As I have mentioned before, I ride my bike nearly daily. Commutes are far more fun to and from work by bike than on a packed bus. While on most weekends I can usually be found cruising along the river or meeting up with friends for a bevvie somewhere. So in this regard I also wear a helmet. The choice is personal and is mostly due to the unpredictability of drivers since I am on the road for at least some of the time every time I'm out and about.
Wearing a helmet has it's pros, cons and politics but the point I'm here to discuss is hairstyle. Generally, I'm not too girly so arriving at my destination a little unkempt is generally of little concern. I do try to not look like a complete dirtbag with a little pre-planning such as carrying a small mirror for a post-ride hair check... However, since I also have occasionally unruly curly hair I have usually been stuck with the standard ponytail to tie back the ol' locks between point A and B. Although technically functional it does get a little boring having the same 'do all the time. But not anymore folks!
A few weeks ago I saw a lady riding her bike with a 1940s/Downton Abbey/hair-banded style that looked stunning but looked far too difficult for this one-style-wonder to figure out. I then saw a similar style on a pretty server at National on 17th during Stampede but it was quite elaborately and looked like a lot of effort. Either way, the universe was telling me it was time figure out what this was and how to replicate it so off to the internet I went and straight to YouTube to find a how-to video (which apparently every 13-25 year old woman is doing these days...) for the style. There are a lot of variations but I went with the basic and voila! Success!!
Even after riding all day I still think it looked awesome. However, I'll be packing a few extra bobby pins next time to secure wispy fly-aways.
Now I'm all set for bike dates! Hooray :)