Commonly Asked Figure Skating Questions  -

My child loves her long hair, but it takes a long time for her to get ready to skate each morning and even longer to get her hair done for a competition. Is short hair preferred over longer hair for competitions?

Hairstyles and makeup can be a source of disagreement, between parents and preteens and teenage girls and some boys who have long hair, without skating considerations entering into the conflict.

The time spent daily for hair care prior to traveling to the rink for practice and test sessions or to compete requires more time for girls whose hair reaches shoulder length or longer.

Hair that flies around and gets into the face of the skater can be a problem that can cause the skater to lose focus and cause skating errors in tests and competitions. This can range from a minor distraction to major problem resulting performance errors that result in deductions by judges.

Sometimes a hair stylist may have a booth at a competition. They usually specialize in putting the hair up in a bun, ponytail, pigtails, braids, or other hairstyle to secure the hair.

Submitted by Ruth Sweet
USFS Gold MITF, Free Skating, Pair, and International Dance test judge; Intermediate Figure judge.

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