Attractive Helmets: How To Make Your Helmet So
Attractive helmets are not a myth. Style and safety are not mutually exclusive as is widely believed. Some people, especially all the beautiful women, wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those hanky-panky globe-shaped lids, safety be damned. And we understand your pain, we do. But without this necessary head gear, it’s more likely that you will be caught dead. Brain splotch over the streets is an abominable sight, pretty face or no. Brands like Duke and Shoei do try really hard to make helmets that look like they slipped off the ramp at fashion week, right into your lap. It is a tough trick to balance safety, style and features, all in the same plate. So our helmet fashionista deserve some credit at the very least.
What can you do to get on the good-looking helmet bandwagon?
- Buy the right size:
Yes, the first tip is, literally, that simple. More often than not, the sizes of a particular brand may run smaller or larger than your average size chart. Most people end up buying a larger size and keeping it. Not only is this unadvisable safety-wise, it makes you look like Megamind on a puny vehicle. How do you find the right size if all brands are sizing as they please?
The best way is to walk into the store and get helmets fitted by the salespeople. Trying before buying eliminates most of the ambiguity related to the helmet features as well. Get the salesperson to help you tie down the lid snug, in the correct position. If your favorite noggin sock is only available cheap online, then make sure that you check the size chart of that particular manufacturer before buying.
- Different shell sizes and shapes:
Some of us are blessed with unusually shaped or sized head. We are not calling you BigHead or anything, just that your head is a little “off”. The trend for helmets was to be round, traditionally. Recently this has shifted to an intermediate oval shape. Check out which shape your head is and choose your lid accordingly.
Clamping down a round helmet on oval head is like trying to cast Steve Martin as the next James Bond. Good brands also create different shell sizes for their size range at great manufacturing cost to themselves. This means they will have one shell size for XS and Small, another for Medium and Large and an altogether different Shell for XL sizes. This extra effort from their end lends itself into better fitting and, in turn, better looking helmets.
- Paint the town…matte?:
If you have already bought your helmet and it is boring, you might be looking to add some life to it. There’s nothing like a new dress to drown your sorrows and there’s nothing like a custom paint job to jazz up your lid. The popular skull-design to the surprising trend of painting everything matte, anything and everything can make them look fancy.
There is a whole process to the painting and it is better to take it up to professionals. However, do remember that certain products, especially petroleum ones, can damage the shell and render your helmet useless.
So it’s best to enquire which painting products are suggested by the manufacturers to redo the paint job. Helmet stickers can also come in handy in your beautification process. Make sure you don’t remove the DOT, Snell or ECE certification sticker or you may court trouble with the law. Local laws define the legality of helmet painting, so that research has to be done on your end.
- Buy pretty lids:
Save yourself all the trouble. Beauty is not just shell-deep with helmet. We have quite a few well-known brands that have figured it in their helmet aesthetics. Take Duke DK 140 or Shoei Neotech .The aerodynamic profile adds to the killer looks as well, not just the mechanics of speed and wind control. Then there is the maverick Bell’s Rogue helmet that is a surprising foray into unconventional design, both mechanical and aesthetic.
Of course there are brands dedicated to building style into their products at the cost of several other features. Predator or Stormtrooper, Batman or Daft punk, Stone studded or disco ball you have a whole collection. How these helmets fare in other aspects is a matter that needs personal inspection.
- Clean your helmet:
The reason that you don’t find your helmet hot anymore is probably because you are looking at through a film of filth. Dead bugs and Prairie soil can get in the way of appeal like that. So shed your pride and get a-scrubbing. Read our article on how clean and maintain helmets.
The amount of merchandise in market itself offers a lot of options for the rider to choose from. If you are really bent upon making your helmet look like Michelangelo’s pet piece then there are places that cater specially to you, Giselle Bundchens of motorcycle world. Suave or not, do not forget to wear this real tacky piece of jewelry, the brainbucket, when you ride.