow... my hair looks bad in this picture! (I should have followed my own suggestions on that day).

It was a windy day and I had not brushed my hair before the picture was "snapped", you never know when that moment will arrive, so you see how my wavy, thick and fuzzy hair can look if it's not in control. I'm actually laughing about it!

I spend a lot of time riding on a motorcycle. My hair is very long, past my waist so it's important to try and keep the snarls out of it. I like to keep a good leave-in conditioner in my hair because the wind can dry it out leaving it with split ends or from experience it will definitely break off.

I take the time to do a deep oil treatment which gives my hair body and shine after long trips with a helmet on, or tied in hair bands. The little extra love makes a big difference.

One of my favorite leave in conditioners is Garnier Fructis Leave-In conditioning cream. I use the sleek & shine kind. It leaves my hair soft and manageable and gives it back some moisture and bounce. It also has a great scent to it.

When I tie my hair up I use wide hair bands that do not cling to my hair. They slide out easily. Some days I wear a multi-band pony tail, or a side braid or sometimes a side pony tail with muti-bands in it to hold my hair together and in place. If you wear a helmet it's hard to get a french twist or chignon in your hair as it doesn't fit well under a helmet. I have put my hair in a chignon at the nape of my neck below my helmet and it does work pretty good as I explain below.

Another more classy (yes you can look classy on a motorcycle) look is to put a chignon in the back held securly with a scrunchie to make a knot at the neck. I add a head band or bandana at my hair line. This also helps keep the hair around my face in place.

One thing you can't do is put those large claw clips in your hair under a helmet (Ouch) but you can use flat clips or barettes if they are slim.

What ever you decide to do with your long hair these tips can help. There's many days where I simply twist my hair up in in french twist without pinning it and place my helmet over it. Then I can just shake it out at my destination, redo the twist when we leave. It takes a little practice but is worth learning the technique.

There are some new style scarves out there that are made to contain your hair in them and they look pretty nice. It's better to find your style and go with it than to mess a good ride up being uncomfortable with problem hair!

Out Riding On A Nice Day!
Out Riding On A Nice Day!

No Matter What We Choose To Do In The Outdoors...

whether it's swimming, jogging or just walking our hair can become dry and brittle. By the way I have done all of those, especially swimming, and found that my long hair needs special care all the time if I'm in chlorinated water. It's easy to forget just how fragile it can be until all of a sudden it's dry, frizzy and damaged and breaking off. Sometimes the only thing left to do it cut off those precious locks. If you are like me that's a last resort and I really try hard to keep my hair in great shape.

I recommend taking the time to use some extra care with a couple extra leave in products for conditioning. I truly do "Live To Ride...It's My Way Of Life".

If Your Hair Is Tied Up Then It Won't Knot In The Wind! - No Nightmare Hair Ties

If my hair isn't up in my helmet then it's up in one of these...I recommend it.

Remember...If You Don't Do This...

Wear a helmet or put you hair in bands

You will have to pull out terrible snarls

from the wind whipping it!

Learn How To Create A French Twist In Your Hair

How To Create A Neat French Twist

Keep Your Hair In Good Condition!

Slippery When Wet...if ya use the right conditioner *wink*

Got Oil (for your hair?)

Sometimes you have to make time for a deep oil treatment...just sayin'.

Try A Knot At The Nape Of Your Neck

Learn how to create a knot to keep your hair in place with this classy Bohemian updo.

StickyNote - Shopping List

check the weather...check (it's humid)

pick up shampoo and conditioner

if hair color is on sale... BUY IT!

get a new soft hair brush and wide tooth comb

Hair Accessories To Make Your Day Easier

Monthly Solution...From Arm & Hammer Newsletter

I swim in a heavily chlorinated pool every day. The chlorine was destroying my hair. I mixed 4 tablespoons of

ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda in a pint jar of water and put it over my hair after I got out of the pool. This works wonders!

— G. Reiter

Cover You Head For Maximum Hair And Head Protection! - Plus Check Out Some Great Accessories That Might Be Needed!

Carry a spare set of goggles or a cargo net just in case you stop and shop! It's better to be looking at it than looking for it.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Quite useful tips for lady bikers.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Quite an excellent guide for the lady bikers, and the male bikers with long hair, too, I suppose - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, great job!

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      @ClassyGals: Thank you for liking my lens, "Long hair care and motorcycle riding" your blessing is very much appreciated!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Great haircare tips for the female biker. I use Argan oil, it seems to be much cheaper on Amazon. Blessings**

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love to ride along on the back of motorcycles. My hair used to be long, and it sure does help to have it braided and tied down well. My hair is fine so it gets tangled easily. Good tips!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens

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      LadyCharlie 6 years ago

      @ellagis: Thank you for the additional suggestions ... ride safe!

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      I'm a "frequent motorbiker" too (although I only ride my 125cc motorbike along Roman streets, with every kind of weather, in every moment of the year), and I can really understand you when you describe your hair after riding. I agree with your suggestions; in addition, I can tell you that I usually wear a "almond-oil mask", once a month, for a couple of hours, to make them stronger (if I don't have almond oil, i use good Italian extra-virgin olive oil).