It might seem insignificant to some, but to others the struggle is real. Some might scoff and mutter about how trivial it is, but here at Crystal we appreciate the importance of having the perfect ski hairstyle to hold your hair in place on the slopes, without ending up at apres-ski taming wind-kissed, wild tangles into submission.
There are a couple of legitimate factors up for consideration: you want it out of the way, you want it to resist a helmet-hair situation and you want it to stay looking half decent come the last lift – personal vanity and #selfie culture shouldering the blame in equal parts. No judgement here though! Just arm yourself with a pack of kirby grips, preferred hair bands and browse the below mix of tried and tested hairstyles that tick all the boxes to wear under a helmet. Feel free to comment your own recommendations or thoughts at the end of the post.
Classic French Braid
Probably the first hairstyle that most of use when growing up. The French braid sits comfortably snug underneath a helmet AND goes the distance during a long day on the slopes, keeping your hair in place. It’s my front runner for looking cute while being practical as well as keeping helmet-hair to a minimum.
Get the tutorial here.
The Low Plait
If you haven’t conquered the French braid or you’re not feeling the fuss, go for a low plait. Not only is it easy and quick, but a low plait is versatile in so many different ways. Plait it to the side, chuck a front braid into the mix, plait midway and let the ends loose; like the Weetabix of helmet-hair hairstyles, build it how you like it – anything and everything goes.
Get a front braid to low plait tutorial here.
Double French braid (A.K.A The Boxer Braid)
This is the stylede jourat the moment, from every insta-famous ‘It Girl’ to those on your local high street – everyone is channeling a Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby look. Swap the raised plait of the typically inverted Dutch braid on this style for a flatter, more helmet-friendly classic French braid.
There’s a brilliant how-to video here.
Again, currently having a bit of a moment with the fash-pack, the Heidi hairstyle has shed its previously naff persona and taken one giant step forward as being considered quite a chic do. Make your plaits soft and loose before securing them to your head for maximum comfiness under a helmet.
90’s Double bun
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have noticed that trends from the 90’s are back in a big way. Chokers, Pokemon and double buns have been pulling on nostalgic heartstrings. Not that I’m complaining, it gives me another opportunity to impersonate my favourite Spice Girl.
Get the tutorial here.
The fishtail is the fantasy braid of Pintrest hair-dreamers everywhere, and should only be attempted by those with heaps of patience to practice and/ or have the stamina to keep their arms up at an awkward angle for an extended period of time. But once you’ve cracked the art of under over the other over (say that really really fast ten times!) you’ll be the envy of braid-buffs everywhere, including myself.
Watch the tutorial here.
So there you have it, seven top tips for keeping your lovely locks under control even under the snowiest of conditions. Good luck, and may the hair gods be with you.
This article was written by Emma Taylor, Brand & Advertising Executive at Specialist Holidays Group and keen skier of nearly 15 years.