Airhead insert increases helmet ventilation, eliminates "helmet hair"
By C.C. Weiss
March 14, 2012
The Airhead is a simple accessory designed to fit inside a helmet and increase air circulation, keeping you cooler. By limiting your head heat and perspiration, Airhead also promises to combat "helmet hair."
A lot of time has been spent trying to make the helmet look better when it's on, but not as much time seems to have been put into making you look better when you take the helmet off. We're talking helmet hair - that grungy, wet, matted mess of hair that isn't appropriate much of anywhere that you might be traveling on your motorcycle.
Conceived during a road trip on long, lonely stretches of barren Australian asphalt, Airhead tackles the problem head on (pun intended). It is designed to help you maintain the carefully groomed hair that you spent minutes or hours parting and spraying before clamping your dirty helmet on top of it.
The device pops inside your helmet and creates a little more room between head and helmet, thereby increasing air circulation. The extra circulation is supposed to decrease perspiration and keep one's hair groomed and vibrant. Helmet hair may not be the most pressing issue facing mankind, but when you roll up to work in your motorcycle using Airhead, at least you won't have to worry about explaining why you look like a Labrador that just dragged a bird out of the bay.
The Airhead is made specifically for motorcycle helmets and is designed to be one-size-fits-all. You can pop it in within seconds by simply bending it, springing it into place and adjusting. It features soft, non-allergenic silicone, so it should be comfortable on your head. From the look of it, all those silicone spikes might even massage your scalp.
While the Airhead was built for motorcycle helmets, its website says that it works with pretty much any helmet, including ski and snowboard helmets. We've seen some ski helmet designs recently that appear to trade ventilation for increased impact absorption, so something like this could possibly add back a little circulation, assuming it allows for a safe, proper fit.
Airheads come in a variety of styles and retail for US$25.