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post #21 of 32 Old 01-23-2013, 07:29 PM
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Noddy, I don't think that a middle aged lady like myself would look good sporting the bald look.

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post #22 of 32 Old 01-24-2013, 04:24 AM
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Lots of people say they don't want short hair or they won't suit it, but in the end it's only hair. It grows back. Are you at a beauty pageant or a stable? But whatever, it's only one solution, I'm not going to sit on you and shave your head just to make you wear a helmet.

I've got long hair again now, because my job has a dress code and I pretty much got sick of the filthy looks, but in the summer I kinda miss it being so short, and I'll never go back to having super long hair.

Yeah, another thing. I wasn't actually bald. I used a size 4 clipper which is about 1cm long, and then kept it short. My hair currently, sitting just below my shoulders, is a year's growth with good quality products and not a split end in sight. Hair grows pretty **** fast if you take good care of it.
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post #23 of 32 Old 01-24-2013, 05:01 AM
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I don't always love my helmet, but I love riding. I've heard so many times from riders with traumatic brain injuries that they wish they'd put up with the discomfort of a helmet instead of having to deal now with the discomfort of struggling every day with weakness and imbalances. Many fiercely independent riders can now only ride with a helper, and only at a walk.
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post #24 of 32 Old 01-24-2013, 07:15 AM
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the better alternative to noddys shaving your hair off is to put it in a simple bun at the base of your neck!
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post #25 of 32 Old 01-24-2013, 07:48 AM
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the better alternative to noddys shaving your hair off is to put it in a simple bun at the base of your neck!
This, and if its too short for a bun you can just use a hair net to tuck it back under your helmet behind your ears.

Seriously though I don't feel any difference when I wear a well vented helmet or no helmet. So the 2 seconds it takes me to toss my helmet on is worth it. I have a family that depends on me. Its like wearing a seatbelt imo.
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post #26 of 32 Old 01-24-2013, 01:25 PM
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I think every adult has the right to choose for themselves if they want a helmet or not.

Personally, I always ride in a helmet. I have had plenty of scary experiences myself, but if that wasn't enough convincing, I once witnessed a woman who broke her helmet cleanly in half after her horse tripped at a walk and sent her flying into the arena wall head-first. The horse was as bomb-proof as they come and hadn't spooked or anything else, he just took a bad step and went down on his knees.

Noddy, you talked about having problems with your head getting hot. Have you every tried wetting your helmet/hair? Out on trail during the summer, it's not unusual to see me sponging Dream and then sponging my head or dunking my head outright into the water. Wet hair, while dribbley, is very cooling!
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post #27 of 32 Old 01-26-2013, 02:14 AM
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I'm not telling people to all go shave their hair off, I'm just saying that's what I did. Tying your hair up isn't really going to stop your head getting hot under a helmet, when your hair is insanely thick like mine. You might have less hair on your neck, but all the hair is still on your head, between helmet and skin, and being a horrible, sweat catching, insulating wad of gross. I tried everything I could think of before actually shaving it off, but I never regretted doing it.

With the water, I was told that water can damage helmets, but I used to do that a bit. Works for the first half hour, then you spend the next three hours with gross, damp, warm hair and an even stickier helmet than what sweat alone causes. Hell, when I was a kid I'd ride out to get the cows in and have a dunk in the trough before following them back. Didn't have a helmet then though. XD
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I was told that water can damage helmets, but I used to do that a bit. Works for the first half hour, then you spend the next three hours with gross, damp, warm hair and an even stickier helmet.
Maybe a show helmet would not like the water, but my trail helmets have never had an issue with damage. And I certainly am repeatedly wetting my head when it's that hot (every chance I have to cool my horse, I am cooling myself too.


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post #29 of 32 Old 01-26-2013, 09:17 AM
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My helmet does ok with water as well.

Shaving my head would not only be bad for my work life, it would be bad for my social life. My daughter, age 24, shaved hers last summer all except a little mohawk on top. She thought it was lovely. It was only after it grew back that she actually acquired gainful employment.

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post #30 of 32 Old 01-26-2013, 09:50 AM
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Oh great, another helmet thread....who would have thought?
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