How to Put Your Hair Up in Your Riding Helmet in Less than 1 Minute

The hair police is here and you’ve been busted! Please, step away from your horse ma’am and get that hair up in your helmet!

Even those of you with heavily layered, shorter hair-do's can use this quick and easy method to confine your hair neatly under a riding helmet…Zip! Zip! Give it a try.

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Skip the hairspray, bobby-pins and tackle box.

You only need:

  • A Helmet – duh...
  • A medium-weight hair net
  • A hair tie or elastic

Step 1

Finger-comb your hair straight down over your ears.

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Step 2

Slide the hairnet down over your head. One knot on the forehead just above your brows, one at the back. Trust me!


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Step 3

Pinch just the elastic strand of the hair net below and behind both ears. Pull the elastic taut by sweeping your hands under your hair at the nape of your neck.


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Step 4

Secure your hair and the hair net into a very low ponytail at the very base of your hairline. (Do NOT worry about the net in your eyeballs just yet!)

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Step 5

Keeping all of your fingers fairly flat to your face, gently glide your thumb under the hair net and hair at the front of your ear. Squeeze your fingers together and slide your fingers out allowing even amounts of hair to drop out of your fingers and feather down at least halfway down to your earlobes. Small earrings can help to anchor the hair net elastic.

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8 (optional)
8 (optional)

Step 6

If your ears still show thru the hairs, you can smooth and encourage the hair to go down and back with a firm petting motion on the outside of the hair net. Avoid picking at it with your finger tips - the hairs will pop out.


Step 7 (is heaven)

NOW you can carefully push the knot of the hair net up your forehead and onto the hairline. Push it beyond where the helmet brim will finally rest.


Step 8

Flip your head upside-down and slightly fan the loose ponytail hairs out over the top of your head so your helmet lies flat and will not bobble. If you have short spikes coming out of the ponytail, you can simply swing the flap of the hair net over them, as pictured here.

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9 - Important!
9 - Important!
Piece of cake... Now if only riding were this easy!
Piece of cake... Now if only riding were this easy!

Step 9

Pull your helmet on from BACK to FRONT capturing just the loose ponytail and making sure the hair tie remains outside the shell of the helmet.

Step 10

Final touches: Grasp the beak firmly. Pulling out from your face and slightly upward, shove any spare parts up inside helmet at your forehead. Then pull out and down. This will ensure you do not disturb the sides or back.

Voila!

After using this method just a few times, it will take you less than 1 minute to achieve a gorgeous and tidy appearance for horseshows, lessons or even a relaxing trail. Believe me, you can even do it without a mirror.


Fun Factoids:

  • This style is called a Paddy (sp?)...buuuuut who really cares?
  • Hair was traditionally worn this way to keep from being caught up in tree branches on a fox hunt...Ouch!
  • It keeps your ears warm in the winter… Free ear muffs!
  • It keeps your neck cool in the summer… Air conditioning!
  • If you fall, you won’t get arena dirt in your ears…Mud flaps!
  • The stink-a-roo tends to stick to the hair net and NOT so much your helmet...Much cheaper to replace!
  • It’s always fun to look like a lunch lady wearing your stylish hair net in the barn!

Skip driving to the tack store. I've searched for you!

Wave-O-Net All-Purpose Hair Cap Brown
Wave-O-Net All-Purpose Hair Cap Brown

These are what I use...stronger and even cheaper.

 
Set Of 36 1/8" Crystal Stud Earrings, 18 Pairs, On Nylon (Plastic) Posts, in Multi
Set Of 36 1/8" Crystal Stud Earrings, 18 Pairs, On Nylon (Plastic) Posts, in Multi

Take the guilt out of wearing expensive jewelry to the barn. 18 pairs! If you lose one?...oh well!

Anchor that hair net easily and nylon posts won't hurt.

 

© 2011 Megan Carl - Mane Alternative

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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Oh this brings back lovely memories of my competition days, which are now sadly over. I am just too old to bother, but still love being with my horse. Well written and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing


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Suzanne Winfield 5 years ago from Utah Author

Thanks bluestar! I'm not so much into competing anymore either, but I do enjoy helping people to compete. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. I really like short stories and am working on writing children's books. My very first horse was an appaloosa and I still to this day have a soft spot in my heart for them. :) Thanks for reading!


Marie  5 years ago

Great article. I am always looking for tips to make things go easier and less stressful at shows. Your illustrations Rock too. Easy to understand. Thanx Suzanne!


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Suzanne Winfield 5 years ago from Utah Author

You're very welcome Marie. Glad I could help. Thanks for reading! More show tips to come... :D

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