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  • Do I *really* need to buy a new helmet to fit my hair?

    So, I have a lot a hair. This isn't news... I've been blessed/cursed with very thick hair my whole life. However, I haven't had it as long as it is now in a very long time. It no longer fits comfortably under my helmet, so when I ride now I have to have it down my back.

    Here are the problems:
    1) I like my long hair. Quite a lot. People tell me I have mermaid hair.
    2) While I don't mind rocking a ponytail at home, it's not quite show attire.
    3) I'm a student, and I really don't fancy spending $200-$400 on a new helmet to tame my mane.

    Please tell me one of you has some ingenious idea for how to contain excessive amounts of hair that's tasteful enough to be rocked in the show ring...

  • #2
    Do you do the traditional hunter hair? If so, try doing it with wet hair. I notice a difference if my hair is wet or dry, curly or straight, frizzy or not-as-frizzy-as-usual. Just play around with it.
    Originally posted by JSwan
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    • #3
      Um...well, if you don't want to wear it down and it's not fitting under your current helmet, your options are a dressage bun (I'm not sure how well that would work if you have really thick curly/wavy hair, which is what 'mermaid hair' makes me think of, anyway) or buying a helmet it fits under. If you are REALLY good at getting it into a bun and REALLY restraining it that can look tasteful if "nontraditional" but if you want it up under the helmet and it really won't squish down...well, um, find a cheaper helmet brand?
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      • #4
        Have you tried using a flat iron on it to reduce volume, and then putting it up under your helmet?
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        • #5
          Another thing besides really wetting it down--using a styling gel (firm hold) while it's wet would keep it flat. Though if by "mermaid" you mean really curly that still might not work....
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            #6
            I know the real answer is to suck it up and buy a new helmet, but you can't blame a girl for trying, right?

            And yes - by mermaid hair I mean thick, long, wavy/curly hair. It comes to an inch or two above my bum.

            Straightening for show days might work! I'll have to do a dry run of that someday.

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            • #7
              *sigh* I wish I had mermaid hair...mine is so heavy it takes an absurd amount of product, rollers, and a curling iron to hold a curl for longer than five minutes....
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              • #8
                Originally posted by danceronice View Post
                *sigh* I wish I had mermaid hair...mine is so heavy it takes an absurd amount of product, rollers, and a curling iron to hold a curl for longer than five minutes....
                My hair is naturally curly but if I wanted to curl it with a curling iron it won't hold...go figure

                Everyone wants the hair they don't have. I like that mine is thick, but if I don't attempt to do something with it, it tries to take over the world.
                Originally posted by JSwan
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Tap2Tango View Post
                  I like that mine is thick, but if I don't attempt to do something with it, it tries to take over the world.
                  Meeee too! My SO has super thick, super curly, almost shoulder length hair. We are a treat in the morning, haha.

                  I've gotten to the point that I'm okay with my hair and its strengths (nice wave, thick) and weaknesses (BIG, frizzy regardless of how many lbs of product go in it). Though I think the cherry on top is that it's strawberry blonde, so even when I think it looks like sh*t, people tend to like it, haha.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by over the moon View Post
                    Meeee too! My SO has super thick, super curly, almost shoulder length hair. We are a treat in the morning, haha.

                    I've gotten to the point that I'm okay with my hair and its strengths (nice wave, thick) and weaknesses (BIG, frizzy regardless of how many lbs of product go in it). Though I think the cherry on top is that it's strawberry blonde, so even when I think it looks like sh*t, people tend to like it, haha.
                    Usually when my hair is wild I just tell myself that if it's ok for Shakira to do it, it's ok for me too!
                    Originally posted by JSwan
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                    • #11
                      My daughter's friend has 'mermaid hair' too and shows in hunter over fences. She does just fine with braids packed in an oversized bow-net.

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                      • #12
                        Dear Ariel -

                        You might have to buy a new helmet if you have that much hair. You sure don't want the fit of your helmet compromised by trying to jam all your hair up into it. Aside from being uncomfortable....

                        I, too, have thick, curly hair. Not as long as yours, but about to the middle of my back. It's still challenging to arrange it under a helmet, though. I don't shampoo it the morning of a show (I know, ewww, but slightly dirty is more handleable). I wet it down and apply lot of some kind of gel and start the low ponytail with a hairnet. The second hair net goes over the whole thing, once the ponytail is pinned up. Just make sure you have the baseball hat handy when you get ready to take off your helmet - it's not going to be pretty!

                        Or, you can do what I've seen one woman do around here at shows. I don't know how long her hair is, since I've never seen it unbraided, but she keeps it in a long braid and runs it down her back, under her coat. I think that would be rather uncomfortable, but she's done it for years.

                        Good luck!
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                        • #13
                          Try it with your hair soaking wet. If that doesn't work, blow dry your hair as straight as you can, then flat iron it. See if that fits. If not, the only show-acceptable solution is to buy a new helmet.

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                          • #14
                            I, too, have thick, curly hair. While right now its short (much shorter than I like but that's a different story), I showed hunters with VERY long hair in 2010. I found straightening really helped. While it may seem a little silly to spend half an hour on hair the morning of a horse show, tamed, sleek locks are definitely easier to work with than curls. Also straightening at night is always an option- funny kinks and whatnot don't really matter if the purpose is to fit it all inside a helmet.

                            I had a friend that refused to do her hair for shows- she instead cut off about 5". Her hair was still really long, but losing a few inches made hunter hair much easier.

                            Best of luck... it is "only hair", but think before any drastic changes as it is not actually "only hair"!!
                            Last edited by harkington; Nov. 3, 2011, 10:13 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Easy answer: try flat ironing it.

                              Hard answer: buy a new helmet.

                              I feel your pain. I had a bad fall at HITs two years ago and had to buy a new GPA (bye bye $500.) My hair is super thick (especially for straight blonde hair) and was, at the time, long enough that I could sit on it.

                              I chopped off about 14'' inches a year later, and have spent the past year pushing my helmet back into place every few strides. I am now (finally!) sucking it up and getting a smaller helmet. I figure no matter what I do with my hair in the next few years at least I'll have a helmet that fits.

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                              • #16
                                flat iron.

                                also when you're doing hunter hair you can split it so more hair goes over your ears = less packed on top of you're hair

                                but remember, the more you pack under there, the less effective the helmet because of the bouncing space

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                                  #17
                                  Alright, so it looks like the leader is: Flat Iron. Shove hair under helmet. Do not fall off for fear of ineffective head protection. Got it.

                                  Rel6, maybe we should swap GPAs, haha.

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                                  • #18
                                    My daughter has SUPER thick hair - I always kid her that she needs to be a Housewife of (insert city) when she grows up.

                                    We do two helmets one for showing and one for schooling. But when for some reason we have the wrong helmet at a show we put her hair in the hair net and make her ponytail as low as we can (at the very bottom of her hairline on the neck). We then tuck the hair up in the helmet (trying to make it sit as flat as possible) but leave the portion of the ponytail with the elastic out of the helmet. She has a little rubberband bump sticking out, but we use black rubberbands and her hair is a dark brown so it works.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have butt-length, very thick hair, and I event so I need it tidy for dressage and stadium. (For XC I just tuck a single braid down under my vest) This is my solution:

                                      Part it and put it into 2 braids, braiding all the way to the tippy ends and securing with a mane braiding band or similar.

                                      Take the end of the right braid and poke it up through the left braid up high (about the 2nd crossover), pull it through so it tucks up under the base of the skull.

                                      Now take the left braid and poke it through the right, pull 'til it's snug. Keep going back and forth weaving them in wherever you can, and then tuck in the last ends into a braid if you can. The rubber bands will help them stick. You should have a nice tight but not too bulky bundle just at the nape of your neck.

                                      I put 2 hairnets over it all, and it stays nice and snug and doesn't bounce or pull the way a bun can. I'm told it looks tidy and not at all like I'm cramming way too much hair into a net.

                                      And my helmet fits properly and the same way every time.

                                      Lets see if this link works - this is a too-loose version. I usually get it tighter than this. Keep in mind that I can just about sit on my hair when it's loose! (Oh and a thousand thank you's to Hoofclix photography, they do a fabulous job!)

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                                      • #20
                                        Dear God whatever you do don't buy a show bow!!!!! I'm sure people would pitch in for a bigger helmet just so you don't commit fashion suicide!
                                        Originally posted by JSwan
                                        Prove it....Otherwise, you're just coming off as a whackjob.
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