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Any tips to make me presentable when going straight from barn to office?

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    Any tips to make me presentable when going straight from barn to office?

    Due to life circumstances right now I usually have to ride in the early mornings and go straight to work.

    I bring a change of clothes and do quick minimal makeup in the car, and although I get a few quizzical looks with the hairnet line across my forehead I tend to think I don't offend anyone.

    As you can probably guess, I'm not especially girly. But I wouldn't mind looking a bit better than I do.

    Anyone have tips? Especially for hair, mine usually ends up shoved in a pony tail. Does dry shampoo or something similar make a difference?

    Would love some quick hairstyles and makeup hacks.

    Maybe some sort of damp baby wipes to get the dirt off my face and body?

    What are your secrets?
    "I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream." --Vincent Van Gogh

    I've been happy with a blow dryer/curling brush combo thingy I got (I'm not girly either, I'm sure there's a proper name for it). It lets me fluff squashed bangs and hair.
    Leap, and the net will appear


      dry shampoo is a miracle, seriously good stuff to have around.

      That and a little face wash kit make me feel clean, I keep separate face cleaning stuff in its own bag, makes it easier to take around with me when I dont have to constantly move my products from one shelf to a bag and back to shelf. Keep a little hand towel in there and youre good to go.

      I also sometimes keep a towel for cleaning my feet as well since they tend to get pretty rank after chores and being stuffed in my boots.


        Baby wipes, including under your armpits, an updo, and dry shampoo. I once changed from doing barn chores in 10 degree weather to Symphony dress in the front seat of my car.


          I managed to get complimented on my hair last night while out to drinks with friends directly post barn.

          Work baby horse in 85 degree weather. Go straight from barn to bar. Luckily I had a 30 minute drive. Let my hair down/windows open to dry hair. Once dry, apply dry shampoo. Let sit for a minute and then brush. Bam, done.

          But yes, go with the dry shampoo, baby wipes, deodorant, and change of clothes post ride, pretty much does the trick!


            I've been known to shower in the wash stall in the summer if no one is around.


              I use Action Wipes. I started with those when I was horseless and bike commuting. They are better than baby wipes IMO and one wipe can clean your whole body. They are also machine washable and I repurpose them as grease rags, tack cleaning rags, etc. before tossing them.

              I can't help you on the hair, though.


                I got a free sample of body wipes one time. They were great for situations like you describe. Thicker and bigger than baby wipes without any perfumy odor.

                It was these:

                "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
                that's even remotely true."

                Homer Simpson


                  I find if I shower and do the hair before I leave for the a.m. barn ride everything holds up better when I have to fix up for work. If I've been lazy and tried to squeeze a second day out of my hair, it will be horrible after the ride.

                  I'm lucky in having the option to change in an actual washroom with running water when I get to work, not in the car or the barn.

                  The haircut is probably going to have an impact too. The more it naturally falls into place the better.

                  I also don't put product on my hair before I ride, save that for after to poof things up again.

                  If I think I'm going to sweat or get rained on during the ride, I don't put on any makeup before the ride, so I can start off with a clean face and not deal with any smears.

                  I like the look of those Action Wipes!


                    I'll french braid my hair if I know I'm going somewhere after I ride. I usually put my hair in my helmet, but generally the braid takes up enough space under my helmet that I don't need to... or wear a hairnet

                    Buy a few cute headbands to throw overtop afterwards


                      Originally posted by Highflyer View Post
                      I've been known to shower in the wash stall in the summer if no one is around.
                      Yup me too. In the summer we always wore our swimsuits under our barn clothes for this reason. I still wash my hair with the hose some times.


                        Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
                        Anyone have tips? Especially for hair, mine usually ends up shoved in a pony tail. Does dry shampoo or something similar make a difference?
                        When I need to, I will wet my hair in the sink and blow it dry again (no shampoo). That is usually enough to perk it up when the helmet and/or sweat have made it look like crap after I ride
                        If I have sweat a lot, a wipedown with a wet washcloth helps with that (assuming you have a bathroom at the barn where you can do this).
                        And NEVER stop for one last pat of your horse after you have changed into your work clothes- they know you are in nice clothes and will get slobber on you every single time
                        There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)


                          Two words...
                          Pixie. Cut.


                            Second the very short hair cut!


                              A wet wash rag with a little soap in a sturdy ziplock much better than baby wipes!
                              "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


                                I'm lucky. My office has a small gym in the basement with showers.

                                When I have to skip the shower, I rely on Ole Henricksen face wash wipes and a messy bun.


                                  Are there any dry shampoos that don't have perfumes added? I tried one brand, don't remember which since its been so long ago, but it had SOOOOO much perfume it almost made me sick.

                                  I don't do scented lotions , soaps or facial products for this reason.


                                    Originally posted by jawa View Post
                                    Are there any dry shampoos that don't have perfumes added? I tried one brand, don't remember which since its been so long ago, but it had SOOOOO much perfume it almost made me sick.

                                    I don't do scented lotions , soaps or facial products for this reason.
                                    My current fave is Bumble and Bumble Pret a Powder. It does have a scent, but it's not one that's overly strong.
                                    Proud member of the Snort and Blow Clique


                                      Also, if you ride in microfibre tops, you will get much stinkier than if you ride in cotton polos, even if you shower before the ride!


                                        Jawa I use the Dove dry shampoo and it doesn't have a scent or it's barely noticeable. It's cheap too!