How to Wear Your Hair While Snowboarding

There are many different ways you can wear your hair while snowboarding. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to do it, but there are a few styles that will be more comfortable and easy than others. 

I’ve been snowboarding for decades and spend as much time as I can out in the snow. I’ve tried many different hairstyles on the mountain, and I know how to wear my hair for riding. 

This post will show you how to wear your hair while snowboarding. I’ll list out what I think are the best hairstyles for riding and tell you why these make the most sense. 

Let’s get started. 

Initial Thoughts

There isn’t one best way to wear your hair when snowboarding. What works for somebody might not be ideal for someone else. Knowing the best hairstyle for you might take some trial and error. 

Luckily, changing up your hairstyle on the fly is pretty easy, and you don’t need to get any sort of special haircut for snowboarding season. Just make sure you always stay adaptable so you don’t get frustrated if you have a bad hair day. 

How to Wear Your Hair While Snowboarding

Here are some of the best ways to wear your hair when snowboarding. All of these will work with a helmet and keep your hair at least somewhat contained. 

Wear It Down

One of the easiest ways to wear your hair on the mountain is simply wearing it down. You can throw your helmet or beanie right over your hair and not worry about styling it any way. It’s simple, effective, and a great option if you don’t want to spend time styling. 

The benefit of wearing your hair down is that it takes nearly zero effort. If you are in a hurry or just want to get riding without thinking about it, this is a good way to go. 

The downside is that your hair can blow around and get in your face, especially if you have long hair. Without any hair ties or braids, your hair will blow around in the wind and might get in your field of view. 

Long Ponytail

Another option is to use a long ponytail. You can tie your hair back behind your head using hair ties. This will help you keep your hair out of the way when you ride and is one of my go-to styles for most days on the mountain.

There aren’t many downsides to wearing your hair in a ponytail when riding. It might get in the way of your hood or jacket, but typically this isn’t much of a real problem. And you can always put several hair ties in if you want to prevent hair from blowing around. 

French Braids

A french braid or two french braids is another solid option for wearing your hair while snowboarding. This is a great way to go if you want to keep your hair nice and secure without worrying about it flying around the snow. 

I prefer a single long french braid over two braids. I think this works very similar to a ponytail, and it will keep your hair out of the way while still allowing you to throw a helmet or beaning on over everything easily. 

The downside of a french braid is that it can take some time to style. If you don’t know how to braid yourself, you will need the help of a friend. But once you learn the technique, it comes in useful in a variety of situations. 


Pigtails are another good way to wear your hair on the mountain. This is a good style if you don’t want your hair stacked up in the back of your head or don’t want to wear it down. It will keep your hair at the sides of your face and won’t blow in the wind. 

You can either use hair ties for the simple pigtail style or do braided pigtails. Braided tails take some more time but will stay in place for a long time. Hair tie tails are easier to put into place but might not stay in place as easily. 

Pigtails might bounce around into your field of view as you ride, but it usually isn’t that big of deal. It’s not like wearing your hair down when you need to worry about big tufts of hair covering your goggles or anything. 

How Not to Wear Your Hair

Now that you know the best ways to wear your hair for snowboarding, you also need to know how not to wear your hair. Again, there are no real rules to all of this, but there are a few styles that do not really work. 

A bun or any sort of updo is almost always a bad idea. You can’t get a good fit with your helmet if you put your hair in a bun because of all the hair that’s stacked up on the top of your head. This is the same with any top of the head style. 

I also wouldn’t spend too much time styling your hair to look good. Remember that it will most likely be a mess after a day on the mountain, so there’s no reason to put a bunch of effort and time into styling it up beforehand. 

Final Thoughts 

Any of the hairstyles shown here will work well for snowboarding. There’s no best way to wear it, but you should experiment to find what style you like the best. 

And if you have shorter hair, you probably don’t need to worry much about how you wear it on the mountain. Just make sure you don’t wear a bun or any sort of updo, and you’ll be just fine.      

About Lorraine
I'm a certified snowboard instructor. My first experience with snowboarding occurred at an indoor resort. One run had me hooked, and it has turned into a lifelong passion ever since then. I'm here to share with you some of the tips and advice I have learned along the way.

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