Many riders think that hairstyling is not important at horseshows. It’s wrong. If your hair is not in order, you won’t make a good impression. If you organize your time properly, it won’t take long to create an appropriate look. If you can’t style your hair alone, you can ask to a “horse-show-friend” or to your mother to help you.
Let’s see which hairstyle is appropriate for every class.
Showmanship at Halter.
The keyword of Showmanship is elegance. In order to be elegant you need to wear a bun. You don’t want to have your hair outside of your hat, so you must fix it with a lot of hairspray and hairpins. You can also fix your bun with a hairnet. You can find it in different colours depending from your hair color. A ribbon in the same colour of our outfit would be really nice. For an extra touch you can wear decorated hairpins coordinated with your outfit.
In Horsemanship nothing has to move. You must wear a bun. A ponytail is NOT appropriate because it creates too much movement. A ribbon in the same colour of your top or shirt is a must have. Hairpins coordinated with your outfit are a fancy detail.
English classes require a classical look. You should wear your hair inside of your helmet. You can create a ponytail and fix it over your head with hairpins and a hairnet. Than just wear your helmet over it. Some riders wear a bun but I wouldn’t do it. Don’t wear decorated hairpins. If you make a bun, don’t wear a ribbon. Again, a ponytail is not appropriate.
Western Pleasure, Trail and Western Riding.
In these three classes you can choose which hair style you want to wear. Most of the riders wear a ponytail with a coordinated ribbon. You can straight your hair with a hair straightener and than you can make a pony tail. Fix it with hairspray. If you are lucky and you have long curly hair, leave it the way it is and just style it in a ponytail. If your hair is too short or it doesn’t have enough volume, you can apply an artificial ponytail. Choose a good quality one, you don’t want your hair to look like plastic.
If you want to have a more sophisticate look and be unique, create a bun.
Just keep it simple. No buns, no hairpins, no ribbons, no tail extensions. Style you hair in a ponytail.
The braid is the last trend. You can wear it straight on your back or on the side over your shoulder.
Details are fundamental. I pay a lot of attention on ribbons and hairpins. They have to match perfectly your outfit. I have a pretty big selection of hairpins. I want them to match the colours and the decorations of my shirts. For example, if I wear a shirt with pearls and crystals, I choose hairpins with pearls and crystals.
If you decide to wear a tail extension, you have to choose a good quality one. You have to be sure that it matches perfectly the color of your hair. You can ask someone to fix it over your hair in order to don’t see the difference between your real hair and the artificial one.
That’s all 😉 Do you also wear these hairstyles at the shows? Do you have any other tip?