Whether you only wear a hairnet during competitions or you love to have your hair up every time you ride, hairnets are an essential part of your riding gear. They make putting your hair in your helmet so much easier, especially if your haircut has bangs or layers.
One thing that I can’t stand is the pressure point that some hairnets and hair elastics can cause. The last thing you want is to have an annoying pressure against your head while you’re trying to focus on your riding. And those red marks on your forehead aren’t great either.
As someone with thick hair, having it up in a helmet can sometimes feel uncomfortable. It can also feel like my helmet is floating above my head. So, while I was at a local tack store many years ago, I came across the Real Women Ride no knot hairnet. It was a game changer.
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What’s great with this company other than the fact that there aren’t any knots which means no pressure points is just how quick and easy they are to put on. They aren’t much different than putting on one of those elastic exercise hairbands.
The first thing that you want to do is separate the hairnet so that you have a hole for your head to go through. Ideally, you’d like to have both ends of the hairnet on opposite sides. In other words, have the thicker elasticated end away from you and the other end without the band closer to you as you separate the hairnet down the middle. Don’t worry about this too much as it will only make the second step a bit easier, but it’s not the end of the world if it’s a bit twisted.
The next step is to put on the hairnet as if it were an exercise hairband. So, put it over your head so that it is around your neck. Next, take the front part of the hairnet, pull it out and over your face until you reach your hairline. This is when the first step can make things a bit easier as this is the point where you’ll want to separate the two ends. The elasticated band will stay against your head from this point on. Find the other end and start to separate the hairnet.
Next, you’ll want to collect all of your hair up within the net. I find this step easier if I tilt my head down and have all of my hair falling forward. With the end of the hairnet, start to pull it through as you follow your hair to collect it. I have found that the tighter and quicker you do this step, the cleaner it will look once you have your helmet on. If you find that you have a bunch of hair looping under the hairnet next to your ear or at the back of your head, just take it off and start again. It’s much easier to just restart than it is to try to fix it. Once you get the hang of it though, this will take you seconds to complete.
Finally, all you have to do now is put on your helmet and you are ready to enter the ring. If you have particularly long hair and the hairnet can’t collect it all, simply flip the remaining hair back away from your face before you put on the helmet.
Like I have said before, I have very thick and layered hair. I have never needed to use bobby pins or any hair elastics with this particular hairnet. It has made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. I have never experienced any pressure point while using this hairnet either.
When you’re finished with your ride, you can put the hairnet in the little carrying bag that it comes with. That way, you’re not just throwing it into a tack trunk or a grooming bag to get lost and dirty. Another bonus with these hairnets is that they are washable. Though I have never personally washed them, it’s quite a nice feature if you got quite sweaty during your last ride or if your hairnet fell into a muddy puddle that you were walking by.
They come in many different colours so they will suit many people. You won’t have to settle for a black hair net if you’re a blonde. They’re also kind to your wallet as they seem to cost around $10 to $12 USD.
If you’re interested in trying this hairnet out, you can buy it here.
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I hope you all have a wonderful week. I’d love to know if you have tried the Real Women Ride no knot hairnet before. What did you think of it?
Until next time, happy riding!