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June 4, 2013

DQ Problems: Helmet Hair Edition

Tres' hairstyle will pay homage to this spectacular 'do from the 2010 Challenge of the Americas, but what is Lauren to do with her mane?

A few weeks ago I was invited to ride in the PVDA Ride For Life's Dancing Horse Challenge. This will be my third trip to the DHC, a fantastically fun freestyle extravaganza at the Price Georges Equestrian Center in Maryland that raises money for breast cancer research AND gives us all an excuse to wear a lot of pink and embarrass our horses, so it's really a win-win.

I'm dragging Karateka III, the wonderful PRE Stallion I trained to Grand Prix, along for the ride, and we'll do his extremely-awesome Ricky Martin and Black Eyed Peas kur that helped us win the Dressage Under The Stars event at the Players' nightclub in Wellington, Fla., a few years ago. 

I'm getting ready—polos and saddle pad with a pink ribbon, glitter, pink points for my tailcoat from Dameron Enterprises, a plan to torture Tres with the same thing we did to his mane for his Challenge of the Americas quadrille a few years ago except with pink pom-poms, even a pink helmet from my friends at Charles Owen.

But here's the thing. After the DHC there's a swanky cocktail-attired party. And just as in the last two years, I'm facing a serious, life-altering question: How do I make my helmet hair look black-tie chic?

I have long, straight hair down to my shoulderblades. To put it up when I ride, I put it in a low ponytail, with a hairnet at shows, and then flip it up under the helmet. It's neat and tidy while I ride… and then really wonky when the helmet comes off. And since this show is in Maryland at the end of June, it will be a little on the warm side, so there will definitely be some sweating.

What's a girl to do? I could always stick my head under the hose and just fold it up wet (done that before). I could fall on the old standby of a headband (done that too).

I know that it's a dinner party at a horse show, and therefore I'll have a sympathetic audience. But since I'm a DQ, and I don't do anything half-heartedly, I call upon the wisdom of the COTH collective. Any suggestions, send 'em my way! And if you're looking for something fun to do on June 22, get in touch with the folks at PVDA. It's a fantastic event!

(Don't worry, we dressage trainers do think about more important things, like nuclear proliferation and how to bolster the global economy to stabilize wealth. We're just better at training horses, usually.)

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Comments

emcswarren
1 year 15 weeks ago

helmet hair

Spray it with dry shampoo, brush it in and put it up in a french twist or bun. If you have sweat-head you can dry it off quickly with a towel before using the spray shampoo. Always works.
sharvin101
1 year 15 weeks ago

Helmet hair

I think you should find a sensational scarf and wear it a la Liz Taylor. Wrap it around and tie it to one side. Cool sunglasses are optional.
horsecrazybean
1 year 15 weeks ago

Brighton Hair Accessories

Suggestion - get a LARGE Brighton hair clip -- even with LOTS of hair that is just past shoulder length this works for me ---- these clips are large and sturdy (and glamorous enough to go with you to black tie). (btw - other Brighton hair accessories might be handy for you to have around - even a high on the head pony tail with a smashing pony tail holder can be glamorous). you will have to google "Brighton Hair Accessories" since the site would not let me post a link here. Clip all of your hair up in back - at middle to high position - on the back of your head - with ends sticking out so they give you a little height behind the crown of your head - pulls/arrange/fluff those ends so they are not sticking out all over (might mist them with water or 'No more tangles' when arranging them) Voila! A perfect ""'fashionable loose/messy' Up-do"" suitable for black tie! You probably want to practice it a few times before the event - I got the hang of it pretty easily - useful when traveling! -- even tho' I am definitely 'hair challenged" (cannot really even do decent braids! ha! unless they are in a horse's mane!) (hint - if you have a lot of hair like me you may need to put a skinny pony-tail elastic in first - make the pony tail mid-way up the back of your head -- to keep your hair tidy enough to get it clipped - the skinny elastic hides under the Brighton clip and the falling/casdading ends of your hair that fall over the top of the clip.) by the way - I have no stock in Brighton nor do I work for them - these are simply the only hair clips I have found that are quality enough to go out in - and that keep my masses of hair in place when they are clipped in!
00pisces
1 year 15 weeks ago

Mousse!

I mousse my hair before I ride if I need to be concerned with how it looks after. I let it settle a bit into the "right" shape before then throwing it into a ponytail (not too snug) for under the helmet. Then when I'm done riding, I take out the ponytail and finger comb my hair. Not flawless, but the pre-ride moussing helps my hair "find" itself again.
sfrost
1 year 15 weeks ago

Best kept secret...

A good dry shampoo. I know what you're thinking, really? I didn't believe it either until I tried it. I use Unite dry shampoo, but I am not sure where to buy it in NoVA as I order it online and it can take some time. But, I am sure any would work fine. Spray on, fluff up, and style as you see fit. I normally do a cute twist with a pretty clip. Side part, gather hair lower on the head, twist up, clip. Instant chic. Depending on how far you are willing to go, they make super tiny straighteners that are great for travel and shows. They are great for getting any waves from the ponytail holder out. I know that might be a bit much though. I'm the kinda girl who doesn't mind sporting my pearls while mucking a stall though, so I say a straightener in the show gear is totally acceptable! Hope you have a blast!!!
BigBayBoy
1 year 14 weeks ago

There are showers at the PG

There are showers at the PG Equestrian Center. They are between the aisle way in the barn closest to the side entrance of the Indoor arena complex. They aren't great, but they do in a pinch. Wear flip flops.... Or make friends with someone staying in an RV behind the trailer parking. ;)
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