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    so I usually just toss my hair into a pony tail and ride but at one of my barns ALL the women do hunter hair, except for the little kids

    I have started liking the look and realized that not only does it look cleaner and more presentable, it would also be more comfortable in the summer as opposed to having my long, heavy hair laying against my neck and getting nasty. Issue is I know I won't be able to fit all my hair under my helmet...so what are some options that others may do for the hunter hair look that don't necessarily require shoving everything under my helmet?

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    Bigger helmet or cut the hair. I've done both.

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    • #3
      If I'm just schooling, I do hunter hair but rather than putting the pony tail in the end of the net and flipping it up on my head, I just let it hang out. Your hair still looks nice and isn't flying away everywhere, you just have the end of your pony tail out (which you could braid if it's really long and thick). Or you can do the other option; cut your hair. I did that option at the beginning of the year, definitely fit better but wasn't worth it.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Philosopher View Post
        Bigger helmet or cut the hair. I've done both.
        Ditto. We also all ride in hunter hair at home- no ponytails, etc.

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        • #5
          Can't resist. Sorry.

          Shoving the hair up under the helmet is a bad idea unless your hair is the same density as your skull. Perfect helmet fit closely matches the shape and size of your skull. Ask any brain surgeon.
          If you want to tuck your hair up, tuck it under the harness only, not the shell. If you're going to go to the trouble of getting a good helmet and wearing it, you might as well wear it as designed for maximum safety. Despite current hunter princess fashion...
          madeline
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          • #6
            If you don't want to cut the length off your hair, have your stylist thin it out. Don't think old style thinning with the thinning shears, nowadays stylists use single razor blades and cut the hair vertically down the shaft to help take the bulk out, and keep it looking natural. I have to have it done because my hair is crazy thick and curly! Even thinned out to half its bulk it is super thick, but it makes a huge difference when I'm trying to put it up under my helmet. My hair hangs well below my shoulderblades too, but fits comfortably under my GPA

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Madeline View Post
              Can't resist. Sorry.

              Shoving the hair up under the helmet is a bad idea unless your hair is the same density as your skull. Perfect helmet fit closely matches the shape and size of your skull. Ask any brain surgeon.
              If you want to tuck your hair up, tuck it under the harness only, not the shell. If you're going to go to the trouble of getting a good helmet and wearing it, you might as well wear it as designed for maximum safety. Despite current hunter princess fashion...
              When I flip my hair up, I fan it out across the top of my head. Both the hair on my head and the pony tail hair together might be equal to someone with thick hair. I don't really see how that's dangerous, especially if you buy the helmet to fit with that amount of hair. Even with people who have thick hair, if the helmet is bought to fit with the hair up, how is it dangerous?
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              • #8
                I used to fit helmets at a tack shop, and we always kept a hair elastic and hair net handy for trying on helmets with "hunter hair."
                So, like some one else said, smaller the hair or bigger the helmet.
                Hair is nature's way of providing head protection. People with thick hair do not shave their heads to get a better fit...so I do not agree that putting the hair up makes a helmet less safe. And putting it under the harness? Nooooooooo. that makes the harness unstable, and looks like a mess.
                However, if one is trying to shove waist length hair into a net and helmet, it is probably not going to work. Shoulder length is getting close to the cut off point of being able to put the hair up.
                The look of hunter hair is sleek, workmanlike, and beautiful. Floppy ponytails, or trying to do a bun that falls below the harness...it just does not work. Pigtails on kids on ponies are still acceptable, aren't they? Cute on kids, stupid on adults.
                Put it up.
                What would you try if you knew you would not fail?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by theroanypony View Post
                  If I'm just schooling, I do hunter hair but rather than putting the pony tail in the end of the net and flipping it up on my head, I just let it hang out. Your hair still looks nice and isn't flying away everywhere, you just have the end of your pony tail out (which you could braid if it's really long and thick). Or you can do the other option; cut your hair. I did that option at the beginning of the year, definitely fit better but wasn't worth it.
                  I do this sometimes, but I usually just end up flipping my hair up and putting it underneath. I think once you get used to doing hunter hair for a while, it becomes automatic to you.
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                  • #10
                    My hair isn't particularly thick, but it's curly so it looks massive and unruly if I wear it in a pony tail. My helmet fit gives me two options (a) hunter hair or (b) ponytail with earwarmer/headband on. When I do the earwarmer option I braid to keep it looking neater. I've also done a kind of messy bun where you make a ponytail but don't pull the ends all the way through. It gets it off my back but depending on length can still look a little messy.
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                    • #11
                      I had to buy my helmet one size up to accommodate my hair! I have really thick, curly hair, so it was kind of necessary, esp. since my barn requires that everyone have their hair up in their helmet. I think it looks more professional and neat and I'm so used to doing it, it's become second nature! I just put my hair in a low pony tail, flip it up, and shove the pieces that come down back into my helmet! At shows I use hairnets, but I can manage without them at the barn, although so girls use them all the time.

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                      • #12
                        I keep my hair short so that my helmet fits properly against my head. I can pull off a hairnet and some semblance of hunter hair, but it requires finagling. And lots of flippy-clips.

                        I don't trust the whole big-helmet-for-long-hair business.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by theroanypony View Post
                          When I flip my hair up, I fan it out across the top of my head. Both the hair on my head and the pony tail hair together might be equal to someone with thick hair. I don't really see how that's dangerous, especially if you buy the helmet to fit with that amount of hair. Even with people who have thick hair, if the helmet is bought to fit with the hair up, how is it dangerous?

                          Ugh don't get Madeline started on how nobody who puts their hair up can POSSIBLY have a helmet that fits...

                          To the OP:

                          Cut your hair if it doesn't fit. My hair has been every length from short and layered, right at my ears, to mid-way down my back, and I can ALWAYS do hunter hair, and my helmet fit doesn't suffer because of it.

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                            hmmm...sadness! I just grew my hair back out dangnabit! I am in the market for a new helmet so I guess I'll have to do my searching with hunter hair in mind!

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                            • #15
                              You might be able to tuck up your hair so that the 'bump' of the pony tail is not in the helmet, but the rest is tucked in. Although it won't look AS neat, it may solve your problem because usually the hardest part is getting the part with the rubberband to fit into the helmet.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                                hmmm...sadness! I just grew my hair back out dangnabit! I am in the market for a new helmet so I guess I'll have to do my searching with hunter hair in mind!
                                I have VERY thick hair...probably 1/3 of my hair is about as much as a 'normal' person's hair. I've also had the length be from my waist (I would occasionally tuck it into my pants...nice ) to short, short (Was the Dharma cut of Dharma & Greg fame) and anywhere inbetween. I could do hunter hair no matter the length. I just have two different helmets: one for long hair, one for short.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Philosopher View Post
                                  Bigger helmet or cut the hair. I've done both.
                                  I am a slave to my helmet. I can't afford to buy a new one, so I just cut my hair. It's very thick, and I have to have it be a specific length for my helmet to fit. I wanted to cut my hair really short, but my helmet won't fit, so it stays shoulder length or a little longer.

                                  ETA: I do hunter hair every ride. I like how it looks [much nicer than a pony tail sticking out, IMO that looks sloppy], and it keeps me cooler.
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                                  • #18
                                    I have very thick, curly hair that I straighten. I have a Charles Owen (long oval) that fits me well whether my hair is up or not. I did cut my hair a few months ago, but I have never had a problem getting my helmet to fit over my hair. I put my hair up every time I ride and it is snug like helmets should be, but not tight or uncomfortable by any means.

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                                    • #19
                                      Just curious.... Is there any video anyone can recommend on how to do this? My girls are befuddled on how to make it happen and honestly, i want them to do it themselves because I just don't really have time to show them how to do hunter hair and braid, and bathe and..... You get the idea....

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                                      • #20
                                        Don't have a video, but the process is pretty easy to explain!

                                        1. Put hair down, make sure no hair is tucked behind the ears.
                                        2. Put on hairnet, it should reach to the bottom of your hairline in the back and your nose in the front.
                                        3. Gather all hair including the hairnet into a pony tail, don't tuck the hair behind your ears as you put it into the pony tail, cover the top of your ears instead.
                                        4. Slide the hairnet off of your face up to your hairline.
                                        5. Flip head upside down and lay the pony tail on the top of your head. If your hair is very thick it helps to fan it out a bit across your head.
                                        6. Put on the helmet making sure that you have gathered all of the pony tail and the extra hairnet into the top of the helmet.
                                        7. Tuck in any pieces you missed!

                                        All it takes is practice and a mirror to learn how to do it quickly!
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