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Helmet Hair No More

Cyclist helmet commutingBike commuters, fear helmet hair no more! The days of showing up at work with messy hair — or even worse, biking to work with no helmet — are over. A company in Sweden has developed what they call an "invisible helmet," which keeps heads safe and hairdos intact for about $600. The "Hovding" helmet is more of a collar with an airbag inside that inflates around the head within a tenth of a second of impact. So the cyclist's hair remains perfect (except for, you know, being blown in every direction from racing through traffic.) Of course, the helmet does not compensate for afros, mohawks, or beehives — but neither does a normal helmet, so these funky hairstyles are simply out of luck. For those with 'dos that can fit in the helmet, the Hovding comes in fashionable styles to match any outfit. 

This helmet is a great idea, especially in this day and age where risking injury seems to be more important than possibly looking silly with a helmet strap around the chin or mussed hair. With the Hovding, the helmet looks more like a giant scarf wrapped around the neck.

Don't believe that a battery-powered collar can protect your head in an accident? Just ask the crash test dummies in the video below. 


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--image by Istockphoto/High-Profile

--Allison Montroy 

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