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post #1 of 11 Old 02-04-2014, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Show atire, Hairnet, Hair, and Helmet question

I have been showing horses for about 8 years now but something has changed recently.
Its my hair!
I went away to this hippie college and now that I have graduated I find that I have grown dreadlocks. They take up way more space than a regular hair style and my hair is pretty long too. Lots of volume and length.
I am still very into the formal aspects of horse riding and showing so I want to figure out what the best way to take care of my head of hair is.
I have a medium long oval IRH helmet that used to fit on my head and flip my long hair up into and it all fit. It fit well without my hair up in it too.

Now I can hardly fit the helmet on my head at all without painfully squishing into it.
This is bad because it won't look good showing without a helmet plus you just cant do that... but it is also a safety concern for my daily riding.

So in the chance anyone else here had dreads or has any advice on how to get unruly hair tucked away neatly of quality for showing please enlighten me!
Or is it time to get a jumbo helmet D:!

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-06-2014, 04:40 PM
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Never had dreads but I have really thick, long hair. You are probably just going to have to get a new helmet that comfortably fits your dreads. Charles Owen makes some fairly roomy models. You should absolutely not let this be an excuse to endanger yourself and ride without a helmet. As for showing, it will look out of place at a bigger rated show, I've never seen anyone riding with long dreads at an A show, but for a local level thing you should be fine if you can neatly braid them or put them in some sort of a bun. If you riding jumpers then it obviously doesn't matter!
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You are going to have to get a new helmet that fits over your dreads.

With your hair, put it up into a pony tail, turn the bottom under and then put on a hairnet, tie a ribbon around the band of the pony tail over the hair net. Makes it all very neat and tidy.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-05-2014, 08:29 AM
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What's wrong with going back to your original hairstyle? Then your helmet would fit.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-05-2014, 09:10 AM
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What's wrong with going back to your original hairstyle? Then your helmet would fit.
Because she wants to keep her dreadlocks?

I'd just get a bigger helmet that will fit your hair and your head. Pretty much the only way to go that won't involve changing your hair or riding with it down or without a helmet.
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-05-2014, 02:05 PM
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I don't have a lot of hair like that, but I'd recommend a bow like this. It has two alligator clips on the back, so you can "stretch" the net larger to cover quite a bit of hair, and looks pretty sharp, covers your hair a lot, so it won't really be noticable I don't think.

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post #8 of 11 Old 04-14-2014, 03:42 PM
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When I showed, my hair was quite long so I would do a single braid at the back then double/triple fold it and tuck it under the helmet. When I finally shortened my hair, I had to get a smaller helmet - so the lesson here, as other posters have said, is buy a bigger helmet. If you can't tuck your hair into the helmet in an orderly fashion, then add a hairnet to the mix to keep it contained to one area.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-05-2014, 11:18 PM
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You could do the bun cover thing AND tuck it up in a hair net...
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I don't have dreads, or thick hair for that matter, but my hair is really long and "wispy" so I'm a little OCD about any hair sticking out of my helmet (I put it up even when schooling at home). What I do is put it in a low bun, then hair net goes over my head and bun flips upside down into hair net - helmet goes on.

I have a couple helmets ...a cheaper IRH for schooling at home that I honestly hate so much, but I bought it on sale at my work so I really can't complain too much. And then I have my Charles owen for shows or if I feel like looking nice at home. I honestly find the Charles Owen SO much easier to put on and actually keep my hair in, they're roomy but not too big. That, and they are super comfy.
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