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    Scalp sweating!

    Anybody else a scalp sweater? Turns out that is my "inheritance" from dear old dad. Not so bad for him - he was bald and didn't need to wear a helmet!

    In addition to the usual issues with hot weather it seems that my head sweats a lot more than other riders. Even with a well-ventilated schooling helmet, my hair gets wet to the point of a dripping ponytail. Yuck! (Glad to have these back!)

    Not willing to do a really short haircut and layers were a messy fail. So I hose my head off with my horse (my horse didnt sweat last year so I am glad to see his sweat. I didn't like sweating way more than a horse!) and slap on a baseball cap.

    Anybody else have this issue and ways to deal with it?

    #2
    I have two clients with this issue: they wear a bandana/do rag under their helmet. They seem to find it helps.
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      #3
      See if you can get a do-rag or skull cap with Coolmax? My new helmet has a liner with the Coolmax and I have been pretty amazed. No sweat dripping anywhere. Yes, my hair is wet but not to the point of dripping.

      Susan

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        #4
        My problem with sweat is nowhere near as bad as yours.

        I bought a Columbia Omni Freeze Zero neck gaiter. Riding in the heat I still feel hot (I don't know how much it really cools under the helmet). but when I take off my helmet the gaiter is quite damp BUT my hair is mostly dry.

        Before I used this gaiter my hair was soaking wet next to my scalp whenever I rode in the summer.

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          #5
          Joining this thread because my scalp sweats the same way. My hair gets soaking wet, so much so that my pony tail is wet almost all the way through. I found a Kerrits headband that helps with sweat running down my forehead, but it doesn't do much for cooling.
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            #6
            If this really bothers you, a discussion with your doctor may help. Botox can be used to stop/reduce sweating. Your doctor may be able to prescribe it or a dermatologist/medical clinic can help with this if you wish.

            I am not saying you need to do this (might not be that big of an issue to you) but wanted to make sure you are aware of this options.

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              #7
              A do rag or cool cap might help, but if you use the do rag, have a bunch of them, and make sure you launder them before you wear them (removes dye). I think since the do rags/bandanas are so cheap, then that might be something to try first, and maybe try the cool cap if that doesn't help.

              As my mother so delicately put it about me, I sweat from the head down. My hair gets sweaty very quickly (I live in lower Alabama, so that's a lot of the year). I plan for a quick hair rinse or shampoo the second I get home. A ponytail is a go to hairdo for me in the summer. I often stop off at the laundry room to change everything once I shower, and cool off. My tip about cooling off is I have a fan on a floor pole, so I stand in front of that to cool down before I shower, or I don't really cool down.
              You can't fix stupid-Ron White

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                #8
                Oh, yes, I'm one of the head sweaters, and sweat drips off my ponytail, too. Always wear a baseball bat when my helmet isn't on. I it's a nuisance, but it's just one of the joys of summer riding in Arkansas!

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                  #9
                  I wear a cooling/dry fit headband instead of a hairnet when I ride- it helps contain my hair and the scalp sweat! I also have a helmet spray I use every day after I ride that helps keep the helmet liner smelling fresher / kills any sweat bacteria in between laundry days!

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                    #10
                    I wear a cooling/dry fit headband instead of a hairnet when I ride- it helps contain my hair and the scalp sweat! I also have a helmet spray I use every day after I ride that helps keep the helmet liner smelling fresher / kills any sweat bacteria in between laundry days!

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                      #11
                      I also am a profuse scalp-sweater--thanks Grandma. I would actually maybe recommend against chopping off your hair. Mine is really short--and has been for years--and sometimes I wish I had more hair to catch the sweat. Especially true when I am wearing a my white hunting shirt and stock tie. The sweat often soaks my helmet harness and I wind up with black dye on the fabric.

                      One trick I have found to reduce helmet funk from the sweat is to mix cheap vodka and water 50-50 in a spray bottle and spray the inside of my helmet after every ride. A theater seamstress told me about it--it's what they use to deodorize costumes without damaging the fabric. I have a bottle of this in my tack trunk and another in my trailer. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you don't want accusatory sniffs from your fellow boarders.

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                        #12
                        (Waving) Hi! I'm coloredhorse and I'm a sweaty mess! I've always been a heavy sweater and my scalp likes to get particularly drippy. I tend to live in ball caps that get washed frequently. A series of old bandanas to tie under my helmet helps keep most of the mosture and yuk out of the helmet. ecileh's 50-50 vodka-water mixture (also learned in the theatre!) works great to keep it fairly fresh.

                        Mostly, I've just come to accept it at this point. I keep fresh clothing and towels, along with a spray bottle of witch hazel-water mixture to freshen up. While I'm riding or working in the heat, I'm going to become a soggy mess, but I can at least tidy up after.
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                          #13
                          Wait...you mean other people don’t swear like this?!

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                            #14
                            So weirdly enough when I keep my hair down I sweat way, way more on my head than when my hair is up.
                            If hair is up in the helmet, I have some sweat near the back of my neck and near the temples. If hair is down, my whole head will be soaked.
                            Ive always wondered why this was...
                            So maybe try riding with your hair up in your helmet one ride and see if it helps you too?

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