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post #1 of 20 Old 04-20-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation What to do with my type of hair?

So I will be doing my first dressage test in 2 weeks and don't know how to style m hair. I have abnormally thick hair! And I do mean THICK. My hair is also a few inches below my shoulder blades thus making it even harder to style because of its length. If y'all have any suggestions it would be most helpful!

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post #2 of 20 Old 04-20-2013, 11:38 PM
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Get a snood or a hair net. You could also french braid it, and braid it into a long braid down your back, and then twist it up into a bun, and secure it really well with bobby pins. But even with the braided bun you're probably better off still having a hair net, or one of those hair bun nets like this:
http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/...irnetblack.jpg

I have one that I got at a dollar store for $2 that works fine for me. But because of how much hair you have, a hair net/snood might be a better choice.
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Get a snood or a hair net. You could also french braid it, and braid it into a long braid down your back, and then twist it up into a bun, and secure it really well with bobby pins. But even with the braided bun you're probably better off still having a hair net, or one of those hair bun nets like this:
http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/...irnetblack.jpg

I have one that I got at a dollar store for $2 that works fine for me. But because of how much hair you have, a hair net/snood might be a better choice.
I have a hairnet but not sure how to get it all in it. And when I try to make a bun (any bun) it's so big it looks abnormal. Haha
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Braid it tightly and then fold under and secure with a couple of plaiting bands, As it is thick avoid lots of extras such as scrunchies and hair ribbons.
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What I do that is a catch all for every rider, pretty much, is tie my hair into a low pony tail, then twist and wrap it around the ponytail very tightly, and secure it with an elastic. Then I put a bun cover over it:


And pin down extra pieces of hair, and hair spray the fly aways.

Bun covers are the easiest for all types of hair because they have two butterfly clips, one on either side and are very easy to just clip in - and they stay clipped in, unlike a lot of "show bows" (most of which look tacky anyways). Dressage Extensions has bun covers, and so do most dressage stores. Dressage Boutique has some really nice handmade ones too.

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Bun covers don't work too well with a basic riding helmet - but fine with a bowler - the back is lower on a standard helmet.
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I agree with Anebel. Trust me, I have THICK hair, CURLY hair...So thick if I straighten or curl it I have so separate it into six layers otherwise you don't get it all. Trust me, it's possible to bun it down but you have to CINCH that sucker, and it's best to do it at least partially wet and spray. It'll dry and set nice for later too if you do it wet. Then put your little net in.

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Bun covers don't work too well with a basic riding helmet - but fine with a bowler - the back is lower on a standard helmet.
Bun covers work great for me and my helmet!
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I agree with Anebel. Trust me, I have THICK hair, CURLY hair...So thick if I straighten or curl it I have so separate it into six layers otherwise you don't get it all. Trust me, it's possible to bun it down but you have to CINCH that sucker, and it's best to do it at least partially wet and spray. It'll dry and set nice for later too if you do it wet. Then put your little net in.
Haha! Same with me on the straightening thing. I have a thin layer of straight hairs on too then the bottom is like wavy curls. When I was little they were cork screw curls!! When you say net, do you mean hair net? My thoughts were to do a really low bun, then put the hair net on and then use like a navy blue scrunchy to keep it in place. Should I just practice a lot on it too?
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