Styling short, curly rider hair for show?
I'm mostly just curious since I don't plan on showing this year, but I was wondering how girls/women with short to medium hair style it for show. Hair net? Nothing? My hair is very short (less than an inch long) at the base of my skull, and longer at the sides and towards the top. The longest pieces are maybe 2.5 inches long.
Sorry if this has been covered a lot. I've tried google and searching the archives here but keep getting horse hits instead of rider ones.
Are the longer pieces long enough that they can pop out of your helmet? if so, hairnet! Keep the flyaways contained! If they are short enough (like a pixie or other cute cut) and it's silly to put a hairnet on, then you might be ok with nothing.
You want to keep all hair away from your face, & forehead.
I would probably still advise a hair net. If you have fine hair that tends to fly aways, a little styling gel plus a hairnet is the way to go.
Google Uta Graf.
In dressage, those with hair too short to pull into a pony tail and cover with a bun cover just leave the hair as it, sometimes pinning it, hairspray the fly aways, and then put the headgear on. A hairenet would look silly on curly hair.
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Ummmmmmmmm, the OP isn't showing dressage, or I'm assuming she isn't, as this in the hunter section.
So while I agree with you, anabel, about showing in dressage, I don't think I've ever seen a serious hunter rider showing without a hair net, even if the hair is short and/or curly.
A hairnet on hair that's too short to fill the net is going to look more obtrusive than if you use gel to neatly keep it back off your face
I showed in County level UK hunter classes without a hair net when my hair was cut really short and the Brits are about as fussy about dress protocol and standards as it gets.
The hairnets like the ancient cafeteria ladies use along with hair gel/hair spray. Not the lil bags with ribbon bows you secure at the back of your head.
Basically cement it all back like you had tons of hair to put it in your helmet, put the net over your entire head, then helmet on and tuck any visible net/extra hair in.
You basically want all your hair smoothly tucked up into your helmet and the hairnet will help it all stay in.
I'm with you Maura, nor only have I never seen a hunter rider sans hairnet for showing/lessons, half the ones I know wear them whenever they put a helmet on, even if they are just hacking around the barnyard out of sheer habit!
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