New product helps you stay cool beneath your helmet

Airhead Helmet Spray

Even a well vented helmet gets pretty warm as the temperatures rise. A new product called Airhead Cool Spray promises to cool you right back down.

You use the little bottle to apply a few sprays to your scalp at the start of your bike ride which takes a few seconds. It is designed to keep you cool for up to an hour, but you can re-apply as required if on a longer ride.

It could be a really effective solution for commuters as it is designed to work even if air isn’t flowing through the helmet. Therefore, even if you’ve got a helmet with minimum ventilation, or your stopped at lights, you’ll still get the cooling effect which helps to cut down perspiration.

The product is anti-pruritic meaning it removes any itchiness that you may experience through sweating and through contact with the helmet.

The Airhead costs £9.49 and for that you get a 30ml bottle which provides approximately 300 sprays. This should last a long time.

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71 Responses to New product helps you stay cool beneath your helmet

    • Lisa 26/05/2012 at 11:15 am #

      Kik5ter – Thanks for the heads up. I discovered you can get Airhead cheaper by liking their facebook page then go into their facebook shop

      Thanks again. L x

  1. Michelle 26/05/2012 at 10:28 am #

    Looks interesting for my weekend of cycling at the beginning of July. Thanks for the tip

  2. Lisa 26/05/2012 at 10:32 am #

    Boots product is an aerosol and flammable!!!! I’m also not keen on the tin size of the Boots brand could be bulky in my back-pack. I have just ordered some Airhead so will report back in due course.

  3. Alis 26/05/2012 at 10:33 am #

    I’d absolutely love to try this product. I commute 15 miles every day, as well as doing leisure rides round Richmond Park on the weekends. With the heat we’ve had this week I’ve been getting very sweaty!

    This product sounds like a helpful solution.

  4. Mike 26/05/2012 at 10:57 am #

    I sweat gallons, this is right up my street!

  5. Rowan Middleton-Leal 26/05/2012 at 11:48 am #

    I have long, thick hair and get super hot under the helmet on longer rides, even with my hair all pulled back in a ponytail. Would be v interested to see if this product works for ladies with longer hair…

  6. Mike 26/05/2012 at 11:52 am #

    I sweat so much everywhere else, not sure this will make a difference. If it does make you feel cool however, then I will give it a shot.

  7. Randall 26/05/2012 at 9:47 pm #

    We sweat over here across the ocean too!

  8. Ray Whitehouse 26/05/2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Being almost bald I hope it doesn’t leave stripes.

  9. Stephen 26/05/2012 at 11:18 pm #

    As always, London cyclist is bang up to date with the weather! Hurrah!

  10. David Clare 27/05/2012 at 10:31 am #

    Awesome, this should be very helpful!

  11. tom 27/05/2012 at 11:04 am #

    can i have a free one please

  12. Adam Edwards 27/05/2012 at 11:18 am #

    Vital when ridings the hills of Barnet and Hendon every day.


  13. frank 27/05/2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Is this product suitable for use in places other than under the helmet ?

    • Lee Cunningham 29/05/2012 at 6:52 am #

      Hi Frank
      Airhead Cool Spray has been developed specifically for under helmet use.
      Lee C (Ahead Solutions UK)

  14. Mike Warwick 27/05/2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Would love to hear how people get on with this product!

  15. Steve w 27/05/2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Anything that can reduce the amount of heat my head produces during my daily commute has to be a good thing
    I’d love to try this during the summer

  16. Gareth 27/05/2012 at 8:30 pm #

    Really disappointing that they charge another £6 for “shipping” – it must weigh a lot!

    • Lee Cunningham 29/05/2012 at 7:31 am #

      Hi Gareth
      P&P should only ever be £4.75 for UK orders no matter which deal people select.
      This is broken down into:
      £2.70 for 0 – 750g Royal Mail 1st Class
      £0.95 for recorded del
      £1.10 for The robust postal tube and packaging we use.
      I will have the higher price you mentioned investigated, thanks for highlighting.
      Lee Cunningham (Ahead Solutions UK)

      • Ben 01/06/2012 at 10:38 am #

        I think the problem is just with Google Checkout: £5.95 shipping and handling.

        • Lee Cunningham 01/06/2012 at 11:08 am #

          Will have Mr IT look into now. Thank you Ben.

        • Lee Cunningham 01/06/2012 at 11:15 am #

          Google Checkout sorted @ £4.75. Thanks again for highlighting.

  17. simon 27/05/2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Anything that helps stop me looking like a drowned rat at the office in the morning has got to be worth trying.

  18. kathleen hooper 27/05/2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Great idea!

  19. Mark Pownall 28/05/2012 at 9:18 am #

    I found a solution to this problem riding the coast to coast ride over the Pennines at Easter. Simply wedge some of the snow, lying around in drifts at the side of the road, into the vents in your helmet, and cool down as it slowly melts down your neck and back. Great for the ascents, not so clever for the descents when you’re not doing much pedalling. I suspect this product might be more convenient in London when the temperature is 28 degrees and there’s not a lot of snow lying around.

  20. Steve 28/05/2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Anything that helps keep me cool I’m going to have to try. I always end up overheating. I wish I’d seen this before my 60 mile ride yesterday.

  21. Vicki 28/05/2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I’ll be interested to see how effective this is.

  22. Matt 28/05/2012 at 2:22 pm #

    If this size lasts a long time then the 4/3 deal must be a lifetime supply… interesting.

  23. Phill 29/05/2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I’ve tried this on MTB rides and it’s surprisingly good. There’s an initial cool feeling and then, mysteriously (I have no idea what causes it) your head feels cooler for quite a while afterwards. The little pump spray’s a nice size for a pocket too if you’re going to be out for a while.

  24. Darrel Stamp 29/05/2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I haven’t seen this before and will have to give it a try. Particularly this weekend, I was feeling very hot in my helmet!

  25. Russ 01/06/2012 at 10:09 am #

    Now, is there anything to make my nose stop running?

  26. jason palmer 01/06/2012 at 10:18 am #

    just deal with being hot a sweaty its half the fun ! and baby wipes when u get where your going

  27. Hugh 01/06/2012 at 10:23 am #

    Anyone who has the misfortune to sit next to me on the 1754 from Waterloo on a hot afternoon will be very grateful if I invest in an Airhead. Do they do an Airpits too?

  28. Dave Greenwood 01/06/2012 at 10:25 am #

    I don’t wear a helmet, my head’s shaved and I still sweat buckets 🙁
    Would love to give this product a go.

  29. AdamS 01/06/2012 at 10:27 am #

    Hmm sounds interesting but there is a suspicious lack of information on ingredients. I’d like to know what I’d putting on (i.e. in) my body before I would use this.

    Any more info on this from Lee @ Ahead Solutions?

    • Lee Cunningham 01/06/2012 at 10:48 am #

      Hi Adam.

      Nothing suspicious – only ever transparent. There is an image of the entire product label here:—helmet-cool-spray.html

      Active ingredients:
      Menthol – Cooling plus counteracts irritation that may be caused by sweat
      A.D.B.A.C. – Anti-bacterial
      Spirit of camphor – Anti-pruritic
      Boric acid – Antiseptic / antipruritic (0.005% – less than in Boots eye drops)

      Menthogen on the other hand is a more specialist antipruritic (anti-itch) for helmet wearers – the ingredients listed transparently on the same name website.

      Thanks, Lee – Ahead Solutions UK.

    • Lee Cunningham 01/06/2012 at 10:53 am #

      Should have mentioned – the product label is at the bottom right of the page in the link.

  30. Julian 01/06/2012 at 10:40 am #

    I just stop and take my helmet off for 30 seconds and then when I put it on its nice and cool!! Interesting to see how this product works?

  31. Peter Clark 01/06/2012 at 10:40 am #

    Do you need hair? Does it work for us shavers? Great idea and timely given the recent weather!

  32. Paul 01/06/2012 at 10:53 am #

    Anything to nicely cool the noggin whilst I’m on my rides gets my vote!

  33. Ted 01/06/2012 at 11:01 am #

    worth trying. Does it work under the arms as well !

  34. Karl 01/06/2012 at 11:10 am #

    This sounds like a great idea, would like to give it a try on the commute to work as my head does tend to get sweaty and itchy which can be a real pain if you are having to stop more regularly.

  35. Jon 01/06/2012 at 11:13 am #

    Interesting. Would be nice to see more reviews

  36. Robin 01/06/2012 at 11:21 am #

    Great idea if it works (and it seems it does) – I want some!

  37. Chia Huei Tan 01/06/2012 at 11:22 am #

    Am curious how this works! Will be so awesome for cycling back home in Malaysia where my boyfriend and I spend our summers. It’s just so unbearably hot in that tropical weather, totally unlike the dry summer days here in Europe.

  38. Geoff Cooper 01/06/2012 at 11:36 am #

    Does hair length (or lack of it 😉 ) effect how well it works?

    • Phill 01/06/2012 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Geoff,

      I’m not blessed with much hair any more and the stuff works brilliantly for me. As far as I can see, it works on your scalp moreso than the actual hair. All I know is, my bald patch also feels cool!

  39. George 01/06/2012 at 11:41 am #

    My head gets sweaty on my commute and the lack of hair makes it look bad in the office. This sounds very promising!

  40. Alex 01/06/2012 at 11:42 am #

    Is this just a watered down version of freeze gel? Interested to see if this would actually reduce sweat rather than just making you feel cooler

  41. Si 01/06/2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Interested, I’m usually ok when riding, but start dripping when I stop and head indoors. Wonder if it helps with that.

  42. Andrew 01/06/2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Would be happy to try this out and report back if I win a bottle – I spend up to 4 hours a day commuting on my bike!

  43. Phil 01/06/2012 at 1:57 pm #

    That sounds almost too good to be true. Squirting water out of a drinks bottle through the vents works well on a leisure ride but not so good on your way toork. If this is as good as it sounds, then it could be really useful.

  44. Kate 01/06/2012 at 2:20 pm #

    If only it worked with hot headed, intolerant car drivers too!

  45. Bigbaldy 01/06/2012 at 3:06 pm #

    please please let this work, for some wierd reason my head is a waterfall in summer

  46. Dimitris 01/06/2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I will be great if the summer actually comes – and lasts more than the blink of an eye. In Britain you never know!

    BTW, andreas thanks fir the blog!

  47. Kieran 01/06/2012 at 7:00 pm #

    This would be incredible if it works!!

  48. Fearghas McKay 01/06/2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Sounds ideal for the Ride of the Falling Rain in August, since will probably not be raining…

    • Goonz 06/06/2012 at 9:55 am #

      Dont count on it!

  49. Lisa 02/06/2012 at 9:55 am #

    Ordered this product Tuesday after catching this post. Arrived yesterday.
    Tried it and it’s VERY COOL – literally and metaphorically!
    I love it … (pls still enter me in draw).

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