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post #41 of 50 Old 06-21-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies! I didn't know this thread was still going!
I think the bun/hairnet combo looks kinda tacky. So...
I bought myself a bigger helmet! Lol! I normally wear a 6-3/4, and bought a 7-1/8, though I could have gone with a 7-1/4! I can get all my hair in, I just have a big head when I'm done.
I settled on a braid (NOT a french braid) flipped over, then curled flat along the top of my head... think 'snail'. It...works. I guess. Not very comfortable though!

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post #42 of 50 Old 06-21-2011, 07:06 PM
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Did you know, that by tucking your hair up into the helmet, that you not only void the warrenty, but you also void any chance of a lawsuit for any reason even if the hat cracks/comes off and you will affect the structual fit/safety soundness.?.

If you read the manufacturers guidelines on how to correctly fit a hat, it states that the hat should fit the head without any hair tucked inside.

That is why, I ride with my hair in a braid with a hair bun, or a hair net. I NEVER put my hair up into the helmet.

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post #43 of 50 Old 06-21-2011, 07:33 PM
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Exactly MIE.

Get a helmet that is a bit more cut up at the back, so that there is room for your hair in a bun at the bottom.

Helmets are designed to fit your HEAD not your hair.



Buchephalus--Depending on how short your hair is, you could either just throw a helmet on and tuck any strays in, or use bobby pins to pin the front back so that it isn't falling down (like a bob cut).

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That's so frustrating! Then why is it called for in the show arena! AH!

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post #45 of 50 Old 06-22-2011, 11:51 AM
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I don't wear my hair up in my helmet, but wear it in two french braids that I cross and pin at the back. My helmet still fits properly, and my hair is still neat and tidy.

I have never seen a rule that says your hair MUST be tucked up in your helmet...so if you can find one, and point out where it says it is called for in the show arena, please do so.

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There is no way, that having your hair tucked up in your head, is "called for in the arena" - that's a load of crud.

Sorry Velvet, I didn't see you posted exactly what I just said. I agree - there's no way that is a rule.

It is only a fashion trend, and an unsafe one at that!

I agree with Velvet - a good helmet FITS YOUR HEAD, not head + hair.

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Hair tucked up in your helmet is the conventional look in the hunter ring.

It is not written in the rules but there are rules about non-conventional allowing you to get marked down.


I am not saying it is safe or any of that. I am just stating the fact that hair up in the helmet is basically 'required' in the hunter ring.

If you want to call it a trend, go for it. But it has been that way for at least the last 30 years (or as long as I can remember, in other words).
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I think the problem is that it is considered the "proper" way to do your hair. At least, it is where I ride. I did not know there was no rule about it until this thread. I have been told and taught that that is how your hair is to be worn. I, and I suspect some others as well, was never given a choice or told that it wasn't mandatory. Granted, no one ever said it WAS mandatory, but it was made to seem as though it was to only acceptable way to wear your hair in the show ring. Also I suspect if I were to try and wear my hair not under my helmet at a show I would be reprimanded by my coach and be told to fix it immediately. Unfortunate considering the safety issues.

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My coach loves how I do my hair, and even though her other students wear it the more conventional way, she wouldn't tell me to fix it.

Of course, it might have to do with the litre of hairspray I put on it, that it lasts all day without moving, and there are no wispies....

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It saddens me that fashion trends in the show ring, out power safety rules.

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