Dude, this is such a real problem. I know it seems trivial, but helmet head always leaves me feeling ugly. I have naturally fine hair, so when it loses volume because it’s stuffed into a helmet for the better part of a day, I lose all hope. Especially when you’re riding before work or you have someplace important to be after the barn. But never fear! I’ve figured out how to get rid of (or hide!) helmet hair while still being safe and wearing a helmet.
- As soon as you get off, take your helmet off and let your hair air dry. If you run your fingers through your hair, even better! It adds volume and returns to its normal glory.
- When you spray your horse down, spray your hairline too. Yes, it’s odd to give your head a spritz when you’re at the barn, but are equestrians known for being ‘cool’? Right, so don’t worry about it! Same as #1, run your fingers through your hair to fluff up your roots. I like this method better because then you don’t have sweaty, disgusting hair until the next time you wash it. And if you want to wait until your in the safe space of your house, follow tip number 3.
- When you take a shower, but don’t want to wash your hair, just wet down your roots when your hair is in a ponytail. This instantly revives your hair and it won’t smell like sweat and horse! This is also a good method for post-gym workouts, too.
- Wear a freaking cute headband. Just embrace that your hair is going to lose its volume and wear a cute headband to distract everyone. Or wear a hat! Hats squish down your hair anyways, so just plop on a cute ball cap and call it a day.
- If you are good with braiding, try putting your hair in a cute side braid or french braid. Braids 100% conceal helmet hair and 100% distract others from the lack of volume.
- Another good idea is to carry dry shampoo or a volumizing product around. It will fluff up your hair while getting rid of the dried sweat that can irritate your scalp. Dry shampoo will also give you more texture if you want to try braiding your hair.
- Literally own it. Flat hair, don’t care! If you’re comfortable wearing breeches out in public, then it’s time to be comfortable wearing flat hair out in public. To me, helmet hair means you’re staying safe while competing in one of the most dangerous sports! Own it! Just throw your hair into a ponytail, a half up-half down style, and forget about it.
So those methods are what I use to go from the barn to the outside world and look like a normal human being. Let me know in the comments of what you do to combat helmet head!