I am not one of those polished and elegant women, who seem to exist only in movies and Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
I range from feeling slightly unkempt to a hot mess, depending on the day and my mood. This has always been the case, predating my bicycling lifestyle. For this reason, hair was never a big issue for me when I started biking to work. My hair is just there, often thrown back in an uninspired ponytail or braid.
After taking off my helmet and walking through the Chicago wind, I usually look something like this:
My motto: embrace messy hair.
You know, I try to be clean and otherwise professional in my appearance, but the world doesn’t point and stare if my hair is not perfectly coiffed.
I don’t think my legal advice is taken less seriously because I may or may not be wearing a scrunchie. (Okay, I should be really embarrassed by that, but scrunchies are so comfortable.)
Sometimes I do get tired of my boring ponytails and Little House on the Prairie braids, though. For times when I want to be a bit more stylish – but still in tune with my messy nature – I’m mentally filing away these two super easy “messy” hair styles I came across.
- (L) The perfectly messy French bun: the blog Experience Parisienne (via Cup of Jo) offers this how-to for the perfectly messy French bun with photos by Anna Wolf.
- (R) The perfectly messy side ponytail: the fab blog Cup of Jo put together this how-to for a perfectly messy side ponytail based on J Crew’s spring catalog, with photos by Jamie Beck (love her work!).
Both of these should be easy enough to throw together in the ladies’ room after jumping off my bike. And I personally think that women with seemingly effortless hair like this are the most elegant. Good stuff.
What kind of “hair person” are you?