Skiing in Sweden involves helmets. Yes, it’s safety first each and every time in Sweden. But that means you need to think a little more about skiing hairstyles when you’re on the slopes.
And I overlooked that when we headed off to the mountains this past week. Since I had few hair accessories with me, I encountered a hair problem. During the past two years that we have skied, I’ve had short hair, so each morning it has just been a case of sticking on my helmet and away I go. (Everyone wears a helmet while skiing in Sweden. Seriously. Everyone.) This year, however, my almost shoulder-length hair caused a few more problems. If I left it down, then the ends flapped around underneath the helmet, irritating me and getting into my mouth. Putting it into a ponytail just meant that the helmet would not fit on.
I started to look around and see how others were solving it. And plaits or braids seemed to be the answer.
Long skiing hairstyles
The classic Pippi Longstocking style was, unsurprisingly, popular here in Sweden. (Tips for plaiting / braiding your own hair)
A single fishtail plait or braid also looks great. (How to do a fishtail plait / braid)
Depending on the type of skiing you’re doing though, these styles might not be so practical for very long hair.
Another option is plaits or braids across the top of your head – the Heidi look. I love this style because it means that if doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a helmet that messes it up a little. (How to do a Heidi plait / braid)
But what if your hair is not long enough to braid or plait? This was the problem that I faced this year. I can put my hair up into a ponytail but that is about it for the moment.
Mid-length skiing hairstyles
A very low ponytail can work if your helmet allows for it, but it might be a little uncomfortable. (Ultra low ponytail – how to)
To keep mid-length hair back from your face, a waterfall crown is a good option. (How to make a waterfall crown plait / braid). It also works well if you have a fringe – just start the braid / plait a little further back on your head.
If your mid-length hair is long enough, a messy bun, pinned a flat as you can to the back of your head makes an easy skiing hairstyle. (How to create a messy bun)
And if you have short hair, hopefully you have very few problems really as your helmet will fit on like a dream.
I’m looking forward to trying out these styles in the coming months. Should we go again next year, I shall be the skiing hairstyle expert!* I’d love to know the source of these images, but I cannot find them after searching; if anyone knows, please let me know and I’ll credit them.