I took my helmet with me to the hairdressers. She did beautiful french braids, starting at the front but they were low, barely above my ears. She then wove the two braids across the back of my noggin and added baby's breath. Helmet fit, braids looked awesome. You can get those invisible hair nets, dirt cheap and they make all the difference for keeping even braids neat. It's not what someone sees up close that counts but the neat picture you present to the judge.