Sep 082017

By Patty Wilber

I have let my hair get pretty long, partly because I only have to get it cut about four times a year and partly because a ponytail is easy under a hat or helmet at the barn and keeps my hair out of the way in the microbiology teaching lab. But I have been thinking I might want a change…

Given my typical day, it seems like the only sensible alternative to long is pixie short that can be fluffed out of hat head and doesn’t have to be pulled back to avoid student petri dishes growing Staphylococcus aureus or Escherichia coli.

In between pixie and ponytail are too many bobby pins and unruly, in-the-way strands. I looked up haircuts for equestrians and the discussion post I found came to the same conclusion: Pixie or ponytail.

I also began looking at my horse friend’s hair.  Many of them do have very short do’s.

Then I started checking out videos.

In case any one was considering running for Rodeo Queen, long is in, but you can enhance your natural locks with extensions or hair pieces.

The only trouble with hair pieces is that they can fall out at inopportune times such as in the show ring while working a cow…and may not be the greatest headwear when colt starting.

If one wears a helmet, all sorts of hair nets can be used to put all your hair up under the helmet.  To me that sounds uncomfortable with long hair, (and may interfere with helmet fit), but here are some tips.

Apparently for horse shows, bun forms work well with shorter locks, but for everyday wear, I need get up, get the hair out of the way, and go.

Right now it seems that for my my hair-under-a-hat-most-of-the-time-too-busy-to-bother-with-the-salon life, I should just trim a few inches and buy more hair ties.

Photo by Ed Armstrong.

Happy Friday!