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  • TGallop Original Poster TGallop
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    When eventing, there are three different disciplines which can lead to confusion in the hair department. How do you recommend taming long hair via hair net for stadium and dressage? I can’t shove it in my helmet. Do you braid it then wad it up in the net? Do you attempt a bun at the base of your neck and then slap a helmet on so you can longer look up? I’ve heard some talk about hiding ears . . . I’ve often wondered if there’s a “set” tradition on how your hair is to be worn during stadium and dressage. Much thanks for advice!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I solved it by having more than one helmet. Style your hair in the manner in which you wish to wear it (never loose and hanging), and get a helmet that fits with that hairstyle. Of course, this would require shopping in person at an available store with a decent selection of helmets or hats required by the discipline.

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    MHBTAvatar
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 31

    I can’t cram my hair up under my helmets either – – and honestly, I wouldn’t want my helmet to fit loosely enough to allow me to do that. I, too, can’t imagine how anyone manages a below-the-helmet bun with harnesses that come right down practically to your neck.

    I know some people still espouse the covered ears look, but I think it’s becoming more and more outdated. If you look at current photos of top showjumpers, eventers and dressage riders, I think you’ll see more bare ears than covered. Personally, I can’t stand having my ears covered! I do think using a net (in whatever way you devise that works best for you) is a must because bits of hair will always find a way to get loose from a bun & those sweaty locks flying around or stuck to your forehead or neck don’t exactly scream ‘polished’. I think it’s one of those things that gets noticed only if you really make a mess of it. If it’s neat and secure, and your net isn’t so loose that your ‘hair bundle’ is hanging down below your neck, it should be the last thing anyone is aware of.

    I’m afraid I don’t have any more useful ideas than that: I’m a very basic ‘pull it back and cram it in the net’ kind of girl. I kind of make a bun, but I don’t usually secure it with anything but the actual net. I just plop it in there and shove the helmet on to keep anything from escaping. Nobody’s ever given me any heat about it, but to be honest, I’m not exactly an A show regular either and my hair, though thick & curly, is only a bit past my shoulders.

    The one thing I do know is if George Morris catches you at a show (or probably even schooling in your back yard) without a hair net he’ll skin you alive!

    Oh – – and I’m sure there are a lot of videos on YouTube regarding different ways to use/tie hair nets . . . I’d just say beware of people touting their personal opinions and preferences as law (What?! On social media?? Never!).

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    MH- I did not, and would never mean that a helmet should be loose. One of mine is tight with my hair down (riding for myself, not in a show), and the other is tight with my hair up. I would not wear that one with my hair down, but a helmet can be the proper tightness (I know there is a better word) with a lot of hair firmly confined under it.

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    lovetheride145
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    same with me I have a helmet that still fits good even with my hair down. It all depends on how you style your hair and your helmets fits. I personally like my ears covered with the hair net. I do hunters and I have kind of short hair, I find it is easier if you use two hair nets when you have longer hair.

    any opinions on what to do with little hairs that are on the back of your neck

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Don’t know about the little hairs on the back of the neck, but I have some short hairs in front that won’t stay anywhere. I have very thin, straggly hair, that just won’t cooperate.

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    MHBTAvatar
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 31

    Joe-Joe, sorry. I didn’t mean to imply anything about the safety of tucking your hair up – just a comment on personal comfort. I’ve just never managed to figure out how to do it comfortably (there’s always a lump at the back that get’s squished & hurts).

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    MH – I think a lot has to do with what sort of hair one has. Mine is longish, but very thin. I braid it, bring the braid up and fold it back down, holding it in place with a hair clip and a net over that. So, I don’t have a lump because I don’t have enough hair. People with nice hair should be required to shave their heads, so those of us with horrible hair won’t feel so inadequate.

    I couldn’t put mine in a bun. Possibly a very mini muffin, but certainly not a bun.

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    TGallop Original Poster TGallop
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    That’s funny. My hair is long and a little whispy. I didn’t know if people had a “set” style that they did that worked. I don’t feel comfortable shoving it up in my helmet, 1) It wouldn’t be comfortable 2)That would be at least a $300 hairstyle. After some thorough pinteresting, what do you you guys think about a side braid that is pinned along the nape of your neck?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    So long as your hair is neat, confined and comfortable, I would say it is fine. I have seen younger children with a single braid down the middle of the back, but I don’t know if that would be appropriate for an adult.

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    Nancy L
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    I braided mine, then used yarn to tie it up, like my mare’s braids for dressage and stadium. Used to use pins, but flashed upon what would happen if I fell and a pin went through my cranium. Started using the yarn idea, since it worked so well for my horse’s braids.

    cheryl_nuez
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 25

    When I was eventing, my hair was long enough to braid and stick into a back pocket of my jeans. The school I went to in England did not allow hair hanging out – hairnets were a must, and ears were to be covered. (yes, dating myself) I would have to purchase hairnets by the case, because I was a “hairnet spaz” and frequently had them shredded before they even got on my head. Very frustrating. FINALLY my instructress took mercy on me and lent me one of hers – a much more substantial type. Although her hair was only slightly below shoulder length, the net accommodated my much longer hair very nicely.
    For the dressage, I ponytailed my hair, then folded the pony in half and banded it (so I only had about 18″ of tail). That was then folded into the net and I would tie the outside of the net like a bun and put my helmet on. The overall affect was that I had a bun under my hard hat – very neat and tidy looking, without the hair looking like it had been clamped down when the helmet was removed.
    For the cross, I wore a caliente helmet and tossed a braided ponytail down under my shirt.
    Stadium I would repeat the same for the dressage.
    When I returned to the states, I would do the same – except that nearly no one covered their ears. I simply used the same technique and popped the hairnet on the side behind my ears. The hairnet kept my hair under control and gave a nice line from under the helmet.
    With the advent of the ginormous harness on helmets, I have taken my Calientes and got black velvet cap covers (Sipp Silks) for the dressage and stadium. I could still use the relatively simple pony, fold, band and fill the hairnet, with ears covered or not as the style changed. Colour covers, of course for the cross.
    Nowadays I have cut my hair short enough to ever worry about hat hair again!

    cheryl_nuez
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 25

    That’s funny. My hair is long and a little whispy. I didn’t know if people had a “set” style that they did that worked. I don’t feel comfortable shoving it up in my helmet, 1) It wouldn’t be comfortable 2)That would be at least a $300 hairstyle. After some thorough pinteresting, what do you you guys think about a side braid that is pinned along the nape of your neck?

    This SO made me laugh about a friend of mine, who decided to do a 1-day event. The day before, we had a parade (marching band). His hair was longish and wild and hard to get under a shako – never mind his hard hat.

    The night before the parade, he called me over to help him with a new idea he had for containing his hair: cornrow braids. By the time I got there, he was about a quarter of the way done with his head – some 20 very neat (he did braid his horses very well) cornrows. The horror was that he had stolen his sister’s DippityDo hair gel. We finished the cornrows, which he then slept on.

    The following day, his head was under his shako for about 4 hours, baking in the So.Cal. sunshine. They were sweaty and itchy cornrows, so he decided to take them out for the 1-day event the following day. The DippityDo gel had baked those cornrows into nearly a cement! Each time we tried to unbraid something, it would snap off. Finally, we gave up; he would take a shower at home and wash out the gel, then unbraid.

    When I got to his house the following morning to load horses, his hair was standing about 2′ from his head, a giant, spikey stiff afro on a white kid! We couldn’t tame it, we couldn’t make it any better, and worst of all: we couldn’t get his hard hat or helmet on. No way, no how. Fortunately, he had a late go, because we had to clip his head.

    MHBTAvatar
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 31

    Holy Cow, Cheryl!! What a nightmare – – good thing he wasn’t a hair obsessed female. Point taken – – – no DippityDo ever! (Do they even still make it??)

    Lydia Lydia
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    I am also an eventer and I wear my hair the same for all of the phases. I never thought that I would be able to fit all my hair under a helmet either and with a normal hair net I was not able to. I found a hair net that goes completely over your head and all your hair goes into it. Then you lean forward and pull the end of the hairnet up and all you hair is then in the hair net and to my surprise all my hair then fits under my helmet.
    Covering your ears is more of the hunter style not jumper, dressage, or eventer.

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