What a fun post - great personality was something you forgot to add!
Please keep wearing that helmet!!!
I like the idea of plopping under a helmet, but that usually wrecks fine hair. I love the skull cap idea. I think that might work, make sure your hair is in place under the cap or whatever stretchy thing you use and then when you get to work, get in there under your hair and fluff it from the roots - maybe with a bit or water on your fingers if your hair is gelled.
As fine hair goes, you have to really watch it with the conditioner and cowashing. Fine hair accumulates build-up, especially low-porosity fine hair and conditioners DO build up.
Would love to hear how you shampoo...