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Choosing the right equestrian hairstyle: The struggle is real

Do you ever spend so much time preparing your horse at shows, that your own hair becomes a last-minute rush job?

Want to know what’s right and what’s not as far as hair style presentation for equestrians.. well read on to see what’s right for what classes and how to master the sleek look.

Open & Hunter Ring Presentation:

The style pictured involves a very sleek, glamorous (albeit vintage) look – but it’s the most hunter haircorrect way to present your hair at shows… we’ll call it ‘Hunter Hair’ and we’ll show you how to do it further down this post.

If you’ve got long hair, you might need to fasten a smooth bun at the back of your head (think airline hostess style at the nape of your neck).

Young Rider Classes & Lead Rein:

The general rule is that braids are acceptable for riders 9 and under but Hunter Hair should be used for those 10 and over.

For dressage presentation:equestrian hair styles

and all other equestrian competitions it’s important to ensure that your hair is neat & well groomed. Hairnets could be one of the dorkiest things on the planet, but you cant go wrong wearing one in competition – and under a helmet they actually look quite good.

So now you know what style to go for – how on earth do you do it? Well thankfully, it’s really not that hard.

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To achieve that super sleek, Hunter Hair look (that let’s face it, you would NEVER wear anywhere else than on your horse), follow these simple instructions:

  • Part your hair in the middle, comb it down over your ears and secure in a low ponytail.
  • Cover your head with a hairnet and leave the ponytail exposed
  • Tip your head upside down (letting the ponytail hang down) and using another hairnet and starting from the back of your head, pull the hairnet over your head – in effect securing the ponytail along your head, with the end of your pony tail closest to your hairtips_3eyebrows.
  • Take a moment to appreciate how utterly ridiculous you look before placing your helmet on your head and seeing what a smooth, polished effect it creates.


Tips for frizzy brumby style hair:

  1. Tame frizz with a toothbrush and hairspray. Using hairspray to control frizz is a delicate balancing act: use too little and it doesn’t make much difference, but spray too generously and you’ll end up with hard, crunchy hair. In order to make sure you have just the right amount to tame frizz, spray an old toothbrush with hairspray and run it over those pesky flyaway strands. It’ll hold your hair in place without turning it into a helmet.
  1. Use a boar bristle brush for shine. According to Charles Baker Strahan, the celebrity hair stylist for Herbal Essence, running a boar bristle brush through your hair will help move natural oil from your scalp to your ends. That means that you’re naturally taming your hair and giving it more shine.equestrian hair style
  1. Go for a heavier duty hairnet – just make sure it’s close to the colour of your own hair  colour.

For fine thoroughbred style hair:

  1. Get more grip with your bobby pins spread them on a towel and spray them with either hairspray or dry shampoo.2
  2. Incidently – did you know that bobby pins work better with the wavy side down? Well now you do..
  3. Create texture and hold with a DIY sea spray follow this link http://www.elle.com/beauty/hair/news/a15018/diy-sea-salt-spray-perfect-beach-waves/