Pedalling in heels: It’s a hair-mergency!

08 August 2011

Just when Pedalling In Heels hops over one style hurdle, another pesky problem rears its head. It can only be one thing: helmet hair.

Don’t get me wrong: I love my leopard-print helmet (if you’re still looking for your own Sawako Furuno cat-like number, I’m afraid it’s sold out, but you can get your name on the waiting list at But when I take it off after cycling to work, my hair is virtually stuck to my scalp. Nice look.

Panic! Hair-mergency! Fortunately, hair’s 999 line is answered by stylist Natalie Love from the Gina Conway Aveda Salon and Spa in Chelsea (, who gave us step-by-step instructions for fixing flat, sweaty hair once you get to work.
1.      ‘First, run your hands under cold water to cool down your body – it’s no good trying to dry your hair out if you’re still feeling really hot and a bit sweaty,’ says Natalie.
2.      ‘If there’s a hand dryer in your office Ladies’, flick your head upside down under the airflow for a minute or two. This will not only dry your hair, but it will also add back some of your hair’s lost volume.’
3.      ‘A powder-based styling product will help absorb excess oil in your hair – I swear by Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion, which is handy enough to fit in even the smallest of bags,’ says Natalie. Pedalling In Heels also likes Batiste Dry Shampoo, £2.20, a great instant refresh, and John Frieda Luxurious Volume Refresher Spray, £5.59, which revives flat hair. ‘Apply a small squirt to the roots and massage into the scalp to revitalise your hair and restore texture,’ says Natalie.
Like you just stepped out of a salon! Kinda.
What else have you got then, people? Tell Pedalling In Heels your cycling-related conundrums and we’ll do our best to magically fix them!

- Kate Faithfull-Williams

PS Don’t forget Grazia readers get a 25% discount on Cycletta, the 40k women-only cycle challenge – just type code GRAZIA when you enter at and you’ll pay only £33.75 instead of £45.


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