For Taiwanese people, it’s a common habit to wear a helmet whenever traveling on a motorcycle or scooter. Nevertheless, the unruly hair after the removal of helmets remains a headache that still haunts many.
A social media user recently shared a photo in a Facebook group showing a woman was in the passenger seat of a scooter with a peculiar-looking helmet.
At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it. However, upon closer inspection, there appeared to be a conspicuous hole drilled on the top of the helmet.
The woman’s hair bun was then able to jot out of the hole for fresh air.
According to local Chinese-language media and social media users, the woman in the photo is quite famous in the Chaozhou Area of Pingtung County.
Local media reported that the eighty-year-old claims to be the Taoism medium of Zhongtan Yuanshuai (中壇元帥), also known as the Marshal of Central Altar; therefore, the bun on top of her head has to remain intact at all times.
She even often complements her bun with exquisite accessories.
Local media also reported that the woman’s son helped alter the helmet to accommodate his mother’s insistent hairstyle. This helmet enables the woman to wear it yet protect her bun from getting disheveled.
The picture immediately went viral with one social media user commenting humorously that the helmet was only “slightly safe,” while another quipped that the woman was perming her hair through “photosynthesis.”
A female social media user even valued the practical purpose of such a move, pointing out that it’s troublesome to adjust her hairstyle every time she takes off her helmet.
According to Taiwan’s Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, should a driver or passengers of a motorcycle fail to wear a helmet as required by regulations, the driver shall be fined NT$500.
Data from the National Police Agency, Ministry of the Interior, show that police in Pingtung County issued over thirty thousand tickets for violations against helmet-related regulations in 2020. The violations include helmets with signs of damages, loosening, or alterations.